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New York Times Bestseller

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 ...

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Overview

New York Times Bestseller

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479262779
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 269,021
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She lives with her family in Connecticut. To learn more about the author and her books, visit Joannedemaio.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    The title of this book is what drew me to look at the reviews. U

    The title of this book is what drew me to look at the reviews. Unfortunately, it bothers me to no end when reviewers end up writing a book of their own here insted of a review of the book itself spoiling it for other readers. It sounds like a great summer read and I probably will end up buying it. Please, please please, reviewers stop telling the whole story. Barnes and Noble can you not stop people from doing this?

    15 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

    Designer Maris Carrington has returned to Connecticut to close u

    Designer Maris Carrington has returned to Connecticut to close up her family home after her father's death. Immersed in the memories that intrude as she searches boxes and watches an old home movie, she is reluctant to go back home to Chicago. And even though her boyfriend, Scott, has proposed marriage, she hasn't accepted; and while she knows that her "real life" is on hold, the pull of memories, her old friends at Stony Point, and the seduction of the beach life seem more real to her as time goes by.

    Eva, her oldest friend, is someone to whom she feels a very close connection. The others, like Lauren, Kyle, and especially Jason Barlow, whose life has tragically taken its toll on him....their connection also tugs at her, and as she extends her time at the beach, she begins to believe that there is more than nostalgia that is gripping her.

    Why do fleeting memories lull her away and threaten to change everything about her "life sketch"? What is the secret that seems to elude her, yet cannot be resolved? And while Maris is searching for more clues, Eva is also on her own quest. Adopted as a young child, she is now looking for her biological mother. Her search seemingly takes over her life, threatening her emotional well-being. How will the answers to these mysteries finally reveal themselves, and what ultimately astounding truths will change everything?

    Each character in Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans brought something special to the canvas, showing us the challenges of real life and the connections between friends, against the backdrop of a beautiful setting that called out to me as I read. There is so much more I could say, but lest I spoil the read, I will conclude with thoughts from the book, as Maris reflects on her love of the sea:

    "Time moves like the sea. She always felt so. Living right at the beach, time is placid and calm, soft waves of it rolling onto the shore of her days. One day follows the other, over and over, in a comfortable and reassuring way. No matter what she is doing, at any age, that awareness of the movement of the sea, and of waves of time, keeps her grounded."


    A wonderfully captivating tale that kept me reading eagerly until the final page, this story of friendship, loss, secrets, and the regrets that can come with poor choices, is one that I won't soon forget. Five stars.

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Loved this book!

    I found myself thinking about this book and the characters even after I finished it. Great story!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Restored my love of reading

    A book with a great story and not filled with graphic sex! Love stories instead of written pornography!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Not worth it!

    The style is very repetitive, there is no plot. I don't recommend

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A group of frien

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
    A group of friends have spent each summer vacationing in the idyllic coast of Connecticut, but now they are grown adults with big decisions and issues looming over each of their heads in one or another.  The story mostly centers around Maris who is back in town to clean up her father's home and pack away her past, but it isn't so easy to pack it all up and go back to the life she was going to lead.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Good story

    You will enjoy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Hard to keep up

    The beginning of the story was hard to follow and keep up. I kept reading though because I felt it was going to be a good story. Was good but I feel like I missed a lot at the beginning with it being so hard to follow closely.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    A perfect story for anybody who loves the beach. The Connecticut

    A perfect story for anybody who loves the beach. The Connecticut shoreline is such a beautiful place, it was great to see it on the page. Maris and her beach friends took me on a journey I won't soon forget. The characters felt real to me, and I couldn't help rooting for them. Everybody loves to come back home, especially when home is set by the sea. I also loved the denim threaded throughout the storyline, and the creative way it mirrors a casual beach life. Ready to don my blue jeans and walk along the shore with this gang!

    Friendships, secrets, old loves, all set against a charming seaside community make for an inspiring, true-blue cool read. Definitely recommend. Five stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Great Book

    Great beach read. Great detail on the atmosphere it makes you feel like you are there. Highly recommend. Very well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    Great Read! I loved reading Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans.  This s

    Great Read!
    I loved reading Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans.  This story of friendship, the sea, and falling in love felt so real to me.  It was like I was at Stony Point with Maris, Jason, and the rest of the beach friends - walking in the sand, dancing to the jukebox, and wishing on summer stars.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Blue jeans & cofee beans

    It was the best best book iv read in a long time it was so original so true so honest it was fabulos thats my new favorite auther im going to find more books with that same auther becouse it was that good in fact gpt to go right now couse im going book shopping i can at least spend 45 bucks on real good books with the auther in it i mean theyve got to have more books well good by till next time see ya;)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

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    Fascinating Tale of Friendship

