Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods

ABOUT THE BOOKFalling 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 enchanting as a summer garden.


This book is an easy and quick read. For those of you who have read the O'Brien series, you'll be able to pick up where you left off with loved and cherished characters. For those who haven't read any of the series yet, this isn't exactly the book you want to start with. Though the characters and plot are interesting, it took me a little bit to actually get into the book. By the fifth chapter I was actually caring about the characters and the blossoming romances, as well as businesses, but before that I had a difficult time keeping my nose between the pages.

Once you get into it, though, you'll find a town rich with wholesome, loving people that will capture your heart. The main story, that of Moira and Luke, was entertaining, but I found myself drawn more and more to the subplot and back characters. I would like to go back and read the series starting at the beginning instead of starting in the middle. The first book is titled 'The Inn at Eagle Point' and this book marks the 9th in the series.

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