True Blend

True Blend

by Joanne DeMaio

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ISBN-13: 9781494762094
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 394
Sales rank: 145,818
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(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. To learn more about the author and her books, visit Joannedemaio.com.

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True Blend 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Ten stars! This was probably the BEST book I've ever read...such a roller coaster of emotions...beautifully woven plot, characters you just have to love, and a story that pulls you in from page one! 
montague1933 More than 1 year ago
I am in the middle of reading this book, cannot put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In her latest novel, True Blend, author Joanne DeMaio weaves a wonderful tale of unexpected love with a suspenseful twist. Set in the fictional small town of Addison, Connecticut, the reader follows the unexpected and complicated relationship between a young widow and her two year old daughter with a man who was an unwilling participant in a crime that has left them emotionally traumatized. From the opening sentence of the story, the reader is easily drawn in and captivated by the traumatic event that unexpectedly intertwines the lives of thirty-three year old widow Amy Trewist and her two year old daughter Grace with George Carbone. Amy Trewist is the owner of Wedding Wishes, a vintage bridal shop in Addison. Amy is still grieving from the unexpected death of her husband Mark one year ago. On one sunny summer day while coming out of a bank, Amy's two year old daughter Grace is snatched out of her hands by bank robbers and held hostage until their getaway is successful. George Carbone is the owner of The Main Course, a delicatessen in Addison. On a day that George thought would be spent in the company of his younger brother Nate in a local casino, he is unknowingly and unwillingly dragged into an armored car heist. He had one moment to make one decision that will affect three people's lives ... Part of the carefully planned out heist is for George to heroically return Grace to Amy, and then blend back into normal everyday life. But George is haunted with guilt over his participation in the crime, and his concern for Amy and Grace leads him to try to protect them without revealing his secret. Amy and Grace are emotionally traumatized from the incident and both suffer from the effects of PTSD and have trouble trusting people. As their lives intertwine from a traumatic incident into a safe friendship, feelings grow between George and Amy, but can secrets, a guilty conscience, and recurring flashbacks ruin their chance at finding love? True Blend is a wonderful story full of drama, mystery, and suspense that captivates the reader's attention from beginning to end. The author does a wonderful job of providing the reader with a richly descriptive storyline that delves into the troubled conscience of a man and the psychological effects on a widow and her child when their lives intertwine from the events of a "perfect crime." Added into the mix is their safe friendship and romance that develops out of the traumatic incident, and a complicated journey to love and happiness. Interwoven throughout the story is a wonderful description of the picturesque town of Addison, Connecticut, to Amy's country farmhouse and lovely vintage bridal shop, to the warm summer breeze on a idyllic Connecticut beach. True Blend is an enchanting and powerfully emotional love story that will leave the reader breathless. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too slow for me i have read 150 pages and i cannot finish
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
I have now had the pleasure of 4 books by the very talented Joanne DeMaio. I have to say after each book I read of Ms. DeMaio I say this one was my favorite. True Blend is one of those books that caught my attention from page one and would not let go until I finished the book. I was still in awe of the fabulous story after I finished the book.  Amy Trewist has been through a lot in the past year. After the loss of her husband she and her daughter have grown even closer if that is possible. They are very much trying to hold each other together. When a beautiful day turns tragic Amy has to figure out how to cope with life again. Her baby daughter Grace has to deal with the traumatic event of being kidnapped and Amy has to deal with the life feeling so incredibly unsafe she doesn't really know how to cope. When George Carbone comes into their life, Amy feels safe with George. George takes it upon himself to try to protect these two women he has come to love. However  there is a MAJOR secret that could rip their world apart and it is lurking around every corner.  I could go on and on about this story and the plot line but it's such a wonderful story that I really don't want to ruin it for you. I will tell you there is a LOT of drama and mystery involved in this story. I had a horrible time setting this book down. I could not wait to see what could possibly happen next and when the secret was going to explode.  I find that Ms. DeMaio writes some of the most touching story lines and characters that are so unique and really touch your emotions. This is very true to form for True Blend as well.  One more thing I must mention is the cover. Is that not a beautiful cover or what?!? Ms. DeMaio has some of the prettiest covers I have seen. They are just as wonderful as the story under it.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good touching dramatic mystery with some romance thrown in the mix. If you have read Joanne DeMaio's work before then you really need to grab your copy of True Blend and start reading, you are going to love this book! If you have not had the pleasure of reading her work already then I recommend you start with this one and work your way back to her her first book Whole Latte Life.   I can not wait to see what wonderful story Joanne DeMaio comes up with for us next. So far I would say she has done a fabulous job with each of the four books I have had the chance to read.  I was given the opportunity to read this book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you on True Blend. 
