Thursday, December 30, 2010

Review: A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods

First line: It was only the second time in the more than twelve years since her divorce that Megan O'Brien had been home in Chesapeake Shores during the holiday season.

From the inside cover: 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 holdout. 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.

My thoughts: This is the fourth book in the Chesapeake Shores series and once again Sherryl Woods lets us into the lives of the O'Brien clan. A Chesapeake Shores Christmas is a sweet, heartwarming novel of love, forgiveness and a mother's determination to rekindle her relationship with her child. The story is mainly about Mick and Megan, who were divorced some years ago, but are now trying to get back together again and planning a wedding for New Year's Eve - if Mick can convince Megan to let her doubts fall to the side. Both Mick and Megan are determined not to make the same mistakes they made while married even if it is a bit of a struggle. They do, however, have another big obstacle to overcome - while most of their grown children accept their plans to remarry, their son Connor doesn't and his behavior is threatening the upcoming nuptials. What nobody realizes is that Connor himself has a big secret - one that changes everything when it is revealed. The family dynamics are what make this novel so strong - not only the dynamics between Mick and Megan and their children but Mick's relationship with his brothers. The fact that the book takes place during the holidays, makes the family dynamics even stronger and many readers will identify with some of the situations that occur. Connor's secret adds much to the book - while it partly sets up for a sequel to the book it never really feels that way and makes the book stronger. Of course, in her opening letter to readers, Sherryl Woods lets us know that there will be three more books to be published in the Spring of 2011 and I will be anxiously awaiting their release.

(I borrowed this book from the library.)
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