Women’s Fiction – Contemporary
Setting – Connecticut
Self Published (May 17, 2016)
Paperback: 420 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01ELQDXAM
Celia Gray finds herself house-sitting a silver-shingled cottage at Stony Point. She arrives with her guitar, a few staging jobs … and a bit of summertime sadness. That is, until an unforgettable group of beach friends draws her in like a breath of salt air.
Sal DeLuca heard the words in a dream: Take me to the sea. So after a decade of demanding work, he takes his first vacation in years. Trading in his suit and tie for blue jeans and boat shoes, Sal unexpectedly arrives at his mother’s shabby inn on the Connecticut shore, winding his way into the lives and hearts of the close-knit beach community.
When Stony Point’s two wash-ashores, Sal and Celia, meet, some say it’s a match made in beach-heaven. And so begins a sweet seaside summer … forging friendships, adventures and new love. But all is not at ease in the gentle sea breeze as a dark secret turns the tide for the Stony Point crew.
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.
About The Author
Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Beach Blues is her seventh novel. Currently at work on her next book, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.
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