Review: Whole Latte Life by Joanne DeMaio
Joanne DeMaio’s Whole Latte Life is a rich blend of poignancy and charm; the perfect recipe for a heartwarming debut novel. Bursting with memorable characters and thought-provoking commentary on the lives and feelings of modern women, the novel touches on all of the important pillars of the contemporary fiction genre, and DeMaio’s writing carries it beautifully. Whole Latte Life is a very full novel, moving at a pace that works wonderfully for it, but not caring to rush any faster; because DeMaio knows that if you move too fast, you risk not catching the light. And that, to me, is what much of the experience of Whole Latte Life is about: catching the light. For Rachel, discovering the secret stories of Manhattan’s history with her very own handsome guide, to Sara Beth, tapping into the fire of her own spirit and living life, finally, on her own terms; each woman’s struggles are vastly different, their journeys diverse, but both come to the same understanding: that life is beautiful, dreams are strong, and true friendships are vigorous, unstoppable things.
I was drawn to both Sara Beth and Rachel, comfortable in the shifts between their stories, and I found a piece of myself in each of them. I felt very strongly that their stories transcended age and reached to the core of femininity, to the impossible power and the unique blessing of womanhood. Deeply, the plights of each woman, their worries and trials, resonate with the reader, and their triumphs are felt with just as much substance. Whole Latte Life is at once breezy in its applicability and absorbing in its perception, weaving itself into a beautiful patchwork of life, love, friendship, and everything in between.
Title: Whole Latte Life Author: Joanne DeMaio Genre: contemporary fiction Publisher: Joanne DeMaio Release date: March 12, 2012 Source: Mary DeMaio (c/o) Buy the book: Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Connect with the author: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter