Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans

Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans

by Joanne DeMaio

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Overview

New York Times Bestseller

Escape to Stony Point, cuff your jeans and walk along the water's edge in this nostalgic story bringing old friends, and their lives, back to the sea.

After years of pursuing a denim design career, Maris Carrington never imagined trading her Chicago studio for a New England shingled cottage. But a forgotten home movie tucked inside a dusty attic box leads to an unexpected summer ... One of uncovering family secrets while settling her father's estate, one of inheriting a forlorn German shepherd, one of reconnecting with old friends on a weathered boardwalk, beneath starlit skies on a beach nestled in a crook of the Connecticut coast.

Her design career had become a shell, curving around her like the intricate whorls of a conch, shielding her until now. Until fried clam dinners and carousel rides beckon a lost love. But can Maris ever really go back? Can these beach friends ever be who they were to each other all those summers ago? Now one of her circle is dead; another unemployed and struggling in a tenuous marriage; another regretting a fateful decision; while one is missing a mother, ever seeking a connection she longs for.

To the backdrop of seaside cottages and a boarded up beach hangout, to the soundtrack of whispering lagoon grasses and a vintage jukebox, Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans asks if we can really design our own lives, or if our fate lies somewhere in the stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479262779
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Series: The Seaside Saga , #1
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 22,259
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She lives with her family in Connecticut. To learn more about the author and her books, visit Joannedemaio.com.

