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The Summer Garden (Chesapeake Shores #9)

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Falling for “Maddening Moira” O’Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O’Brien’s Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he’s totally focused on establishing a business that will prove his mettle to his overachieving famil ...more
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Published January 31st 2012 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2012)
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Christina
Apr 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary

Hhhmmm....how to begin....well, let me just say that I did not like this book. I read the whole thing all the while hoping for something interesting to happen since there are so many great reviews. PERSONALLY, I did not enjoy any of the characters. I really didn't feel any depth to them. Sure, they mentioned things to imply depth, but I didn't FEEL it. The dialogue was boring, tedious, redundant, and lacking most of the time. There were too many conversations about things that really held no r
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Julie Barrett
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods
This book starts where the last one left off: the trip to Ireland.
Luke did stay behind and has now returned to the US and is pretty sure
he wants to open a Irish pub. He majored in history and he doesn't
want to go that route. Family members are behind him all but his father. He doesn't want to start a family feud over it. His grandmother will even teach him to cook Irish meals and even pitch in at the bar some times.
He was quite taken with Moira-his grandmother'
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Jeannie
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diesel
I've loved all the books in this series but I must say this particular book irritated me. I was ok with the introduction of Moira in the last book but she totally irritated the hell out of me in this one. She was so clingy and so needy for affirmation on Luke's affections and love. Even when there were so many advices given, she continued that way. While I understand how love can be and especially when u know he or she's the one, I felt irritated that she wanted to see action immediately instead ...more
Susan
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. This book picks up where the previous book, An O'Brien Family Christmas, left off. In that book, the entire family had gone on a visit to Ireland, to see where grandmother Nell had grown up. While there, she reconnected with Dillon, her first love. Luke, the youngest of the adult grandchildren, had also gotten quite close to Dillon's granddaughter Moira. When this book opens, Moira and Dillon are in Ireland, remembering their visitors and planning a trip to America. Dillon wants ...more
Diane
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying that the romance genre is not one that I usually read. But something spoke to me about Sherryl Woods' The Summer Garden.

Maybe it was the beautiful cover art of a garden gazebo surrounded by lovely wildflowers. Maybe it was that the heroine Moira O'Malley is from Ireland, and I am Irish. Whatever it was, it captured my attention.

This is the 9th book in the Chesapeake Shores series, but I was able to jump right in without feeling lost. The numerous members of the O'Brien fam
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Wendy Hines
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an easy and quick read. For those of you who have read the O'Brien series, you'll be able to pick up where you left off with loved and cherished characters. For those who haven't read any of the series yet, this isn't exactly the book you want to start with. Though the characters and plot are interesting, it took me a little bit to actually get into the book. By the fifth chapter I was actually caring about the characters and the blossoming romances, as well as businesses, but befor ...more
Ann Croce
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was good but I think it was a little drawn out in some parts.
Sandra Patiño
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Terminé toda la serie de los libros disponibles en español! Me encantó en general, aunque particularmente, la pareja de este libro me pareció insufrible. el libro fue salvado por Nell que merecía su propia historia. En general una serie genial, algo azada con el ideario del matrimonio como única opción de realización en la vida con de lo que difiero, pero fueron bellas historias de amor y una gran familia entrometida. Y la serie de tv mezcla en su primera temporada el primero y el último libro ...more
Gawelleb
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
22 ans et le rêve de se marier et avoir des enfants 🙄 encore une emmerdeuse!
Lauren
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I'm always in the mood for light contemporary reads, so when The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods landed on my radar I knew it would be the perfect book for me. Luckily, it was just that, as not only did it provide a fun and cute read, but it also contained characters I adored and writing that fully brought the book to life.

The Summer Garden is the last in the Chesapeake Shores series, but since every book features a new character with previous ones in the background, it was easy to dive right int
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Celine
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, audiobook
I think maybe I was sick of the O'Brien's before I started this book and didn't realize it. While listening to this on audiobook I just kept thinking how annoying all the characters had gotten with their tendency to meddle in each other's lives. I didn't care about Luke and Moira at all which is the biggest difference between this book and the rest of the series. In previous books I at least liked one of the main characters and wanted to see them happily settled. I just felt both Luke and Moira ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
This story takes place not long after the family has returned to Chesapeake Shores after their Christmas in Ireland. Luke O'Brien is still suffering the affects of Maddening Moira who's the granddaughter of his grandmother's old flame Dillion O'Malley. The first thing Luke does is decide to bring a piece of Ireland to Chesapeake Shores by creating a Irish Pub.

