Beach Blues

Beach Blues

by Joanne DeMaio

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ISBN-13: 9781532874697
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Pages: 420
Sales rank: 51,241
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel.

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Beach Blues 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Ms. Demaio! This one made me laugh and cry. Her characters are people you would love to have as friends, and the descriptions of the beaches and the sea are so detailed, you feel that you are right there! Love all her books. After spending summers at the beach while I was growing up, her books bring back so many great memories! Please keep them coming, Ms Demaio! I can't wait for your next book!
Anonymous 15 days ago
enjoyed+the+book
Anonymous 11 months ago
Easy reading, wonderful setting and great list of characters. All is developing nice as the waves lick the sand at the beach; and then tragedy strikes and is compounded by heart breaking emotions of one of the characters. I cried. It twisted my heart! Don't want to read anything this sad till maybe next year....
Talkingt77 12 months ago
A wonderful read of family, love and friends. The close relationships will pull you in and make you feel you are a part of the story. The magic of the beach this story brings will have you wanting to pack you bags and join in on the beautilful days and nights.
cts827 12 months ago
Beach Blues by Joanne DeMaio is a wonderful story about a small New England beach town where friends are like family. Celia has recently gone through a divorce and is living in a friend's cottage in Stony Point. The people she meets will have an impact on her. Sal is visiting his mother and quickly becomes a best friend to everyone. He and Celia also find love. This is a sweet, happy, sad story. Make sure you have a box of tissues close by because this book will warm your heart and bring tears at the same time. The plot and characters are well developed. The story is relaxed and you will find yourself in a vacation mode. I highly recommend this book. It was a B&N serial read when a few chapters are delivered each day until the book is competed. It is a great way to meet new authors. Enjoy.
Anonymous 12 months ago
It’s not just for summer...it’s a great book about friendship, love and loss. It’s written so beautifully that you can see and hear it all and feel the great happiness and the great sadness. Can’t wait to read more of Joanne Demaio’s books!
Anonymous 12 months ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a readout until the end of the month. I had not previously read anything by this author, did not research, so I was unaware there were 2 books before this one in the series. Enough information was provided that I didn't feel I had missed anything. Oh, I'm sure the other books were great, but if someone was thinking about taking advantage of the readout... jump in! I was not disappointed.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Great story! I've had this Stony Point series by Joanne DeMaio on my TBR shelf for a long time. When I saw this one in the Barnes & Noble serial read this , I just had to read it. What a great story about friendship, family, love and dealing with grief. I fell in love with these people and the little beach town. The book had me laughing at times, and brought tears to my eyes at the end. Now I have to read all the books to fill in on the history of what went before and after this one. It's a very well written book because it kept me interested and wanting to read on to see what is going to happen. It can stand by itself too. Well done Joanne!
Skimombeach More than 1 year ago
Another great book in this series. This book, like the others, touches every emotion in the reader. Joanne writes so well. She captures every nuance in the characters so that you can visualize exactly what they are doing and feeling. I can hear the waves and smell the salt air when I read her book! It was so good to be back at Stony Point and I can't wait to see what happens to everyone in the next book. I highly recommend this whole series.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
Joanne DeMaio is an author who weaves words together that literally bring the story to life for me. This story pulled me to Stony Point and I could feel the breeze, the warm sunshine on my face, smell the sweet salt air, feel the sand and ocean on my feet. This novel centers around Celia Gray, but found myself immersed in the community as the secondary characters are well integrated in the story. As the story opens Celia Gray has arrived in Stony Point to stage some homes in the area, but more than anything get a break from her hometown and put her life in perspective after her divorce. One of the first people she meets is the Elsa DeLuca who introduces her to a group of friends that play a pivotal role not only in her summer, but also her heart. With the arrival of Sal DeLuca, Celia is knows her heart is in danger, but can't do anything to stop it from falling for Sal. Sal works on Wall Street and is taking the first vacation in many years to help his mom establish her bed and breakfast business. What he doesn't expect is to find the most fascinating woman he has met in years. As the summer progresses both know the summer romance will fade away just as night fades into day, but will either be able say goodbye at the end of summer. This is a spectacular read!! It's full of real life/emotions and will make you smile, but it will also bring a tear to your eye. This story brings you a sweet plot that flows effortlessly. Quirky and complex characters kept me engaged until the very last page was turned. One of the trademarks of the author is she writes about family, friends, choices and and love. This book hits all these, but is so much more. This is a book I would recommend to anyone.
