When I was invited to participate in Joanne DeMaio’s book tour for her latest release Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans, I jumped at the chance. Given the following description, how could I resist?
What do a denim designer, a cherished New England beach and a dusty reel of an old home movie have in common? All get the story brewing in Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans. Returning again to the sandy shores of Long Island Sound, the story follows a group of beach friends reuniting after a decade apart. But can these friends ever be who they were to each other all those summers ago? Now one of this 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 shingled 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.
This book did not disappoint. When Chicago designer Maris Carrington returns to her childhood home on the coast of Connecticut to settle her father’s estate, she reconnects with old friends, sharing old memories and making new ones. Then she discovers a shattering family secret; her search for answers keeps her at the from returning home as planned. As time goes by, she finds herself questioning everything about the life and relationship waiting for her; her old friendships deepen and she begins to succumb to the allure of the beach, finding inspiration for her denim clothing line in the sand, water and air. But when her Chicago boyfriend proposes marriage and she receives her dream job offer in New York City, she is forced to make a decision that will affect the course of the rest of her life, as well as the lives of those around her.
With its great cast of characters with stories of their own, beautiful beach setting, and masterful weaving of plot and subplots, Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans will keep you turning pages until the very end and wishing for more. I cannot recommend it highly enough.