Saturday, December 18, 2010

A CHESAPEAKE SHORES CHRISTMAS: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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A CHESAPEAKE SHORES CHRISTMAS
BY SHERRYL WOODS

ABOUT THE BOOK:
After years apart, Mick and Megan O'Brien are finally ready to make it official…again. Most of their grown children couldn't be happier about their rekindled love and impending marriage this holiday season. Only Connor is a holdout. Driven to become a divorce attorney after what he views as his mother's abandonment of their family, Connor's not about to give his blessing to this reunion romance.

The last thing Megan wants to do is hurt her family again. After all, is she really sure she and Mick can make it this time around? And when an unexpected delivery causes chaos, it seems only a miracle can reunite this family.

Of course, it is Christmas—the season of miracles
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After graduating with a degree in journalism from Ohio State University and working in the newspaper business for many years, the first time Sherryl Woods sat down to write a novel, she struggled with the lack of quotes and pages of facts she was used to having. And then, thanks to a very perceptive friend, she realized she got to use her imagination to make it all up!

Since then, for more than 100 women's fiction, romance and mystery novels, Sherryl's been making up all sorts of things -- characters, storylines, entire communities. The best part, she says, is that her heroes do exactly what she tells them to do, unlike any of the men she's ever known.

But even though Sherryl's allowed her imagination free rein, she still likes to write novels that are grounded in reality. "I want my characters and situations to resonate with my readers. Nothing pleases me more than to hear from a reader that she'd been through exactly that situation, and it all rang true for her. Better yet, that she, like the heroine not only survived, but thrived!"

You can read more about Sherryl on her website at www.sherrylwoods.com or join in at her blog, www.justbetweenfriendsblog.com.

MY REVIEW/THOUGHTS:
Sherryl Woods presents readers with a  holiday treat as she tells a story of hope and second chances. In a story about Megan and Mick O’Brien, I think many will find part of themselves in this tale and if not, then part of other people who are part of their lives. I know I did. A divorce came about after trying to live together when they were two very different personalities: mild mannered Megan had to contend with Mick being somewhat of a control freak. This part of Mick essentially carried over from his job where it helped him to be successful and rich, while on the other hand, it did not make for a very good husband or for that matter, father. On the other hand, Megan, wasn’t very assertive and her patience wore out waiting for Mick to see that his family and wife were really more important than his work. She still loved him but finally had to leave for self-preservation as her self was being swallowed up in this marriage.

Megan left Mick and their children and went to live and work in New York. Hoping to establish herself and have the children come to join her, they never did as they chose to stay in the home they knew with their father. Their son Connor was totally shocked and disallusioned when his parents separated and has yet to really come to terms with it over so many years. Now, however, after twelve years and with the children grown, the love that Megan and Mick shared has never died, and they are willing to take a second chance at marriage because both have learned a lot over the years. They both have worked on their faults and now feel they can start anew. They want to get married again on New Year’s Eve with all the family present however, Connor, has never come to terms with their divorce and refuses to attend the wedding. Megan is determined to get him to see that she and Mick have changed and do love each other more and differently as well.

However, before Christmas comes, the family faces a situation that has all of them in shock. Megan feels that if she can help Connor with this problem, that he will look at her and Mick’s relationship in a whole new way. This was my first of the Chesapeake Shores books but I found it stood alone well so although I’d like to read more of the series now, I don’t think it is a requirement in order to enjoy this one. A CHESAPEAKE SHORES CHRISTMAS is filled with multi-layered, real characters who make it easy to enjoy the story as you can see how real people would behave and react in their position. The O’Brien family is like so many in our lives and so I found it easy to relate to and get lost in this wonderful holiday story.
GIVEAWAY

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130 comments:

Yvonne said...

Great giveaway! I'd love to win this one as I'm a huge fan of Sherryl Woods' books.

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This story sounds lovely and interesting, compelling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Edna said...

I always love Christmas books and this one sounds to be really a good one.

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Edna said...

My favorite Christmas story is in the Bible about the birth of Jesus, He is the reason for the season, not gifts, food, spending money, we should just love each other and worship the REAL KING JESUS


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I like the thought of second chances. That even though they were younger and they couldn't be together they are wanting a second chance.
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I have never read a book by this author and would enjoy this one. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Commchick said...

I love that it's a story surrounded by Christmas and showing that people still have family issues going on where everything isn't always rosy.

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I think everyone deserves a second chance so this book appeals to me

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A Christmas book that I enjoy is A Christmas Carol. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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This book sounds intriguing. I like the idea of second chances and a Christmas miracle.
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I think the Paper Bag Christmas is a good holiday story.
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I am reading The Unfinished Gift. I really like this Christmas story.

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I love second chances, this sounds like a fun Christmas read!
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I always like a book about second chances.
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debbie said...

One of my favorite christmas stories is the gift of the magi.
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I like the family storyline w/ the kids and their parents marriage.

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I dont have any favorite Christmas stories other than the original from the Bible. (-:

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Karen B said...

I love when you're given a second chance at something that is so very important to you.

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Steve Capell said...

Divorce can cause scars that do not show and do not heal. I am sure many of your readers can relate to Conners and what he is feeling; however, there is one that can bring healing and peace and that is what Christmas is all about. The celebration of Christ's birth. This novel sounds interesting as it brings the problems that people deal with in their life into the the story of Christmas.

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rbooth43 said...

I'm a fan of Sherryl Woods' books and would love to read A CHESAPEAKE SHORES CHRISTMAS. The best gift is to celebrate Christ's birth.
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Anonymous said...

I like books about second chances--because I lived through one.

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Anonymous said...

The classic--A Christmas Carol--- is one of my favorites.

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catherine said...

coming from a step family, dysfunction is the norm. this sounds like it is right up my alley
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CarolNWong said...

I am a fan of Sherryl Woods and I would like to see how this conflict with Conner is resolved. I knew someone who had the some problem.


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My favorite Christmas story is 'The Gift of the Magi' by
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holdenj said...

I have read a different Woods series and would love to be introduced to the world of Chesapeake Shores! Thanks!
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holdenj said...

A new holiday favorite that was published last year is a book by Susan May Warren called The Great Christmas Bowl. It was funny and heartwarming, something I'll want to read every year.
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gcpeach17 said...

I very much enjoy reading Sherryl Woods' books. This book set at Christmas time lends itself even more interest....I love Christmas miracles.

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Christmas books, I have a few but, cannot think of a name at the moment. I do love reading the children, stories of the Birth of Jesus.

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Pamela Keener said...

I love reading Christmas stories this time of year. I like the premise of the book of divorcee who decide to remarry & how that affects others.
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bison61 said...

unexpected delivery causes chaos, it seems only a miracle can reunite this family. this sounds like a great book to read over the holidays

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misskallie2000 said...

I love Sherryl's books and would love to win A Chesapeake Shores Christmas. I have 2 of Debbie Macomber's Christmas books I have re-read and plan to again this yr. My newest book is Under the Mistletoe that I just started and so far it is great.

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I am reading Under The Mistletoe now and I am really enjoying this book.


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Wow she's written more than 100 books very impressive. I'd love to win because I love holiday stories
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I like Sherryl's setting in the Chesapeake area and books about hope and second chances.

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Sounds like a HEA (happily ever after) book to me! And since those are my favorite kinds of books, I would LOVE to win this book! I have read some of Ms. Woods other books and have not been disappointed yet.

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