Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans by
What do a denim designer, a cherished New England beach and a dusty reel of an old home movie have in common? All get the story brewing in Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans. Returning again to the sandy shores of Long Island Sound, the story follows a group of beach friends reuniting after a decade apart. But can these friends ever be who they were to each other one long-ago summer? Now one of this beach 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 shingled 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.
Author: Joanne DeMaio
Joanne DeMaio is the award-winning author of Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans and the bestselling novel Whole Latte Life, which won First Place in the 2012 Discovery Awards and was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics' Pick. It has also been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post and other outlets. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next book. She enjoys hearing from readers at Facebook.com/JoanneDeMaioAuthor.
My Review:Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans by Joanne DeMaio
Bit confusing at the beginning where the characters are introduced as to what they do in the present day with tidbits of information about their past life-the summers they were all together.
After that it's easy to keep them straight and I love the book because of the feeling the salt air on my skin calms me.
Maris just buried her father and cleaned out his house and needs to go back to work in Chicago as a denim designer and Scott her intended. She watches some of the dvd's from the old 8mm movies and photos and discovers she may have a sister.
With the kids, Evan and Hailey and her laid back chef of a husband, Lauren is a painter and works part time and will rent a house on the water for many weeks in the summer and Kevin's not invited.
Jason Barlow is redoing the barn where he hopes to set up his architecture studio and with the pain from his prosthesis on his leg along with starting to remember the tragedy of his brothers death.
Eva and Matt are married. She's into real estate, shows houses on commissions. They have the teen Taylor and she's a handful. Her secret is she knows she has a birth mother, somewhere.
Everybody is linked together by Neil, Jason's brother. That one night in the summer when it happened. They all have to do something to get by it now
Love the scapes using paint and the sea things brought to life in various forms in the book.
Also love how the book gives you information as to the accident, the tragedy and it's in the present time also..
I've been putting off finishing this book as I will read for an hour and then do laundry so I can keep in my mind the things I've read mostly about the sea and the shore. I don't want the book to end.
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