Monday, March 15, 2010

Chesapeake Blue

Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts

Seth Quinn is finally home....

It's been a long journey. After a harrowing boyhood with his drug-addicted mother, he'd been taken in by the Quinn family, growing up with three older brothers who'd watched over him with love.

Now a grown man returning from Europe as a successful painter, Seth is settling down on Maryland's Eastern Shore, surrounded once again by Cam, Ethan, and Phillip, their wives and children - all the blessed chaos of the extended Quinn clan. Finally, he's back in the little blue-and-white house where there's always a boat at the dock, a rocker on the porch, and a dog in the yard.

Still, a lot has changed in St. Christopher since he's been gone - and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks. A city girl who has opened a florist shop in this seaside town, she craves independence and the challenge of establishing herself without the influence of her wealthy connections. In Seth, she sees another kind of challenge - a challenge she can't resist.

But storms are brewing that are about to put their relationship to the test. Dru's past has made her sensitive to deception and slow to trust. And Seth's past has made him a target of blackmail - as a secret he's kept hidden for years threatens to explode, destroying his new life and his new love.
--Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts, Copyright ©2004 by Nora Roberts, published by Jove Books

My Review:

Award-winning storyteller Nora Roberts gives her fans what they’ve been asking for: Seth’s story. The fourth book in the Chesapeake Bay series, after Sea Swept, Rising Tides and Inner Harbor, Chesapeake Blue tells the story of Seth Quinn, the adopted brother of Cameron, Ethan and Philip Quinn.

Chesapeake Blue is a wonderful conclusion to the series. We finally get to learn what’s happened to Seth. He’s all grown up now, an accomplished artist, ready to settle into the town that has always been his home. He meets Drusilla Whitcombe Banks, a newcomer to St. Christopher, and immediately sets himself to charm his way into her life. Though she tries to resist, having her own personal demons to conquer, Dru can’t help succumbing to the charm that is endemic to the Quinn men.

But Seth’s past threatens to tear them apart, and it’s only with Dru’s love and support, and a few words from the spirit of his deceased grandmother, that he’s able to find the strength to finally lay his own demons to rest.

I give this story FOUR STARS.

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