Monday, July 6, 2015

That Chesapeake Summer (Chesapeake Diaries #9) by Mariah Stewart

Book Blurb:

Jamie Valentine is the wildly successful author of self-help books advocating transparency in every relationship. But when her widowed mother passes away unexpectedly, Jamie discovers her own life has been based on a lie. Angry and deeply betrayed, she sets out to find the truth—which may be in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay. Cutting her most recent book tour short, Jamie books a room at the Inn at Sinclair’s Point, just outside St. Dennis.

The death of Daniel Sinclair’s father forced him to take over the family inn, and his wife’s death left him a single parent of two children, so there’s little room for anything else in his life. His lovely new guest is intriguing, though, and he’s curious about the secret she’s clearly hiding. But in the end, Jamie and Dan could discover the greatest truth of all: that the search for one thing just might lead to the find of a lifetime—if you keep your heart open.

My Review:

I really enjoyed being back in Chesapeake Bay and reading Grace's diary entries!  These entries give a whole other POV to the story and kind of a behind the scenes peek!

I really felt for Jamie in That Chesapeake Summer.  She's been dealt some bad blows lately, and is rediscovering not only herself but her life as she knew it.  I felt like she was taking a big chance emotionally when she headed to Chesapeake Bay to find the answers she needs to move on...and I was both worried and hopeful for her.

I really liked reading about Dan, who we've seen in other books in this series and I've always wondered about him.  He hides his own hurts, but is very drawn to Zoe, even if she's not telling him everything.

The journey these two take separately and together is realistic and their characters are believable ones who I really liked.  Mariah writes with a lot of emotion and I couldn't help but fall into this story.

I'd recommend reading all of this series and meeting all the great characters, but That Chesapeake Summer can be read as a stand alone.  The secondary characters who we've seen before are all relevant to a plot that carries itself smoothly and captivatingly.

Any contemporary romance reader will enjoy That Chesapeake Summer.

4/5 stars

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