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Seaview Inn (Seaview Key #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  2,876 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Hannah Matthews is undeniably tougha 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 ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 576 pages
Published 2008 by MIRA Books
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Jun 25, 2014 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Jan 18, 2014 Debbie 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~
Jun 08, 2017 Sasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the writing and story. The main character lost her mother to breast cancer at the time she was dealing with her own diagnosis. So returning home wasn't something she wanted to do. This books shows you the fear of the future after a diagnosis. Is love worth the risk? Can she allow herself to be happy? Is she willing to change everything? Happy I stumbled across this author and I'm excited to read more.
Grace Mcmann
Mar 03, 2017 Grace Mcmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story and the most honest depiction of a breast cancer survivor's scanxiety and fear of recurrence that I have ever read. This is a multigenerational love story and the Inn at Seaview Key acts as a wonderful backdrop. Highly recommend it...up next is Home to Seaview Key!
Oct 24, 2011 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 03, 2014 Patsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Sep 07, 2016 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seaview Inn will feel very familiar to those who have read the Ocean Breeze trilogy. Of course, this novel was published first, so it seems Woods based the newer series on this "family-returning-to-their-roots" story. The main character Hannah is coming back to the place she grew up in order to assist her 85 year-old grandmother who wants to reopen her family owned inn. Grandma Jenny parallels with Cora Jane in the Ocean Breeze series; they are both feisty grandmothers who want to match-make the ...more
May 12, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2010 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2011 Sam rated it liked it
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
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
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
May 22, 2011 Alysia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2009 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, sherryl-woods
I've had this sitting on my nightstand TBR pile for a little while, I was interested in reading it but I had this trepidation that it was going to be a sad book about a woman with breast cancer dying.

It ended up being a family oriented story about understanding what it takes to make yourself happy. And that sometimes it's the thing you least expect that ends up being the best thing for you.

It was a sappy type of story, but it was heartwarming. While I don't think that I can handle reading this
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
Sep 05, 2009 Jeanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluffy, 2012
I never read this genre of book and generally avoid the mass market paperback racks at the library altogether, but I was in desperate need of something light for before bed. I saw many books by this author, so I grabbed Seaview Inn, because I am always interested in books that feature hotels, B&B's, etc. It was just about what I expected: a predictable plot, likeable characters, and a quaint setting. I gave it three stars because it was pleasant enough, but because it is not the kind of book ...more
This is a second reading of the book for me. The heroine returns home to move her 84-year-old grandmother into assisted living of some sort and sell the family inn on a barrier island beach. The hero is a veteran back from Iraq who's come home to think about his next steps now his life has fallen apart. Lots of complications in this story but the heroine's main issue is the breast cancer she's worried about. She's doing well, but her mother recently died of the same cancer and she's frantic with ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ann Boytim
Jan 31, 2014 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2010 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of Woods' better novels with several plotlines intersecting. Hannah is recovering from breast cancer, a disease that killed her mother. Hannah's daughter Kelsey is pregnant, dropping out of college and moving to Florida to liver with her grandmother Jenny. Luke Stevens, Hannah's high school crush has also returned to Florida to find a new direction for his life. In the process of restoring the Seaview Inn, owned by Grandma Jenny, all these plot lines come together along with the the ...more
May 12, 2014 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 03, 2014 Moira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sherryl Woods never disappoints. Enjoyed the story of Hannah and Luke. Her characterization are so realistic. The theme of friendship and family play such an integral part of our everyday lives there is something for every reader to connect with. It's great to see her show how the sharing and trust of a friendship along with the patience required by Luke to convince Hannah of his love helped both of them overcome the failed relationships of their past to make a life with each other. Looking forw ...more
Feb 10, 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
Aug 21, 2008 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a romance novel. I don't usually read romance books, but this one caught my eye because the main chracter has breast cancer. Because I'm interested in books with characters who are ill or disabled, I decided to give this book a try. As it turns out, the thing the main character needs to feel better about herself is a man. (What else would I have expected?) On the positive side, at least heroines of romance novels are apparently becoming more inclusive.
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