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Harbor Lights (Chesapeake Shores #3)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,084 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
Struggling in his role as a newly single father, former army medic Kevin O'Brien moves home to Chesapeake Shores. He wants a haven for himself and his toddler son, surrounded by the family he knows he can count on, and a future that's nothing like his past. But Kevin is suddenly facing a risk he hadn't anticipated, in the form of Main Street bookseller Shanna Carlyle.

Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Mira (first published 2009)
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Jun 02, 2013 Ursula rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in the Chesapeake Shores series. Kevin O'Brien moves back to Chesapeake Shores with his son after his wife Georgia is killed in Iraq. Shanna the owner of the new bookstore meets Kevin and see's him as another lost soul. Shanna has a secret that might tear her and Kevin a part. I really enjoyed the way this story played out. This series gets better with each book.
Wonderful emotional read,absolutely loved Kevin-Shanna's love journey,as i m progressing with the series i m absolutely falling more and more in love with the O'Brains

Their fierce loyalty and striek of protectiveness for their own and the bond that they share is wonderful,absolutely love each O'Brians,Kevin is the sweetest man,wonderful father,brother and son

here we see hoe Megan's abandonment had affected Kevin but still the way he starts to understand Megan's decisions and her actions of past
I know that romance novels are considered to be not quite worthy of folks' attention. This despite the fact that more than 50% of paperbacks purchased are romance novels. It doesn't matter that 13% of all books bought in 2009 were romances. It doesn't matter that the only books on the bestseller list that beat romance fiction are movie tie-in books. Many people from my mom to even some romance readers do not treat these books with respect. And I will admit that I am unlikely to recommend any boo ...more
I am really enjoying this series so far. There is so much heart and warmth in these books.

Overall I enjoyed this instalment, but I did find some of the characters very irritating. Shanna should have told Lori where to shove her advice. Who needs a friend like her? I really was getting annoyed at her constant negativity and she was so unsupportive!

The constant overreaction of the O'Brien's in general was a little wearing. When Bree had her little outburst, I was honestly shocked at her bizarre be
Jul 21, 2014 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
At first I thought that this book was 'okay'. I mean sure it was clunky and obvious but it had a nice plot and some okay characters, it could easily have earnt itself the neat review of 'good afternoon read'.

It COULD have, but it didn't because there was absolutely no progression!

The leading couple were both against being in a relationship but their reasonings soon became old and soon they were just repetative. The meddling of the O'Brien family was repetative beyond belief and became the f
Dec 22, 2010 Jessy rated it it was ok
I don't think I have said this before, but I can't stand the O'Brien sisters. They are completely insenistive about other people's feelings. All they care about is getting up into people's business and finding out what the hell is going on when it doesn't concern them.

I gave the previous two books 3 stars because the sisters weren't as bad in those but its like Woods makes up for it in this one. Kevin and Shanna are caught in the middle of the O'Brien family, Mick included.

With this book I don
Yet another nice little novel about Chesapeake Shores ... I enjoy this series which I use as a palette cleanser or something to enjoy when I have a lot going on and need something on the lighter side. This series has been great as I've started a new job and am quite overwhelmed! It's nice to dig into this when I get home and need something relaxing to read!
Hero is a war veteran (medic) whose wife went back to the war, where she was killed, leaving him home to care for their toddler son. The story begins a year or so later, when his family decides it's time to get him out of his gloom and moving again. He has a really annoying, meddlesome family.

Heroine is the owner of the new bookstore next door to hero's sister's flower shop. She's divorced, with a stepson she didn't want to leave behind with his rich alcoholic father. Those backstories are only
Feb 09, 2013 Leya rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book
I have read the two previous book of the Chesapeake Shores series by Sheryl Woods, The Inn at Eagle Point and Flowers on Main. I enjoyed both of the books and I was expecting to enjoy Harbor Lights just as much.

But it wasn't meant to be. I found it lacked chemistry between the hero and heroine, the plot seemed to be all over the place, and it really didn't resolve anything. No rotten tomatoes, please. It's just my opinion. I'm really disappointed, I was expecting so much.

I hate when this happens
Annette Mardis
Mar 13, 2014 Annette Mardis rated it liked it
After reading several books in Sherryl Woods' Chesapeake Shores series, I'm struck by the many similarities in plot and the fact that these stories are as much about dysfunctional relationships as they are about love affairs.

Each book seems to go on a little too long, and the characters do too much meddling and arguing. There's so much angst that it weighs down the exhilaration readers want to feel when two characters are falling headlong into love.

Some of the couples are finding their way ba
Jun 05, 2015 Els rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit is het tweede boek dat ik van deze auteur lees en ik vind ze geweldig. Haar stijl doet mij enorm aan die van Debbie Macomber denken. Ze schrijven beide reeksen over een familie en vrienden in een stad en belichten dan ieder koppel/persoon/gezin apart in detail in een boek in de serie. Sherryl Woods belicht de familie O'Brien in Chesapeake Shores en deel 1 (The inn at Eagle Point) nam me direct mee. Het zijn heel luchtige, ontspannende boeken, waar je vaak het einde al van kent voor je de eer ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
This is a story about Kevin O'Brien and newcomer Shanna Carlyle. These people both have so much baggage to bring into a relationship but this story to me is more about large families and how they can really be more of a problem than a help. Shanna was an only child and had wished her whole life for a family but when she met Kevin's family, she had to think this idea over some because his family really got involved in everyone's life. Kevin had lost his wife in Iraq and was left with a three year ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Wonderful emotional read,absolutely loved Kevin-Shanna's love journey,as i m progressing with the series i m absolutely falling more and more in love with the O'Brains

Their fierce loyalty and striek of protectiveness for their own and the bond that they share is wonderful,absolutely love each O'Brians,Kevin is
Mar 22, 2015 JoAnne rated it really liked it
Chesapeake Shores #3

