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Beach Lane (Chesapeake Shores #7)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  3,661 ratings  ·  171 reviews
In the close-knit community of Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, Susie O'Brien and Mack Franklin's "not dating" claim befuddles everyone, especially since the two spend every spare minute together. Susie's thrilled when their friendship finally heats up. Then, just when happily-ever-after seems within reach, Mack loses the job he loves and Susie faces a devastating diagnosis.Bu ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jinky
A nice romantic novel. Two friends on the road to being more, but then future plans were stalled because of personal troubles so the relationship goes to limbo. The secrets they kept from each other seemed such an unhealthy way to have a future together so it was hard for me to root for them. But as the story continued, I couldn't help but wish for the couple's success. I'm a sucker for love that way!

The supporting characters functioned well here. The O'Brien family was a hoot. It was also nice
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Lynsey
2.5 Stars. I'm a little disappointed with this one.

The first half was excellent and there was a lot of charm and the usual amount of shenanigans that comes with the O'Briens, but this is the first time that we have encountered a genuinely unpleasant character in this series, in the form of Kristen.

Mac was a big disappointment for me. I was shocked that he showed so little foresight and understanding in putting poor Susie in that position in the first place. I thought it was selfish of him and h
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Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Valerie
Book received via NetGalley

I haven’t read the rest of the Chesapeake series but the blurb for this one caught my eye and I decided to give it a try. I will say that, for me, when I read romance I’m looking for escape and while this book is a fantastic story, it really was too deep for what I like to read. For anyone who has dealt with the big C word personally, this story will speak to you.

The loving family members and friends that the series is known for are definitely includ
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Barbara
Were we really supposed to like Susie? She doesn't have many good qualities. She's a liar, manipulative, selfish, whiney, childish and totally unsupportive of her husband. She was never there for him. No help on the paper, can't make the parties without spoiling them for Mack, can't encourage him yet he couldn't take any job that might take him away from her and her secure little tiny life with her family. She had plenty of strength to build and furnish a house, but nothing for Mack. Yet he had ...more
Booklover
Absolutely loved this book,such a emotional read i really had tears in my eyes on many occasions,adored each characters and the way they have their relationships also how the years of resentment and bitterness was solved and how a tragedy brings everyone close

Susie was such a sweet character,my heart went out out her,the way she handled the news and the changes that brought about,also loved the way everyone around her were always filled with positive energy and if any time even one of the family
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D.A.
I enjoyed some of the characters Ms. Woods created in this series; however, because there were so many characters, I never felt very close to any one of them. There is much interference from the O'Brien relatives that at some points it annoyed me. If my parents, brothers, sisters, had asked about my sex life or personal relationships as often as this family did, I'd go insane.

Mack and Susie are adults, but at times it felt as if they were teens being watched over by a group of well intentioned r
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Mia
I didn't know that I'd care as much about this "leg" of the O'Brien family... as we haven't seen much of Susie, even though readers of the series are familiar with the "Not Dating" dating they had been doing.

All in all, I liked the story. It was sweet and sad. I found myself tearing up several times throughout. I do love when a bad boy, or naughty boy is redeemed to such a degree that Mack does. I mean, his unwavering devotion to Susie was a big highlight for me!
Linda
I did enjoy this story of Mack and Susie ... first one of Sherryl Woods books I have ever read and I would definitely read some more. Light, easy read EXCEPT for the cancer stuff. I hate to read about that stuff in a book! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone into her stories.
Linda
Another wonderful story by Sherryl Woods that takes place in Chesapeake Shores. Susie O'Brien and Mack Franklin had been friends forever and even though he wanted more, she was afraid because of his reputation with women. By the time she was ready to make that big step, Susie was hit with the news that changed her whole future. Was she willing to take the necessary steps to have the life she wanted or was she afraid of how long she had to live? Susie knew that Mack loved her but she did not want ...more
Lara
The most melodramatic of the series so far. I had little or no sympathy for Susie who gets mad at Mack for not talking about things with her, and then repeatedly does the very same thing. I understand that she's going through chemotherapy, but you can't have been around this long without knowing that it doesn't always just "go away" after the first round of chemo. Susie struck me as overly whiny and self-sacrificing.

