by Sherryl Woods

April 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2626-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Come along with author Sherryl Woods to Chesapeake Shores and meet the O'Brien family. Mick O'Brien and his brothers designed and built the picturesque town and then managed to squabble themselves into estrangement. Mick didn't do so well in his own marriage, either. His wife, Megan, packed her bags and left after eighteen years and five kids because she could no longer play second fiddle to his career.

His eldest daughter, Abby, was faced with the fallout. She had to keep her siblings together, to help them try to understand why their mom left. Megan had promised to return for them, but allowed Mick to talk her into giving him custody. Abby, at 17, understood, but her siblings were devastated without their mother, creating a lot of emotional issues that will be explored in this series.

Now a successful financial analyst for a Wall Street brokerage firm, Abby juggles a high-pressure career with the demands of raising her twin daughters. Her marriage may have crumbled, but the girls still have the support of both loving parents. When disaster strikes back home, Abby heads for Maryland to see what she can do to help. Her youngest sister Jess needs her support.

Abby never expects to find her former beau, Trace Riley, as the antagonist. Trace never wanted to work at the family bank, but has reached a temporary agreement with his father. The first thing on his agenda is to oversee the finances at the Inn at Eagle Point, Jess O'Brien's project. She is in way over her head, and it looks like they will have to foreclose on the property unless she gets some help. Who better to help than financial whiz sister Abby? Trace has never forgotten their youthful romance, and never forgiven her for leaving him in Maryland while she followed her career to New York.

Will they be able to work through their differences and see if there are any sparks left? Only time will tell.

Reviewed in March 2009 by Paula.

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