    Reconnecting with childhood friends can be both life-affirming and life-altering. Author Joanne DeMaio weaves a fascinating tale of friendship, loss, hope, loyalty, secrets, and finding one’s self in BLUE JEANS AND COFFEE BEANS. She sets the story in the beautiful New England oceanside community of Stony Point. The ocean, with its mesmerizing waves and alluring sounds, plays a major roll in the story offering its calming and cleansing properties to those returning to visit. Maris Carrington, pursuing a denim design career in Chicago, has to return to the Connecticut coast to settle her late father’s estate. While packing and cleaning, Maris discovers a forgotten home movie. After watching it, she decides to stay a bit long so she can reconnect with her best friend. As old memories surface, catching up with other friends from over a decade ago takes on new meaning. Even after her boyfriend proposes, Maris isn’t ready to return to her regular life. She feels drawn to stay near the beach and see what the summer brings. Meanwhile, Maris’ friends have their own problems and worries. Each is dealing with their doubts and uncertainty in their own way, but are there for their friends when needed. This story is set amid a backdrop that defines summer - the ocean, a sandy beach, cottages, sunshine, and good friends. DeMaio has an eye for detail as she expertly describes the setting so that you can almost feel the ocean breeze on your face and feel the sand falling through your fingers. The story moves at a steady pace pulling readers in. The characters are well-developed and likable. They have flaws and are faced with daily challenges making them appear more realistic. While there may seem to be quite a few central characters, in reality we all tend to gather numerous friends around us instead of only one or two. The author has given each character their own problems and specific ways they contribute to the story. With a title like BLUE JEANS AND COFFEE BEANS, one automatically thinks of comfortable clothes and relaxing with friends over a cup of coffee. DeMaio has created a story of nostalgia that will have you longing to slip into your summer clothes, call your old friends, and escape to the beach. FTC Full Disclosure - An eBook copy of this book was gift to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

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    Designer Maris Carrington has returned to Stony Point to get her

    Designer Maris Carrington has returned to Stony Point to get her family home ready for sale after he father passes away. A home movie tucked inside a dusty attic box leads to an unexpected summer as she discovers a family secret.




    She reconnects with old friends and finds inspiration for her new denim clothing line. Her friends lives are all in a state of flux and one has passed away. As memories are shared and remembered Maris starts to wonder about her life in Chicago. What is really holding there? Is she leading a life that makes her happy?









    This was the perfect story for me to read while we were going through the stress of moving. When things were getting too tough or tempers were flaring I could tune out and “escape” into the pages of Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans. I absolutely loved Whole Latte Life so was excited when I was asked to review this one. I still can’t believe this is only this author’s second book. She as woven together the lives of the characters with the hand of a master.




    I think every reader will find they can identify will at least one of the characters. Eva, Matt, Kyle, Lauren, Jason and Maris are full, rich characters that all bring their own special qualities to this story of friendship, the choices made, love and regrets. Together they lean on each other and help each other heal, move forward and rebuild their lives. ?




    All the characters are extraordinary but Jason really touched my heart, maybe because we both have leg issues  Truthfully he has been carrying a huge weight on his shoulders and seeing him start to deal with his misplaced guilt was empowering.




    The beach setting was a character in itself as so many answers were found just looking at the water and walking along the shoreline. I could smell the salt water and hear the surf and even find solace myself.




    This is a very moving story that takes you on an emotional roller coaster but is comfortable like your favorite pair of blue jeans. I was sad to reach the last page. I highly recommend this captivating story that will stick with you long after you close the book.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Great beach read!

    I loved this book! I have never read anything by this author before, but I'm going to look up her other books. She brings the seaside alive, so that you can actually smell the salt air and feel the sand between your toes. Whether it's summer reading, or you are huddled up during a snowstorm, thinking thoughts of summer, this gentle book will warm your heart. I like the different plots and twists and interesting and flawed characters.

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

    Getting Together with Old Friends

    Here we have one of those books which is almost like a high school reunion, with most of the cast of characters still living where they did years ago. Maris Carrington, a successful fashion designer, comes to visit them from Chicago. She is getting an engagement ring from the guy back there, but does she really want to go back and marry him? What do you think? THis is rather fluffy--one from this author is enough for me--but book clubs might fall in love this this.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

    Good Summer read

    Pleasant storyline, Easy reading. Happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Found this one hard to follow and slow paced...

    Found this one hard to follow and slow paced...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Charming Must Read!

    This was my first read by Joanne DeMaio and loved it! I so look forward to reading her other books which I plan to start next.

    There are so many stories within this charming read and great takeaways. Each character brings a unique part to the novel –each of the characters are dealing with demons of their own and the soothing seas of this quaint beach town of Stony Point help them all face their fears and begin healing.

    A story of real life and connections, friendships, family, loss, secrets, regrets, and love. A captivating story which was hard to put down. You will fall in love with the characters and the writing style of seamlessly joining the past with the present.

    Maris is a fashion designer from Chicago who travels back to her favorite beach town to tie up loss ends from her father’s death, while considering a marriage proposal from a corporate attorney in Chicago.

    Jason is still guilt ridden after his brother’s death-a successful architect who returns home to this same beach town to deal with his demons. Could he have a life with Maris-something started years ago?

    Eva, her oldest friend, is someone to whom Maris feels a very close connection. The others, like Lauren, Kyle, and especially Jason Barlow, whose life has tragically taken its toll on him....their connection also tugs at her, and as she extends her time at the beach, she begins to believe that there is more in this town for her. This sea environment is inspiring her as she completes her designs.

    While Eva is looking for her real mother, Maris finds out she has a sister out there somewhere, Lauren and Kyle fight for a life outside of Neil who died in an accident years ago. This books holds so many mysteries and lives begin to come together.

    Each of the friends has a secret they are carrying around from their past. One by one, they reveal the tragedy that keeps them from the life they are seeking. Life throws us curves and sometimes what does not kill us makes us stronger. A must read and highly recommend!

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Sweet read

    Light, fluffy summer read. Not a real page turner, but enjoyable. You gotta love the title and cover! I may try another by this author.

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