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Seaview Inn (Seaview Key #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,643 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Hannah Matthews is undeniably tough--a single mom, a top-tier PR exec, a breast cancer survivor. On the job and in her family she prides herself on being go-to Hannah, who can handle any crisis. But with her eighty-five-year-old grandmother balking at going into a retirement home, her twenty-year-old daughter unexpectedly pregnant and an old flame suddenly underfoot, Hanna ...more
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Published March 1st 2008 by Mira Books (first published 2008)
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Apr 09, 2016 Jodi rated it really liked it
First of all, I've given it 4 stars, because I am now saving my 5 stars for those I find extraordinary. This was a fast paced with a nice storyline. I always enjoy books with an island/ocean themed setting. Maybe because it's my favorite place to be, so it takes me away for a bit. This author isn't new by any means, but she's new to me & I will definitely give her others a try now. If you're looking for a quick beach read, I recommend this one.
Jun 26, 2014 Debra rated it liked it
I read this book out of order. I read home to seaview first. I have to say that I liked that book so much better but his book was nice. I do like Hannah much more in this book. In Home to Seaview she was insecure and immature about her marriage to Luke. In this book she seemed stronger even though she was dealing with recovering from breast cancer and a pregnant daughter.
Nov 03, 2014 Patsy rated it liked it
Hannah Matthews is undeniably tough--a single mom, a top-tier PR exec, a breast cancer survivor. On the job and in her family she prides herself on being go-to Hannah, who can handle any crisis. But with her eighty-five-year-old grandmother balking at going into a retirement home, her twenty-year-old daughter unexpectedly pregnant and an old flame suddenly underfoot, Hannah is facing a few crises of her own. And being back home on Seaview Key is most definitely adding to the stress.Luke Stevens ...more
May 12, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
This is a touching story about so much more than just 2 people falling in love. It's about hope and strength and family. Even as Hannah and Luke are falling in love, they're both fighting personal demons and trying to put their pasts behind them to find peace in the present. In addition to all their challenges is the story of Hannah's daughter, Kelsey, who finds herself pregnant and increasingly dissatisfied with her chosen college major and trying to figure out who she is and what she wants fro ...more
Patricia Solla
Mar 17, 2014 Patricia Solla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, pbs
I loved this intro to the Seaview Inn. It's a family run bed and breakfast inn situated in Florida. The grandmother is now alone, after her daughter's death, and is determined to run the inn by herself if possible. Now we have the granddaughter who is recovering from an illness and needs to see what is going on at the inn. The granddaughter is thinking about selling since her grandmother is not able to run the inn on her own and she, the granddaughter, is not interested in running the inn. Then ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
Hannah is a strong New York advertising director, single mother and breast cancer survivor. She feels like she can handle everything on her own. After her mother dies from breast cancer, she goes to Seaview Inn, the bed and breakfast that her mother and grandmother own in Florida to close it down and send her grandmother to a nursing home. Her grandmother has other plans for her and the book is a struggle to see if Hannah can learn to relax and learn to love again. There is also a sub plot about ...more
Judy Collins
A very interesting story by Woods and first in the Seaview Key Series with memorable characters with three generations of strong women (Grandma Jenny), Hannah (daughter and mother-recovering from breast cancer, PR executive in NY), and Kelsey (pregnant daughter dropping out of Stanford and now pregnant).
I have read many of Sherryl Woods’ books and this was one of her best.

