Review: True Blend by Joanne DeMaio

Contemporary Fiction
Self Published (March 4, 2014)
Paperback: 394 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1494762094
E-Book File Size: 664 KB
BN ID: 2940149480340


New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio returns to small-town New England in this compelling love story where truth is veiled by secrets.

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!!

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About This Author

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. Blue Jeans and Coffee Beansis her second novel. Both books explore the intricate relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends. Her third novel Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes is an enchanting novel about love, family, and the delicate power of snowflake.

In addition, her music essays have appeared in literary journals, celebrating her passion for song. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next book.

Find out more at her webpage here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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