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An O'Brien Family Christmas

(Chesapeake Shores #8)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,849 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Dating Matthew O'Brien—a playboy and a younger man—cost Laila Riley her career and her parents' respect. A high price, even for love—and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off, despite Matthew's objections.

But the O'Brien family has other ideas, and they conspire to get Laila to join them on a Dublin holiday. It's a great time to get away from it all, bu
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Mira (first published 2011)
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Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: november-2018
2nd Christmas Read

I liked this one much more than I thought it would. I mean come on we all know how this story ends and the story was incredibly predictable


So What!

The O'Brien family is charming and hilarious. I found Laila our MC to be super annoying but so did the characters in the book and they let her know it. Matthew our male MC was unlike most men in romance novels, not a controlling asshole and huge douche. Matthew was super sweet and madly in love but he wasn't taking any of he
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-contemp
A sweet addition to this series with lots going on and not just for the starring couple. Laila and Matthew's love story was very sweet and lovely, with Matthew going all guns to romance Laila with an old fashioned courtship. Her disgruntled reaction to his refusal to sleep with her was very funny.

The only disappointments, for me, were the ridiculous reaction from Mick O'Brien, to his mother's romance and Laila's father's behaviour in general. Neither of these men offered sufficient apology to th
Shelley Vanbrunt
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nothing like a trip to Ireland to inspire love! I am not sure I would ever be able to accept a surprise wedding but this worked for this couple. Age is just a number and Love wins every time. It was nice to see it the other way around after Connie and Thomas' story.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked it more than I thought I would! Not much more to say.
Willow Brook
2 1/2 stars. This was my first book by Sherryl Woods and probably a poor choice with lots of characters from what I assume are other books. Nice to catch up on old friends in a series, but if you don't know them it's like listening to endless gossip about people you never met. After a while you lose interest. I do anyway and the O'Brien Clan started to get on my nerves. The main characters in this story, Matthew and Laila didn't grab me all that much and the big conflict in the story was he is y ...more
Aug 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Horrible times horrible. First of all I think this author is ridiculous. The main reason these two terrible characters don't get together is because of age. Hello?? The whole book I was waiting for their age difference to be talked about somewhere! What is she 35 and he's 23????? It made the story super annoying to be always wondering. I'm not sure if the author thought that was making the point that age doesn't matter by not telling us? Because all it did was annoy the crap out of me. Second,wh ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love reading Sherryl's Woods Cheasapeke series. This is a heartwarming story of more adventures with the O'Brien family. it will make you laugh and cry. Can't wait for Feb. when the next book in the series comes out.
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two-haiku review:

Christmas in Ireland
He's younger but sex is great
Can she accept him?

She has many fears
Family expectations
Nice Christmas romance
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Je sais plus lequel choisir ... Will, Mack ou Matthew... on va voir ce que donne Luke ... Bon Laila était une emmerdeuse d'un niveau plus supportable
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Matriarch Nell O’Brien wants to spend Christmas in her beloved Dublin, she hasn’t been since she was a girl and her entire family want to make sure it happens, she also wants to put her matchmaking to work for her grandson Matthew and Laila Riley.
Laila Riley gave up her dream job of working in her father’s bank after the explosion that was her announcement of being involved with Matthew O’Brien, her father was not happy not just because he’s younger but because he’s a known rake and rascal and
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, library, series
Another great book in her Chesapeake Shores Series
Andrea Guy
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Chesapeake Shores series is one of my very favorites. Sherryl Woods introduces you to the fabulous O'Brien clan. Each book is fine as a stand alone novel, but it is nice to have read some of the others, so that the family history is in your mind. If you haven't read any of them, that won't make much difference, after a few pages, the O'Brien's will feel like your family.

This story focuses on Laila and Matthew O'Brien as well as grandma Nell and Dillon O'Malley. There are always a few stories
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
This book really was different from the usual back and forth girl and guy get together/fall apart etc. In this book, which left off of Beach Lane in which Susie promises Gram that they will all go to Ireland for Christmas to celebrate Susie and Mack getting married.

Well we all knew that Matthew and Laila would be the ones in the majority of the book but in her usual style, Sherryl Woods doesn't disappoint us with a peek of maybe who we might see in the next book, either Gram and her beau from Ir
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I love books set in Ireland but the fact this book was set there was useless. It could have been set in any hotel anywhere since the only significance Dublin got was the mention of pubs, Guinness, and Irish coffee. No mention of Dillon's accent. No description of the area other than the dreary weather and pretty seaside. And absolutely no reference to how anyone looked. You have no description of any character so there is no way to build what I refer to as the movie in my head. And not once did ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Laila began a love affair with Matthew O'Brien in her small hometown of Chesapeake Shores. Since Matthew was a known playboy and she was a respected account in her father's bank she decided to keep their love affair a secret. When her parents discover Laila's secret it costs her not only her parents respect but her job. In turmoil from her parent's reaction she breaks her relationship with Matthew.