Also, Woods needs to add some variety to her male characters' names. Unless they
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BJ
"Beach Lane" is the sixth installment in the Chesapeake Shores series by Sherryl Woods. It started as a trilogy and has expanded to 2 trilogies, a Christmas book and another Christmas book on the way. This is the story of Mac and Suzie. They have been "not dating" for several years, but spending every possible minute together. In this, their book, they contemplate either ending their non-relationship and moving on, or taking their relationship to the next obvious step and admitting that there re ...more
 Gigi Ann
I guess you could say I don't have much to say about this book. I've read about 4 or 5 of this series, and remembering the last book I read, I decided not to read anymore, but then one day I noticed on another blog there was a give-away for this book. I signed up and won it about two years ago. This week I decided it would make a good summer time book to read. It wasn't a favorite book of mine, there was way to much whining, misunderstandings because of lack of communication. I just wanted to sc ...more
Cocktails and Books
When will I learn that a box of kleenex must be with you at all times when you read one of Sherryl Woods’ books? So word of warning...have them handy, you’ll need them.

Mac and Susie have been exclusively “non-dating” for years. Both have wanted more out of the relationship, but for the sake of their friendship have never pushed for more.

Just when Mac’s ready to push for more (he’s got his symbol for how ready he is already purchased and waiting for that special moment), he loses his beloved job
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Jodie
Everything always comes easy to Susie O'Brien, or so everyone thinks. One thing that hasn't come easy is moving her relationship with Mack in a new direction. She has set rules in her relationship with Mack for over three years, one of which includes just being friends. When Mack is fired from his prestigious job as a sports reporter in Baltimore, he knows that his relationship with Susie can't become romantic, despite his desire for something more in the relationship. How could it be more when ...more
Kathy
This delightful novel, which is the seventh in Sherryl Wood's Chesapeake Shores series, will be released on May 31, 2011. Beach Lane features the story of Mack Franklin and Susie O'Brien who we have met in the earlier Chesapeake Shores books. Mack and Susie are "just friends" who have been spending time together for years. Everyone seems to know that they are in love and perfect for each other except them. As you can guess, this book follows their love story.

Their lives are thrown into turmoil f
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~Leslie~
I have never read any Sherryl Woods before and have to admit to being very resistant. But I picked this book up and even though it is in the middle of a series, it seemed that it would be easy to get into. I have to admit to being so pleasantly surprised by this story. I did not have any problems sliding right into the lives of the people in Chesapeake Shores, a designer small town filled with a family by the name of O'Brien. This story follows Susie O'Brien and her best friend Mack Franklin. Th ...more
Janga
Woods returns with book 7 of her Chesapeake Shores series. This time the focus is the relationship of the “not dating” couple, Susie O’Brien and Mack Franklin. Mack has finally decided that it is time to act, to move his relationship with Susie from friendship to serious love interest, but almost as soon as he makes this decision, he’s hit with the news that he is the latest victim of newspaper downsizing. His job as sports columnist, the job that redefined him in the eyes of those who knew his ...more
Cheryl
Susie O’Brien and Mack Franklin have been “just friends” for about three years. That is three years too long. Susie and Mack’s friends and family are putting the pressure on these two to admit that they are dating. Susie would like to take things to the next level but she is afraid that Mack sees her as just a good friend. She will not make the first move in case Mack does feel this way and than that will just ruin things between them. It just so happens that Mack is ready also to make things of ...more
Karielle
Mack and Susie share a solid, ever-loyal love that everyone—except for Mack and Susie themselves—seems to recognize. The onset and eventual defeat of an illness tests this exquisite bond, which exposes its rawest of vulnerabilities, yet at the same time, illuminates upon its unshakable strength. The entire town of Chesapeake Shores will stand by both their sides during the difficult period; many will question—while others will emphasize—the importance of faith and God's will. But when it comes d ...more
Marcia Berg Haskell
"n the close-knit community of Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, Susie O'Brien and Mack Franklin's "not dating" claim befuddles everyone, especially since the two spend every spare minute together. Susie's thrilled when their friendship finally heats up. Then, just when happily-ever-after seems within reach, Mack loses the job he loves and Susie faces a devastating diagnosis.

