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A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods


Cover art: A Chesapeake Shores Christmas Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: A Chesapeake Shores Christmas - 4th in the Chesapeake Shores series
Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Mira
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-2852-0 (Hardcover)
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Chesapeake Shores
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Very Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Sherryl's Website/Blog: www.sherrylwoods.com

Devoted readers of the Chesapeake Shores series know very well that Megan and Mick O’Brien have had an extremely rocky relationship. Their reconciliation, should there be one, has been a long time coming. You’ll be happy to know that, yes, Megan has finally accepted Mick O’Brien’s proposal of remarriage.

Sad thing is, after all these years, Connor is still extremely bitter about Megan’s rejection and abandonment of him and his siblings when she divorced their father. Megan has had to work hard to regain her grown children’s forgiveness and acceptance into their lives. It’s been a long slow process. While she understands Connor’s resentment at her being back in their lives permanently, it hurts nonetheless.

That’s why she tells Mick they have to postpone their New Year’s Eve wedding. She won’t go into this marriage with the family in turmoil, especially if she’s the cause.

Mick, in all his gruffness, tries to "fix" everything from Connor’s attitude to assuring Megan that she can have it all, which includes an art gallery in Chesapeake Shores. He doesn’t want to postpone the wedding.

Yet anyone who is familiar with the O’Brien clan knows that family never has a quiet or dull moment. There is always some excitement; some sort of crisis…and now is no different with Connor and his animosity and secrets.

So why is Megan grasping onto any and every excuse she can, determined to postpone the wedding? It seems as if a Christmas miracle is in order. Will there be one under the O’Brien tree?

Hmm...I had mixed feelings about Megan. She desperately wanted to believe that Mick had changed from his demanding, take-charge ways, yet she, at times, was just as demanding as she accused him of being. In fact she bent over backwards to make sure her armor of independence had no chinks in it. But at the same time I had to admire her for standing up for herself, not letting anyone bulldoze over her. She knew when to soften and when not to give in.

Mick on the other hand, he really was trying. Too bad that stubbornness and the urge to "fix" everything seemed to be deeply ingrained. But there was a softening in him, you could feel his frustration with Megan and see the love he has for her. He would do anything for her, and that’s exactly what causes problems for him.

A Chesapeake Shores Christmas is a fine addition to the series. It was actually quite bright to include a more mature romance to the series. The underlying turmoil the reader may have felt in Abby or Bree’s stories, the hurt that was the foundation for so many in the O’Brien clan’s is now firmly on the road to healing.

Megan and Mick have had so much heartache, so many misunderstandings; their journey to a HEA, fraught though it was with moments of tension and anxiety, was a warm and tender story.

Happy reading,

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