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Driftwood Cottage (Chesapeake Shores #5)

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Single mom Heather Donovan’s dreams of home and family are tantalizingly within reach when she settles in Chesapeake Shores. The welcoming arms of the boisterous, loving O’Brien clan embrace her and her son. But accepting their support seems to further alienate her son’s father, Connor O’Brien. His parents’ divorce and his career as a high-powered divorce attorney have lef ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by MIRA (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lisa
Driftwood Cottage was another nice visit to yet another perfect imaginary town that I wished I lived in, Chesapeake Shores. This is book five in the series but picks up directly where A Chesapeake Shores Christmas leaves off so to get the best feel of this book, it is probably a good idea to read at least the Christmas story, the others you can probably do without but are enjoyable, easy reads as well.

Driftwood Cottage finds the very stubborn Connor O'Brien who became a divorce attorney followin
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Kimberly
Mar 20, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was ok
I'm usually a big fan of Sherryl Woods, but this book was a disappointment. In a word, boring. The conflict between the lead characters never changed or went anywhere until the last 100 pages & by then it was too late for me to get into the book. I also found the character of Abby very annoying with her clumsy attempts at sticking her nose in where it didn't belong. Hope the next book is better.
Janga
Jan 30, 2011 Janga rated it really liked it
Driftwood Cottage is the first of three 2011 books in Sherryl Woods’s Chesapeake Shores series. This story picks up shortly after the events A Chesapeake Shores Christmas (September 2010). Connor, the youngest of the O’Brien clan and the one most defined by his parents’ divorce, is not pleased when he discovers that Heather Donovan, the mother of his son, has opened a quilt shop in his hometown.

Heather herself also has periods of questioning her decision. She enjoys the warm acceptance of the e
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Donna
Apr 09, 2011 Donna rated it it was ok
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Jennie
Mar 18, 2011 Jennie rated it liked it
From Goodreads: Single mom Heather Donovan's dreams of home and family are tantalizingly within reach when she settles in Chesapeake Shores. The welcoming arms of the boisterous, loving O'Brien clan embrace her and her son. But accepting their support seems to further alienate her son's father, Connor O'Brien. His parents' divorce and his career as a high-powered divorce attorney have left him jaded about marriage.

Then everything changes. Will the possibility of a future without Heather make Con
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Sue
May 23, 2017 Sue rated it liked it
I'm drawn to this big, meddling Irish family, but this story didn't make sense. Why would someone in such a close family keep a grandchild secret for almost a year? I ended up skimming over most of the "marriage" issue because it was so repetitive. Wish it had focused more on the Cottage.
Jodie
Feb 03, 2011 Jodie rated it it was amazing
Picking up right where the last book left off, Connor still is not ready to accept marriage. Heather has decided to move to Chesapeake Shores to get away from the memories in Baltimore and away from Connor. Settling into her new apartment above her new store and right beside Connor's mother's art gallery, she knew things weren't going to be easy. Heather always felt "there was something about this family that never failed to enchant her." When an accident nearly takes one of their lives, Connor ...more
Connie N.
Actually I think I'd rate this 4.5 stars, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and round up. It's another in the continuing Chesapeake Shores series which focuses on the large O'Brien family and everyone coming into contact with them. The setting is a beach town in Maryland, which seems charmingly small-town and folksy but with all the big-town amenities. This story features Connor O'Brien, disillusioned divorce lawyer, his one-year-old son and the mother of his child. Connor and Heather li ...more
Tonya
Jun 16, 2011 Tonya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
What can I say? I am a sucker for Sherryl Woods. Reading the Chesapeake Shores series is always a pleasure of mine. It is like going home. Where everyone knows your name and everything about you, and still loves you anyway. Like an old comfortable blanket.. We know what to expect, we know what is going to happen but the ride is still fabulous.