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Amy Trweist’s two year old daughter, Grace,  is pulled right out of her hands and kidnapped.  She is returned safely many hours later by George Carbone, who was in the right place at the right time.  What Amy doesn’t know is that George was involved in the crime that led to the kidnapping.   Their friendship grows and the secret gets harder and harder to keep.   George takes it upon himself to help keep Amy and Grace safe, putting himself in their life and building a relationship with both of them. My Review: I have read all of Joanne DeMaio’s other books and loved them all.  This one is so different.   Although there is still the romance and the love, there is a crime.   A huge crime that changes a family forever.  When I started this book I was expecting it to be soft, romantic, and lovey.     This was in the book, but so much more.   The location is familiar to the readers of DeMaio.   There is mention of Whole Latte Life, the local coffee shop and one of her past books.  I loved the setting of an old farm house and could easily picture the gardens and tire swing that Amy sees when she looks out her back windows.  The bridal shop sounded amazing and I wish that when I got married there was a place like that in my home town.  True Blend is a book that I will recommend to all.   It is a book that I could not stop reading and was sad when it was over.    Joanne DeMaio has quickly become a go-to author that I always love.  
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story from Joanne!  I have been a huge fan of Joanne's books from the very first time I saw the cover of Whole Latte Life, even before I 'met' her virtually. Then I met her, read Whole Latte Life, and was hooked! I anxiously await each new book and know I am going to be in for a treat.  True Blend is set in the same community, Addison, Connecticut as her other books and I like that she writes her stories centered in the same place. It gives me a chance to learn more about Addison while meeting new people in the community. It makes me feel like I have a connection to the town and the wonderful people in it.  'This is something new: When anything she loves is out of her sight, out of her grasp, Grace comes close to tears until it is returned, until her arms hold it near. It's funny what we keep from sadness, from loss.' Joanne's most recent story, while it still seems similar because we are taken back to the world of Addison, is also, I feel, very different from her previous books. There is an aspect to the story that is much more intense and dramatic from her other ones. There is a kidnapping, an armored car heist, as well as some very bad people involved in the story. It didn't have that overall gentle, romantic feel to it that her other books have. Don't get me wrong, there is still a gentle romance, but there is also that other, more intense layer to it as well. That intensity only drew me more deeply into the story as I discovered how these issues were going to be resolved.  'What defines evil's existence is its contrast with good.' One of the beautiful parts of the book is centered around Amy's bridal shop. I loved how Amy discovered vintage gowns and veils and presented them and their romantic history to her customers.  'Her vintage bridal shop is all part of capturing her family history, a part of four generations of women woven together. A part of the art of her grandmother's intricate hand-stitched lace doilies and veils and table runners and even bracelets. A part of the sweet memories stopping at tag sales with her mother years ago, lifting lace treasures from old trunks or a chest of drawers. A part of the magic stories her mother spun about lace. A part of standing together in the sunlight, her mother's hands lifting lace like butterfly wings for Amy to see, dust rising like fairy stardust. She feels a bit of that enchanted stardust in each lace gown she chooses and loves that she can share it with her own daughter now, too.' I think this book was a great example of the growth of the author as she steps a little bit 'outside her box' and brings in a little bit different type of story line. True Blend is an amazing story and I enjoyed it immensely, just as I have loved all the rest of Joanne's books. She continues to be one of my 'must-read' authors.  'Nothing is what it seems, and never will be again.'
