Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Salon - A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods

Sherryl Woods' latest novel may be called A Chesapeake Shores Christmas, but, since it starts just before Thanksgiving, it's the perfect book for this Sunday.  It's one of those holiday books filled with romance and holiday celebrations, but it also shows the turmoil that may come to the forefront in families this time of year.

After twenty years of marriage Megan O'Brien left her controlling husband, Mick, who couldn't seem to understand that she wanted him at home in Chesapeake Shores instead of working as an architect, flying all over the country.  She planned to take their five children with her, but none of them wanted to be uprooted from their home in the charming seaside community their father built.

Neither Megan nor Mick ever fell out of love. They just couldn't live together.  Now, they're planning to marry again, with the blessings of all of their children, except one, Connor.  Connor never forgave his mother, and even became a divorce attorney, where he fights for the rights of men.  But, the O'Brien men have always been stubborn, as evidenced by Mick's long-standing fights with his brothers.  Even so, the holidays have always been sacred, and Mick's brothers always came home.  So, it comes as a shock to everyone when Connor and his father fight over the upcoming marriage, and Connor refuses to come back for Thanksgiving. 

Megan had hoped to come home as an equal partner in this marriage.  Now, she's reconsidering.  Does Mick really understand what she wants?  He still seems just as demanding, and has even pushed Connor away during a family holiday.  Is she really ready for a New Year's wedding with an O'Brien?  There's no time to think that far ahead, though, when Thanksgiving suddenly throws everyone a curve that wasn't anticipated. 

It seems that holidays can't be planned in the O'Brien family.  Sherryl Woods does everyone a favor in this novel, reminding us that holidays aren't perfect, and the course of love isn't always as smooth as so many Christmas novels indicate.  If you want to read about a large, argumentative, loving family, try Sherryl Woods' A Chesapeake Shores Christmas.  And, if you enjoy this story of the O'Briens, you'll want to watch for their next story, Driftwood Cottage, in April 2011.

Sherryl Woods' website is

A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods.   MIRA, ©2010. ISBN 9780778328520 (hardcover), 288p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The publicist sent me a copy for possible review.


Bev Stephans said...

Dear Lesa,

This is what I love about your blog; you throw a little bit of everything at us. I know the emphasis is on mystery, but you have covered romance, women's issues and even children's stories. No other blog has persuaded me to buy as many books as your's does.

Now, I think I'll get this Sheryl Woods novel. You got me again. LOL!

Lesa said...


You couldn't have said anything nicer to me than you love my blog, and I give you a little of everything. I'm glad I got you again!

Thank you for starting my day off on a positive note. It's going to be a good day. Thanks!

Yvonne said...

I love Sherryl Woods' books! This sounds wonderful. Great review!

Pamela Keener said...

I absolutely ove reading your reviews & this one is no exception.
I have never read Sheryl Woods even though I have seen her books on bookshelves. The premise of this one sounds inviting.
Love & Hugs,

Lesa said...


I liked reviewing a book by one of your authors that you haven't read yet! I hope you enjoy it!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Pam. What a nice compliment! I hope you get the chance to pick up a Christmas book or two to read.

Ingrid King said...

I just finished this and really liked it - a perfect Christmas book, and even more enjoyable since I like the series.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Ingrid! I'm glad you liked the book, and are enjoying the series. It was a good book, wasn't it?