Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today I am featuring an author review book from a favorite series:  Beach Breeze, by Joanne DeMaio, a novel of summers you never forget and friendships that never fade.


Beginning:  Only a year ago, Jason Barlow considered his life fortunate.  Home was his family’s weathered cottage by the sea—a gabled house sitting on a stone bluff, the waves breaking down below.  He’d promised to be there for his new wife, always.  Standing at a church altar last summer and watching Maris, his beautiful bride, walk down the aisle, every star finally aligned for him.


56:  Jason’s had those days, too, years ago.  After the motorcycle accident that claimed his brother’s life—and Jason’s own leg—how many times did he pray, beg, plead with the powers above to just wake up and have it all be a fucking nightmare.


Synopsis:  After a heartbreaking summer on the Connecticut shore, a group of beach friends is as adrift as an unmoored rowboat. When a dismayed Jason Barlow drives as far away from the sea as he can, leaving behind his wife, Maris, as well as their stately cottage on the bluff, that news hits like a sudden wave. Gathering over an intimate meal in a coastal diner, the friends make a solemn pact to lean on each other and not make any more rash decisions.

Which is all well and good, until each friend wavers–testing relationships, commitments, and especially love in the little beach community of Stony Point. But can the magic of the weathered boardwalk, whispering lagoon grasses, and sweet salt air cure what ails them?

Like a swaying seashell wind chime, Beach Breeze is a book that leaves echoes of summer’s sweetness and sadness, long after the last page is turned.


I love this series.  What do you think, based on these excerpts?  Do you want to keep reading?



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