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An O'Brien Family Christmas (Chesapeake Shores #8)

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Dating Matthew O’Brien — a playboy and a younger man — cost Laila Riley her career and her parents’ respect. A high price, even for love — and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off, despite Matthew’s objections.

But the O’Brien family has other ideas, and they conspire to get Laila to join them on a Dublin holiday. It’s a great time to get away from it a
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Published September 27th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2011)
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Shelley Vanbrunt
Nothing like a trip to Ireland to inspire love! I am not sure I would ever be able to accept a surprise wedding but this worked for this couple. Age is just a number and Love wins every time. It was nice to see it the other way around after Connie and Thomas' story.
Jason
Apr 06, 2015 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked it more than I thought I would! Not much more to say.
Lynsey
Sep 26, 2012 Lynsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-contemp
A sweet addition to this series with lots going on and not just for the starring couple. Laila and Matthew's love story was very sweet and lovely, with Matthew going all guns to romance Laila with an old fashioned courtship. Her disgruntled reaction to his refusal to sleep with her was very funny.

The only disappointments, for me, were the ridiculous reaction from Mick O'Brien, to his mother's romance and Laila's father's behaviour in general. Neither of these men offered sufficient apology to th
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Dee
Two-haiku review:

Christmas in Ireland
He's younger but sex is great
Can she accept him?

She has many fears
Family expectations
Nice Christmas romance
Debbie
Nov 09, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matriarch Nell O’Brien wants to spend Christmas in her beloved Dublin, she hasn’t been since she was a girl and her entire family want to make sure it happens, she also wants to put her matchmaking to work for her grandson Matthew and Laila Riley.
Laila Riley gave up her dream job of working in her father’s bank after the explosion that was her announcement of being involved with Matthew O’Brien, her father was not happy not just because he’s younger but because he’s a known rake and rascal and
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Jodie
The O'Brien family is up to its old tricks again. This time they have moved on to Laila and Matthew. Laila quit her job at her father's bank after realizing she would always be second choice after her brother. When she quit her job, she also ended things with Matthew, and hasn't spoken to him since. Now, with a few small comments from Grandma O'Brien, Laila hightails it over to Matthew's to give him a piece of her mind. However, when she gets there, they realize they've been set up, and after mu ...more
Kristen
Feb 15, 2017 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, christmas, series
Another great book in her Chesapeake Shores Series
Andrea Guy
The Chesapeake Shores series is one of my very favorites. Sherryl Woods introduces you to the fabulous O'Brien clan. Each book is fine as a stand alone novel, but it is nice to have read some of the others, so that the family history is in your mind. If you haven't read any of them, that won't make much difference, after a few pages, the O'Brien's will feel like your family.




This story focuses on Laila and Matthew O'Brien as well as grandma Nell and Dillon O'Malley. There are always a few stories
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Willow Brook
2 1/2 stars. This was my first book by Sherryl Woods and probably a poor choice with lots of characters from what I assume are other books. Nice to catch up on old friends in a series, but if you don't know them it's like listening to endless gossip about people you never met. After a while you lose interest. I do anyway and the O'Brien Clan started to get on my nerves. The main characters in this story, Matthew and Laila didn't grab me all that much and the big conflict in the story was he is y ...more
Tonya
Sep 29, 2011 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
This book really was different from the usual back and forth girl and guy get together/fall apart etc. In this book, which left off of Beach Lane in which Susie promises Gram that they will all go to Ireland for Christmas to celebrate Susie and Mack getting married.

Well we all knew that Matthew and Laila would be the ones in the majority of the book but in her usual style, Sherryl Woods doesn't disappoint us with a peek of maybe who we might see in the next book, either Gram and her beau from Ir
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Cara
Aug 25, 2012 Cara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love books set in Ireland but the fact this book was set there was useless. It could have been set in any hotel anywhere since the only significance Dublin got was the mention of pubs, Guinness, and Irish coffee. No mention of Dillon's accent. No description of the area other than the dreary weather and pretty seaside. And absolutely no reference to how anyone looked. You have no description of any character so there is no way to build what I refer to as the movie in my head. And not once did ...more
Ruth
Dec 18, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laila began a love affair with Matthew O'Brien in her small hometown of Chesapeake Shores. Since Matthew was a known playboy and she was a respected account in her father's bank she decided to keep their love affair a secret. When her parents discover Laila's secret it costs her not only her parents respect but her job. In turmoil from her parent's reaction she breaks her relationship with Matthew.

The entire O'Brien family has other ideas for Laila and they begin to work on her to ensure that s
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Erin
Aug 05, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible times horrible. First of all I think this author is ridiculous. The main reason these two terrible characters don't get together is because of age. Hello?? The whole book I was waiting for their age difference to be talked about somewhere! What is she 35 and he's 23????? It made the story super annoying to be always wondering. I'm not sure if the author thought that was making the point that age doesn't matter by not telling us? Because all it did was annoy the crap out of me. Second,wh ...more
Gail
Sep 15, 2011 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Sherryl's Woods Cheasapeke series. This is a heartwarming story of more adventures with the O'Brien family. it will make you laugh and cry. Can't wait for Feb. when the next book in the series comes out.
Krystal
Cute. Cute. Cute. Good little escape book. Loved waking up early to fall into the O'Brien's world of happiness and love. Very much enjoyed for a Holiday novel.
Debbie
Dec 20, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm not a big romance fan I really enjoy Sherryl Woods novels and of course I saved this one for the Christmas season and it was a lot of fun.
Deborah
It was ok. I did understand the angst of an older woman dealing with a younger man who happens to be related to her best friend. This was a fun read.
Chris
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

A sweet addition to this series with lots going on and not just for the starring couple. Laila and Matthew's love story was very sweet and lovely, with Matthew going all guns to romance Laila with an old fashioned courtship. Her disgruntled reaction to his refusal to sleep with her was very funny.

