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

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  2,151 ratings  ·  144 reviews
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 Du
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lynsey
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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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
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
Tonya
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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Debbie
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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Cara
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
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
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
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.
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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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.
Deborah Vespo
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
Jennie
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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Ruth
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
Rhonda
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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Lesa
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
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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Brittany
I haven't read the others in the series, however this book could completely stand on its own. I wasn't lost or confused by the other characters and they way their back stories were mentioned flowed well and wasn't confusing or too intense. I loved Laila and Matthews story and their interactions together. Laila has family issues, particularly with her father who wanted his son to take over the family business but is left with the daughter with the brains for numbers. He doesn't hide his disappoin ...more
Janga
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 Berg Haskell
"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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Cheeyee
Review At: I Read, I Think, I Share

Review Date: 2 Jan 2012

Review URL: http://littlemermybooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/obrien-family-christmas-by-sherryl.html

Summary:

This is a rather sweet story. I like the O'Brien family. They are fun and good people. Although Matthew is younger than Laila, but I like the way he wants to win back Laila's heart, and it's very well planned out too. Although I wish he could be more persisted when Laila split up with him the very first time. Laila on the other hand has
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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
Melissa ( Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf)

This was a very entertaining holiday read. I loved the fact that there was an important family element and adored the setting. What could be better than a trip to Dublin, Ireland for the holidays??

The characters were all incredibly likable if not terribly well developed. I fear that reading a book in this series out of order may have been a disservice to the author as there are so many characters who very obviously have been previously introduced and developed. I admit that I had a bit of a hard
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

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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Char (1RadReader59)
Laila is an older woman in so many was compared to Matthew so she thinks that she takes it way to far that she leaves the relationship before it gets started. She starts this secret fling with him because it is exciting I believe to really snub her father but... when her father finds out. He feels she has not used good judgement because one Matthew is not a younger man and he and not really the type of man she should be marrying. Which doesn't reflex well on the bank therefore she quits before h ...more
Julie Barrett
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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Paula Ratcliffe
Laila tries everything in her power to cut Matthew O'Brien and all the O'Brien's out of her life when she dumps Matthew due to what happened with her father and her. Having him disapprove of her choice in men, and jeporadizing his bank and all. She is reluctant to even take a job offered by Jess O'Brien at the Inn to be the accountant. But the pay is good and the view is beautiful. She turns down the trip to Dublin until Nell (Gram) works her magic on Laila.

While in Dublin she sees a side of Ma
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Kathy
This is the third book in the Sherryl Woods Chesapeak Shores series that I have read. This is a great romance series. Woods is a great writer and her stories are very addictive! Very hard to put down!

In this volume, the entire O'Brien clan heads off the Dublin, Ireland for the Christmas holiday season. Love is in the air for the young Matthew O'Brien and his lady of choice Laila Riley. Laila is still concerned about their age difference but perhaps with the magic of Ireland and the Christmas se
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Trisha
I guess I should start by saying I have never read a book in this series or by this author. I will go back and read the others because I very much enjoyed this one. I think because I didn't read the others that's why I was confused about some details in the story. First it's mentioned on the back of the book there is a age gap but they never tell you how old each person is so it's hard for me to think of Laila as being older when I have no clue as to her age or his, second I felt kind of throw i ...more
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