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Friday, March 27, 2020

Every Summer by Joanne DeMaio (VBT: Book Review)

In association with Author Joanne DeMaio, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Every Summer!

Book Review

Every Summer by Joanne DeMaio
Book 10: The Seaside Saga Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: Paperback - February 20, 2020 / eBook - March 3, 2020
Format: Paperback - 306 pages
               Kindle - 2381 KB
               Nook - 726 KB
ISBN: 978-1670298188
ASIN (ebook): B083GYK98V
BNID: 2940162999928
Genre: Women's Fiction

Buy The Book:

Buy The Series: The Seaside Saga Series
Book 1: Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans 
Book 2: The Denim Blue Sea
Book 3: Beach Blues
Book 4: Beach Breeze
Book 5: The Beach Inn
Book 6: Beach Bliss
Book 7: Castaway Cottage
Book 8: Night Beach
Book 9: Little Beach Bungalow 
Book 10: Every Summer
Book 11: Salt Air Secrets (Pub Date: May 12, 2020)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Book Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes a novel of one unforgettable week at the shore -- during a summer that changes everything.

Every summer has a story. That couldn't be more true for Jason and Maris Barlow, the Bradford brothers, soon-to-be innkeepers Elsa and Celia, and the rest of The Seaside Saga cast. But this particular summer is leaving its mark on the New England beach town of Stony Point. As lone lobsterman Shane settles in for another week at his rented bungalow by the sea, emotional tides turn. Relationships come unmoored; secret love affairs surface; family bonds are tested.

So head under the trestle, walk the cottage-lined streets, sit on the sandy boardwalk, and spend Every Summer with your favorite beach friends. They're waiting for you.

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My Book Review:

In Every Summer, the beach friends' story continues where Little Beach Bungalow, left off. Author Joanne DeMaio transports the reader back to the tranquil seashore town of Stony Point, Connecticut, where the summer season is coming to a close. The story picks up in the the last week of August, where relationship issues and long-held secrets will change the lives of friends: Maris, Jason, Eva, Matt, Kyle, Lauren, Elsa, Cliff, Nick, Paige, Vinny, Celia, and Shane.

In Every Summer, Author Joanne DeMaio easily captivates her readers' attention with this beautifully written 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, the close of the summer season will take the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride as the beach friends deal with old memories, long held secrets, past hurts, and an entwined history. Shane is in town for one last week, and he hopes to reconnect with his brother Kyle, and put an end to their troubled past. Then there is Maris and Jason, who are struggling in their marriage: their second anniversary is marred when Jason finds out about Maris' secret engagement to Shane fifteen years ago, and it pushes Jason over the edge, especially when he also struggles with the inner demons of the ten year annniversary of the tragic accident that took his leg and caused his brother Neil's death. With so much upheaval and changes this summer, can the old adage: as time heals all wounds, so does the sea air, help this group of friends continue to live by the credo: "salt air, not a care" and "cast away your troubles straight into the sea?"

The shimmering denim blue sea with its calming effect will offer them another end of the summer season of hope, love, family, friendship, heartache, mistakes, forgiveness, redemption, and blissful new beginnings. But alas, mistakes, secrets, past painful issues, and another surprising cliffhanger will leave the reader impatiently waiting to read more in Salt Air Secrets, the next installment in The Seaside Saga Series. So now that I have whet your interest in the beach friends latest comings and goings, 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, Every Summer.

Every Summer is an intricate story of interweaving friendships, life events, and deep family secrets and drama. It is a wonderful story that continues to demonstrate the power of the magical sweet salt air that will cure what ails you. This installment in The Seaside Saga Series held so much angst, you can't help but feel the full gamut of emotions as Shane and Kyle work out their brotherly issues, while heartbreaking martial troubles plague Maris and Jason. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I wanted to thoroughly throttle Jason, while on the flip side I loved that Shane's story continued in this book, and that the cliffhanger ending certainly whets the readers appetite with a possible Shane-Celia relationship in Salt Air Secrets ... sigh.

The Seaside Saga Series is a heartwarming series of stories of friendship, family, painful secrets, new beginnings and second chances. Author Joanne DeMaio weaves a wonderful 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, Cliff, and Shane as their lives change like the tide's ebb and flow on their little tranquil coastal town.


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. Every Summer is her newest novel. Currently at work on her next book, Salt Air Secrets. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

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