I was attracted to the B&B inn since I have worked with inn and hotel clients for many years, handling their marketing.
Jul 27, 2010 Sue added it
I liked this as a quick beach read. It was very predictable, but I liked the vision of the quiet and peacefulness of the inn and the island.
Ann Boytim
Feb 01, 2014 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
Hannah goes back to Seaview Key to convince her grandmother to sell her bed and breakfast business. Hannahs mother passed away and now her grandmother wants to continue to run the bred and breakfast place even though she is old. Hannah is a business woman who lives and works in New York after leaving Seaview Key after going to college. Hannanh's daughter is in college but finds she is pregnant and quits college to come to Seaview Key and decides she wants to stay and help her grandmother run the ...more
Debbie V
Aug 25, 2014 Debbie V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That's really 4 1/2 stars!!! I really enjoyed this!! I felt like I was right there with all the characters. Great read~
May 12, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
This is a 3.5 book by Sherryl Woods. I enjoyed the storyline but the book moved pretty slow. It was wonderful story about a small town and two people who left as soon as they graduated from high school. Hannah had quite a crush on Luke but he only had eyes for her best friend. With both of them, they came back to the town on the sea for different reasons but they found that they both needed each other's strong side. Each of them had problems that they thought could not be overcome but together t ...more
Kayrene Smither
Jul 08, 2015 Kayrene Smither rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It might have affected my viewpoint (ha) of this book, but listened to this one on CD, and after awhile the reader's voice was so crystal-clear, almost sharp, it began to bother me. Only gave three stars because of that, and I thought the story could have wrapped up a little earlier. Got a little antsy to move on, but it's a cute story about life, challenges with "baggage" and health issues, children, etc. I thought the main character was unrealistically stubborn. But, good story, enjoyed; glad ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, romance, 2014
What I liked about this book was that it was more than just about the romance, it was about mother/daughter relationships, as well as father/daughters, and the choices that parents make and what those consequences are to the kids.

I did love that most of the action took place at the end, that it ended up being a safe haven for everyone to come to, even if they didn't realize it, and to figure out what the next step was going to be in their lives. The camaraderie between everyone was nice, even wh
Connie N.
#1 in the Seaview Key series. Disappointing. This book should have been perfectly in line with my usual likes. It dealt with family and relationships and love. The setting of an inn off the Florida coast was perfect, allowing for lots of interactions. The characters were all interesting--with life-changing crises in some cases and family-type decisions. But the main character, Hannah, was just too much of a downer to be enjoyable. I just didn't care about her problems because she always-always l ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
This is not my type of book- I rarely ever read romance novels but I was away from home and my daughter-in-law loaned this to me. I was surprised that it did keep my attention and was better than I expected it to be. However, it had a very predictable happily-ever-after ending, one of those books that you know everything will turn out just fine despite some turmoil in the minds of the characters along the way to that ending.

Hannah returns to Seaview Island off the coast in Florida to her family
Dec 12, 2011 Ian rated it really liked it
Hannah, single mother; career business woman; and survivor of breast cancer returns to the small tourist town where she grew up. She has well and truly moved on, she just wants to sell the inn her mother and grandmother ran, pack her grandmother off to a retirement home and get back to her career in New York. But her grandmother has other plans and has found an ally in Luke, the guy Hannah loved when she was a school girl.

Luke was wounded in Iraq, shortly after receiving a letter from his wife t
Feb 23, 2014 Lizz rated it really liked it
I love Sherryl Woods books, her characters are always so REAL and the setting are always so inviting. And Luke...... yum!!!!!! While I can understand Hannah's reluctance to go into a relationship because of her fear of the cancer recurring, I did KINDA wanna shout SNAP OUT OF IT at her about halfway into the book. Come to think of it, I shout snap out of it at fictional characters quite often don't I? Hmmmmm.....
Feb 03, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
This book was so slow. It was so hard for me to read because I kept losing interest. Finally about half way into the book it started to pick up. Good plot and good characters just wish it moved along better. Alsoi kept getting frustrated at the woman in this series. Just make a decision and move on already. I don't think this is a bad book which is why I gave three stars but man it was hard for me to keep reading it and not just give up.
It was a good book. It's about a women that had cancer that goes back to her home town where she grow up, to convince her grandmother to give up the family inn and move into a retirement home and it really don't go the way she planed. If thats not bad enough her daughter drops out of college and wants to move to the inn and help her great-grandmother run the inn. To add to that trouble she is falling in love with an old crush....What a life! The book had some twists and turns. It is a story that ...more
Shera Melton
Jun 07, 2011 Shera Melton rated it liked it
I normally don't read books like this, so I was actually really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The characters were very likable for the most part, and the story was very well written. There were just a couple of things that bugged me about the book, but they weren't a very big deal.

