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Editorial Reviews


"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 a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466427507
  • Publisher: Joanne DeMaio (March 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IIC4Z6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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 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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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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The brief review of this book would be to tell you that the title is the best part of the book. The title and the short book description, coupled with the near 5 star rating made me decide to buy the book. I've found the story to be so slow moving and boring that I returned to the reviews and clicked on the 1 and 2 star reviews and discovered I'm not alone.

Sara Beth seems to be a thoughtless mess of a person who seriously needs help. Sure, she's grieving the loss of her mother but it doesn't excuse the thoughtless and inconsiderate way she treats her friend and her family. Can you imagine, months/years after the death of a parent going on a ferry ride and purposely dropping a gold bracelet into the ocean to see how it felt - and then let other items out of your wallet follow? Her endless self absorbed reflection on her life reveals she's been equally thoughtless in the past. Rachel has suffered the loss of her spouse but is at least responsible and caring of others - and at least she gets a new relationship out of the thoughtless action of her friend abandoning her on a girl's weekend in NYC.

The book is written in a rather distant fashion and I wasn't drawn into the drama of either character at all. I didn't feel the apparent distress of Sara Beth that caused her to act in these selfish ways or the stress of Rachel over the disappearance of her friend to any great extent - not enough to make me really care about either person or enjoy the book enough to finish it. As the saying goes, too many books, too little time and I'm pulling the plug on this snoozer and moving on to other books in my TBR that are more to my taste. I can't recommend this book, as I found it too boring to spend time finishing. Guess it's just not my cup of latte.
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