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    Excellent Read

    Joanne DeMaio has written a story that immediately whisked me to the shores of Stony Point. She brings her characters and setting to life with ease. I could feel the breeze, the warm sunshine on my face, smell the sweet salt air, feel the sand and ocean on my feet. I loved this sentence: This beach has a way of casting its spell right through the windows under the guise of sun and salt, the call of the gulls, the sound of the waves. This is a story of children who played this beach as children through their teen years and after many years of going their own way have returned to their childhood beach for one reason or another and suddenly find life more complicated than they ever imagined. The first few pages drew me in immediately. This is the story of Maris Carrington who left Stony Point 12 years ago, but of course a lifetime of memories live in her heart. With the recent death of her father she realizes that she must finish tying up some loose ends in his estate and the one that will take the longest is getting the family home in Stony Point ready to put on the market to sell. She takes a leave of absence and heads to the shore to not only ready the house and visit with old friends, but also to face some old memories/ghosts and to decide if a life with her boyfriend, Scott, is what she really wants. Her arrival is all that she anticipated and meeting with her childhood best friend, Eva, was a must. A lot has changed since she left the area, but then again some things are unchangeable. Suddenly Maris is back in the swing of beach life with her friends and the memories of yesteryear. Jason Barlow is an architect now, but he's lost in the memory of his brother, Neil, who is the ghost he can't let go. Jason fondly remembers Maris and their one unforgettable kiss at Foley's, but she has a life in Chicago and a fiance`. As their friendship renews so does feelings that neither is willing to admit to, but will the sparks ignite a flame that neither can put out? This story brings elements of romance combined with romantic tension, forgiveness, turmoil, and humor. The plot is sweet, but at times it touches on some tough issues, plus there are twists and turns that the reader doesn't expect. The characters are complex and engaging. The characters show real and raw emotions. This story is told in a way that can evoke both laughter and tears. Some will say this is a perfect beach read and yes it might very well be, but I must tell you that I feel it's a book that perfect anytime. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read.
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    A fabulous book!

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. A group of friends reunite and rekindle old friendships. As their lives weave back together, they find old dreams and heal old hurts. It was emotional, uplifting, and I just couldn't put it down. Truly a "feel good" book. Read it and enjoy!
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