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Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title of this book is what drew me to look at the reviews. Unfortunately, it bothers me to no end when reviewers end up writing a book of their own here insted of a review of the book itself spoiling it for other readers. It sounds like a great summer read and I probably will end up buying it. Please, please please, reviewers stop telling the whole story. Barnes and Noble can you not stop people from doing this?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself thinking about this book and the characters even after I finished it. Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book with a great story and not filled with graphic sex! Love stories instead of written pornography!
Micben More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I have never read anything by this author before, but I'm going to look up her other books. She brings the seaside alive, so that you can actually smell the salt air and feel the sand between your toes. Whether it's summer reading, or you are huddled up during a snowstorm, thinking thoughts of summer, this gentle book will warm your heart. I like the different plots and twists and interesting and flawed characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will enjoy
MaryMedia More than 1 year ago
A perfect story for anybody who loves the beach. The Connecticut shoreline is such a beautiful place, it was great to see it on the page. Maris and her beach friends took me on a journey I won't soon forget. The characters felt real to me, and I couldn't help rooting for them. Everybody loves to come back home, especially when home is set by the sea. I also loved the denim threaded throughout the storyline, and the creative way it mirrors a casual beach life. Ready to don my blue jeans and walk along the shore with this gang! Friendships, secrets, old loves, all set against a charming seaside community make for an inspiring, true-blue cool read. Definitely recommend. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great beach read. Great detail on the atmosphere it makes you feel like you are there. Highly recommend. Very well written.
Jena- More than 1 year ago
Great Read! I loved reading Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans.  This story of friendship, the sea, and falling in love felt so real to me.  It was like I was at Stony Point with Maris, Jason, and the rest of the beach friends - walking in the sand, dancing to the jukebox, and wishing on summer stars.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The style is very repetitive, there is no plot. I don't recommend
cts827 7 months ago
Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans by Joanne DeMaio is a sweet, heartwarming story that will leave you feeling content. Stony Point is a beach town with a lot of character. It also has friends who have grown up together and, even though they have gone in different directions, come together because of a bond that was formed long ago. Maris is back to finalize the sale of her recently deceased father's house. She discovers a secret that changes her completely. Jason has returned also and has a past that needs to be resolved and dealt with. This is a story of how different lives reconnect and yet have always been connected. It is a story of people! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a B&N serial readout where a chapter or two is delivered to my Nook each day until the book is completed. It is also a great way to meet new authors. I highly recommend this sweet story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story of old friends, memories and Stony Point. This was a great story including the beach and stars. Joanne's descriptions of everything made me feel like I was there, experiencing everything her characters were. I feel like I'd love to spend a few weeks there in the summer. I loved reading about these friends and the trials and issues they had to face in their everyday lives. I cried with Eva as she tried to find out who she was, and found myself rooting for Maris to make the 'right decisions' on her future. I'd read the third book first and now I'm starting from the beginning to catch up. I love this series and can't wait to read the rest of them. Love, love, love it. Keep writing about Stony Point Joanne.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on this series with a free monthly read of Beach Blues. Reading about the group of family and friends living seaside in Connecticut caught my attention and I had to read more of their advice entures, etc. Thank you Joanne for such a great series. Can't wait to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the rest of her book. I'm hooked.
Skimombeach More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. A group of friends reunite and rekindle old friendships. As their lives weave back together, they find old dreams and heal old hurts. It was emotional, uplifting, and I just couldn't put it down. Truly a "feel good" book. Read it and enjoy!
jendemond More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I enjoyed forgetting about my cold Snowy weather as I escaped to the seaside and summer in this book! Wonderfully descriptive and well written. A great read that draws you to the heart of Maris, the beach and the friends.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
Joanne DeMaio has written a story that immediately whisked me to the shores of Stony Point. She brings her characters and setting to life with ease. I could feel the breeze, the warm sunshine on my face, smell the sweet salt air, feel the sand and ocean on my feet. I loved this sentence: This beach has a way of casting its spell right through the windows under the guise of sun and salt, the call of the gulls, the sound of the waves. This is a story of children who played this beach as children through their teen years and after many years of going their own way have returned to their childhood beach for one reason or another and suddenly find life more complicated than they ever imagined. The first few pages drew me in immediately. This is the story of Maris Carrington who left Stony Point 12 years ago, but of course a lifetime of memories live in her heart. With the recent death of her father she realizes that she must finish tying up some loose ends in his estate and the one that will take the longest is getting the family home in Stony Point ready to put on the market to sell. She takes a leave of absence and heads to the shore to not only ready the house and visit with old friends, but also to face some old memories/ghosts and to decide if a life with her boyfriend, Scott, is what she really wants. Her arrival is all that she anticipated and meeting with her childhood best friend, Eva, was a must. A lot has changed since she left the area, but then again some things are unchangeable. Suddenly Maris is back in the swing of beach life with her friends and the memories of yesteryear. Jason Barlow is an architect now, but he's lost in the memory of his brother, Neil, who is the ghost he can't let go. Jason fondly remembers Maris and their one unforgettable kiss at Foley's, but she has a life in Chicago and a fiance`. As their friendship renews so does feelings that neither is willing to admit to, but will the sparks ignite a flame that neither can put out? This story brings elements of romance combined with romantic tension, forgiveness, turmoil, and humor. The plot is sweet, but at times it touches on some tough issues, plus there are twists and turns that the reader doesn't expect. The characters are complex and engaging. The characters show real and raw emotions. This story is told in a way that can evoke both laughter and tears. Some will say this is a perfect beach read and yes it might very well be, but I must tell you that I feel it's a book that perfect anytime. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read.
Christy41970 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I’ve read by Joanne DeMaio. I absolutely adored Wishing on Snowflakes which contains 2 of her books: Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes & Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer. I liked this one, but not as much as those two. I think it might be because it was a little more predictable. It was written before those as well, so I think Joanne’s writing has become more polished since Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans. What I really liked about this book was the setting. I love the beach and wish I lived closer to one! I have been to Connecticut and visited the Long Island Sound one summer. It is so beautiful, but if you’re used to sandy beaches, you’re in for a shocker like I was! The beaches are mostly tiny pebbles with some sand. I’d still live there though…it IS the beach after all. Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans focuses on several friends and how their relationships have been intertwined since their teen years….some longer. I thought that the story flowed well, though it did seem a bit slow in some places. Overall, the stories fit together well, but I kind of wish that Kyle and Lauren’s story would just have been its own since I didn’t get enough to feel emotionally involved. I think their story could have been the most interesting if it had been given its own book. Joanne’s writing style is present tense third person, so it does take a little getting used to. Since I’d read her later books first, I knew the feel of her writing already. I do think the Christmas themed books are more polished, but I did like this one and how it turned out in the end. I still recommend starting with Wishing on Snowflakes because I like the stories more, and it will give you a chance to get to know Joanne’s writing style.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans by Joanne DeMaio.....A beautifully written story about friendship with some surprises and fabulous characters. I absolutely loved watching Maris's story be told. Joanne DeMaio is an amazing author that sucks you into the story and you are bummed when it ends. I highly recommend this book or any book by this author.
phylis More than 1 year ago
Maris has to return home to settle her father's estate and she is going through his things and getting the house ready to sell. She uncovers some secrets that lead her to believe that she has a sister. She decides she wants to stay longer. She also reconnects with her friends that she used to see every summer. She has a lot of emotions she is dealing with and then her boyfriend Scott from Chicago decides to send her an engagement ring. She isn't sure that is what she wants. This is the first book that I have read by Joanne DeMaio and it will not be the last. I really enjoyed the book she took you through the lives of Maris's friends and made you feel like you were right there with them. You felt all the emotions the characters in the book felt. I would recommend this book to all my friends. I am sure that you will enjoy it as much as I did. I received an ARC and am voluntarily reviewing the book.
Annie97 More than 1 year ago
disappointed. Snowflakes was so good I expected a repeat but - it was hard for me to settle into. Characters moved around too much and they weren't interesting..sorry
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Alaska-Kath More than 1 year ago
Pleasant storyline, Easy reading. Happy ending.
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