In this installment Connor and his live-in girlfriend Heather have broken up because Heather wants more now that they have Little Mick. She knew from the v
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Cherie Reeves
Apr 02, 2011 Cherie Reeves rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-books
All right already. Connor is opposed to marriage the mother of his child wants it all. I usually love Sheryl Woods, but this one was the same thing over and over chapter after chapter. It was a struggle to finish. Maybe I'm just having a bad day and not in the mood for a romance novel, but I was disappointed.
Gloria
Jun 12, 2017 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, rated
Heather Donovan has had it living with her son' father, Connor O'Brien, with no hope of marriage appearing to be in their future. The two met in college and moved in together when Connor was in law school. When she became pregnant, he encouraged her to quit work to raise little Mick. They live in nearby Baltimore where Connor is a big time attorney. Connor carries around baggage leftover from when his mom left the family. Their father and architect, Mick O'Brien, was very busy with his company b ...more
Julia
Jun 17, 2017 Julia rated it it was ok
The marriage issue was annoyingly repetitive. The outcome predictable. A novella padded into a novel. As another Goodreader has already commented, I would have preferred to read more about the cottage.
Chris
May 29, 2017 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. I found Connor to be unlikeable and Heather didn't have much personality. Hard to understand why they were together.
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Favorite Quote: “Marriage is just a piece of paper right? If it’s so damn insignificant then why are you fighting so hard to avoid signing it?”

BLURB: Single mom Heather Donovan’s dreams of home and family are tantalizingly within reach when she settles in Chesapeake Shores. The welcoming arms of the boisterous, loving O’Brien clan embrace her and her son. But accepting their support seems to further alienate her son’s father, Co
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
This is an invitation to stop by Chesapeake Shores and look in on the O’Brien family. Life-changing things are happening and the O’Briens are all involved in their number one hobby—meddling. Heather Donovan left Connor O’Brien, the high-powered divorce lawyer who lives in Baltimore. She comes to Chesapeake Shores to make a life for herself and her baby, Little Mick O’Brien.

Emotional stress, tension, and upheaval in their families during their childhood influences both Connor and Heather in thei
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Hannah M.
Apr 30, 2011 Hannah M. rated it really liked it
Heather Donovan packed her bags and moved to Chesapeake Shores, Maryland with her one year old son when her boyfriend of several years wouldn’t give her what she wanted, marriage. Both Heather and Connor grew up with parents who experienced marital problems, but Connor’s job as a divorce attorney left him even more weary of marriage. From the get-go Connor made it clear that he would not marry, but after time Heather believed marriage was the only way to further their relationship and Connor was ...more
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Jun 28, 2011 Patti TheLoveJunkee rated it liked it
Heather Donovan has just moved to Chesapeake Shores with her one-year-old son, Mick. She recently left Mick's father, Connor O'Brien. Heather is estranged from her own parents, but is very close to Connor's family, which is part of the reason she moved from Boston, where she lived with Connor, into Chesapeake Shores, where Connor's family lives. She's started a new life and a quilting business, and is surrounded by this surrogate family. The O'Brien clan is a big family, always in each other's b ...more
Chris
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

Heather Donovan has moved out of the home she shared with Connor O'Brien, taking her son to the charming town of Chesapeake Shores, where his family lives. While they are thrilled to have them nearby, Connor is not so happy. He is not on the best terms with his parents, who have divorced and remarried (each other)
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Danielle
May 12, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
All that Heather asks for is a ring on her finger and her own version of “happily ever after”. Unfortunately for her the father of her child and long time devoted boyfriend, Connor O’Brien, is a divorce attorney with no desire of ever marrying, even the woman of his dreams. Completely disenchanted with marriage Connor stands firm in his beliefs until Heather decides she’s had enough and takes their son to the small town where his family resides, opens a quilt shop and stands firm in her own vers ...more
Kasey
Overall I really enjoy the whole O'Brien family. I love that they are all imperfect and living through a lifetime of good and bad decisions to find the way to happiness.

I like the basic set up for Heather and Connor's romance. I like Connor having to overcome his jaded view on marriage and the truth about how his past and his career have effected his opinion and keep affecting it now. I like that Heather made a choice on what she deserved and decided it was time for a change. I always swear thi
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Jencey/
Jun 26, 2011 Jencey/ rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Thank you to Regina and chicklitclub.com for the opportunity to review this series. I had not ever read anything by Sherryl Woods. I very much enjoyed this first book in the series
Synopsis:
Heather and her son little Mick left Baltimore to move back to Chesapeake Shore with the support of Connor O’Brien’s family. She leaves Connor because he refuses to marry her and hopes to start over in Chesapeake Shores, and open a quilting shop. She hopes she will be able to move on from her relationship with
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Jennifer Estep
Apr 23, 2011 Jennifer Estep rated it liked it
Driftwood Cottage by Sherryl Woods is one of the books in her Chesapeake Shores contemporary romance series.

