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Whole Latte Life

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  593 ratings  ·  122 reviews
A heartfelt story of secrets and second chances from the New York Times bestselling author of Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans.

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 h
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 12th 2012 (first published March 7th 2012)
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Judy Collins
Wow. . . I loved everything about Whole Latte Life! This novel is so much more than a romance or beach read --it has depth, meaning, character, charm, and realistic life issues. Joanne DeMaio has a talent for describing every emotion, scent, and feeling of a room or setting, so it draws you into the world of the character. She must be artistic, as being a creative person, we look beyond to grasp each element and feeling.

An inspiring read, this novel grabbed me from the front cover to the ending
Rachel and Sara Beth have been best friends forever. Ever since their school days their lives have moved along parallel paths, wishing upon stars and celebrating birthdays together. Like their fortieth birthday, which they're celebrating in Manhattan: staying at The Plaza; planning outings, like breakfast at Tiffany's; climbing to the top of the Empire State Building; and just sharing the moments.

But something happens on their first day that changes the course of their lives for months to come.
Valerie Hartman
Mar 26, 2012 Valerie Hartman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Valerie by: Joanne Demaio
"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. Complete with stops at the Empire State Building, Tiffany's and The Today Show, the four-day celebration promises lasting memories. When Sara Beth walks out of a
Mary Gramlich
We all need to have options

Sara Beth and Rachel decide to take on New York to celebrate their 40th birthdays. Fun was expected but no one saw the transformation that would happen coming.

Sara Beth is trying to get over her mother’s death and figure out a way to have her dreams fulfilled and still be a wife and mother. Sara Beth wanted to start her antique business but that dream seems to be getting away from her as well. So going to New York opens the door to exploration of the city and the adven
Recently I read a very thought provoking book written by Joanne DeMaio. I assumed it would a lighthearted summer read for my afternoon breaks. I was so pleased to find this story is not just another quick read! The main characters in the book are overtaken with emotional upheaval in their lives. As each faces and confront midlife changes and decisions, they find the consequences of their deeds have a wide ranging repercussion for other family members.

Two best friends set out on a planned 40th bi
This perfect for the beach book begs the question: If you could go back and redo all of the "what ifs" in your life, would you do everything the same? What if you married the other guy? What if you took the other job? What if you didn't have children? What if you were there when your Mother needed you the most instead not having been there? What if.

Sara Beth and Rachel have been best friends since they were fifteen years old. While celebrating their fortieth birthdays together during a girl's we
There was so much that I loved about this book - the friendship, romance, settings, and bonds between mothers and daughters. The book explores moments that shape the characters, connecting Sara Beth, her Mom, Rachel, Michael. It's those moments that feel so real, that I could relate to. Love this.
I'm glad that I got this book for free from the amazon prime lending library because it was really bad. The premise is that two best friends go to NYC to celebrate their 40th birthdays and one of them decides to run away for the weekend because she's having trouble dealing with her mother's death. She comes back and is fine and I thought end of story. Oh no! That was just the first 1/3 of the book! The rest of the book is dealing with the fallout from this horrible act. Huh? Really? Can't we jus ...more
There aren’t many among us who hasn’t wondered ‘what if’ about one situation or another at least one time in our life.

If given the chance to go a different road, would it make life better or worse? How would the change affect family and friends? Author Joanne DeMaio expands on this concept to create an inspiring tale of friendship, love, family, loyalty and hope in WHOLE LATTE LIFE.

DeMaio pulls the reader in quickly on the first page and holds them spellbound till the end. The story moves at a s
Beth Peninger
Okay I confess, I first looked at this book because of the cover. It has a coffee cup! Of course it caught my eye! And in the case of books I actually hold to the theory that you should judge a book by its cover. All that said,I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The writing was good but wasn't super spectacular, it was the the story line that drew me in.
Sara Beth's "mid-life crisis" was relate-able to me. After losing her mother unexpectedly and a late life pregnancy sur
Whole Latte Life is the first book I have read by Joanne DeMaio. I was very excited when I received the book in the mail because it really is a beautiful book. The cover is gorgeous, and the inside is just as pretty.....don't judge a book by its cover though. At first, I could not relate to the characters, and the plot was just plain boring. (view spoiler) ...more
Whole Lotta Life
Joanne DeMaio

Abrief summary...

Rachel and Sara Beth have a long standing tradition of going to NYC for their birthdays. Sara Beth leaves Rachel a short mysterious message and abruptly disappears.

My thoughts about this book...

This was an interesting book to read because it took a different path than the one I anticipated it to take. Both women were amazing friends and both women were suffering from the loss of a loved one. Sara Beth seemed to need to toss her life away while Rach
Sheila DeChantal
Long time friends Sarah Beth and Rachel decide to go into New York to celebrate their fortieth birthdays together, kind of a girls weekend. They had charted out plans of things to see and do together, and over a lunch in a Manhattan restaurant, Sarah Beth takes this opportunity to excuse herself to use the restroom and then...


Well, not exactly disappears as a frantic Rachel soon finds out. She did leave a note:

Please don't tell Tom about this. I really need some time alone Rachel to s
”Whole Latte Life” is the story of Rachel and Sara Beth, best friend since forever who will have to rebuild their friendship after Sara Beth walks out of a restaurant (and her life) disappearing without a word during their 40th birthday weekend celebration in New York. In the months following the birthday fiasco, Rachel and Sara Beth will go their separate ways in order to find themselves – Sara Beth in her antiquing, Rachel in a beach cottage alongside Michael – only to reconcile over several c ...more
Laura Kay Bolin

Sarah Beth and Rachel, best friends since 8th grade, are in New York City to celebrate their 40th birthdays. Sitting at the restaurant table waiting to start lunch, Rachel is handed a note by the waiter. The note changes everything. Sarah Beth had simply disappeared. Rachel begins to search the city for her dear friend wanting to desperately to help her, while Sarah Beth was reaching out to her mother who’d passed away.

