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Home for the Summer (Chesapeake Diaries #5)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  875 ratings  ·  85 reviews
"New York Times "bestselling author Mariah Stewart presents a captivating contemporary romance novel in the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, and Barbara Freethy.
Some of Lucy Sinclair's best days were those spent growing up in small town St. Dennis--working at the family inn and enjoying summers filled with swimming, sailing, tennis, and the company of Clay Madison,
Paperback, 353 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Anne OK
I'm just about to give up on this series. There is entirely too much frivolous filler and not enough solid believable storyline. It took four books before we finally got Lucy and Clay's story -what a disappointment it was. Talk about cheating the main characters out of center stage! They spent more time apart than together and when they were together, most of that time was shared space with others. There was no feeling of a relationship growing between Lucy and Clay. Both characters made appeara ...more
I won this book through a Good Reads giveaway. I was really excited to read it since this is the first book I have won. I was expecting a fun, light, beach read. Unfortunately it fell short. I would probably give it 1.5 stars. The book was about Lucy, a successful event planner living in LA, who has returned home to the coast of Maryland to plan a wedding being held at her family's inn. Lucy is 35 and has not spent much time at home since something traumatic happened when she was in high school. ...more
This is part of the Cheaspeake Diaries series. Though well written, I think the plot of the story was very shallow and predictable. Frankly, the book was a big disappointment to me, as I have come to expect more from the author. Lucy has left the St. Dennis area, where she grew up, and is working as an event planner in LA. Her once constant companion Clay remained in the town and took over his father's farm. Both remain good friends. However, Clay has realized he is a bit closer to Lucy than she ...more
Crystal Clifton
I give this story a 4 star rating I don't really read to many regular romance novels but this one had me pretty much hooked from the beginning the relationship between Lucy(LuLu) and Clay begins in their childhood as best friends . Lucy is a an event planner who has been asked back to plan an extravagant wedding for a town friend of her moms, Clay has been in love with Lucy for ever. This is a light hearted read and a quick read and very sweet. I believe most everyone would Love this story , I m ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
Another fast weekend read by Stewart. She paints a lovely picture of a town that anyone would like to visit, yes, even live in. I like the way she develops the romances between sometime reluctant partners. It is a world that when you are done reading the book, you wish you could go there.
Jenni Simon
I received this book as a LT Early Reviewers copy. Usually I don't pick up books that are part of a series. I feel like I have to read all the books before or after a certain title and I don't like the repetition of reading an entire series. However, this book was a little different. Like many books in a series, this one was set in a small town with many characters, who's back stories I hadn't read. Fortunately the author filled in the gaps enough that I could pick up on who was who. This was a ...more
I hate that I'm having such a hard time with this series. It's so odd to me that I love the characters but have such a hard time getting through their stories.

I'm sure one of the reasons for the plodding pacing of these books is the extra words. So many unnecessary words! This book is almost 400 pages and could have easily been less than 300. "Brooke started the van and drove to the end of Cherry Street, then made a left onto Charles." In no way did the route Brooke was taking have any bearing w
This book should be titled "Life of a hotshot wedding planner in St. Dennis". Most of the book is of Lucy interacting with other small town folks and since I did not read other books in the series I kinda feel other readers may enjoy revisiting or reading about heroes and heroines of the previous books. But I feel as a romance Clay and Lucy were shortchanged. They are apart most of the book and even when together in the same town she was busy with planning weddings and catching up with other fol ...more
Jami Dutcher
I am so in love with this series. This is book 5 and I am getting ready to jump in to book 6, although I am a little reluctant because this is the last book and I don't want it to end. I love the town of St Dennis and if it were real I would be packing my bags to move there. Everything about this series says "HOME". The characters are all fabulous even with their flaws, the places are all quaint and scream small town. The stories are so romantic and filled with all the things wonderful and annoy ...more
Linda Smatzny
This is the fifth book in the Chesapeake Diaries Series. It is the story of Lucy Sinclair and Clay Madison. They have been best friends since they were five years old but drifted apart in high school when Lucy stopped being friends. Twenty years have passed and Lucy owns and runs a party planning business out of Los Angles. Clay has stayed in St.Dennis and continued on the family farm. Lucy returns to town to do a big wedding and reconnects with Clay and admits why she shut down when she was fou ...more
Jessica Alcazar
OH, I was OH so bored reading this one! But I still love this serie3s and all it's characters as a whole. It seemed the book was more of 'The story of Lucy' rather than a romance novel. I guessed from the beginning what her tragedy was in her past because it was predictable. You read enough fiction and you tend to get these things quickly LOL Her back story wasn't dealt properly in my opinion. The only good thing done was that in her over-all life, she seemed to have moved past it except when sh ...more
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Home for the Summer through Goodreads, and I really enjoyed this book. Home for the Summer was the first book that I have read by Stewart, but it definitely won't be the last. I absolutely loved the world she created in St. Dennis making it a perfect destination for the reader's imagination to visit. I could practically picture the wonderful shops as well as the inn and practically taste the delicious sounding cupcakes and ice cream. Stewart did an amazing job ...more
Rated 3.5, also posted at TBR Mountain Range.