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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 something he never sees coming. Dollycas’s Thoughts Again I think the synopsis provided to me and posted online gives away too much of the story. I like to discover the characters and their connections as I read the story. Joanne DeMaio really surprised me with this story. It starts out with a lot of suspense and then delves into the lives of the two main characters. Their lives were turned upside down in less than a minute and for both George and Amy this is the second time their lives have taken a drastic turn. Amy is still grieving her husband’s death and George is running a butcher shop instead of playing baseball. George could not be more different from his brother Nate. George is the responsible, steadfast brother and Nate has his head in the clouds. George took over the family business when his father died and is an upstanding member of the community. His brother is always looking for the way to make easy money and change his and George’s lives so they don’t have to work and would be able to follow their dreams. He thinks he finally has a fool proof plan and he drags George right into his scheme never thinking of the consequences. Now George is trying to figure out how to right this massive wrong and Amy is suffering from flashbacks and PTSD. DeMaio always creates fascinating characters and this time she really puts them in an extraordinary situation, then she adds twists that were so unexpected. I love mysteries and this story read just like a mystery, when secrets were revealed I was stunned. Like DeMaio’s Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans this story took me on an emotional roller coaster. I really didn’t know how this story would end and I didn’t have a clear feeling on how I wanted it to end. She truly did blend together an outstanding story. This like all the rest of her books is a must read!!
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Joanne DeMaio tackles the tough question – can a person do something terribly wrong for the right reason – in her latest release, TRUE BLEND. DeMaio quickly pulls readers into this story when the innocence of a child is threatened. She holds you spellbound as the story unfolds and tugs at your heartstrings every step of the way. Three minutes on a bright sunny morning turned the world of Amy Trewist, a young widow, upside down in the quaint town of Addison, CT. Her two-year-old daughter, Grace is kidnapped as part of an elaborate bank robbery. As Grace is snatched away, Amy comes face to face with one of the armed men, who urges her to ‘be strong.’ It’s a typical day for George Carbone out with his brother for a day of gambling and fun with their friends. The day quickly turns tragic when George ends up in a bank parking lot just as an armored truck robbery takes place. He does the only thing he knows to do, protect an innocent child at all cost. George is soon able to return the young girl to her mother and the lives of all three become intertwined. As the days of summer pass away, the trio become closer. But dark secrets, guilt and recurring flashbacks threaten their happiness. It's time once again for George to do the right thing, no matter the cost. Through DeMaio’s rich descriptions, the scenes materialize before you. As George learns of the intricate plans surrounding the robbery and its aftermath, the events seem to come to life in slow motion making you wonder about the chain of events in real life crimes. The characters are well-developed, realistic and very likable. DeMaio portrays their emotions in such a way readers will feel their joy and anguish. TRUE BLEND is a splendidly compiled story of love, honor, compassion, loyalty and strength. It’s heartwarming and suspenseful in a fast pace captivating style. The setting, the characters and their dilemmas will pull you in for a hometown feel of friends and family you won’t want to leave. FTC Full Disclosure - 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.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
Joanne DeMaio, is at the top of her game with “True Blend”! Having read all her books (which I highly recommend, as enjoyed them all), “True Blend”, is much more than a sweet, romance, feel -good book in an idyllic setting, to curl up with. True Blend is indeed an unexpected love story set in a fictional town of Addison, Connecticut (great front cover) to draw you in; However, more importantly a suspenseful, thrilling, compelling page-turner, keeping you on the edge of your seat, full of emotions, choices, and intensity, as DeMaio, so brilliantly creates the background of her characters, the setup, interjects raw emotions, feelings, and careful plot planning of this thought provoking novel. (making you read well into the night, to see what is coming next). There is so much to this book, from the dynamic sensitive relationship with George/Nate/Father. You feel as though you know