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The Courage To Love

(Love on the North Shore #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,544 ratings  ·  109 reviews
When Hollywood sweetheart, Mia Troy, checks into the Victorian Rose, the only things on her mind are rest and relaxation before she begins work on her new movie in Boston. That is until she meets Sean O’Brien, the co-owner of the bed and breakfast. From the moment she checks in, Mia is drawn to Sean, a reserved man who sees past her celebrity status.

Eighteen years ago Sea
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Christina Tetreault (first published February 27th 2014)
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Donna Porter
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mia Troy is an actress who needs a break from work. For a month she will be at a bed and breakfast called the Victorian Rose, on the North Shore outside of Boston. There she meets handsome, Sean O'Brian, the son and part owner of the inn with his mom. Mia is fascinated by Sean and his handsome looks and he doesn't treat her like a big movie star. He treats her like a normal person. Sean thinks she is probably snooty but is surprised when he gets to know her a little and sees she isn't like that. ...more
Jan Mcleod
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read the first five chapters and gave up. A movie star named Mia is spending a mini vacation at a bed and breakfast, but mostly what she does is seduce the B&B's son. This is not for me. I demand quality writing and not smut. ...more
Just another reader
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This sweet and endearing tale revolves around celebrated Hollywood actor Mia Troy, who yearns to have a quiet few days to herself, away from all the glare and spotlight, and Sean O'Brien, who co-owns the modest and homely bed and breakfast joint that Mia comes to, to spend those "quiet and peaceful" days. As luck usually has it, Mia and Sean are drawn to each other. While Mia battles her fears for what would come ou
Sherry Patrick
I have been looking forward to reading this series for a while now and I liked it but I definitely didn't love the first book. Sean and Mia are interesting but they just didn't hold my interest at all times. There were many times when they were doing things - like their second date - and it went into detail on each house they visited and I was like no offense but I don't care. I read most of the book but those parts were it went into too much detail and was just boring I would skim over. I'm goi ...more
Jennifer Gallagher
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-love-series
Christine Tetreault has created an wonderful story to kick off a new amazing series.. included in this story are Characters we have met before.. I loved Sean and Mia.. Even if I did want to smack Sean a few times...I know I am going to love this series as much as the Sherbrookes of Millport.. I recommend this book 100%.. You will not go wrong
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good start to a new series

This book was a good start to a new series while spring boarding off from a previous one. If you want a light and quick romantic read, check this out.
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Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
An enjoyable book, but needs better editing. Too many spelling errors. Very distracting.
Presly Jones
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, well, well, I didn't expect it but this was a great read. For starters, I didn't expect the super rich girl meet the average guy and then fall in love. That is fresh. I mean she initiated the whole thing and freaking asked him out.
Second, i didn't expect the h an A list Hollywood actress to be that amazing and sweet. She just stole my heart. I thought she is gonna turn out to be a snob but Mia was super nice and wonderful all through
As for the H, Sean was just too much. He embodies ever
Raine Balkera
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I can't finish this. The writing is juvenile, but the wording and instances are old-fashioned, making it difficult to become properly engaged. Typical and stereotypical situations with too much information being dumped every single time to make me not care. I'm desperately searching for good Contemporary Romance authors, but this is not my idea of how it should read. She's supposed to be famous and popular but doesn't give that impression behavior-wise, and he is supposed to be 36 but reads more ...more
Sherry Patrick
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I have been looking forward to reading this series for a while now and I liked it but I definitely didn't love the first book. Sean and Mia are interesting but they just didn't hold my interest at all times. There were many times when they were doing things - like their second date - and it went into detail on each house they visited and I was like no offense but I don't care. I read most of the book but those parts were it went into too much detail and was just boring I would skim over. I'm goi ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The Courage To Love