If you enjoy sweet, contemporary romance with career-oriented characters, then this story is a perfect one to try. It's one of the better written stand-alones within a series that I've read.

A contemporary romance, HOME FOR THE SUMMER is Mariah Stewart's fifth book in her THE CHESAPEAKE DIARIES series. New to the series, I didn't have any trouble at all getting to know the characters and if anything, reading a book in this series out of order only mad
My Rating: 2.0

Obtained: Through Goodreads First Reads

I have heard about, and seen, Mariah Stewart's romance books around for a long time, so when I won a goodreads First Reads giveaway for her book Home for the Summer, I was elastic. I couldn't wait to find out why everyone loved her. To my surprise, I didn't really like Home for the Summer. The main reason why? There was barely any romance.

Home for the Summer is labeled as a "contemporary romance" book. However, in Home for the Summer, ther
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
There is a reason for Lucy Sinclair to stay away from her childhood home in St. Dennis, it simply holds too many memories she wishes desperately to forget. It's also a reason she hasn't told anyone and doesn't plan on it if she can help it. If only the nightmares didn't keep her up all night and her mother didn't want her to come home for the holidays more. Being a successful wedding planner as a joint owner in her own company Shaefer & Sinclair, she stayed more than busy in her office in Lo ...more
I received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.

I have not read anything from this author before, so I did not have any expectations for this romantic story.

It was very easy to read and it was not really necessary to read previous books to become acquainted with the characters.

I enjoyed the details of the town and the interesting people that inhabit it. The minutiae of event planning was a bit overdone, I would have rather have known more about how residents really felt about Lucy & her role
Romancing the Book
Reviewer: Robin
Source: NetGalley
Robin's review was first posted at Romancing the Book's blog.

As soon as Lucy was able to she left home and never looked back taking with her a secret she would rather keep locked away. Twenty years ago something happened that shook up Lucy's safe little world and not wanting to ruin the lives of anyone she has kept it hidden. Although she never told she is always aware of what happened, carrying with her the secret and nightmares that go with it. In the process sh
Jun 14, 2012 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adult Women/Women
Recommended to Emily by: First Reads/Giveaway
First Reads

I won a copy of HOME FOR THE SUMMER in a giveaway

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a very sweet romance novel, and a clean romance novel (not too graphic). The read was very quick, and Stewart did a wonderful job of connecting all the dots flawlessly.

I loved all of the characters, especially Lucy and Clay. They were so sweet. I was "team LuLu" and "Clay Pot Head" all the way.

