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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Beach Cottage by Joanne DeMaio (Book Review)

The Beach Cottage by Joanne DeMaio
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: August 15, 2020
Format: Paperback - 118 pages 
               Kindle - 4922 KB
               Nook - 577 KB
ISBN: 979-8674725985
BNID: 2940162958840
Genre: Women's Fiction

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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 love story set at a tucked-away cottage by the sea.

For Mack and Avery Martinelli, the summer is their oyster. They can spend all day on the beach, or not. Cruise the dusty beach roads, or never leave their deck overlooking Long Island Sound. Fill their itinerary with excursions on the Connecticut shore, or while away the hours in a shingled cottage. Every decision this week is theirs to make.

Until it's not. Until life as they know it changes -- and suddenly the Martinellis have to face only each other. Face each other in The Beach Cottage and see what they have, or don't have, between them.

Book Excerpt:

My Book Review:

In The Beach Cottage, author Joanne DeMaio transports the reader to Hatchett's Point, a secluded beach in Old Lyme, Connecticut, where newlyweds Mack and Avery Martinelli plan to spend their week-long honeymoon at Mack's family's beach cottage, only to have their plans turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic.

After a fairytale wedding with all the bells and whistles, the expensive cost cut into Mack and Avery's honeymoon budget, and Avery didn't envision spending their honeymoon at the beach cottage for seven days, let alone under the stay-at-home orders that were issued when the governor of Connecticut locked down the state due to the pandemic. Avery feels trapped, anxious, and overwhelmed, while Mack is the exact opposite by taking everything in stride. Mack suggests that they take this time to get to learn about each other. The beach cottage is a blessing in disguise, as Mack and Avery take advantage of life slowing down and being in the moment, leaving the world's troubles behind.

In The Beach Cottage, Author Joanne DeMaio easily captivates her readers' attention with this beautifully written novella that captures the reality of the pandemic that Mack and Avery faced, one that we all have been living with since the winter. 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 reader follows Mack and Avery as they learn about themselves, and the changes that the pandemic has brought to their new marriage. Mack and Avery easily 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 as they struggle to cope with the new normal lifestyle that the pandemic has brought upon them.

I loved reading this compelling and poignant novella. The author realistically described the sign of the times that we've all felt by the changes brought upon us by the Covid-19 pandemic. Mack and Avery's story will take the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride where every gamut of emotion is felt, especially the emotional ending, where the reader is left with a reminder that life can change in an instant, yet hoping for the best.


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 Cottage is her newest book. Currently at work on her next novels, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

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