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Monday, May 17, 2021

The Beachgoers by Joanne DeMaio (Book Review)

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

Book Review

The Beachgoers by Joanne DeMaio
Book 13: The Seaside Saga Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: Paperback - May 4, 2021 / eBook - May 10, 2021
Format: Paperback - 302 pages
               AudioBook - 7 Hours 26 Minutes
               Kindle - 4098 KB
               Nook - 577 KB
ISBN: 979-8570952195
ASIN (AudioBook): B08R6HML9Y
ASIN (ebook): B08P7WF624
BNID: 2940162707165
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 
Book 12: Stony Point Summer 
Book 13: The Beachgoers 
Book 14: Shore Road (Pub Date: March 1, 2022)

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 heartfelt beach book like no other -- The Beachgoers, Book 13 of The Seaside Saga

You know them on a first-name basis. Jason. Maris. Elsa. Shane. Celia. Kyle. Lauren and the rest of the Stony Point beach crew. So catch up on the enchanted evening sand and join your favorite friends on the Connecticut shore. In this deftly woven novel, love, secrets and surprises are in store.

Book Excerpt: 

My Book Review:

In The Beachgoers, the beach friends' story continues where Stony Point Summer 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 during the Labor Day weekend, where our beach friends lives are like the tides, sometimes they keep moving and changing. 

In The Beachgoers, 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.

The Beachgoers is an intricate story of interweaving friendships, life events, and deeply held 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. In this installment in The Seaside Saga Series, the author weaves a story that alternates between the present and flashbacks to the beach friends' pasts. This segment of the beach friends' story focuses on heartbreaking traumatic events from ten years ago involving Jason and Neil Barlow, and Kyle and Lauren Bradford; while interweaving it with the continuing present ongoing marital strife between Jason and Maris; Elsa's secret leading up to the grand opening of her Ocean Star Inn; a blossoming attraction between Celia Gray and Shane Bradford; and a surprise celebration for Kyle and Lauren Bradford.

This installment in the series held so much angst, you can't help but feel the full gamut of emotions as the author takes the reader back to ten years ago, and the traumatic events that the beach friends had to deal with. At the end of the prior book, Stony Point Summer, the author teased her readers with a couple of cliffhanger endings that are revealed in The Beachgoers: Elsa's secret is revealed and Jason realizes who the person is in the mysterious beach binocular photo. But alas the reader has a new cliffhanger when someone shows up at Elsa's door, and oh wait ... the author decides to add another cliffhanger ending ... Maris tells Jason to get ready because he is going somewhere ... perhaps a beach friends intervention? We'll just have to wait and see what is revealed in Shore Road, the fourteenth installment of the series ... sigh. 

I think this installment in the series has the most emotional storyline, as the reader follows along with the beach friends' lives that are full of friendship, love, secrets, regrets, challenges, heartbreak, grief, surprises, and second chances. As you read this installment, have the tissues ready because you will definitely need them because you will be experiencing the full gamut of emotions as you turn the pages. And just when you think you're all caught up with the beach friends' lives, the author teases the readers by keeping them in suspense and anxiously waiting for the next installment in the 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, The Beachgoers.

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. The Beachgoers is her newest novel. Currently at work on her next book, Shore Road. Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

Author Website
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