Kevin loses his wife in the war. He is still grieving 18 months later. He sold their home and moved back home to his father's place. He doesn't know what to do with his life.
Shanna is fresh from a divorce and has moved to Chesapeake Shores and opened a book and games store. She is trying to heal. She misses her ex-husband's little boy. She is only allowed to call Henry once in a while.
Kevin and Shanna meet and he helps her with her store. They are attracted to each other but
Sep 07, 2011 Hortencia rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
In all fairness, this is the first book I've read in this series so I wasn't in from the bottom up. This doesn't change the fact that while the characters in this series are pleasant enough, they're all fairly similar to one another, as are the relationships. I can say this, having also read 'Moonlight Cove' and being in the process of reading 'Flowers on Main'. A lot of the dialogue in these books involves family members and friends being inquisitive about each others' relationships to the poin ...more
Another good story from the O'Brien family. We met Kevin in the last book when he came home from his deployment to have a hasty marriage to a woman also serving her deployment with him. Fast forward a couple of years and we find Kevin alone with a son after losing his wife. This is where this story begins. Kevin and Shanna both had baggage that left them not ready to jump into a relationship and reluctant to talk about their pasts. Adding to that children who are mutually coping with loss and th ...more
I was sort of surprised that this book was revolved around Kevin as he got married in the last book. I thought there was something off with his quickie marriage and Georgia was odd and didn’t really seem to fit in with the O’Brians.

I hated that Kevin had to go through loosing Georgia and hated how he much he was thrown into a black hole, one that even his son couldn’t seem to bring him out of. I hated that he seemed to ignore Davey or put him on the back burner and was glad that the O’Brian clan
Connie N.
Another wonderful installment in the Chesapeake Shores series. This time focuses on brother Kevin and his attraction to bookstore owner Shanna. In the last book of the series, Jake was paranoid about trying again after being hurt and drove me crazy by not being able to commit. There's some of that with Kevin, but at least he has a reason for waiting--he was married before and as soon as he starts to express his feelings for Shanna, then his wife's parents guilt him into changing his mind. In thi ...more
#3 in the series, this is an enjoyable read, even if the plot and characters are predictable. What I enjoy most is the realistic family tension that takes place in the background behind the main romance. Families whose siblings quarrel into adulthood, and hold resentments with long memories -- well these are the things of real life. Through it all they love one another, and the marvelous Irish Gran, keeps them all together.
Dec 17, 2012 Marina rated it really liked it
Love this family.This was a good tale.Great characters and beautiful setting.I want to live in this town.I do!
Note to Self:
Kevin O'Brien(pal,widower,ex army medic,ex paramedic,new conservation worker,bro)& Davy(his 2yo son)+Shanna Carlyle(divorced, new bookseller,pal1,new guardian)&Henry Hamilton(7yo, now adopted son,ex step son),Abby O.(sis)+Wes,Mick O. (dad, ex husband, architec
Apr 24, 2014 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is another good Chesapeake Shores Novel. This time focusing on Kevin O'Brien and new to Chesapeake Shores Shanna Carlyle. Even with Kevin's entire family meddling in his life and especially his love life or lack of it, things seem to be working out just fine for the two of them. The excessive meddling is hard to take at times, and I found myself skipping over some of it as it was just too much. Good thing the story was good.
Diana Henninger
Jan 06, 2016 Diana Henninger rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series so far. A part of me gets frustrated with how long it takes them to realize they love each other....I am sensing a theme in each book, but the stories are light and funny with some real laugh out loud moments. This is a fun family to read about and I look forward to the next book in the series and the for the Hallmark version!!
May 03, 2010 Tonya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
Magic indeed!!! Another hit by Ms. Woods. How can you help but love this series and this family from Chesapeake Shores? The O'Briens are a meddling bunch, they meddle every time they get a chance, but they all just care about each other.

I see fences being mended, new loves blooming and the latest one is Kevin and the newest lady, Shanna. Shanna opens a bookstore/game store in town and Kevin comes upon her shop, only to find more than a book or game! Maybe the love of his life, if he will give hi
maureen mcconnell

This book would give anyone with doubts about forever love, a reason to trust their hearts. Wonderful, can't put down series
Paul Butler
Aug 18, 2014 Paul Butler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A totally feel good read. This is the third in the series and the books just keep getting better. The whole O'Brien family captivate and enthral as you read. Brilliant!!!
Jan 26, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
This was a lovely read- easy flowing and part of a huge series of books that I'll enjoy reading I think! This one was lurking at the back of my kindle and I'm really pleased I tried this author. It felt very similar to Debbie Macombers Cdear Cove series.
Nov 13, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it
Nice quick read. I'm sure I must have read some of her books sometime but will add her to the list of non-mystery writers.
Kathleen Freeman
While I liked Shaunna and Kevin's story, I have to admit to finding the O'Brien family extremely annoying this time out.
Jul 28, 2011 Tiffany rated it liked it
Enjoyable series despite the books being predictable and almost the same in each book. You still have a meddling family, momma issues, some kind of internal struggle keeping you from committing to someone. You change the name of the leading characters and the difference between whatever this internal struggle is and you have the same concept for each of the books in the series so far. Yet I am still reading even though there is enough forshadowing to already know who Jess and Uncle Thomas will e ...more
These books are a terrific listen (I'm doing the audio versions) on my way too an from work. I only gave 3 stars because it's just a nice romantic tale that you pretty much know will turn out okay. To me 3 stars is average and definitely readable.

Unlike some, I really like the narrator. I wonder, however, why Sherryl Woods uses the word INCREDULOUS (and forms of it) so much. It's actually starting to be predictable and is getting on my nerves. I've got all the books in the series, and will finis
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