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The Summer Garden (Chesapeake Shores #9)

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Falling for "Maddening Moira" O'Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O'Brien's Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he's totally focused on establishing a business that will prove his mettle to his overachieving famil
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Published (first published 2012)
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Christina
Apr 25, 2012 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary

Hhhmmm....how to begin....well, let me just say that I did not like this book. I read the whole thing all the while hoping for something interesting to happen since there are so many great reviews. PERSONALLY, I did not enjoy any of the characters. I really didn't feel any depth to them. Sure, they mentioned things to imply depth, but I didn't FEEL it. The dialogue was boring, tedious, redundant, and lacking most of the time. There were too many conversations about things that really held no r
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Wendy Hines
Feb 14, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an easy and quick read. For those of you who have read the O'Brien series, you'll be able to pick up where you left off with loved and cherished characters. For those who haven't read any of the series yet, this isn't exactly the book you want to start with. Though the characters and plot are interesting, it took me a little bit to actually get into the book. By the fifth chapter I was actually caring about the characters and the blossoming romances, as well as businesses, but befor ...more
Julie Barrett
Jan 01, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods
This book starts where the last one left off: the trip to Ireland.
Luke did stay behind and has now returned to the US and is pretty sure
he wants to open a Irish pub. He majored in history and he doesn't
want to go that route. Family members are behind him all but his father. He doesn't want to start a family feud over it. His grandmother will even teach him to cook Irish meals and even pitch in at the bar some times.
He was quite taken with Moira-his grandmother'
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Jeannie
Jun 13, 2012 Jeannie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diesel
I've loved all the books in this series but I must say this particular book irritated me. I was ok with the introduction of Moira in the last book but she totally irritated the hell out of me in this one. She was so clingy and so needy for affirmation on Luke's affections and love. Even when there were so many advices given, she continued that way. While I understand how love can be and especially when u know he or she's the one, I felt irritated that she wanted to see action immediately instead ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
This story takes place not long after the family has returned to Chesapeake Shores after their Christmas in Ireland. Luke O'Brien is still suffering the affects of Maddening Moira who's the granddaughter of his grandmother's old flame Dillion O'Malley. The first thing Luke does is decide to bring a piece of Ireland to Chesapeake Shores by creating a Irish Pub.

We also find the beginning of the book taking place in Ireland and in Chesapeake Shores. Moira and her grandfather Dillion are planning a
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Lauren
Apr 11, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2012
I'm always in the mood for light contemporary reads, so when The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods landed on my radar I knew it would be the perfect book for me. Luckily, it was just that, as not only did it provide a fun and cute read, but it also contained characters I adored and writing that fully brought the book to life.

The Summer Garden is the last in the Chesapeake Shores series, but since every book features a new character with previous ones in the background, it was easy to dive right int
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Susan
Sep 03, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so we go back to yet again another O'Brien family story. This time is is about Luke O'Brien, his discovery in Ireland and the woman he met while he was there "Maddening Moira" O'Malley.

Luke has come home from Ireland and has finally decided what he wants to do with his life...open up a truly authentic Irish Pub. While some members of the family doesn't necessarily support his idea, he really feels that this is his shot to prove to everyone (and I think to himself) that he is ready to settle
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Jodie
Apr 24, 2012 Jodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Luke O'Brien visited Ireland for Christmas, he was immediately taken by the maddening Moira. Since arriving back in Chesapeake Shores, he is determined to put his research to use and open an Irish pub. And of course, being an O'Brien, he will accept nothing less than success. On a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores with her granddad, Moira soon learns that her dream of happily ever after may have to be put on hold for an undetermined amount of time. But, is she willing to wait?

I'm not qui
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Diane
Mar 22, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that the romance genre is not one that I usually read. But something spoke to me about Sherryl Woods' The Summer Garden.

Maybe it was the beautiful cover art of a garden gazebo surrounded by lovely wildflowers. Maybe it was that the heroine Moira O'Malley is from Ireland, and I am Irish. Whatever it was, it captured my attention.

