Thursday, September 1, 2022

The Goodbye by Joanne DeMaio ~ My Thoughts #TheGoodbye @JoanneDeMaio

The Goodbye

The Goodbye by Joanne DeMaio
Women's Saga, 261 pages
Published August 1, 2022 by Joanne DeMaio

From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes The Goodbye, Book 16 of The Seaside Saga.

How do you know when it's goodbye? When something's over. When it's the last perfect day of the summer. When it's the last time you'll see a face, hear a voice. The last time you'll close a shingled cottage's door. How do you know when you'll never be somewhere again, that you've had your last glimpse of a certain sea?

For the tangled cast of beach friends in Stony Point, it's a question some of them face. Because as the golden late-summer sun shines, goodbyes are due. But to whom?

My thoughts about The Goodbye ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"There is no sign of Celia. She's not crossing the yard. Not calling out Shane's name."

The Seaside Saga is such a wonderful series. I have become so comfortable with the inhabitants of Stony Point and consider them my friends now. I love visiting them with each new book! 

The Goodbye did not disappoint. There is plenty of drama going on—along with a good share of friendship, support, forgiveness, and love. I enjoy watching the characters move on with their lives and hopefully find the happiness they are searching for. 

At the end of each book, I am left wanting more—more of the beautiful setting, more of the camaraderie among old friends. That feeling has never been stronger than with the ending of this book. The author leaves the reader with a definite cliffhanger this time. I'm so excited to read the next story to see that cliffhanger resolved. 

I highly recommend the Seaside Saga series and The Goodbye is another great installment in this heartwarming series. 

Book #17, The Barlows, is scheduled to be released on March 1, 2023!

I received a copy of The Goodbye from the author and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea.

Joanne’s books include the New York Times Bestseller Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans, the first in her ongoing and groundbreaking Seaside Saga. These eleven (and counting) novels journey with a group of beach friends, much the way a TV series does, continuing with the same cast of characters and their storylines from book-to-book.

Joanne’s winter novels have also received much acclaim. These heartwarming standalones are set in the same snowy New England town. Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes became a USA Today Bestseller, and has been featured in national magazines and Six Flags theme parks.

In addition, Joanne’s debut novel, Whole Latte Life, won first place in a competition at BookExpo America and was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick. Her other novels have appeared in Redbook, First for Women magazine, Southern Living, USA Today and more. ~ Author's website

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