After his father walked out on the family Sean ends up helping his mother run the BnB. Now eighteen years later he is still there. When client, Mia, comes for a month stay. She is a Hollywood actress. She is there for a break and to reconnect with her family. He is finding out that what happened years ago was not so cut and dried. What happens when he finds out that what he was lead to believe was a lie? And his missed opportunity hurts more than he thought.
Bette Stanek
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve had several CT books in my Nook library for awhile and just now finally got to one of them. The Courage to Love is set in a quaint New England town that is a definite highlight in the story. The main characters, Sean and Mia, are interesting but not exceptionally captivating. The story is good but there’s nothing surprising and the storyline is one that’s been used before. It’s a cute, quick read. If you’re looking for something that is easy and fun, but one that doesn’t consume you, this o ...more
Penny Leidecker
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sean has given up a lot of his dreams, since his father left. Now, it’s eighteen years later and he’s running The Victorian Rose bed and breakfast with his mom. Mia, a beautiful actress, comes to stay before she heads to Boston to start a new movie. Sean and Mia grow close, but he knows there’s an expirations date to their time together. During Mia’s stay, some secrets come to light and she helps him come to terms with them. Shortly before she needs to return to California, Sean ends things. Wil ...more
Stephanie Bolen
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
It read more like a tour guide than anything

Sean's life is in transition. Mia is the loving supportive girlfriend. It's typical. There is absolutely nothing earth shattering happening in her life. Everything is because she wants it while he has to form his life after all his plans are tossed away. So she's basically a throw away character. She "had" an eating disorder but it better now. She's the perfect woman and so boring it hurts. He's a jerk. You can pass it off as his reaction to his life c
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Courage To Love" is an easy and enjoyable read. The characters are easily likable and relatable.

It's a story about family and choices; about relationships and forgiveness and discovering that sometimes things and people are not always what or who they appear to be. It's a lesson in that age old saying, "there are two sides to every story and somewhere in the middle lies the truth."

Looking forward to book #2 in this series.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Celebrity Mia Troy decides to take a break from Hollywood before starting her next movie and checks into The Victorian Rose B & B. Sean O'Brien and his mom own the B & B and Sean gave up all his plans in life to help run the B & B with his mom. Mia's grandparents lived in the area so she was somewhat familiar with in and anxious to make some family connections. Of coarse Sean and Mia are attracted to each other. ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love Story

The author 's choice of settings was a pleasant surprise. I could see the town in my mind after living in Massachusetts. I enjoyed the story very much. Having recently been to a bed and breakfast in Maine. The story flowed easily from page to page. I liked how the B&B's owner kept trying to set her son up with someone.
The characters were believable and I wanted only the best outcome for them all.
Mary Smith
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story

This is a heartwarming story that will definitely keep your interest.
Sean and Mia have such a sweet romantic story you will not put down. Sean has a sad life as a teenager and he is somewhat a recluse before he meets the beautiful movie star - Mia. She just has a way of bringing life back into Sean.
Recommend this book.
Hope Frost
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Leigh Sonnekus
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars for a heartwarming romance

This a heartwarming, emotional romance. Both Sean and Mia are a bit lost when they first meet and the author does a good job of drawing the reader into their connection, making you feel invested in their relationship and the trials they need to overcome. Relatively clean, the heat factor is very mild
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was going to say this is a small town romance, but part of it takes place in LA. I'm not a huge fan of movie star characters, but Mia's superstar status takes a backseat most of the time. The emphasis is on the romance of Mia and Sean.
Sean's character is kind of confusing. I can't decide if I admire him for sticking by his mom and making sacrifices to help her, or if I'm more irritated that he seemed to give up so much of himself to do it.
I feel like I have to address the reviewer who complai
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Sweet Story

This was a sweet story about finding oneself and finding love. Even though the main characters come from different backgrounds, they soon find they are more alike than they realized.
Dawn Williams
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great beach read

Great story line and great characters. Not your typical romance story which made this a great read with memorable characters. It delighted me to learn that this was just book one in the series!
Karen Sheldon
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Good start to a series

Without taking the chance of a spoiler, I thoroughly enjoyed the humor and romance in this book. The ending was predictable though a bit wishe washe for me, but the romance and family issues were nicely tied together by the end.
Sharon Rudolph
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book

This was a fun book to read. I have read other books by Christina Tetreault and have really enjoyed them. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Ed Gong
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun book

Fun book to read,makes me relax and helps me to identify my own feeling. Not enough sex scene in this book though
Mary Stockwell
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Three stars

When I first started reading I had a hard time staying interested. The further I got into the book, the better it got. Still just an average read though.
Katie Chapman
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good Read

Interesting characters and locations make this a really good story. A few surprises keep readers wondering if the happily ever after will occur.
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