Lillianne More than 1 year ago
Summer...love...secrets! I loved this book and did not anticipate the twists and turns the storyline made along the way! Joanne DeMaio is one of my favorite authors, and I own all of her books. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MaryMedia More than 1 year ago
A story that shimmers like sunlight on the sea.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Joanne Demaio has topped herself. This story just blew me away. The tourist season is about to start and the Hammer Law will go into effect. No construction is allowed as it would disturb the visiting families. This means the noisy renovations on Elsa DeLuca’s inn project are stopped but quiet ones like painting and cooking can continue. Celia Gray is house sitting in Stony Point and she is quickly introduced to the rest of the group we have come to love in these stories. Sal DeLuca also shows up in Stony Point from New York and surprises his mother. She can’t believe he is there for the entire summer. He meets Celia and a summer romance seems to be blossoming. Tradition says you will leave Stoney Point with a ring, a baby, or a broken heart. What does this summer have in store for its residents? This book continues where The Denim Blue Sea leaves off. Characters like Maris and Jason are starting their married life, with Maris on the road for work. All their friends pitch in to make sure Jason takes care of himself as he is still mourning his brother’s death. Elsa has bought their teenage hangout and is remodeling the house as an inn, with the exception of the back room where the kids used to meet. Celia is staging houses that are for sale and Elsa convinces her to help her decorate the place. Lauren also adds her special touch to the project. This story, this entire series, is about friendship. The friendships that started long ago that continue to grow each and every day. They come together in times of joy and sorrow. They build each other up and never tear each other down. Secrets are revealed and handled almost delicately. Every one of these character shine brightly and are wonderfully written. They are strong, yet vulnerable, engaging and real, thoughtful and fun, and all of them are memorable. The author has written an amazing and powerful story that made me laugh and made me cry. Several different story lines all converge and blend together effortlessly. Memories of years gone by are restored for others and kept in wonderful ways. Life moves forward along new and interesting paths. Changes happen just like the ebb of the sea. Some good, some sad, including one that just broke my heart. Demaio writes stories that invoke so many emotions. Stoney Point is an incredible place to spend the summer for all the characters and I love being able to tag along for the ride. paradise 2016
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Joanne DeMaio has an ease about her writing that gently pulls you into her stories. The smooth rhythmic flow of the story is similar to the gentle ebbing of the ocean she so effortlessly writes about. DeMaio’s characters are well-developed, realistic and quite likable. Their actions and emotions are such readers can relate to them. The close-knit atmosphere of the core cast of characters adds depth to the story. Through vivid descriptions and rich details, readers can almost feel the ocean breeze and hear the sand crunch under their feet. Through a mix of returning characters and a few new ones, the author creates a melting pot of intrigue. The setting is tranquil and inviting. BEACH BLUES is a fascinating story dealing with the unpredictable lives of several people calling Stony Point home for the summer. With a few twists and turns, the author draws the story to a conclusion in such a heart-pounding way you can’t wait to see what’s to come in the next story. A good mixture of romance, humor, friendship and devotion with a touch of heartache makes this the perfect summer read. DeMaio never fails to deliver an entertaining story with an ending I didn’t see coming. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
bgee More than 1 year ago
Another great story by Joanne Demaio, I highly recommend it as well as all of her other books and look forward to her next one.
rainyday2 More than 1 year ago
Stony Point, Connecticut, is the perfect place for both old and new friends to enjoy the summer months. Celia Gray is a newcomer who has arrived to stage cottages for local realtors, and to heal from a painful divorce, and while she stays in her friends’ cottage during her time here, she begins to form connections among the friendly residents. Elsa DeLuca is the first of many who engage her, sweeping her up into a cozy circle of warmth, bringing her into her own whirl of activity as she renovates Old Foley’s into an inviting bed and breakfast inn, which she has dubbed Ocean Star Inn. Soon Elsa is joined by her son Salvatore, who is seeking to heal from his stressful job on Wall Street. But could Sal be harboring other reasons for his summer sojourn? While new connections form, the old friends show up to provide a backdrop for the summer explorations, and remind us of why we love visiting the beach community populated by Jason and Maris, Kyle and Lauren, and Eva and Matt. We watch as all the old friends share the memories that are part of their legacy in this place, nourishing them during hard times, and how they now bring the newcomers into their circle of trust. One newcomer, the new beach commissioner, offered an annoying yet humorous backdrop to the usual friendly interactions. He was constantly on hand to issue citations for supposed violations to residents and visitors, with a pompous air and inflexible attitude. The Hammer Law was another rather strange rule: no hammering between the first day of summer until Labor Day, which put a kibosh on any construction work. It was interesting to see how Jason, the resident architect, managed his way around the rules. Beach Blues is a continuation of the adventures of the characters’ journeys from previous books, and we come to look forward to what they add to this year’s adventures. More secrets are revealed, and with a sense of hidden darkness hovering overhead, we begin to suspect that sadness is not far off. But can the love and romance and celebration of the new lives they have created bring joy, despite any potential sorrow? This delightful read is a book to savor for the summer, which earned 5 stars.