the characters and are stepping into the pages of their hearts and lives. The references to a card game (Nate/George) as it parallels to their life. Nate’s risk taking, raising the stakes, house of cards, playing a hand, showing your hand, keeping the cards close to the belt; guilt, and a disastrous and meditated plan he has developed for his brother George, allowing nothing to stand in his way. George, a man who sacrificed his dreams of professional baseball for his family, who kept his father’s butcher shop (The Main Course) running, the business man, the stable one-who lives alone and never married. He plays it safe until he is thrown into an uncontrollable circumstance of choosing between his brother and the safety of a beautiful young woman and her daughter, with only seconds to decide. The one point, Nate had not planned on when concocting this heist, was George falling in love with the victims they hold hostage - Amy and her daughter Grace. As fate would have it, Amy, a recent widow leading a quiet life in her beautiful farmhouse, with her almost three year old daughter Grace, owner of a vintage bridal shop happens to be at the bank (wrong place and wrong time), which will forever chance her life. George also happens to be in the car with Nate on his way to the casino when he was thrown into a scene, which would change the course of his life, with only seconds to decide which path to choose and the consequences. When these two worlds collide, what course will it take and is there ever a perfect crime? Amy’s quite peaceful life turns into a daily nightmare with threats, stalking, flashbacks, anxiety, fear and PTSD for this young mother and her daughter, who cannot speak after the kidnapping. Will her life ever be the same? Can she remember each detail of the man who took her daughter? One second changed her life, her daughter, as well as George’s future. True Blend would be ideal for book clubs and book discussions. The relationship between Nate/George/Father is very complex. The what ifs of the day of the heist, what could George have done differently, could he have stopped the hostage and robbery, would it have changed the outcome, and if so how, and could he have told Amy earlier on? A beautiful summer of two people joined together by tragedy, nature and force. Can their love survive, as they learn to trust one another where secrets are unveiled in this small town New England setting, for a true blending of souls and lives? I highly recommend!
rainyday2 More than 1 year ago
On a serene day in spring, in the lovely town of Addison, Connecticut, Amy Trewist, a widow, is running errands with her toddler daughter Grace. As they reach their destination at the bank, unknown to them, on a parallel path, George Carbone and his brother Nate are getting ready for a trip to the casino…but first, they must stop at the bank. Suddenly chaos reigns. An armored car heist is underway, and Grace is grabbed, just as she and her mother exit the bank. Men wearing stocking masks and bearing guns now control the scene, and the spring day is no longer serene. All that Amy can remember in the moments afterwards were one man’s words: Be strong. And the warning to wait one hour before calling the police. She recalls a hand holding her down, and later will not remember any other details, except in flashbacks, when something is always missing…. The nightmare seemingly ends when a man named George Carbone finds her daughter in a parking lot of a store and brings her to the police. What happens over the summer that still simmers with the unsolved crime is how George becomes a regular part of Amy’s life. She sees him as a protector. Especially since Grace no longer speaks, and seems to be more lost by the day. Is Amy becoming too dependent on George? Or is something more happening? And what secrets is George hiding? In this beautiful town where Amy has a vintage bridal shop and wonderful friends, she no longer feels safe. Strange things are happening…is someone stalking her, or is her memory failing? Her life is in pieces and the only person who makes her feel safe is George. The richly drawn characters soon became part of my life, too, as I eagerly followed them through the nightmare. Amy felt like a dear friend, and George did seem like a good, strong protector. Also throughout the story, a few reminders of other books came, as Amy and her friend Celia frequented Whole Latte Life, the shop featured in another book. References to Stony Point reminded me of Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans. I love how the author weaves into this story characters and places from other books, making me remember other old friends. True Blend is the kind of story that twists its way into your mind, as you try to imagine what will happen next, and whether or not Amy will ever feel safe again. Or feel love. Will she find the answers before her life spirals further into danger? A captivating and mesmerizing tale that left me breathless. Five stars.