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Summer Garden, The (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...more
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Christina 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...more
Wendy Hines
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
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'...more
Jeannie L
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 Oliver
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...more
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...more
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 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...more
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...more
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...more
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 Berg 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...more
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...more
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...more
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)
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...more
Review:The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods
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...more
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.
Note to Self:
Moira Malone(22yo,pub waitress,granddaughter,photograph...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
Connie N.
Another lovely story in a continuing series about the very large and very loving O'Brien family. In this one we finally meet Luke, youngest son of Jeff and Jo, as he decides to open an Irish pub in Chesapeake Shores. Moira O'Malley (from the previous book) comes from Ireland with her grandfather to visit with Nell, and she ends up working closely with Luke as well as working on her photography with Megan. There's a lot of love in the air, with an especially warm and heartwarming ending. Once aga...more
Lin Stepp
It's nice when a main character isn't always someone you admire and like right away. Moira O'Malley had a lot of personal issues still unresolved when she came to American with her grandfather hoping to reconnect with Luke O'Brien. Luke is one of the warm-hearted and talented O'Brien's of Chesapeake Shores ... and I had met many of this family in plenty of other delightful books. I liked Luke, young and trying to find his way and become a strong man like his father, uncle, and brothers. I felt a...more
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25

First Thought when I Finished: People who have read this series are going to love this book. For those of us just jumping on the band wagon, it was pretty darn good too!

It is a little strange reading the last book in the series first. That is not my normal way of doing things but after reading the synopsis, I couldn't pass this book up! I really loved the whole O'Brien family and their very meddling ways. Grandma was...more
Denise Whelan
Normally I would give 5 stars to Sherryl Woods for her great series "Chesapeake Shores," I just couldn't do so this time around. I have to say I was a little bored with this book, the story line was just not up to her normal writing within this series. I liked that Nell got to have her happiness with Dillon, after all those years! Luke and Moira's story just seemed less enthused! Since I go into each book with an open mind, I was very surprised on how little I liked this book. The fact that I ke...more
Even though this was part of a series that I hadn't read, I was able to jump right in and felt at home with the characters. Sherryl Woods does a good job of refreshing our memories of past characters without a boring synopsis. Quick and fun read.
the H was indecisive,unfaithful,wishy washy...not ready to commit...

not H material for me

and the h ...god wheres her spirit , independence...nothing was evident...she was too easily led..not sure of what she wants and yeah..wishy washy...

not h material for me

and the supporting characters did not work for me...sorta felt like contrived...and very weak kind of...

story...not really a love story for romance either..only wishy washiness....the story showcases indecisiveness plus deromancin...more
Cátia Santos
Estava com expectativas elevadas para este último livro da série, mas infelizmente as mesmas não foram correspondidas.
A escrita da autora continua fluída e cativante e os momentos em que os vários membros desta família única aparecem são sempre divertidos e emocionantes. Mas em relação ao casal principal, fiquei com a sensação que ficou a faltar algo, apesar de achar combinam um com o outro. Talvez tenha sido de neste livro também assistirmos a relação de outro casal, fazendo com que o relacion...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...more
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