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An O'Brien Family Christmas [Hardcover]

Sherryl Woods
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Sept. 27 2011 A Chesapeake Shores Novel
Dating Matthew O'Brien—a playboy and a younger man—cost Laila Riley her career and her parents' respect. A high price, even for love—and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off, despite Matthew's objections.

But the O'Brien family has other ideas, and they conspire to get Laila to join them on a Dublin holiday. It's a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about the trip. Matthew's bound to be there, and she's far from immune. What if she can't resist temptation?

Meanwhile, the O'Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell's unexpected romance with an old flame. Will she follow her heart despite the risks? And will Laila discover that some risks are actually once-in-a-lifetime opportunities?

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"Sherryl Woods writes emotionally satisfying novels about family, friendship and home. Truly feel-great reads!"
-#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

"Sherryl Woods gives her characters depth, intensity, and the right amount of humor."

-RT Book Reviews

"Infused with the warmth and magic of the season, Woods's fourth addition to her popular, small-town series once again unites the unruly, outspoken, endearing O'Brien clan in a touching, triumphant tale of forgiveness and love reclaimed."

-Library Journal on A Chesapeake Shores Christmas

"A sweet read perfect to enjoy again and again."

-RT Book Reviews on A Chesapeake Shores Christmas

"Warm, complex, and satisfying."

-Library Journal on Harbor Lights

"Timely in terms of plot and deeply emotional, the third Chesapeake Shores book is quite absorbing. The characters are handled well and have real chemistry-as well as a way with one-liners."

- RT Book Reviews on Harbor Lights

"Sparks fly in a lively tale that is overflowing with family conflict and warmth and the possibility of rekindled love."

-Library Journal on Flowers on Main

"Woods . . . is noted for appealing character-driven stories that are often infused with the flavor and fragrance of the South."
-Library Journal

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 in her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. Sherryl is best known for her ability to creating endearing small town communities and families. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A happy read! April 16 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sherryl Woods novel made me feel part of the O'Brien Family Christmas...all that was needed was an extra plate for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars another Sherryl Woods hit Nov. 19 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
loved the story and loved meeting old friends again. Always love books written by Sherryl woods, love the O'Brien family
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Dynamics & Solid Story Sept. 27 2011
By Tooncesmom - Published on
A torrid love affair with a younger man cost banker Leila Riley her job and her father's respect. Was it just a fling? In retrospect Leila thinks so...and she breaks it off with Matthew O'Brien.

All her life Leila has felt she never measured up to her father's expectations. Her affair with the much younger Matthew, regarded as a player by many, including her father, cost her the career she wanted so badly. Resenting her loss, she breaks up with Matthew and takes an unfulfilling job as an accountant.

Matthew, however, is deeply in love with Leila and determined to get her to Ireland for the O'Brien family Christmas. Leila is close to Matthew's family, partly because her best friend Abby is married to Leila's brother Trace. And apparently, the lovable but at times, meddling O'Brien clan have decided that Leila needs to patch up whatever differences she has with Matthew. A little manipulation from Nell, the O'Brien matriarch, convinces Leila that she should go along.

Matthew had planned to propose in Dublin, now he rethinks his plan, this time determined to let their courtship proceed at a slow pace, something that, at times, is frustrating to both himself and Leila who is desperately trying to convince herself that they're not suited to each other. Meanwhile Susie and Mack enjoy a honeymoon they never managed to take because of her illness and Nell encounters a former flame. All makes for great adventure amid the background of delightful Dublin.

In this charming Christmas story Ms. Woods brings out the irrepressible O'Briens and their machinations. I loved every minute of the story with its warmth and the humor as only Sherryl Woods can provide. I had a quibble with the validity of a special license wedding since all weddings in Ireland require at least a three-week residency and the petition for such a license must be delivered in person by one of the parties being married. However, the wedding, even though not possible under the circumstances, still made for a magical story. 4.5 stars for this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feels like family. Oct. 11 2011
By Country Woman - Published on
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The whole Chesapeake Bay series is wonderful. I can't decide which book I like best. This one is about the O'Brien family and their extended family going to Ireland for Christmas. Nell (Gram) finds an old friend, Matthew & Laila work out their differences and the whole family has a great vacation. And, maybe there is love in the air for Luke.

Thank you, Sheryl Woods for a great series and I'm looking forward to the next book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming family drama Sept. 27 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
In Chesapeake Shores, Laila Riley ended her relationship with younger Matthew O'Brien but paid the price for what she declared a fling. Her parents condemned her and after a fight with her father she left the greatest position in the world at his bank. Only Trace her brother seems to support her emotionally and with customers as she opens up an office in The Inn At Eagle Point. Matthew is heartbroken as he wanted a permanent relationship with the love of his life, but honors her wishes to stay away from her as he knows she resents him for what their tryst cost her.

The O'Brien clan believes Laila and Matthew are soul mates and plan to act on it while on a two week Christmas vacation in Ireland in honor of the family octogenarian matriarch Nell. Knowing her estrangement with her parents, Laila's friends persuade her to come on the trip as they do not want her alone over the holidays. Although she has trepidations of seeing Matthew who will be going too, she travels to Ireland for an O'Brien family Christmas. Meanwhile Nell sees her pre American marriage Irish boyfriend Dillon.

The latest Chesapeake Shores family drama (see A Chesapeake Shores Christmas) is the usual charming tale. Part of the pleasure is to observe what has happened to former lead protagonists and Nell's second chance romance. However, the main story line is the relationship between the older Laila and Matthew whose game plan is to prove to his beloved they can have more than just the greatest sex he ever has known.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romances raging from Chesapeake to Dublin Nov. 7 2011
By Harold Wolf - Published on
Grandma Nell O'Brien wishes for a Dublin family Christmas. Sparks fly in this family overseas outing and it's not all from the Yule log. Lust licks the bowl of Christmas pudding in another O'Brien holiday from author Sherryl Woods.

A bit disappointing is that there is not much description of a Dublin setting for this Christmas gathering. No dialect to drool over, no Gaelic phrases, faith 'n begorrah-- but then this is a Chesapeake Shores Novel series-- not Irish Wonderland. Of course there's the O'Brien family name, the Riley's, an O'Malley and other Irish names tossed about between the love angels--but they all speak American English.

It's obvious there is a past to many characters which leave the novice to the "Chesapeake Shores' series a bit at a disadvantage, standing in the shallows, so to speak. But surely it's a delight for anyone who's read some of the 7 previous books in the series. It's a Christmas family love story by a good author noted for romance and the seashore. And some senior age romance is included but no one named Paddy and no leprechauns. Just romance--a MIRA book from Harlequin.
All mistletoe;
NO shamrocks.
At least worth the Kindle price for any romance reader. But I still prefer a good hardcover.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An O'Brien Family Christmas Jan. 6 2012
By Styler - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a wonderful book. Once I started I didn't want to put it down. Made for a nice Christmas story. Let's you know how important family is. Not only at Christmas but all though the year.
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