When Sarah Beth reenters the land of
This is a story of two friends. Rachel is a widow and Sara Beth is married with kids, and she recently lost her mother. To celebrate their 40th birthdays, they plan a weekend trip to New York. Sitting in a restaurant, Sara Beth excuses herself to take a potty break. Rachel gets worried after Sara Beth doesn’t return to the table and goes looking for her. She can’t find her, but a waiter hands her a note from Sara Beth. The note says she needs to take a few days alone so she can decide what she w ...more
Julie Barrett
Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio
This story is about 2 women who are friends and in the present day they agree to spend a few days in NY. After shopping and a lunch Sara Beth leaves a note and takes off. Rachel is handed the note and does as she's asked, not to alert anyone but she needs a few days to find herself.
They've just turned 40 and Sara Beth has recently lost her mother and is at wits end what to do with her life and remembers the past, romances and life choices.
Rachel has lost her husb
It took me three tries to get through this book. I felt very detached through the entire thing - not sure if this was because of the third-person voice, the writing style, or if it just wasn't my sort of story. The characters were all very selfish and a bit whiny. Tom is the only one I noticed that was actually trying to help the situation and doing the best he could with what was going on. All the others were more worried about how THEY were being affected. I wanted to like this book, which is ...more
This was an okay book for a plane trip (it helped pass the time). I did not like the character of SaraBeth. Sometimes you need to take care of yourself, but I never really saw anything other than a selfish side. Also, the Rachel romance was just plain cheesy to me. The author should have spent more time focusing on the friendship between the women. Finally, and this is silly but, the women are supposed to always be drinking coffee - yet there are times they drink instant coffee! A coffee "snob" ...more
Shelly Mott
As an adult . . . have you ever considered running away and starting over in order to fulfill a dream that has long since faded away?? Well then.. . this is a great read if you are in a "what if?" state of mind. If you are at a point in life where you are trying to make sense of your past in order to formulate your future I highly recommend this book! Joanne DeMaio carefully and in an even pace explores chance meetings, turn of events, choices and unexpected circumstances and how they can alter ...more
Synopsis: "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 Manha
Pam Asberry
Following the death of her mother, Sara Beth goes off the deep end, abandoning her friend at a New York City restaurant as they celebrate their fortieth birthdays and leaving her husband and small children in limbo. Recently widowed, Rachel is dealing with struggles of her own; the last thing she needs is to be ditched by her best friend at this important milestone and left to deal with her distraught husband. Fortunately, the mounted police officer who helps Rachel search for Sara Beth just mig ...more
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
Sara Palacios
Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio is a poignant novel that examines life and the unbreakable bonds of love and friendship. The story follows Sara Beth Riley who suddenly and unexpectedly leaves a note to her best friend at a restaurant one night and takes a break from her own life. In the beginning, all Sara Beth really wants is a few days of freedom, but she doesn’t realize just how close she is to completely losing it all. Her marriage, her family, her life, her forgotten dreams, and the loss ...more
I won this from Goodreads first read giveaway. While I liked/understood the idea of this book, I thought the actual results were just okay. I understand needing to change/redefine your life, but the Sara Beth character was unlikeable and bratty. And really, she just kind of abandons her kids, forgets her responsibilities, ditches her best friend while they are on a vacation, and bullies her husband - all because she is struggling to deal with the death of her mom. While I understand what an eart ...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
If you know me at all, then you know I have to comment on this cover. This is such a yummy looking cover ~ can't you just smell the coffee? I read this as an e-book but I am sure if I had read the print version of it and had to look at that cover all the time, I would be on a caffeine high right now.

I love reading books about women friends and their relationships. This book has that and so much more. Sara Beth and Rachel are best friends and head to the big city to celebrate their fortieth birth
Literary  Chanteuse
A stone is thrown into the tranquil pond of Sara Beth and Rachel's friendship when what is planned to be a memorable birthday weekend in New York turns into an emotional fiasco. Sara Beth decides to disappear and leave Rachel at a loss questioning their friendship and her loyalty. There is moment after moment that the author captures the desperation of both characters while they are trying to over come their fears and hang on to a thread of hope and all the while their friendship is tested. The ...more
McGuffy Morris
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 li
From the title alone, Whole Latte Life you might expect a frivolous chick lit read. Which believe me, I have nothing against a frivolous chick lit read, we all need them now and then. But this book was more. So much more.

I realized that this book had really pulled me in when I found myself arguing to myself about something that the main character had done. When you care enough about a character, to sit and fret about her, like she is one of your flesh and blood friends, you know the book is good
Whole Latte Life was a beautifully written book. From the very beginning, I had the scenery painted in front of me, thanks to DeMaio's skillful use of description. If you want to feel like you're somewhere else for a while, this is a good book to read.

The characters were interesting. I liked Rachel and instantly felt sympathy for her. I liked Michael even more. :) He was charming and sweet without being unrealistic. I always looked forward to his scenes.

As for Sara Beth... well, I can understand
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“Coffee cups will sit between them, there'll be a mess of those. Lattes or cappuccinos or straight up, whatever. They'll talk it out.” 4 likes
“Wishes are a mystery to me. It's like putting your hope out there, opening a part of your heart to the constellations. Imagine if those stars could talk, and the new constellations they could make with the wishes they've heard.” 3 likes
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