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True Blend [Kindle Edition]

Joanne DeMaio
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans comes a compelling love story that will steal your heart and not let go.

Vintage bridal shop owner Amy Trewist thinks she'll never recover her quiet life at her restored farmhouse on an old country road. Not after her young daughter Grace is kidnapped. On one clear morning, in mere minutes, Grace is gone and Amy's world spins into a heartbreaking new place.

So does George Carbone's world. Drawn into his brother's crime solely to protect a child, his fate is sealed. But in a summer that simmers with the unsolved crime, George's conscience is tested. Can he change his fate? Can he right a wrong in a stricken mother's life? Can he love Amy freely?

What begins as a haunting encounter in a bank parking lot evolves into a psychological drama as these two lives converge in a small New England town. Because in postcard-pretty Addison, Connecticut, all is not what it seems. Pitting truth against secrets, brother against brother, and ultimately love against fate, True Blend is a riveting page-turner. Like the intricate lace of Amy's beautiful gowns, romance and suspense twist and weave together in this mesmerizing novel.


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About the Author

Joanne DeMaio is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of BLUE JEANS AND COFFEE BEANS, WHOLE LATTE LIFE, SNOWFLAKES AND COFFEE CAKES, and most recently TRUE BLEND. She lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494762099
  • Publisher: Joanne DeMaio (March 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ISVHLUU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blend of events March 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
True Blend by Joanne DeMaio
Without even knowing what this book was about when I was approached to read/review/blog tour I jumped at the chance. I have loved the author's other works and knew this would be a good one also.
I was not disappointed. Starts out with Amy who is a widow of just one year and she has a 2 yo daughter, Grace. They lead a routine schedule but one morning Grace is taken by armed robbers who also take an armored truck.
She obeys their final words and not contact the police for over an hour. She is returned and Amy finds it hard even with her mother there to trust people again. She works at the bridal gown shop out of her house.
The story also follows George Carbone and him being the hero for returning Amy to her mother. Problem is he has issues of his own and never wanted to be part of the armed robbery, never mind taking a child away from her mother. He's also finding it hard to not only trust people but carry on under the guise of being a hero when in his mind, he is not.
Love the locale, hearing of the bridal gown accessories/design work and learning about other career choices described.
Therapy helps Amy and what to expect from her flashbacks and Amy's that might help the police... What amazes me is we as kids growing up also put cards held with clothespins on our bike spokes.
Love how the whole story comes together with pieces from the past days and months that all fit in. Such detailed descriptions of the dates and day trips, priceless! Learned new things: gun therapy and process of the whole thing, meat market and all it entails from the food, inventory to cleaning and operating of the tools needed to do the trade.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

ALSO BY JOANNE DEMAIO
Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes
Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans
Whole Latte Life
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MESMERIZING TALE April 16, 2014
Format:Paperback
On a serene day in spring, in the lovely town of Addison, Connecticut, Amy Trewist, a widow, is running errands with her toddler daughter Grace. As they reach their destination at the bank, unknown to them, on a parallel path, George Carbone and his brother Nate are getting ready for a trip to the casino...but first, they must stop at the bank.

Suddenly chaos reigns. An armored car heist is underway, and Grace is grabbed, just as she and her mother exit the bank. Men wearing stocking masks and bearing guns now control the scene, and the spring day is no longer serene. All that Amy can remember in the moments afterwards were one man's words: Be strong. And the warning to wait one hour before calling the police. She recalls a hand holding her down, and later will not remember any other details, except in flashbacks, when something is always missing....

The nightmare seemingly ends when a man named George Carbone finds her daughter in a parking lot of a store and brings her to the police. What happens over the summer that still simmers with the unsolved crime is how George becomes a regular part of Amy's life. She sees him as a protector. Especially since Grace no longer speaks, and seems to be more lost by the day. Is Amy becoming too dependent on George? Or is something more happening? And what secrets is George hiding?

