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Whole Latte Life

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,018 ratings  ·  167 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, 331 pages
Published March 12th 2012 by CreatSpace (first published March 7th 2012)
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Judy D 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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
Valerie Hartman
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mary Gramlich
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Wonderful story of women and friendship and the ups and downs of that. It felt very real. I really liked the struggle Michael had and was determined to overcome. Sara-Beth is grieving as well as looking at the next side of forty, Rachel has lost her husband suddenly. A mix that kept me reading. Ultimately a book of hope and warmth.
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, fiction
I enjoyed this book! It was very easy to read and it hooked me from the start. As I continued reading, a lot of the plot started to feel fragmented though. Sara Beth and Rachel were both moving away from one another. Their stories were so different although they were both working towards finding a new version of themselves. My heart really went out to Sara Beth, even though I didn't agree with or fully understand her way of handling the loss of her mother. I could see that she was hurting and re ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
The cover is gorgeous. It was the best thing about this book. I also liked the cafe (Whole Latte Life), but it was a minor part of the story. I did not like the story or the characters. The characters were too selfish. The story wasn't what I was expecting or what I wanted it to be. ...more
Marion Marchetto
When my friend Mary Ann recommended stories by Joanne DeMaio (who is from Connecticut) I thought I’d give it a try. And I’m happy I did.

Whole Latte Life opens with best friends Rachel and Sara Beth celebrating their fortieth birthdays with a girls’ weekend in New York City. While they wait for their lunch Sara Beth excuses herself to use the powder room. Minutes pass and Rachel begins to worry when her friend does not reappear. Concern for her friend’s well being ramps up when the waiter hands h
Phylis Carpenter
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rachel and Sara Beth are going to celebrate their 40th birthdays by having a weekend getaway. The only problem with the getaway weekend, Sara Beth takes it a little too far and decides to getaway from everything including Rachelle. But she asks Rachel to cover her and not tell her husband.

Rachel is worried about her friend even though Sara Beth left her a note telling her not to worry. She finds a police officer sitting on a horse and tells him about Sara Beth. Micheal, the police officer, trie
Sheila DeChantal
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Laura Kay Bolin
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Whole Lotta Life
Joanne DeMaio

A brief 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
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
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
Beth Peninger
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2013-apr
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
Julie Barrett
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”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
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Rachel Rogers
Aug 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
To be perfectly honest, I didn't get past Chapter 1. I've been looking forward to trying this author but the voice of the 1st chapter was so annoying to me that I couldn't get into the story. Please, authors, if you are going to use present tense, make darn sure you know how to do it well. Not that I would be able to but if it's not done flawlessly, it distracts from the story. For me it was like nails on a chalkboard. Sorry. ...more
Jennie  Veazey
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story!

I loved the deep friendship between Sara Beth and Rachel. They know a d love each other so much. You can get lost in the scenery as the story weaves together. I loved this book and highly recommend it!
Carol Sama
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Disappointing read. I'm astounded anyone could give five stars, which I reserve for the very best of books. The book revolves around Sara Beth's midlife crisis and how she uses a girls' weekend in New York City to disappear for a couple days, dragging her best friend, Rachel, into a test of loyalty amid profound worry for her friend's physical and mental safety. Rachel tries to accommodate her friend's wishes, but frankly, Sara Beth could have just been honest with, I don't know, her friend, her ...more
Elyse Mcnulty
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great end of summer book after read the entire Seaside Saga at Stony Point.
This is a story with different characters in a different part of Connecticut and on a Long Island Beach. Sara and Rachel are in NY to celebrate their 40th birthdays. Sara goes to the Ladies room, while they are at Lunch, and disappears only leaving a note that she needs time. Rachel is desperate to find her and meets a mounted Police Officer, Mike. In an attempt to find Sara. Why Sara runs away, how Rachel’s life is chang
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if?

Did you ever wonder what if? Whole Latte Life explores the longing and hurt if things would have been different. And also the testing of friendship, healing and love. This is the story of Sara Beth and Rachel and how Sara Beth in an act of selfishness puts a strain upon their relationship. But that act also brings changes for Rachel. Sara Beth keeps looking back wondering what if? And Rachel is starting to look forward to her what if. This is another warm, wonderful book by Joanne DeMai
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended by a friend as a beach read, which usually means kind of light, a fast read, not a lot of thinking involved, breezy. I enjoyed this book and part of it takes place on a beach, so there's that. But it wasn't a fast read or especially light. One of two best friends is depressed and struggling with grief. She's also having a mid-life (4oth birthday?) crisis, that causes her to walk away from her family for a weekend. I found that idea hard to relate to and implausible. But ...more
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