Aug 062014


True Blend by Joanne DeMaio

Paperback: 394 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 4, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494762099
ISBN-13: 978-1494762094

Vintage bridal shop owner Amy Trewist thinks she’ll never recover her quiet life at her beloved farmhouse on an old country road. Not after her two-year-old daughter Grace is kidnapped in an elaborate crime. On one clear morning, in mere minutes, Grace is gone and Amy’s world spins into a heartbreaking new place.

George Carbone often spends easy time with his brother. Whether at a ballgame or taking a day trip, it’s how they connect. Until one sunny day when the trip is to a bank parking lot and George is drawn into a crime he never sees coming. And into a stricken mother’s life he cannot ignore.

In a summer that simmers with the unsolved crime, George is haunted by a bankroll hidden behind kitchen tiles, by a brother who dragged him into this, and by a father who instilled in him a conscience. A conscience challenged when a young child and beautiful woman crossed paths with him and unexpectedly took hold of his heart.

Set among the red barns, lush cornfields and sparkling wishing fountain of Addison, Connecticut, True Blend is a captivating novel that steals your heart and does not let go. Because like the lace wedding gowns hanging on Amy’s clothesline, waltzing in the summer breeze, love and secrets twist and spin together in their own mesmerizing dance.

This is the authors fourth book, and I have enjoyed them all. The story was so interesting that I didn’t mind that it was longer than what I prefer. The author did a great job of keeping my attention.

True Blend is a mix of loss, a mother’s love, a brother’s betrayal, a kidnapping, suspense, fear, betrayal and romance. The book is a lot like her other stories, but it’s a lot different too. The characters are similar, but the plot is totally different.

The only fault I could find with the book was that there was some pretty bad language, especially GD, which makes me cringe. Other than that, the book was fine.

As I said before, I’ve read all of DeMaio’s books, and can’t wait to read the next one.

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  6 Responses to “Review: True Blend by Joanne DeMaio”

  1. I’m intrigued by this one except for the child kidnapping plot line. Were you satisfied with how it was wrapped up? I’m a chicken when it comes to anything with kids. I’ll definitely have to look for this author’s books.

  2. Hi Katherine! Yes, the ending answered the questions I had while reading the book. Everything comes together and makes sense at the end.

  3. Vicki, I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I have enjoyed books by this author as well. She’s a wonderful writer.

  4. I have the first book by this author on my kindle and I really need to read it. I am so wrapped up in my new books that I am forgetting about the wonderful e-books I already have 🙁 Thanks for the reminder. She sounds like an author I would enjoy reading.

  5. Hi Vicki,

    Another new to me author, so thanks for the recommendation.

    I don’t mind bad language in a book, so long as it is relevant to the strength of the storyline and is not used gratuitously.

    I also like the way in which, despite being stand alone stories, Joanne has kept the theme of coffee running through all her titles! I wonder if there is a reason for this which is apparent in the stories, or if it is simply her own personal taste in beverage!

    Nice review, thanks for sharing.


  6. You’ve intrigued me (even though GD makes me cringe too) so I’m off to add this to my goodreads list!

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