In this beautiful town where Amy has a vintage bridal shop and wonderful friends, she no longer feels safe. Strange things are happening...is someone stalking her, or is her memory failing? Her life is in pieces and the only person who makes her feel safe is George.

The richly drawn characters soon became part of my life, too, as I eagerly followed them through the nightmare.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful romantic drama with a suspenseful twist April 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Joanne DeMaio’s fourth book, True Blend, brings her readers back to the quaint town of Addison, Connecticut, to meet new characters and even catch a glimpse of some familiar faces. Young widow Amy Trewist is finally beginning to recover from the loss of her husband when her daughter Grace is stolen from her in the midst of a bank robbery; in a mere three minutes her life is uprooted, and when her daughter is finally returned she knows their lives will never be the same. All she can remember of the scene is a compassionate promise from a masked assailant and the feel of a hand over hers. Local market owner George Carbone has always been aware of the distance between him and his brother Nate, a rift driven between them by their father’s death; one that Nate tries futilely to avoid. Their only connection now is their penchant for casinos and card games, but when Nate raises the stakes George finds himself drawn into a new sort of gamble, and he’ll be faced with a choice that could cost people their lives: especially two year-old Grace Trewist. As George and Amy’s lives entwine, powerful feelings will war with a plague of secrets as their lives spiral into unforeseen change.

True Blend marks a unique turning point in DeMaio’s evolution as a writer. While her previous novels explore her ability to capture all the complex nuances of personal relationships, True Blend’s story reaches additionally into elements of crime, suspense, and mistaken identity. While the nature of the novel’s plot is decidedly new territory, DeMaio’s reliable narrative style and her talent for crafting memorable characters manage to draw True Blend comfortably into the family of her previous work. Readers will be at home in the fictional town of Addison while discovering new layers of DeMaio’s ability as a storyteller.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a beautifully crafted novel
Another stunning read. As a mom of young girls, I could relate to Amy's anguish and found her a character whose emotions and challenges I could easily identity with. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaucoline
2.0 out of 5 stars True Blend.
This book was very difficult to get into, unlike others that I have read by the same author. Seemed tedious and "wordy". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carla E Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars best read in a long time
I don't like reviewing books, but this one has changed my mind. Being a writer myself, I can say I wish I had written this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AJC
5.0 out of 5 stars Choices...Suspense...and human frailities; Great read!
Joanne DeMaio has given us another wonderful story! I enjoy to read the books with stories of different characters located in a common community. Read more
Published 3 months ago by dcl
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense & Romantic
Keep my interest thru entire book....hoping for the ending I wanted :)
Published 3 months ago by Christine
4.0 out of 5 stars Love, suspense and believable characters.
The ending was wrapped up too neatly, I think, but doing otherwise would have unnecessarily added too much drama to the love story. Recommended - with a smile.
Published 3 months ago by Velma D.
4.0 out of 5 stars True Blend
I chose the four star rating because it was a good story. That being said, it's a story that would never actually happen, in my opinion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lillian D. Woodcock
1.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book was like reading a Hallmark Channel movie script
Reading this book was like reading a Hallmark Channel movie script. It was idiotic. I threw my copy in the trash after reading it because no one should ever read it again.
Published 3 months ago by Bertman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great new author for me...loved this book. ordering everything she's written.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging till the end
Enjoyed this story very much. Great love story with a mystery of suspense and sweetness. I will read another DeMaio book!
Published 3 months ago by P. Lopez
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More 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. Her novels include the New York Times bestseller BLUE JEANS AND COFFEE BEANS; WHOLE LATTE LIFE, a Kirkus Reviews Critics' Pick; SNOWFLAKES AND COFFEE CAKES, a USA Today bestseller; and most recently TRUE BLEND.

Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next book, forthcoming Spring 2015. To learn more, visit Joannedemaio.com. She also enjoys hearing from readers at Facebook.com/JoanneDeMaioAuthor.

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