AvidreaderPB More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic book by Joanne DeMaio. This story brings us back to Stony Point, an idyllic beach community in which we are reunited with old friends: Maris and Jason, Lauren and Kyle, Elsa, Eva and Matt. We are introduced to new characters Celia, a home stager who is in Stony Point for the summer staging beach cottages and Salvatore, Elsa's son who is taking a long overdue break from his job on Wall Street. What starts as a friendship between these two characters soon becomes much more. This story is filled with tales of friendship, love and loss. Joanne's books are always ones I look forward to in the summer and her winter books are great at the holidays too. Joanne always drags you into the story, you feel like you are right there on the boardwalk with the characters. The characters in her stories are realistic and likable, you get very invested in the story because of the great character and plot development. I love how she intertwines the characters throughout the whole book. I highly recommend this book along with all her others. I particularly like the Blues books (Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans, Denim Blue Sea, and Beach Blues) because I love how the same characters are in these books.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In Beach Blues, author Joanne DeMaio transports the reader back to the tranquil seashore town of Stony Point, Connecticut, where the reader is introduced to the story of Celia Gray, a house stager, and Salvatore DeLuca, a Wall Street analyst, while also allowing the reader to catch up with the lives of friends: Maris, Eva, Matt, Jason, Kyle, Lauren and Elsa. Just like the ebb and flow of the tide, life brings issues and changes to one's life, but the bonds of friendship, sea air and salt water are cleansing, they cure what ails you. For this group of old friends, the summer arrival of Celia Gray and Elsa's son Sal DeLuca to Stony Point will bring them together, but the bonds of friendship and personal relationships will be tested with personal secrets and life issues that surface and swirl around in the shimmering denim blue sea, yet its calming effect will offer them another chance of hope, love, family, friendship, forgiveness, and redemption. So drive under the railroad trestle and enter the enchanting beach town of Stony Point ... pull up a beach chair ... and visit with the close-knit longtime friends in author Joanne DeMaio's delightful novel, Beach Blues. Beach Blues is a poignant story of friendship and family, dealing with life's issues, and long held secrets that will tug at your heartstrings. Author Joanne DeMaio weaves an emotional tale written in the third person narrative, that is set in the present with flashbacks to the past. The reader is transported to the tranquil seashore town of Stony Point, Connecticut, where they follow along with Celia, Sal, Maris, Eva, Matt, Jason, Kyle, Lauren, and Elsa as they each deal with challenges of real life, loss, love, heartbreak, secrets, and personal demons. Author Joanne DeMaio easily captivates her readers' attention with this beautifully written and emotional tale through a seamless and flowing storyline, and with a wonderful description of a tranquil beach setting that wraps itself around the reader like a sun-warmed beach towel. The characters draw you into their lives with a strong emotional pull, their complexities and flaws are true-to-life, it is easy to relate to them with compassion, empathy and hope. With a mixture of intrigue, suspense, drama, humor, heartache, hidden secrets, romance, and a strong bond of friendship, this story takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride that will keep you turning the pages until the satisfying conclusion. Beach Blues is an intricate story of interweaving friendships and real life challenges that is both heart wrenching and inspirational. It is a powerful and compelling story that will have you feeling the full gamut of emotions while soothing your soul. It is a wonderful story that demonstrates the power of the magical sweet salt air that will cure what ails you, and it will resonate with you long after the last word has been read. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
Beach Blues took me back to that wonderful place called Stony Point. All the people I met before are there and it's like we get to spend another summer together, at the beach. Each one of Joanne's stories introduces new characters and we watch how their lives become intertwined with the 'regulars'. It was wonderful to hang out with all the residents of this quaint little town again and to catch up with them and their lives. It's always like visiting old friends. In this story, we are introduced to Celia and Sal. They are both broken and looking to make some changes in their lives. I especially loved Sal. What I loved about him was that he seemed to have a healing quality about him. He was such a wise man and he made people around him take a closer look at themselves and the situation they were in and to look past it in order to move forward. He was good for Celia and for so many of the people in Stony Point. I always try to look for the part of the book that clues me into the meaning of the title. I loved all the references to 'beach blues' in this book. There are so many things that those two words represent throughout the book and I loved how Joanne was able to make it all fit together. I have read every single one of Joanne's books and I have been a big fan of her's since that very first one. I love each and every one of her stories! Beach Blues is the perfect book to take along with you this summer—what a fantastic beach read!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Really liked the characters and the descriptions of the little beach side town. Who wouldn’t want to live there? The ending was so sad. I thought it was going to be about overcoming an obstacle, but ended with a let down.
laurie foster 12 months ago
I read this on the monthly serial reads. Overall I liked the book and the characters. However, I was very disappointed that the ending of the book left me without resolution of the story-line. You have to buy the next book to find out what happens to the characters.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Loved the characters, hated the ending. Read this on July's series read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected a great read from the reviews, but was very disappointed. Story line could have been quite good, unfortunately, the book was draggy without much life to it.