This is the 9th book in the Chesapeake Shores series, but I was able to jump right in without feeling lost. The numerous members of the O'Brien fam
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Celine
May 20, 2012 Celine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, audiobook
I think maybe I was sick of the O'Brien's before I started this book and didn't realize it. While listening to this on audiobook I just kept thinking how annoying all the characters had gotten with their tendency to meddle in each other's lives. I didn't care about Luke and Moira at all which is the biggest difference between this book and the rest of the series. In previous books I at least liked one of the main characters and wanted to see them happily settled. I just felt both Luke and Moira ...more
Marcia  Haskell
"Falling for "Maddening Moira" O'Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O'Brien's Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he's totally focused on establishing a business that will prove his mettle to his overachieving family.

Given Luke's reaction, Moira has some soul-searching of her own to do. Scarred by her father's abandonment, she wonders if
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Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
This review also posted on Forever Book Lover.

This is the final book in the Chesapeake Shore series. Sherryl brought us out in style, this book had marriages, babies and as always ~ Happy Ever After(s).

Throughout the book, characters from previous series popped in with cameo appearances. This was a wonderful wrap up of the characters we have met along the way. I will miss the O'Brien's, but Sherryl knew when a series had run its course and she brought us a beautiful closure. I can't wait to see
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Nikki Brown
May 04, 2016 Nikki Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sherryl-woods
The O'Brien family, back from Ireland are living their lives; 2 of the family left their hearts there and this book is about them. Nell is fearing she may not see Dillon again and Luke has fallen for Moira but he has Kristen to deal with.
A new business opens with extra help from visitors from Ireland, but where are the relationships going? A health scare for one of the family brings things to a head and decisions involving the heart are made.
The O'Brien family is growing book by book; who is n
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Michelle
Jul 28, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasant romance. A good beach read.
Meryl
Just okay. Main female character was way too whiney and needy. Good conclusion to series.
Judy Collins
I have read many of Sherryl Woods’ books and enjoy the (Chesapeake Shores series). The O’Brien’s are a close knit family and always nosing into the siblings business. The Summer Garden is about Luke O’Brien and the woman he met while he was in Ireland (Moira).

Luke returns from Ireland and decides to open an Irish Pub (and most of the family members are not thrilled with his idea). They all want him to be responsible and settle down.

In the meantime, Moira and comes with her grandfather to visit t
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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
2.5-wasnt' one that I just couldn't put down:-(

This story takes place not long after the family has returned to Chesapeake Shores after their Christmas in Ireland. Luke O'Brien is still suffering the affects of Maddening Moira who's the granddaughter of his grandmother's old flame Dillion O'Malley. The first thing
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Joni Harris
Let me start by saying I absolutely love Sherryl Woods, especially the Chesapeake Shores series about the O'Brien family. I've read them all and loved each of them. This is the first time I have given a Sherryl Woods book less than 4 stars, and I'm almost mad at myself for doing it! However, I cannot give this book more than 3 stars.

Typically the characters in a Sherryl Woods book are very interesting, and I can't wait to read more about them. I did not feel that way about Moira and Luke. First
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Zwart Raafje
Toen ik in dit boek begon had ik de indruk dat de start nogal vreemd aanvoelde. Men stelde een heel deel personages immers voor alsof het oude bekenden zijn, terwijl dit voor mij duidelijk niet het geval was. Ik dacht dat ‘Ierse betovering’ het eerste deel in een mini-serie was, maar blijkbaar zijn er reeds acht boeken aan voorafgegaan.

