Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Review: A Chesapeake Shores Christmas

A Chesapeake Shores Christmas (Chesapeake Shores series - Book 4) by Sherryl Woods

Publication Date: September 2010
Publisher: Mira
Format: Hardcover, 285 pp
Genre: Holiday/Romance
ISBN-13: 9780778328520
ISBN: 077832852X

(Received for review from Nancy Berland PR)

Synopsis (Courtesy of Barnes & Noble):

After years apart, Mick and Megan O'Brien are finally ready to make it official... again. Most of their grown children couldn't be happier about their rekindled love and impending marriage this holiday season. Only Connor is a hold out. Driven to become a divorce attorney after what he views as his mother's abandonment of their family, Connor's not about to give his blessing to this reunion romance.

The last thing Megan wants to do is hurt her family again. After all, is she really sure she and Mick can make it this time around? And when an unexpected delivery causes chaos, it seems only a miracle can reunite this family.

Of course, it is Christmas - the season of miracles.


I really enjoyed this holiday novel. Nothing beats a good romance when it's starting to get closer to the holiday season. Sherryl Woods delivers with this remarkable story about second chances.

Mick and Megan have been apart for a long time and they still have issues. Mick has always been a controlling and take charge kind of person. That served him well in the business world, and made him a rich man, but his wife wanted a the kind of man who was not only a good provider but a good husband and father. Her self-esteem went down the tubes as Mick continually chose his job over his family and she finally left in order to find herself and what was truly important in life.

Now they have the opportunity to give it a second chance. Their love for each other never died, even though they couldn't live together. But, have things really changed? Most of their adult children are happy, but Connor was devastated when Megan walked out of their lives and blames her for the breakup between her and Mick. What will take to make him see that they really do love each other?

I found this story really engaging. I had never read any of the Chesapeake Shores books before and this one was still easy to understand and didn't require a lot of background from the other books. It's a great stand alone, but I definitely want to read the rest now that I've read this one!

Sherryl Woods does such a great job with character development. Her characters are everyday people you might meet anywhere. It is easy to identify with them and the situations they are going through. My ex-husband and I divorced for similar reasons, he was a workaholic and I was very family oriented and the two just didn't go together, but I was really rooting for this couple. I wanted to see them set all that stuff aside and try to rekindle the love they felt for each other once upon a time...

The holiday season is made for miracles and that's what this book was all about. I liked it a lot and think that any romance lover will be thrilled with it. Good wholesome romances are sometimes hard to find and this one really hit the spot. Sherryl Woods reminds me of other great contemporary romance writers like Debbie Macomber and Mariah Stewart. I know you are going to like this one.

A Chesapeake Shores Christmas is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than 100 books with that distinctive setting, whether her home state of Virginia, her adopted state Florida or her much-adored South Carolina. She's also especially partial to small towns, where ever they may be. A member of Novelist's Inc., Sister's in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Sherryl divides her time between her childhood summer home overlooking the Potomac River in Colonial Beach, Virginia, and her oceanfront home, with it's lighthouse view in Key Biscayne, Florida.