The entire O'Brien family has other ideas for Laila and they begin to work on her to ensure that s
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Cute. Cute. Cute. Good little escape book. Loved waking up early to fall into the O'Brien's world of happiness and love. Very much enjoyed for a Holiday novel.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although I'm not a big romance fan I really enjoy Sherryl Woods novels and of course I saved this one for the Christmas season and it was a lot of fun.
Emily Henderson
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Where do I even begin with this book? I grabbed it because I am looking for different authors other than my usual go to authors. This book is obviously a part of a series and I discovered that as I began reading, but I didn't stop reading it because I already had it.
Okay, the book starts out obviously where the previous book ended discussing the messy relationship between Laila and Matthew. These two attempted to hide their relationship and got found out and Lailas' dad blew a gasket. She got d
Kim Smiley
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful story of the O'Brien clan, this time going to Ireland, just as Suzie promised Gram she would take her as soon as she was cancer-free. Well, Suzie is cancer free and she and her husband are taking the entire family with them on their honeymoon to Ireland.

So Gram, (Nell) meets up with an old flame at his tobacco shop. She always had a thing for Dillon O'Malley, but then she went to the states and married. Now as she is a widow, he is a widower and they intend to spend as much tim
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love the O'Brien family, and as this series goes, I think this was my least favorite read. These stories are beginning to make me want to yell at the characters to recognize what is in front of them already, and enjoy it! The books in this series all follow that same pattern - there's a potential romance between two people, there's something they have to overcome in order to be together, and then they live happily ever after. Who cares that I like these predictable, mindless reads? There was j ...more
Anne Keller
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas Magic at it's best!

The setting alone for this story, Dublin, Ireland at Christianity time, makes you wish you were there. Will she or won't she seems to be the question. Will Laila go to Ireland with the rest of the O'Brien family? Will she get back together with Matthew? Will she go back to her job at the bank? Will she say "yes"? Will Nell rekindle her love for Dillon? Will she stay in Ireland? Will Moira give in to Luke's advances? Will Jenny accept Connie's news? The ending leaves
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
I love the Chesapeake Shores novel. The first one I read or heard actually, I did it on Audible, was when Suzy and Mack got together. This book follows up when the O'Brien clan head off to Ireland for the Christmas holidays. Nell, the matriarch of the family, runs into her first love and enjoys spending time with him while the whole family is rooting for Laila and Matthew to get engaged AND married during the trip. Will Laila put aside her family's doubts about Matthew and make the leap? It was ...more
Linda Smatzny
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another feel good book. The entire O'Brien family has gone to Dublin for Christmas. The book is the story about Laila Riley and Matthew O'Brien taking their relationship to the next level. It is also the story of Nell O'Brien seeing Dillon O'Malley again after many years. For Nell and Dillon is trying to decide what type of relationship they want to have. The book was a very quick easy read.
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clash of head vs. heart

Leila's initial hesitation to trust a relationship with Luke had a reasonable basis. However, her later resenting Luke and blaming him for choices she made was very unfair especially when he tried so hard to convince her of his commitment. Her wavering between what her heart wanted and what her head told her got a bit tiresome before she finally accepted that she and Luke really had a future together.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm between three and four stars on this. I enjoyed this one more than some of the others in the series, probably because it was shorter. That condensed the story and kept the waffling back and forth on the part of the heroine as to whether being together with the hero really was a good thing or not to a minimum. Also, again perhaps because the story was shorter than this series typically is, it seemed like there was more romance between the main characters, and I liked that.
Courtney Lyman
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, romance
I don't read a lot of Sherryl Woods' books and this was one with a lot of family members whose stories you almost already need to know to really follow. A genealogy in the front would have been helpful as I tried to keep track of how they were all related especially with four generations especially since there was a Mick, a Mack, and a little Mick. It was a nice story though even with the confusion.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a fun, quick read (even if I didn't finish until January, after the holidays). It was a little difficult to keep everyone straight with the HUGE O'Brien family. I found out later that this is part of a series. Ms Woods should include a family tree with her books. It will take a bit to recover from, but I will take on her series in the future. Family tree anywhere?
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Laila Riley is dating a playboy and a younger man which cost her career and her parents' respect. She breaks it off despite Matthew's objections. But the O'Brien family has other ideas and talk Laila into going to Dublin on a family holiday. Matthew decides to show her that they can work and does everything to show her. Enjoyed the characters.
Carol B Davis
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great what could be better tthere is nothing better than a wedding in Ireland. And a bevy of wonderful characters who act normal but wit the love orbs big family

Love is for the not faint of heart but for those who love freely and are willing to grow with the person you love
Beth Hutchison
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a Christmas reading pick for me, I started reading Christmas books early this year.
I now have anew author to read in the romance section.
This is a great story , I have fallen in love with the O'Brien family, and can not wait to read more.
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