We also find the beginning of the book taking place in Ireland and in Chesapeake Shores. Moira and her grandfather Dillion are planning a
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Marcia  Haskell
"Falling for "Maddening Moira" O'Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O'Brien's Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he's totally focused on establishing a business that will prove his mettle to his overachieving family.

Given Luke's reaction, Moira has some soul-searching of her own to do. Scarred by her father's abandonment, she wonders if
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Susan
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so we go back to yet again another O'Brien family story. This time is is about Luke O'Brien, his discovery in Ireland and the woman he met while he was there "Maddening Moira" O'Malley.

Luke has come home from Ireland and has finally decided what he wants to do with his life...open up a truly authentic Irish Pub. While some members of the family doesn't necessarily support his idea, he really feels that this is his shot to prove to everyone (and I think to himself) that he is ready to settle
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Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
This review also posted on Forever Book Lover.

This is the final book in the Chesapeake Shore series. Sherryl brought us out in style, this book had marriages, babies and as always ~ Happy Ever After(s).

Throughout the book, characters from previous series popped in with cameo appearances. This was a wonderful wrap up of the characters we have met along the way. I will miss the O'Brien's, but Sherryl knew when a series had run its course and she brought us a beautiful closure. I can't wait to see
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Michelle
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasant romance. A good beach read.
Meryl
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Just okay. Main female character was way too whiney and needy. Good conclusion to series.
Kim Smiley
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This would've been the best ending to this series, as it covered all characters and in a way, wrapped things up with the O'Briens. BUT, I'm guessing due to popular demand of the readers, this series actually did go on, (makes me happy too, I like the O'Briens).

In what should've been the last installment, we have Luke, one of the younger of the O'Briens, deciding that after finishing college, what he really wants to do is open an authentic Irish Pub right at home, in Chesapeake Shores. After the
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Anne
I started the book but stop reading the paper back very soon. The text was mostly dialogue, there were very few descriptive or narrative sentences or paragraphs which change the rythm of the story. Conversation based writing style bothers me and the text feels superficial and the characters shallow.

I liked Susan Mallery and Debbie Macomber which write same kind of romance genre. One difference was, I listened them as audiobooks. I wonder if this book and the story would have please me better as
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Kerrie Howard
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good love story

I enjoyed this book as I have the others in the series. It's fun catching up on characters from previous books. There's plenty of good advice regarding life but not in a preachy way. One important thing you can take from this story is you shouldn't decide what someone else means, don't be afraid to ask what they mean. Of course the story would have been much shorter and not nearly as much fun!
Anne Keller
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Great O'Brien Story!

I liked that two stories were intertwined and both picked up where the last one ended. This one really makes me want to live in Chesapeake Shores and be an O'Brien, especially since you experience it from an outsider point of view. I'm looking forward to seeing more ways the O'Brien and O'Malley families come together.
Mary Beth
This is part of a series of books set in Chesapeake Shores, a fictional community near Baltimore. There is also a television series based on the books that I didn't know existed until I came across it after reading the book. Both are light summer romances - not much substance.
Rebecca
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Chesapeake Shores

I thought this was going to be the last in this series, but it's not. I'm so happy. I enjoyed reading about Nell and Dillon. It was a great bonus to the book.
Gail
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and the many ways of finding it and living it is the storyline of this series. This book is the story of Luke and Moria and also of Nell and Dillon.
Debbie
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have really been enjoying this series. I like that the family members continue through all the books. Also I like that these are family stories with love being center stage.
Heather Endecott
I picked this book up randomly at the library. Had no clue it was a series. Now i have to read all of the others. Great story.
Chris
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Karen seng
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good book their trip to Ireland how grandma got her long lost love
Kristen
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, series
Another great book in the Chesapeake Shores Series
Gloria
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moira O'Malley and Luke O'Brien meet in Ireland when the O'Brien clan go to Dublin for a family Christmas holiday. They have a fun time together but part at the end of the visit. Luke is surprised when Moira shows up in Chesapeake Shores later and isn't sure what might come of her visit. Right now, Luke is focused on his career and meeting the high standards of the O'Briens. Moira is also focused on her future. Can they find a way to work a relationship into their schedules?
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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 14 books)
  • The Inn at Eagle Point (Chesapeake Shores, #1)
  • Flowers on Main (Chesapeake Shores, #2)
  • Harbor Lights (Chesapeake Shores, #3)
  • A Chesapeake Shores Christmas (Chesapeake Shores, #4)
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  • Moonlight Cove (Chesapeake Shores, #6)
  • Beach Lane (Chesapeake Shores #7)
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