Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio

Whole Latte Life By Joanne DeMaio 

Publisher:  CreateSpace
Pages:  336
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  Would you leave everything behind to know who you are?

Sara Beth Riley never dreamt she'd walk straight out of her life. Actually she'd never dreamt a lot of things that had happened this year ... From being kidnapped by her own best friend, to throwing her wedding rings into the Hudson River, to calling an old love in France, to getting inked with said best friend, painting the passionate constellation of these choices into permanence. But mostly, she could never have dreamt what started it all. How could it be that her mother's unexpected death, and the grief which lingered painfully long, turned her into the woman she was finally meant to become?

Sara Beth's escape begins a summer of change - of herself, of marriage, of the lives of those around her. In a story that moves from Manhattan to the sea to a quaint New England town, Whole Latte Life looks at friends we never forget, at decisions we linger with, at our attempts to live the lives we love.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two friends head to NYC to celebrate a milestone birthday - the 40th!  While out enjoying a meal, one friend (Sara Beth) disappears leaving only a note that she needs some time away.  The other friend (Rachel) is stuck trying to figure out what should be her next step.  

Told from both of their points of views and even Sara Beth's husband, the reader is easily taken through the story.  I was amazed at how flawlessly each character took over the story and I knew who was talking and what was going on.  As well, I easily kept each character's lives separate, this is only due to great writing.

A great book that went a few places that were nicely unpredictable.  I would recommend this book to readers who love a deep, heartfelt story with true characters.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

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