Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (March 12, 2012)
Would you leave everything behind to know who you are?
Sara Beth Riley never dreamt she’d walk straight out of her life. Actually she’d never dreamt a lot of things that had happened this year … From being kidnapped by her own best friend, to throwing her wedding rings into the Hudson River, to calling an old love in France, to getting inked with said best friend, painting the passionate constellation of these choices into permanence. But mostly, she could never have dreamt what started it all. How could it be that her mother’s unexpected death, and the grief which lingered painfully long, turned her into the woman she was finally meant to become?
Sara Beth’s escape begins a summer of change – of herself, of marriage, of the lives of those around her. In a story that moves from Manhattan to the sea to a quaint New England town, Whole Latte Life looks at friends we never forget, at decisions we linger with, at our attempts to live the lives we love.
This is a story of two friends. Rachel is a widow and Sara Beth is married with kids, and she recently lost her mother. To celebrate their 40th birthdays, they plan a weekend trip to New York. Sitting in a restaurant, Sara Beth excuses herself to take a potty break. Rachel gets worried after Sara Beth doesn’t return to the table and goes looking for her. She can’t find her, but a waiter hands her a note from Sara Beth. The note says she needs to take a few days alone so she can decide what she wants, she’s unhappy with her life and wants to make some changes.
In searching for Sara Beth, Rachel meets a NYC police man, on horseback no less, and they start a relationship. Finally Sara Beth shows back up at the hotel where she and Rachel are staying, but she still isn’t sure what she wants to do. They go back home to Conneticut, but their friendship suffered from what happened and will never be the same.
I loved Rachel. Without spoilers, she was true to herself, was kind, loving and thankful for what and who she had in her life. The friendship between the two seemed to be more important to her than it was to Sara Beth.
As far as Sara Beth, I didn’t like her much. She seemed lost without her mother, but who wouldn’t feel that way. The thing is, I just couldn’t understand why she would walk away from her husband and children, even if just for a few days, because of it. And what was up with her past. The past is the past for a reason. Because it didn’t work out. What she should have done was gotten some help, not walk out on her life. It seemed at times she was a little off her rocker and big time selfish. The way she treats her family and lifetime friend Rachel was not good, to say the least.
All that being said, I really enjoyed this book. It had so many elements that kept me turning page after page. Even though I didn’t like Sara Beth much, I loved that she was written the way she was. Sometimes it’s good to have a character like that. It gives another element to the book.
About The Author:
Joanne DeMaio is an author of contemporary women’s fiction, blending family, coffee and friendship on the page. Her novel WHOLE LATTE LIFE is an Amazon best seller in Women’s Fiction/Friendship. In addition, her music essays have appeared in literary journals, celebrating her passion for song, in print. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.