Heather Donovan has a son with Connor O'Brien. She loves Connor, but she wants to get married -- something that Connor, a divorce attorney, won't even consider. So Heather takes their son and moves to Connor's hometown of Chesapeake Shores where the rest of his large family lives. Soon, Heather is living her dream of owning her own quilting shop, but she can't seem to get over her feelings
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Joemmama
Jun 06, 2011 Joemmama rated it really liked it
Heather Donovan has moved out of the home she shared with Connor O'Brien, taking her son to the charming town of Chesapeake Shores, where his family lives. While they are thrilled to have them nearby, Connor is not so happy. He is not on the best terms with his parents, who have divorced and remarried (each other). As a divorce lawyer, Connor is convinced that marriage is not for him. Unfortunately, Heather wants to marry him, more than anything.

When he finds out that Heather has moved to his ho
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Hattie
Sep 08, 2011 Hattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sherrylwoods
Most of my life I've heard about men who are afraid of commitment. I've known maybe two or three men with this ailment. Connor in Driftwood Cottage is the epitome of all the men I've known in such a psychological state. Throughout the book I just didn't like Connor. He selfishly wanted to love Heather on his own terms. Heather and Connor have a cute baby son named Mick. He's named after his grandfather on the paternal side. Connor loves Mick and Heather. He just doesn't want to get m
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Andrea Guy
Jul 07, 2011 Andrea Guy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads, chicklit
If you have read any of Mariah Stewart's Chesapeake Diaries series and loved them, you'll definitely want to read Driftwood Cottage and the rest of the Chesapeake Shores series by Sherryl Woods.

This series revolves around the O'Brien family and this story features Heather Donovan and Connor O'Brien, both show the reader what it means to be stubborn, sometimes a little too stubborn. The two ex lovers are separated but together, with an argument over their belief in the institute of marriage.

That
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Marcia  Haskell
Mar 07, 2011 Marcia Haskell rated it really liked it
"Single mom Heather Donovan's dreams of home and family are tantalizingly within reach when she settles in Chesapeake Shores. The welcoming arms of the boisterous, loving O'Brien clan embrace her and her son. But accepting their support seems to further alienate her son's father, Connor O'Brien. His parents' divorce and his career as a high-powered divorce attorney have left him jaded about marriage.

Then everything changes. Will the possibility of a future without Heather make Connor look at lov
...more
Ruth
Feb 08, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
As you might guess from the cover, this book is a perfect beach read--light, fluffy, totally devoid of substance, but fun nevertheless. Heather and Connor love each other, but he doesn't believe in marriage--its just a piece of paper after all. She was ok with that until they had a son. When he wouldn't marry her, she moved out. Do you think I ever doubted how it would end?

As noted in the link above, this book is part of a series. I haven't read any of the others, but my guess is that they all i
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Wendy Hines
Jun 28, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it liked it
Heather Donovan is head over heels in love with Connor O'Brien, but even though the two have a child together, they are not married.

Heather decides she needs to make some changes in her life. She splits up with Connor and moves to a small seaside town, Chesapeake Shores. Connor's family lives there, which will be a great help with her son. And she has also decided to make her hobby into a business, making and selling her handmade quilts.

Connor O'Brien is a high profile divorce attorney who lives
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Helena
May 05, 2014 Helena rated it liked it
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Eva
Jan 07, 2017 Eva rated it really liked it
Marriage cynic, Connor O'Brien finally gets his story, and we get to watch Heather, the mother of his young son, Mick, come into her own. When first we meet Heather in an earlier Chesapeake Shores novel, she leaves little Mick with the big and boisterous O'Brien family so she can sort her feelings for Connor, a divorce lawyer who has nothing but disdain for the notion of marriage. And, while Connor wants nothing to do with the institution of marriage, Heather longs for the permanence of marriage ...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
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Chesapeake Shores (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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