Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans by Joanne DeMaio
Escape to Stony Point, cuff your jeans and walk along the water’s edge in this nostalgic story bringing old friends, and their lives, back to the sea.
After years of pursuing a denim design career, Maris Carrington never imagined trading her Chicago studio for a New England shingled cottage. But a forgotten home movie tucked inside a dusty attic box leads to an unexpected summer … One of uncovering family secrets while settling her father’s estate, one of inheriting a forlorn German Shepherd, one of reconnecting with old friends on a weathered boardwalk, beneath starlit skies on a beach nestled in a crook of the Connecticut coast.
Her design career had become a shell, curving around her like the intricate whorls of a conch, shielding her until now. Until fried clam dinners and carousel rides beckon a lost love. But can Maris ever really go back? Can these beach friends ever be who they were to each other all those summers ago? Now one of her circle is dead; another unemployed and struggling in a tenuous marriage; another regretting a fateful decision; while one is missing a mother, ever seeking a connection she longs for.
To the backdrop of seaside cottages and a boarded up beach hangout, to the soundtrack of whispering lagoon grasses and a vintage jukebox, Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans asks if we can really design our own lives, or if our fate lies somewhere in the stars.
I loved Whole Latte Life, the first book by this author, so was thrilled when I was contacted to review her this book. I love books about family and friendships, and the beach, so this book was right up my alley. I thought the characters were well written, and I loved reading about Maris and her friends, and the beach town where she spent so much time when she was young.
The book started out at an even pace, the dialogue flowed very naturally, and that kept me wanting to read. There might have been a little to many characters for some, and even though that’s one of the things I usually don’t like, I only had a problem keeping track of what was going on one time. That was at the beginning of the book when Jason came into the story. His character was a little confusing to me at first.
I really loved this book, and can’t wait to read the next book by this author , who is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
If you’re looking for a nice beach read or a book that will make you feel good, this is it.