But O'Briens always unite in a crisis. Even her cousin Jess, Susie's rival for most of their lives, becomes her staunchest supp
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Connie N.
I love this series, but this book was not as good as the rest of them. This time we get to know Susie O'Brien (daughter of Jeff and Jo) and Mack Franklin (best friends with Will and Jake), who have been "not dating" for several books now. They've always been friends, but now Susie wants to step up their relationship. Mack's hesitant because he has some job issues with newspapers downsizing. Together they face some difficult decisions and have to decide whether to try to make a more serious relat ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Both Susie O’Brien and Mack Franklin are ready to change the “non-dating” status they’ve had for years, but each is afraid of ruining a friendship that is precious. Little do they know how important their special connection to each other will become as they face enormous difficulties together. Of course, the O’Brien clan is right there supporting and ‘meddling’ all the way.

Just when Susie gains enough courage to tell Mack there needs to be a change in attitude about “non-dating”, Mack loses his
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Tonya
Beach Lane is my favorite Cedar Cove books! I always feel like I am returning to Cedar Cove as one of the family each time we visit. Each time we visit someone new is falling in love with someone else and we see them banter back and forth and it all ties up into a very nice bow at the end, which Sherryl Woods has crafted so well.

But this time in Beach Lane we have 2 get together only to battle life, not each other. I think it is different from all the books. Mack and Susie are my favorites! A fe
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karen otto
What an amazing read. Just when I thought I'd had enough of the O'Briens, Beach Lane comes along.

Sherryl Woods talent is never in question. She takes the ordinary and makes it memorable. No car chases. No mistaken identities. Just everyday people in everyday situations, written in such a way that you WANT to spend time with them, learn about each one, and perhaps even learn about yourself and your own friends and family as you compare Ms. Woods well-drawn characters with your own.

But the trick
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Jeanne
I enjoyed the interaction of the characters in this Chesapeake Shores novel. This story focused on Susie O'Brien and Mack Franklin. Each in love with the other, but insisting in telling themselves they're only friends. How long do you think that will last? He has a past of loving and leaving and she has always been insecure, so will their love come through and let them love and live happily ever after? They have a lot of obstacles to over come. Good story!
Ada Iaboni
I've read a few others of this series and this one was sweet, sad, realistic in many ways, and hopeful. Although the male main character was too good to be true. One hope to meet a man of such conviction and care, it is my belief that most are not. Worth reading. Especially if you are having some health issues. It will give you hope.
Char (1RadReader59)
Mack and Susie are most dating non dating couple I have ever seen. They are the best couple and friends I have ever seen but not a couple. She is so in love with him she can't see straight and he with her but he is a sport personality and she knows he is a player and will never be able to settle down and she can't risk her heart ever. He is a man who lives on dreams of them being together forever and just when he finally ready to ask her to marry him he loses his job as a sports writer. Then she ...more
Andrea Corley
This book is great as usual for Sherryl Woods, but gut wrenching at some levels. Some of the story came as a complete shock, however, ended up nicely. I was a little disappointed in where some of the story line took you, as traditionally Sherryl Woods takes you in the no man's land of Romance and that just didn't happen here. It wasn't exactly the happier ever after that I guess I THOUGHT it should have been.

I do find it a little disappointing that we don't hear much beyond pregnancies and new
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Michelle
My favorite of the series.

Maybe it's because I took a break after reading the previous books, but this book seemed to have it all for me. I'm glad that the characters from the previous books still made an appearance in this book because it definitely helped tie the series together - and it also gave all of the characters a little more substance. Sherryl Woods did a great job of putting a book together that made me laugh, cry, and fall in love with Chesapeake Shores all over again. It was great t
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Paula Ratcliffe
This book follows the relationship of Susie O'Brien and Mack Franklin. Mack starts out getting laid of from his job as a sports reporter as he was getting ready to propose to Susie O'Brien. Susie has no clue how Mack is feeling and gets shut out when he gets laid off. Mack afraid to confide in Susie about the work situation which doesn't last long as she gives him what for for not telling her what was going on. Then the tables become turned when Susie has a medical scare and is afraid to tell Ma ...more
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With two other careers to her credit before becoming a novelist and four states in which she's lived for extended periods of time, Sherryl Woods has collected friends and memories, along with way too much unnecessary junk.

"The friends are the only things I've brought with me through the years that really matter," she says. "I could probably live without one more chintz teacup, another tin-litho sa
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