The only disappoi
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Nicole Michele
Sep 26, 2016 Nicole Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, quick read. I love learning more about Nell's past. And the set up for Luke's book. What I really like is Ms. Woods didn't drag Matthew and Laila's story more than it had to be. Just right.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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A torrid love affair with a younger man cost banker Leila Riley her job and her father’s respect. Was it just a fling? In retrospect Leila thinks so...and she breaks it off with Matthew O’Brien.

All her life Leila has felt she never measured up to her father’s expectations. Her affair with the much younger Matthew, regarded as a player by many including her father, cost her the career she wanted so badly. Resenting her loss, she breaks
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Lesa
Dec 14, 2011 Lesa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember Nora Roberts’ MacGregor series of romances? The first ones came out in 1985, and they featured a large family, the patriarch who was a matchmaker for his family, and all the romances of various grandchildren and cousins. Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series reminds me of Roberts’ books. And, An O’Brien Family Christmas, Woods’ latest celebration of love, meddling and family, brings all those common elements together.

This year, the entire family plans to go to Ireland for Christmas. T
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Suzanne Barrett
Aug 21, 2011 Suzanne Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A torrid love affair with a younger man cost banker Leila Riley her job and her father’s respect. Was it just a fling? In retrospect Leila thinks so...and she breaks it off with Matthew O’Brien.

All her life Leila has felt she never measured up to her father’s expectations. Her affair with the much younger Matthew, regarded as a player by many, including her father, cost her the career she wanted so badly. Resenting her loss, she breaks up with Matthew and takes an unfulfilling job as an accounta
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Julie Barrett
Dec 08, 2011 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An O'Brien FamilY Christmas by Sherryl Woods
Laila Riley's father ran the bank. She used to have a job there til she hooked up
with playboy Matthew O'Brien. Now she will work at the Inn doing their accounting
The whole family each had their turn at talking to her to get her to change her mind and go with the family to Ireland for Christmas.
It finally worked and she just loved Ireland and how Matthew was the tour guide and knew so much about the country. All of them would show up, 1/2 of them in the
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Deborah Vespo
Dec 25, 2013 Deborah Vespo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So like me to step in the middle of a series without regard to any of the other books! I've got some catching up to do obviously! Loved this book and loved the O'Brien family. Lara Riley started dating a younger man, known for his womanizing, and it doesn't go so well for her. Due to her position in the community and her position in her father's bank, her family makes life rough for her over her decision to have this secret relationship with Matthew O'Brien. She decides to move on, leave her pos ...more
Ruth
Sep 21, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this heartwarming almost clean Christmas romance. Though one of many Sherryl Woods books about the large O'Brien clan of Chesapeake Shores, it reads well as a stand-alone (though it does seem a little busy at times with practically useless characters). Laila is a controlled person, the steady reliable responsible accountant whose life has been turned upside down by a younger man. She gave up so much for him, and then bolted away from him. In the tradition of large loving meddling Irish ...more
Connie N.
This is a lovely holiday-based story of love, both romantic love and love of family (as is always evidenced in these stories about the O'Briens). It's a definite feel-good book sharing the family interactions in a giant O'Brien trip to Ireland for Christmas. Since Nell (Gram) is in her 80's she expressed a wish to see Ireland once again, so this trip was arranged with everyone attending (so all our favorite characters are there). Mild family dramas include Gram's reconnection with an old flame w ...more
Janga
Oct 17, 2011 Janga rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had the reader been given more of the internal conflict in order to understand Laila’s choices, I would have found the book intriguing and different. But there is so much family stuff going on and Laila and Matthew are so busily involved in exchanges with various family members that their relationship impressed me as a lot of steam and little substance. I grew weary of Laila’s waverings, and when she does decide she’s ready to commit to Matthew, I wandered how much of the change was due to Matth ...more
Marcia  Haskell
Nov 21, 2011 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dating Matthew O’Brien-a playboy and a younger man-cost Laila Riley her career and her parents’ respect. A high price, even for love-and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off, despite Matthew’s objections.

It’s a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about joining the O’Briens for a Dublin holiday. Matthew’s bound to be there, and she’s far from immune. What if she can’t resist temptation?

Meanwhile, the O’Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell’s
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Rhonda
Aug 24, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story makes for a charming christmas.

The O'Brien family is all going over to Ireland taking Nell and all the extended family thier for two week visit.

Laila own brother is going with his wife and two stepdaughters. Her best friends are going with thier families. Even her exboyfriend is going Mathew. Laila has been staying away from everyone scince her fight with her father and quiting her job at the family bank. Her friends try and convince her to come so she won't be alone for Chris
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Jennie
Dec 13, 2011 Jennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Goodreads: Dating Matthew O’Brien-a playboy and a younger man-cost Laila Riley her career and her parents’ respect. A high price, even for love-and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off, despite Matthew’s objections.

It’s a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about joining the O’Briens for a Dublin holiday. Matthew’s bound to be there, and she’s far from immune. What if she can’t resist temptation?

Meanwhile, the O’Briens are in an uproar over ma
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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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