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Friday, February 10, 2012

Book Review - The Summer Garden: A Chesapeake Shores Novel by Sherryl Woods

I enjoy reading "series" novels, and Sherryl Woods' Chesapeake Shores books are among my favorites.  So, it is with a bit of sadness that I review "The Summer Garden," the final book in this wonderful series.

About The Book:

Falling for "Maddening Moira" O'Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O'Brien's Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he's totally focused on establishing a business that will prove his mettle to his overachieving family.

Given Luke's reaction, Moira has some soul-searching of her own to do. Scarred by her father's abandonment, she wonders if Luke, with his playboy past, is truly the family man she longs for. Adding to her dilemma, she's offered an amazing chance at a dream career of her own.

Deep down, though, Moira knows home is the real prize, and that love can be every bit as enchanted as a summer garden.

I love the big, rambunctious Irish family of the O'Briens - they are close-knit, in each other's business, and most of all, loving!  So Sherryl's story here wraps up all the loose ends of the children and grandchildren of Nell O'Brien, the beloved matriarch who finds a little love of her own in the end.

Luke and Moira's story is fresh, and charming, and a bit frustrating at times. I wanted to reach through the pages at some points and whack them both for not knowing what a great love they both experience, but Sherryl does it for her readers and, well, let's just say - a happily-ever-after is guaranteed!

As I said, this book wraps up the main characters' stories in this series, but I'm happy to report that maybe, MAYBE, Sherryl might be persuaded to continue the tales of the grandkids in the future. (This is according to her latest letter at her website - http://www.sherrylwoods.com/)  In the meantime, she has three new books coming up in her "Sweet Magnolias" series that I can't wait to read!

If you enjoy a lively, entralling, and totally captivating story, Sherryl Woods is the author for you! I highly recommend any of her work!

Be sure to check out her website (see above) for a list of her books, a fun contest she has going on, and lots more information on her upcoming projects!

About The Author:

With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than 100 books in 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, wherever they may be. A member of Novelists Inc., Sisters 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 its lighthouse view, in Key Biscayne, Florida.

My Thanks to Eric Glover and Planned Television Arts for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Kristin said...

I read this book, too, and was so sad when I read that it was the final installment...I really do hope she decides to write more, but I am looking forward to some more Sweet Magnolias stories.

Great review!!!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thanks Kristin - I hope Sherryl does update us on those frisky O'Brien grandkids too!

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I read one of this series..it was good but didn't thrill me...I think it would have been a better experience had I read them in order!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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