Die vele familieleden en de hechte kliek die ze vormen, deed me vermoeden dat dit boek wat zou weg hebben van de Sullivan-reeks (Bella Andre). Geleidelijk aan wer
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Danielle
Feb 18, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke is the last of the O’Brien clan to discover his place in the world and finally settle down, but finding both in Ireland never crossed his mind. Fortunately his family’s trip across the ocean resulted in discovering not only his passion & career but a women he thought he could be with forever. When Luke finally travels back to the US his thoughts continue to turn back to Moira and her sudden appearance with her grandfather in Chesapeake Shores is exactly the thing that could wrap his lif ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT
I have read Woods' books off and on over the years and it is always nice to pop back in and see what is happening. If you have read any of the Chesapeake Shores series, then this will be a nice revisit and if this is your first book, you won't want to leave. The story continues a bit of Dillon and Nell relationship, but the true stars are Moira and Luke. Moira, Moira, Moira, what can I say? This girl has a lot of gumption, but she seems to lack when it comes to trusting her ow
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Rhonda
Jan 14, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review:The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods
4 STARS
Its always sad to see the end of a series that you like. All the familar characters from past books were back and showing how they are growing. This time their are two couples stories being told, that started in Ireland over Christmas. When the whole O'brien family went together to celebrate and share Nell's beloved Ireland.
Nell ran intoDillon her past boyfriend of 60 years ago. They got close over Christmas and wanted to see where it could go. Di
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Marina
Sep 23, 2013 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read by one of the best. I love this series and am sad to see it come to an end.I hope Ms. Woods writes more...maybe a short story or two.Grins.Great setting and story details. Good characters and great chemistry between all.Smooth read as usual. Hope to read more stories about Kristen Lewis and Kiera Malone.
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Note to Self:
Moira Malone(22yo,pub waitress,granddaughter,photograph
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Marie
Mar 01, 2012 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-book, arc, own
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

Each of the Chesapeake Shores novels is about a different member of the O’Brien family. The Summer Garden was about Luke, the youngest, and his love Moira. I haven’t read the previous eight books in the series, but figured I’d be safe reading this one since each book is about a different character.

What I liked:

I love stories that are about families. I love seeing different
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Hsiau Wei
This book is the sequel of the previous entry that i reviewed and continue from thereon. In this book, the focus is on Moira and Luke and the continuation of Nell's story with Dillion. I am glad to see all the characters appeared again here ;). Moira and Luke are clearly infatuated with each other but among the two of them, Luke is more confident with their feelings. Moira, despite her rebellious behavior depicted in the early book, is actually possessed a very low self esteem. When Dillion make ...more
Darcy
When this series started out I thought it was just ok, but as it has gone on I have really liked the crazy O’Brien clan and their meddling ways. So I was a little disappointed to learn that this was the last book.

I did get tired of all the drama between Luke and Moira. For the most part I found myself siding with Moira and felt like she was justified in her anger at Luke. I will say that I did think that Luke had the patience of a saint in how he dealt with Moira. I hated though that Luke felt t
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Sue Grimshaw
Another great addition to the Chesapeake series -- the H/H have met in the previous book (An Obrien Family Christmas); Luke and Moira have already developed the beginnings of their relationship while Luke vacationed in Dublin *wink*, in The Summer Garden they pick up where they left off, so, this book does not have a lot of conflict however, it is still about the journey of two people in love finding a way to make things work, *sigh*.

Secondary storyline with Nell and Dillon (grandma O'Brien and
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Linda
Jun 01, 2016 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure why I keep trying to read this author. I think the first one I read I was lucky and it was good, the rest have all been disappointing. It is probably time to move on to another author. This book is about a young lady who is bitchy, cranky, and selfishly wanting it her way or no way. I like the bits about Nell and Dillon but I think that should have been developed more instead since the book title is referring to Nell's summer garden. You have Moira which is bad enough and then of ...more
Linda
Oct 15, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Chesapeake Shores series. Finally Luke has met his sole mate with Moira O'Malley from Ireland. The hard part is to keep your priorities straight and to know exactly what you want for your life. Luke's dream was to open an Irish bar just like he found in Dublin and Moira knew she loved working in the Irish bar back home. Find out exactly how they solved their problems and enjoy the story.
Janga
Feb 06, 2012 Janga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Summer Garden is the concluding book in this long-running series, and it works beautifully in that role. All the O’Briens are present and accounted for, the next generation of O’Briens is increasing, and HEAs abound. I loved catching glimpses of all the previous pairs and seeing their relationships in progress, and I loved Nell and Dillon’s second-chance-at-love subplot. The central romance was less satisfying for me. Luke and Moira are both likeable characters, and the chemistry between the ...more
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"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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Chesapeake Shores (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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