Publication Information: Ballantine paperback, February 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Here is a link to an excerpt from Chapter 1.
What I liked: Every lawyer flirts with the idea of walking away from it all (don't tell my boss), so it is always entertaining to read about someone who does so. Perhaps it was a little too convenient the way all Sophie’s plans fell into place so quickly – financing, property, renovations – but I always enjoy descriptions of food and décor. One of the appealing aspects of this series is that characters from the other St. Dennis books appear throughout, including my favorite, Steffie, who runs the local ice cream shoppe extraordinaire, One Scoop or Two (who features in book 3).
The Chesapeake Diaries are a slow-paced but pleasant romantic series with wide appeal. The books are suitable for readers who don’t care for gratuitous sex or bad language and appealing to those who enjoy quirky characters and a hint of magic, not to mention the charm of a small town. The “diaries” in the subtitle are kept by Grace Sinclair, who runs a beautiful inn at Sinclair’s Point as well as the local newspaper (which provides a good excuse for her avid interest in everything that goes on in town). Grace yearns for her son to return home and it looks like that will take place in book 8. These books can be read independently but you’ll be so curious about how all the couples wound up together you’ll have to go back and read them all in order sooner or later!
What I disliked: Sophie decides to open a restaurant that will serve lunch and early breakfast for fishermen who shop at the nearby bait store at 5 am, then plans to work at the family law firm in the afternoon. I am afraid she will be far too tired in the afternoon to provide her best legal work, and her brother agrees with me. It's hard enough with a good night's sleep!
Source: I received this book from TLC Book Tours in return for a candid review. I urge you to visit other stops on the tour listed below to get different perspectives on this entertaining series. I have a copy to give away (U.S. only) - if you are interested, please leave me a message so I can pick a winner.
Mariah Stewart's Tour Stops:
Monday, January 27th: Literally Jen
Tuesday, January 28th: Romancing the Book
Tuesday, January 28th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers