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Cool Beans: A Maya Davis Novel (Maya Davis Series) Paperback – April 1, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Maya Davis Series

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From the Back Cover

Everything seems to be going perfectly for Maya Davis: She has a great job at a coffee shop, gets along with her parents, and is happily single. That is until her best friend unknowingly starts dating Maya’s high school sweetheart, her annoyingly perfect brother moves back to town, and her co-worker starts showing interest in her. What is God trying to teach her about life, love, and commiserating over coffee?




About the Author

Erynn Mangum is the author of Miss Match, Rematch, and Match Point (TH1NK/NavPress). She is a graduate of the Christian Writers Guild Apprentice and Journeyman programs. She is also a major chocoholic and loves chick flicks, coffee, and cold winter days. Erynn is married to her best friend, Jon O’Brien, and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Series: Maya Davis Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Think (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600067115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600067112
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do you do when your roommate unknowingly starts dating your ex-boyfriend....your ONLY ex-boyfriend, the one that you (a. dated for 4 years, (b. looked at rings with, and (c. thought you'd marry? And what happens when the guy doesn't even recognize you? Sure, you broke up 5 years ago, but before that you had dated for FOUR YEARS! Do you announce it to your friend and the guy, risking the demise of the relationship before it even begins, or do you keep your mouth shut and act normal? This is the beginning of Maya's super-fantastic-amazingly-awesome story!

I have to admit: Before I started reading, I wasn't sure if I'd like Cool Beans or not. The synopsis on the back of the book makes it sound like just another take on an over-used sitcom plot. But to my incredible delight, as soon as I started reading I found that I was immediately hooked! The characters are so real and loveable, they truly became my friends, and I really felt for Maya and the awkward situation she got put in.

Maya in many ways reminded me of myself, at times I couldn't even believe it... she thinks so much like I do that if she were real, I feel like we'd be friends! Her sense of humor is awesome, and that allows her to have some amazingly great banter and dialogue with other characters. Jack is great as well; I couldn't help but be amused by his parrot problem! He is such a nice and fun guy, I loved his pet-names for Maya, and also the way he encourages her to do the right thing even when it's difficult. Of course I have to mention Maya's family: they are amusing and authentic, the dynamics between them all are realistically strange! Oh, and Calvin, Maya's pilates-loving beagle...I loved how she talked to him and he always responded with variations of "Roo?" or "Roo!" So funny!
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One thing is for sure: Erynn Mangum must love coffee. And chocolate. And watching RUNAWAY BRIDE in pajamas. Because all three definitely appear in her new book, COOL BEANS: A MAYA DAVIS NOVEL. Maya Davis is twenty-four, single, working daily at the local coffee shop, Cool Beans, and loving life. That is until her roommate and best friend Jen starts dating. But she's not just dating anyone. She's dating Maya's ex-boyfriend, Travis, from five years before. And thus, Maya's perfect little world is flipped completely over. Can she deal with this new awkward relationship, her ever-annoying brother Zach moving back to town, and just sleeping through the night without her dog waking up the entire apartment complex?

Mangum returns after finishing her LAUREN HOLBROOK series with a new setting, new characters, and more humor and relationship drama. At times, Maya is very similar to Lauren from the previous series, with many of the same quirks and habits, and it was hard to distinguish the two characters from each other. The basic construct of Maya's world felt very similar to Lauren's, with single's group on Wednesday nights, a coffee shop, and church every Sunday. But that's about where the similarities in plot and character end. About a fourth of a way through, Maya begins to emerge as a character of her own.

The writing moves along swiftly. Most of the chapters are made up of dialogue between Maya and her friends, and Mangum uses these conversations to advance the story. A few of the ending "twists" are pretty easy to see coming, but the characters are so enjoyable that they make up for the weaker plot.
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Cool Beans is the perfect read for when you want to kick back with a bowl of ice cream and escape your own hectic existence. I loved this entertaining read, and I found myself craving more delicious foods while reading (so don't read it while on a diet). Despite the main character's unsustainable daily diet of ice cream and caffeine, Mangum wrote a very real character and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Book 2!

On a scale of cotton candy to Brussel sprouts, Cool Beans is straight up cotton candy, a sweet and delicious read.
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By Erica on April 18, 2016
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I love this book! The whole serious is great. It has charm, whit, and is the characters are easy to relate to. Mangum does a wonderful job of showing a young single women's walk with God. Caution: This book may make you want to drink excessive amounts of Mocha Lattes 😉
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A cute read from the first page! Maya had me laughing throughout, I soooo enjoyed her quirky sense of humor. One of the characters in the story even comments on how her sense of humor is a gift and it really is!! Whenever she is faced with a decision, she writes down pros and cons on sticky notepad paper. She loves God, coffee, her best friend/roommate, and her dog Calvin. Maya works hard as a barista at Cool Beans, but she also knows how to have a good time and the girl can eat junk food like a pro! It gets annoying in the story how everyone tells her to eat healthier and drink less coffee, but it's obvious that she's loved from her family and friends. It was frustrating that she constantly found reasons for NOT telling her best friend about Travis, but it keeps the plot interesting :) It kind of ends at a cliffhanger so I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. I have already read the entire Miss Match series and it's safe to say that if you're looking for an unconventionally light and laugh out loud book that speaks about faith in volumes and how to trust God more without preaching, Erynn Mangum is the author to seek out. *taking a breath* Mangum's books are a breath of fresh air, filled with chick flicks, cute animals, friendship, church, falling in love with the Word, and learning to be obedient to God with unexpectedly favorable results.
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