I felt the author, at times, stuck in "she smiled ruefully", "Hannah Admitted", "She said.", "She asked", etc. in the middle of converstations. It disrupted the flow and was really distracting. Like for example
Feb 22, 2013 Marina rated it really liked it
This was a very nice story.It was touching. Real glad about the ending the author created.Good characters. Easy to visualize town.
Note to Self:
Hannah Matthews(cancer survivor,divorced,mom,pal,ex PR exec,)+Luke Stevens(Dr,surgeon,ex medical practice partner,rich,ex-army medic,divorced dad),Nate(his 8yo)& Gracie(his 10yo)=Lisa S.(ex-wife)+ Brad Reilly(Dr,ex-pal,ex medical practice partn
Aug 08, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: sherryl-woods
I enjoyed this book, as I have all of the other books I've read by Ms. Woods. It was well written with good character development. Ms. Woods did a great job of developing not only the main characters, but also giving appropriate insight into the secondary characters and leaving the reader looking forward to finding out what happens next.
Holly Weston
Jun 29, 2015 Holly Weston rated it it was amazing
PERFECT beach read! Always enjoy the setting and characters in Sherryl Woods' books, and "Seaview Inn" was no exception. Heart warming story of survival and love for your home town. Looking forward to reading "Home to Seaview Key" later this summer. If you're looking for a light summer/beach read, this is the perfect book.
Jennifer Lassiter
Jan 30, 2015 Jennifer Lassiter rated it liked it
It was a typical, mindless romance novel. Wasn't "the best book I've ever read!!!", but it was good for mind-numbing entertainment. It took my mind off of life for a while, and that's what makes a book good to me. That being said, I can't avoid that all the plot moves are so expected. It was the equivalent of reading a Lifetime Movie.

Probably a good beach read.
Apr 14, 2014 JoAnne rated it really liked it
Vintage Woods - enjoyable read set on an island in Florida. Good character development and strong storyline reminiscent to me of the O'Briens in her Chesapeake Shores series. Lots of love and romance but angst, denials and secrets too. Looking forward to book 2 in the series, Home to Seaview Key.
Feb 27, 2014 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I picked up this book after winning the second book on Goodreads giveaways, I absolutely loved it!
After beating breast cancer, Hannah goes back to Seaview where she grew up to convince her grandmother to sell the family Inn. While there she reconnects with an old flame and also needs to be there for her daughter who just dropped out of college because of an unexpected pregnancy.
This is a nice story about love and family, I'm looking forward to reading the next book
May 31, 2011 Alysia rated it liked it
I liked this book a lot more than i thought I would. I thought it would be just a quick easy read for the beach and that it would be sappy chick lit in all the right places. And while it was indeed predictable and at times a bit unrealistic I liked the style of writing and that the author wasnt grasping at a completely unbelievable plot line. She kept it basically realistic and really focused on the people and their family relationships. I also appreciated how clean it was. I wasn't expecting th ...more
Courtney Nicholas
I loved it!!!

I recommend this novel to any reader who loves Sherryl Woods. She does not disappoint. Her characters are likeable and her details allow bright, beautiful pictures flow through your mind. As I was reading I saw the inn, the beach, the waves...brilliant!
Sep 05, 2009 Jeanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-reads
I have read quite a few books by this author. This was not one of her better efforts. Recent breast cancer survivor Hannah goes home to an island in the Florida Keys, meets up with old flame, helps with family inn, and her daughter shows up pregnatnt: lots of conflicts. I'm not sure if it was in the writing or editing, but the author built up to scenes, then the scenes never happened. For instance, there is a big build-up to a romantic interlude with Luke and Hannah, and then suddenly it is seve ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing
Another spectacular read! Beach setting. 2 childhood friends in different stages of their lives. Hannah comes back Seaview Inn to help her Grandma and does she ever go back to NY?!?!? Great story. Many surprises. Love the dynamics of the characters and how the entire story unfolds. Love, loved it!!
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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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