An O'Brien Family Christmas Hardcover – Sep 27 2011
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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."
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.See all Product Description
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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.
Thank you, Sheryl Woods for a great series and I'm looking forward to the next book.
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.
At least worth the Kindle price for any romance reader. But I still prefer a good hardcover.
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.
This book really was different from the usual back and forth girl and guy get together/fall apart etc. In this book, which left off of Beach Lane in which Susie promises Gram that they will all go to Ireland for Christmas to celebrate Susie and Mack getting married.
Well we all knew that Matthew and Laila would be the ones in the majority of the book but in her usual style, Sherryl Woods doesn't disappoint us with a peek of maybe who we might see in the next book, either Gram and her beau from Ireland or maybe Luke with one of the girls... I guess we get to sit on it for awhile and wait!
I loved as usual the whole family interacting and all full of love. Even though they might seem meddling and just down right nosy, this is a family I think we all secretly want to be a part of. Heck yes I would like to become an O'Brien! LOL
And that is when you KNOW you have read a good book, if you feel like they are family.
I received this ebook for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.