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Driftwood Cottage (Chesapeake Shores #5)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  2,939 ratings  ·  174 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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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
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.
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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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
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
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
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
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Cherie Reeves
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.
Another book in the Chesapeake Shores series. This book was about Connor O'Brien and his love Heather Donovan. The problem was that Connor did not believe in marriage and even after he and Heather having their son, he still was not a candidate for marriage. His Mom and Dad had caused him not to believe in forever after even though they finally remarried after many years. Heather decided that even though she had gone into this relationship with her eyes wide open, she was ready for "forever after ...more
Chesapeake Shores #5
Heather has left Connor, after being together since college and moved to Chesapeake Shores. She just could not take how much he was being changed by his job. She and Little Mick need to be with the O'Brien clan. Connor misses her but he will not get married. He thinks what they have is enough but it's not enough for Heather.
Connor comes back home one weekend and finds out that Heather and the baby are living there. He is stunned. He wants them to come back home but Heather sa
Roz Curney-Sherod
I really liked this series until I got to this book! The lead characters, Heather & Connor both were so whinny and self-righteous that it was hard to finish this installment. You just kept reading about the conflict between them over and over again that if it weren't for the other two (2) hints of next romantic couples, I probably couldn't have gotten through this book. I have read many Sherryl Woods books and have really enjoyed them but the character of Connor is a pill. Even from the prev ...more
I am definitely reading this series out of order. This is not my favotite book in this series but I enjoyed it. Heather breaks up with Connor, a divorce attornet, after years of being in a committed relationship. They have a toddler and Heather wants to be married. Connor is disillusioned about marriage after seeing his parents get divorced and working as a divorce attirney. The O'Brien family tries to get Connor to change his views on marriage. After an accident opens his eyes, he proposes only ...more
I picked up this book from a clearance book sale to take with me to the beach. I could not put the book down!! I didn't realize it was part of a series and will have to get all of the other books in it! I fell in love with all of the characters. I could not wait to see what happened with Heather and Connor and loved how they slowly found their way back to each other. I cannot wait to see who is next to take the plunge... Jess maybe?? This was a great novel. It was easy to read and held my attent ...more
While I do enjoy the O'Brien family, I do get tired of hearing that people HAVE to get married in order to be happy. It can make me as a single woman feel lacking, when that is farthest from the truth. I also didn't like Heather's repeating that Connor's change in attitude happened "overnight." Woods keeps jumping the story ahead by weeks at a time, so Connor's changes happened over quite a long time.

Still, it will be interesting to see how Uncle Thomas and Connie handle their budding feelings,
Andrea Guy
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.

Paula Ratcliffe
This book centers around Conner O'Brien and Heather Donovan. Heather is looking for more in a relationship then what she has with Conner she wants the ring, commitment and marriage. Conner after dealing with his parents failed marriage wants to be as far from the altar as possible. Of course it doesn't help that he is a divorce attorney. Heather thought with the birth of their son Mick that Conner would want more, but seeing as that isn't possible she has left him and moved to Chesapeake Shores ...more
Wendy Hines
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
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
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
Thank you to Regina and 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
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
Amy Jacobs
It has been a long time since I have read a book by Sherryl Woods. I remember that she was one of the first authors I started to read in the romance genre back when I was a teen. I remember how this author can create such vivid backdrops for the characters to dwell in. With this new book, I remembered all the reasons why I loved her writing.

While I love the characters and the attention to details, I was a little disappointed at all of the family that was involved in the story. At times, I wanted
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
Hannah M.
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
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
Overall, I enjoyed reading Driftwood Cottage but I honestly found myself skimming over parts of the book and I thought the accident would have happened in the beginning to start us off. Course that’s me, I like drama and/or action in the beginning of a story to get me in the mood. It wasn’t until more than half-way through the book that we get to that part. But then the book did share with us how the couple related to one another (along with the other characters) to help us understand them and t ...more
Good story as always.Love the happy ending.Love this authors writing style. Also, I just like small town series.=0)
Note to Self:
Connor O'Brien(ex divorce attorney,new law firm partner,younger bro,pal)+Heather Donovan(new quilting shop owner)=Mick(their 1 yo),Mick O.(dad,architect,divorced)+Megan O.(mom,divorced,new gallery owner),Bridget D.(mom,new quilting store assist)+Charles D.(dad),K
Jennifer Estep
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
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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