The only thing that I thought would really add to the novel would be (view spoiler)
Didn't feel a lot of chemistry between Clay and Lucy and thought a lot of the event planning stuff got in the way of the story. Also, found the fact that the story would jump forward in time without any kind of notice a bit distracting


Lucy Sinclair is a successful wedding planner based in Los Angeles. She comes back to her hometown of St Dennis infrequently, claiming to be too busy with her business to come more regularly, but when she gets offered the chance to do a sec
Julie Barrett
Home for the Summer: The Chesapeake Diaries by Mariah Stewart
Lucy Sinclair originally from St. Dennis s returning to the island to plan an elaborate wedding. She holds many secrets that we will learn about as time goes on.
Clay Madison has always stayed on the island and is happy with his decisions. He runs the farm, organic crops and he wants to venture into a brewery, raising his own crops for that.
Now that Lucy is back from the east coast, the wedding at her familys inn everybody that has a we
I am pretty sure that I got this book from a Giveaway from Good Reads and I am very grateful. I had never read Mariah Stewart and I was missing a good author. Also I was missing a fun series set on the Chesapeake Bay, a place I love.

This was a nice, light romance which had childhood friends reuniting and falling in love. The setting was well described, the community setting was nice and all in all it was a good read. I liked the fact that I did not have to read the series to understand this one
Lucy Sinclair and Clay Madison had been best friends in school and practiced kissing and dancing. Suddenly, she shied away and didn't talk to Clay and after graduating off she went to college while Clay ran the family farm in St. Dennis Maryland hoping for her return.......

Lucy Sinclair had been best friends with Clay for so long that she couldn't remember a time when they weren't! She talked him into practicing kissing and dancing so that she would be ready when a boy asked her out, unaware for
This was a good book. I truly liked it. There was som heavy stuff to deal with in this book, but it was still a great book. You actually get to see the main character grow as a person and she changes throughout the book. You understand why she is the way she is, but I didn't agree with her methods for staying safe; however, she learns how to allow herself to be happy instead of using what happened to her to shut everyone out of her life. It is almost like the changes created another person, esp. ...more
Susannah Carleton
4.5 stars. The fifth book in Ms. Stewart Chesapeake Diaries series, this is wonderful story of two people who have loved each other for years, as best friends since childhood, but who grew apart as they got older. Lucy Sinclair, event planner extraordinaire, has returned to St. Dennis to meet with Robert Magellan and his fiancee, Susanna Jones (characters from Ms. Stewart's Mercy Street series) for what promises to be a wedding extravaganza that surprises even Lucy. Clay Madison has loved Lucy, ...more
Judy Collins
#5 Chesapeake Diaries - I have read all the others in the series so was looking forward to hearing more about Lucy's past and her high school days. Some of Lucy Sinclair’s best days were those spent growing up in small town St. Dennis—working at the family inn and enjoying summers filled with swimming, sailing, tennis, and the company of Clay Madison, her best friend. But Lucy’s darkest day, the one that shattered her innocence with violence and fear, also happened in St. Dennis. And the town sh ...more
Kathy Smith
Clay and Lucys story...

I love this series and recommend these books to anyone looking for a feel good. Makes you wish you lived in St. Dennis among these amazing people!
Lucy Sinclair grew up in St. Dennis, a small town on the Chesapeake Bay. Her best friend was Clay Madison from the time she was in 3rd grade. But in high school, Lucy began to withdraw from Clay and the rest of her friends. After school she moved across the country to California to start a highly successful event planning business. Now, several high profile events are taking Lucy back to St. Dennis. While she is reluctant to return, she begins to be drawn in by her family, friends, her memories ...more
I forgot how good the Chesapeake Diaries are this one was great I really enjoyed it the romance was special not a lot sex and I that I really liked.
The story was good and I had to try to rember most of the people it has been a wile since I read this sears but I enjoyed it a whole lot.
This fifth installment of the Chesapeke Diaries fell just a hair short of being a 4-star. It was very cute and sweet; it's the story of two childhood best friends who fell apart after she was raped and kept it secret from everyone. She now works as a wedding planner/business owner in Los Angeles while he is working hard to start up a farming/beer making venture with Wade, the leading man in the previous installment.

I think what it really boils down to is the fact that after 4 love stories, I nee
Randy Holmberg
Another quick and easy read. Predictable but fun all the same. I think the series is running out of ideas at this point. I'm hoping the author goes back to writing murder mysteries soon.
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Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner ...more
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