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Whole Latte Life [Kindle Edition]

Joanne DeMaio
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes a heartfelt story of secrets and second chances.

Sara Beth and Rachel have been wishing on stars for as long as they've been friends. Sara Beth dreams of opening an antique shop in quaint Addison, Connecticut. For Rachel, a little beach cottage will do, where sea breezes and salt water might inspire her sketches. Sharing wishes and cups of coffee, they've stitched pieces of their lives together like a soft patchwork quilt of friendship they thought they'd hold close forever.

But while celebrating their birthdays one weekend in Manhattan, Sara Beth makes a life-altering decision. Excusing herself to use the Ladies' Room during lunch, she disappears, slipping the waiter a note to pass along, asking Rachel to cover for her.

Sara Beth's escape begins a summer of change--of herself, of her marriage, of the lives of those around her back home in Addison. Most unexpectedly, it brings a solitary Mounted Police Officer into Rachel's life, one who gladly shows Rachel that it isn't always stars that deliver our wishes.


Editorial Reviews

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"A thoughtful story that surprises with its insight and emotional impact."
-- Kirkus Reviews, Critics' Pick

"DeMaio has penned a heartfelt portrait of two friends at the crossroads of their lives."
-- As seen in USA Today

"Stirs up the emotions."
-- The Hartford Courant

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: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466427507
  • Publisher: Joanne DeMaio (March 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IIC4Z6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story of loyalty and friends March 26, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Wishes are a mystery to me. It's like putting your hope out there, opening a part of your heart to the constellations."

Friends since childhood, Sara Beth Riley and Rachel DeMartino meet regularly over coffee in their picturesque Connecticut hometown. They plan a Girls Weekend in New York City to spend their fortieth birthdays together. When Sara Beth walks out of a restaurant leaving behind only a note, the perplexed and overwrought Rachel searches Manhattan for her missing friend.

Sara Beth seeks a few days of freedom. She tries to cope with an unplanned child, the unexpected death of her mother and the indefinite postponement of her antique shop dreams. Struggling to reclaim her sense of self in a seemingly idyllic life, she runs away. She loses grip on her marriage, her three kids, and her best friend in a desperate attempt to regain balance and clarity.

Rachel also hopes the weekend will heal old wounds. The outing replaces the birthday trip her husband planned before his death two years ago. Widowed and her daughter away at college, her friend's desertion leaves Rachel worried, confused and alone. When a mounted officer offers her company in the city, she faces more uncharted territory.

Rachel and Sara Beth are highly relatable and complex women facing unforeseen and life-altering challenges. Told from the perspective of four characters, their stories wind through their small town, Manhattan, and a seaside retreat on Long Island.

DeMaio's lyrical language, combined with her exploration of the lingering power of our expectations and our choices, create an inspiring novel of love and loyalty--loyalty to mothers, to spouses, to traditions, and to friends. Whole Latte Life is a beautifully articulated story of loss and redemption, lasting connections and unconditional love. Whole Latte Life offers beach lovers, stargazers and girlfriends a warm story to share at a favorite café.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whine, whine, whine.... June 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't understand the high star ratings for this book, bought it based on reviews, and it's very disappointing.
It starts with 2 friends spending a birthday weekend in NYC. Then one takes off in the middle of lunch, leaving a wishy-washy note for her 'best friend' and disappears for 3 days.
Sara Beth is self-absorbed, unreasonable and clearly unbalanced woman, can't handle her daily life and family, yet won't leave per husband's request. Who also writes and emails her dead mother to whom she has an unhealthy attachment.
The other friend is a widow, also seemingly able to organize a fun and expensive weekend getaway, but unable to go and visit her daughter 3 hours away at school. And more in this vein.
I found this book convoluted, but not complicated, and not much of a story, nor main characters I could relate to. Don't let the high ratings sway you!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Ride April 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
Would you leave everything behind to know who you are?

