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Monday, March 26, 2018

The Beach Inn by Joanne DeMaio (Book Review)

Book Review

The Beach Inn by Joanne DeMaio
Book 5: Seaside Saga Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Format: Paperback - 305 pages
               Kindle - 1775 KB
               Nook - 600 KB
ISBN: 978-1544762814
BNID: 2940157534936
Genre: Women's Fiction

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Book Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Breeze comes a novel as sweet as the salt air by the sea.

It was going to be exquisite: a rambling, shingled New England cottage converted into a grand beach inn. Nestled among hydrangeas and swaying dune grasses, this seaside haven would welcome guests on the Connecticut shore. Except the little beach town of Stony Point is no longer feeling like a haven to its residents. Residents including a brooding Jason Barlow, the esteemed architect in charge of the inn's renovation--until a stubborn, grief-induced For Sale sign puts an end to that.

But with a little help from the beach friends, anything is possible. In an effort to save the inn and convince its cherished owner to stay, the friends band together to stage an inn-tervention, shaking up their own lives in the process.

A new season of love, adventure, and heart-healing awaits in the quaint seaside village of Stony Point. So pull up a sand chair and book your stay for a page-turning getaway in The Beach Inn.

My Book Review:

Every once in a while an author comes along who weaves stories that simply pulls at the heartstrings and stirs the soul, for me, this author is Joanne DeMaio.

In The Beach Inn, author Joanne DeMaio transports the reader back to the tranquil seashore town of Stony Point, Connecticut, where the reader catches up with the lives of friends: Maris, Eva, Matt, Jason, Kyle, Lauren, Elsa, Cliff, Nick, and Celia after the sudden death of Elsa's son and Celia's fiance, Salvatore DeLuca.

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 heart-wrenching sudden death of Sal brings a sadness to this tight-knit group of beach friends, especially for Elsa and Jason. Elsa's grief over the loss of her son leads her to decide to put up for sale the old Foley cottage instead of renovating it as a beachside inn. As for Jason, Sal's loss has him going into a downward spiral as he revisits the past when his brother Neil died nine years ago, and he can't seem to shake it. The group decides that an inn-intervention is needed with Operation Make Elsa Smile in order to get her to reconsider selling the cottage. Their efforts to help Elsa and Jason cope with their grief will bring the group together and strengthen their bonds of friendship and personal relationships, as the shimmering denim blue sea with 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, The Beach Inn.

The Beach Inn is a poignant story of friendship and family, dealing with heartbreak, death, grief, life's experiences and personal issues 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, Maris, Eva, Matt, Jason, Kyle, Lauren, Nick, Elsa, and Cliff 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.

The Beach Inn is an intricate story of interweaving friendships and facing real-life challenges that are 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.


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. The Beach Inn is her ninth novel. Currently at work on her next book, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

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  1. I love going to the beach. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Hi Sherry! Thank you for stopping by today! This is a wonderful series to read, you can't help but get transported to the beach and get immersed in the friends' lives. :)