Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beach Blues by Joanne DeMaio

BEACH BLUES by Joanne DeMaio
◊ Paperback: 420 pages
◊ Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Women
◊ Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 17, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1532874693
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1532874697


          New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio invites you to spend the summer by the sea, in a quaint New England beach town where friends and love await just outside the cottage doors.
Celia Gray finds herself house-sitting a silver-shingled cottage at Stony Point. She arrives with her guitar, a few staging jobs ... and a bit of summertime sadness. That is, until an unforgettable group of beach friends draws her in like a breath of salt air.
Sal DeLuca heard the words in a dream: Take me to the sea. So after a decade of demanding work, he takes his first vacation in years. Trading in his suit and tie for blue jeans and boat shoes, Sal unexpectedly arrives at his mother's shabby inn on the Connecticut shore, winding his way into the lives and hearts of the close-knit beach community.
When Stony Point's two wash-ashores, Sal and Celia, meet, some say it's a match made in beach-heaven. And so begins a sweet seaside summer ... forging friendships, adventures and new love. But all is not at ease in the gentle sea breeze as a dark secret turns the tide for the Stony Point crew.
Beach Blues is a novel bringing you right to its secluded fishing shack and weathered boardwalk, to its wooden rowboat and lantern-lit porches. A novel that welcomes you, as much as it may break your heart.

Author Joanne DeMaio has an ease about her writing that gently pulls you into her stories. The smooth rhythmic flow of the story is similar to the gentle ebbing of the ocean she so effortlessly writes about.

DeMaio’s characters are well-developed, realistic and quite likable. Their actions and emotions are such readers can relate to them. The close-knit atmosphere of the core cast of characters adds depth to the story.

Through vivid descriptions and rich details, readers can almost feel the ocean breeze and hear the sand crunch under their feet. Through a mix of returning characters and a few new ones, the author creates a melting pot of intrigue. The setting is tranquil and inviting.

BEACH BLUES is a fascinating story dealing with the unpredictable lives of several people calling Stony Point home for the summer. With a few twists and turns, the author draws the story to a conclusion in such a heart-pounding way you can’t wait to see what’s to come in the next story.

A good mixture of romance, humor, friendship and devotion with a touch of heartache makes this the perfect summer read. DeMaio never fails to deliver an entertaining story with an ending I didn’t see coming.

Beach Blues by Joanne DeMaio, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, @2016, ISBN: 978-1532874697, Paperback, 420 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve caught your attention with Joanne’s latest release. Be sure and check it out. Do you spend your summers at the beach? If not, would you like to?


  1. I do like an unexpected ending. And it is too long since I have been to the beach. Way too long.

  2. She plays guitar - cool.
    Wouldn't spend the summer at our beach. Too flippin' hot!

  3. There's something about a beach setting in the summer, isn't there, Mason? And the music adds an interesting touch. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I like the cover. I'm with Alex. A guitar playing lady . . . very cool. Hopefully it doesn't have a sad ending. Whenever any of my family goes on holiday, even if it's just for a weekend, it has to be by the beach.

  5. Sounds like a great read, with lots of things to draw the reader in. Beach stories always thrill me. And the cover is lovely.

    Thanks for reviewing Joanne's book, Mason.
    And thanks for showing WEP's badges in your sidebar. I hope you will join us for a future challenge!

    Denise :-)

  6. Hi Mason - I've always been fascinated by Joanne's stories since her blogging days ... and I'm sure she'd draw us into the shore line with her plots ... an unexpected ending - that sounds good ... Cheers to you both - Hilary

  7. Great review, I would like to spend my summers in a camper at the beach.


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