Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Review: Beach Lane by Sherryl Woods

First line: Men were the bane of Susie O'Brien's life.

Why I read this: I reserved this from the library and because it's new, I only have it for a week, so I had to read right away!

From the back cover: In the close-knit community of Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, Susie O'Brien and Mack Franklin's "not-dating" claim befuddles everyone, especially since the two spend every spare minute together. Susie's thrilled when their friendship finally heats up. Then, just when happily-ever-after seems within reach, Mack loses the job he loves and Susie faces a devastating diagnosis.

But O'Briens always unite in a crisis. Even her cousin Jess, Susie's rival for most of their lives, becomes her staunchest supporter - especially when Mack's former lover comes to town. The stakes are higher than ever before, but Susie's definitely up to the challenge...as long as Mack's right there by her side.

My thoughts: This is the latest in the Chesapeake Shores series and I was so excited when I got the message from the library that it finally came in. I really love reading this series - it's like catching up with old friends. This time, the story was a bit sad. Susie and Mack, who were introduced as characters in the beginning of the series, finally decided it's time to move forward. Then, fate intervenes - Mack loses his job as a sports reporter for a newspaper in Baltimore and Susie finds out she might have ovarian cancer. As each gets their news, their first thought is that they would be better off without the other one. Can they overcome their own stubbornness and see their way into each other's arms? Of course, this wouldn't be a Chesapeake Shores book without the rest of the boisterous, busy-body O'Brien family to butt in with their two cents. There are even some new romances that begin in this installment and we are left with a great teaser for the next book - a huge family trip to Ireland that might come with a proposal. I can't wait for An O'Brien Family Christmas to come out in October!

(I borrowed this book from the library.)


  1. I enjoyed this, as well. It was one of those books that I stayed up way too late to read because I couldn't put it down.

  2. I can't say I have read any of the books in this series but it sounds like a great series that I would really enjoy jumping in to! I'm glad that you enjoyed this installment!

  3. @ Gina: I think I read it in one day and loved every bit of it...if only the next one came out sooner!

    @ Jennifer: I highly recommend it - it's the perfect series for summer beach reading.


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