That's exactly what Sara Beth Riley does, she leaves her friend alone in New York while she goes off to find herself. Her best friend Rachel plans a Girl's Weekend to celebrate their 40th birthdays and Sara Beth is there one minute and gone the next. Sara Beth's journey to find who she really is or change into the person she thinks she needs to be leaves a lot of collateral damage touching both her best friend and her own family. It sets off a summer from Manhattan to a cottage by the sea, a carriage house to a dream house. How much will her decision cost Sara Beth? Her best friend, her husband, her dreams....plus can she come to grips with what is already gone?

Dollycas's Thoughts
This story took this reader on quite an emotional roller coaster and I have to be very careful with this review not to give the story away.

I went from thinking Sara Beth was quite selfish to come to a bit of an understanding of what she was going through. I felt so sorry for Rachel being left in New York wondering if her friend was dead or alive. I wanted to strangle Sara Beth for putting her through that. But Rachel meets someone wonderful as she is surviving the mess Sara Beth made and turns lemons into lemonade.

It is extremely easy to identify with both Sara Beth and Rachel. They are both complex characters dealing with monumental issues, each handling them very differently. Sara Beth's way was much more extreme, wavering between mid-life crisis and scary mental breakdown.

The story was a true test of love for both characters, the choice to move on or run away. Self love, mother's love, second chance at love, true love. The bonds made with best friends, spouses, our children, our family, the bonds that bend but don't break.

DeMaio has written a truly endearing story that will leave us all star gazing and wanting to be kissed in the moonlight!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Blend April 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
Whole Latte Life

By Joanne DeMaio

Joanne DeMaio is a notable author having penned music essays. This is her debut novel, combining her passion for both friendship and coffee. She is also an active blogger.

"Whole Latte Life" tells the story of Sara Beth Riley and her summer of self- discovery. With the help and wisdom of her best friend Rachel, Sara Beth re-evaluates everything about herself and her life.

As they meet for lunch to celebrate their 40th birthdays, they suddenly find themselves on a life-changing adventure. Friendship leads them from city to small town, in a search of both who and what they are meant to be. They challenge each other, themselves, and everything they thought they knew about life, grief, and love.

Grief often causes one to look at life with a different perception. Losing a loved one reminds us that life is short, and how we spend our time is our own choice.

Rachel helps Sara, as friends do, to look at her life, sort it out, and to live the life that she is truly meant to live, the one that will make her happy.

"Whole Latte Life" is a beautiful novel of becoming one's true self, of lifelong friendship, life, love, and discovering that it is never too late to find the perfect blend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was disappointed with this book. It was a tedious read. Sara Beth's story was frustrating at best. Lacked fluidity.
Published 12 days ago by Cathryn
5.0 out of 5 stars Whole Latte Life
This was a wonderful book full of true life situations about love, loss, friendships and taking chances. Couldn't put it down
Published 23 days ago by Tammy S. Beninsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Whole latte life
I liked this book although I have to say that it's not one of my favorites by Joanne DeMaio. I do however feel if you choose to read this novel that you will enjoy it.
Published 28 days ago by Kathy latham
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read great subject line
Good job fun read
Published 1 month ago by Naomi Sohlman
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading
Well written and felt like I was part of the story. Quite mature when it came to intimate moments. I could picture in my mind the terrain and places in this book.
Published 2 months ago by rayme
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story
This story of two best friends whose lives are forever changed after Sara Beth makes some choices for which she has not considered all the consequences shows how with hard work, we... Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Kampfe
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Read...a Perfect Write!
A story of friendship, of mid-life 'wake up' calls, of personal exploration. This is beautifully written by a woman who
knows very well how complicated the human life is.
Published 2 months ago by Patsy Woods
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish the book
The characters were not interesting or even believable. The story was was poorly written and developed. I tried to finish the book but it was just too boring.
Published 3 months ago by Cheryl M Pannell
5.0 out of 5 stars Whole Latte Life
Great read, loved the believable characters, story line moved well. Could not put it down, had to shed s few tears, LOVED it.
Published 3 months ago by Nannette Rife
3.0 out of 5 stars WHOLE LATTE LIFE
I didn't enjoy this novel as well as some other ones I've read on my kindle fire. The friendship between the two main characters didn't ring true.
Published 3 months ago by maggie may
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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. To learn more, visit Joannedemaio.com. She also enjoys hearing from readers at Facebook.com/JoanneDeMaioAuthor.

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