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The Inn at Eagle Point

(Chesapeake Shores #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,599 ratings  ·  501 reviews
"New York Times"-bestselling author of the Sweet Magnolia series welcomes readers to Chesapeake Shores, a Maryland town built by the father of Abby O'Brien Winters, who returns after years away to renovate the charming Inn at Eagle Point with her younger sister. Original.

It's been years since Abby O'Brien Winters set foot in Chesapeake Shores. The Maryland town her father
Mass Market Paperback, 394 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Mira Books (first published 2009)
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Dec 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, terribad
This book finally convinced me to create a bookshelf I had been thinking about for awhile but never got around to for past books: Terribad.

That's right this book isn't just bad, it is terribad. This is the sort of book that gives the entire romance industry a bad name. The writing is terrible, the plot is terrible, the characters are terrible, the setting is terrible. How a book this terrible made it to publication, and then even made it to the NYT bestseller list, boggles my mind. It disturbs
Jacob Proffitt
This was a reach and I knew I was taking a chance because I've had problems with other Sherryl Woods books in the past. And I was going to dismiss this one "without prejudice" (i.e. rating), but then I remembered that the reason I dislike it is because the romance sucks and I think that's reason to rate.

The problem is that Abby in an immense coward and Trace is an idiot. There's supposed to be this tension because they'd fallen "in love" before, but I find I don't buy it. I mean, if Abby had lov
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After her mother walked away from her five children, Abby O’Brien Winters left the family home in Chesapeake Shores, Maryland and made a life for herself in New York City. She has a demanding, high pressure job on Wall Street, which destroyed her marriage, but left her with adorable twin daughters. Abby has always been the one to keep her family together, so when her sister Jess calls in a panic, Abby races home to Chesapeake Shores to help.

It turns out that Jess is fulfilling her dream of renov
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Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Me reading this book all started because of the new Hallmark series Chesapeake Shores. I fell in love with the atmosphere of the story and the O'Brien family!

I must say first the book is very different and the changes that were made in the tv show were the right ones. Trace mainly. He annoyed me in the book and I preferred him much more as a struggling musician from Nashville than a graphic designer/banker who lived in New York. What?!

In its essence the story is great. I love the family aspects
Jane Stewart
Pleasant story about family conflicts and relationships. Not very engaging, but ok.

A spread out family with a handful of conflicts among different family members.

The main couple:
Abby and Trace were in love fifteen years ago, but Abby left him to pursue a career in New York City. She now works for a brokerage firm managing investments for clients. She married Wes who divorced her. She now has twin daughters five years old. Wes loves the girls and sees them frequently. Abby comes to Ch
3 stars!


I love a second chance at love story because it brings in possibilities. Add Trace to the mix and Le sigh.


I haven't read the books I only saw the Hallmark series on Netflix.
Andrea Stoeckel
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up after I'd heard about Hallmark's new show debuting this month. I had forgotten two things: first, how welk Sherryl Woods writes, and second, how much I like contemporary romances that don't have " that I have your attention..." as their focus. This is a real family story; of how it broke apaet and how it might just come back together because of Abby, the sibling with some "wicked" smarts in business but is so closed around her heart's desire, she's almost forgotten ever ...more
May 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Rather predictable, but still an enjoyable read, especially for late night when you need something that I call an "escape book". I'm a little tired of these "formula books" a la most of Nora Roberts (girl thinks life is fine, is beset by challenges and/or dangers, encounters love interest who helps her solve said problems, resists growing feelings for said love interest, finally accepts her true feelings and lives happily ever after).

Abby, a successful Wall Street professional, is called back h
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Jess O'Brien has finally found what she wants to do. She bought and restored the old Inn at Eagle Point. She'd hope that her family would finally see that she isn't the failure they think of her to be. She has ADD, and that is partly why she's in this mess. Another reason is that she believes she is the reason why her mother left all those years ago. The bank is ready to foreclose, and Jess desperately turns to her sister, Abby, for help. But Abby isn't prepared for whom she has to deal with fro ...more
Jenn O'Brien
May 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
I have had these three books by the same author sitting on my shelf forever. As part of my resolution, I am slowly chipping away at my To Be Read pile. Now I know why these books have been sitting there for so long. These are terrible. The characters are shallow, yet you feel like you are wading through muck to get through these things.
I really liked the setting of this book, loved the explanation that the author had at the beginning, why she wrote such a crazy family. But I got tired of all the family dysfunction, it was always something and not contained to just one person. Jess drove mu nuts, she acted like a petulant child and what made it even worse was she realized this. Abby sort of drove me nuts too, she kept trying to be the perfect woman, still living up to her place in the family when her mother left. I loved Gran, ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the TV series which will start up again soon so I decided to listen to the series. Abby, one of the O'Brien daughters is the focus of this first installment and I love her feisty attitude and her rambunctious twins. But, I have to say my favorite character is the grandmother, whom the narrator brings to life with a delightful Irish accent.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
It wasn't one of my favorites - too much points of view and useless information. The main story didn't feel in the center of things and I can't say I loved the end.
An absoulutely wonderful heart warming read,loved each character

absolutely adored Trace Riley one of the best heroes and on my "favourite heroes list",such a good son a terrific brother and excellent business man,the way he makes way and fights for his sister Laila to achieve her dream job to be at bank(the Riley's are sexist to the core both hubby n wife,their thoughts is Man brings money-woman cook food and look at house)

Abby is such a optimistic and wonderful head strong character,she is a wo
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like thousands of others, I have fallen in love with the Hallmark Channel's Chesapeake Shores series. After completing just one season I knew I wanted to read the series. If you are a fan of the tv show, you will find many similarities in the books, but you will also find many differences. The characters are the same, and the basis of the story is the same, but many of the details have been changed for the tv series. Some of the changes I appreciate, some not so much. Saying all that, I can say ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't expect a lot from romances & I can be kind of picky, but the characters were SO one-dimensional! Jess's ADD was not a quirk, but a real problem. How could she get mad that people expected her to screw up, when she CONSTANTLY DID screw up.

5 siblings, huh? There just might be sequels.....
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Inn at Eagle Point was a great introduction to a series I can already tell I'll enjoy. The narration was great! And now I'm ready to watch the tv series based on this book. :)
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Bored, I was flicking through Netflix and found this Hallmark romance. After watching it for a few minutes, I realised the name seemed familiar. Checking my ereader, I discovered, yes, I had somewhere along the line bought the first book in the series the tv show was based upon. So, anyway, I decided to read the thing.

Well… Is it awful to say the quality of the tv show suits the book?

The series centres around the O’Brien family, divorced mum and dad, and, conveniently for sequels, five children.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I watch the television show, which put this series on my radar, but I decided early on that I would let to the two works stand on their own. There are many details from the book that appeared on the show, but also quite a few noticeable differences that allow them to be their own separate entities.

What I liked about The Inn at Eagle Point:
It's not just about romance - One of the things that I find least appealing about most "chick lit" is that it focuses on whirlwind romance and offers very l
I started reading this book because I have started binge watching the tv series over the past few weeks. I love Jesse Metcalfe and Meghan Ory in it, they do a great job and their characters are very likeable. Unlike their book characters. In the novel, I discovered I disliked Trace immensely. He is pushy, and manipulates Abby from the get-go. Being 32 years old, I would think that the man would be more mature than to seek petty revenge for something happening a decade earlier, especially stoopin ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

A very sweet story, with a lot of different story lines and characters woven in. I enjoyed it very much.
Jo Pendolino
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book! The whole series is great!
P.S. Winn
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book that combine a few genres and takes readers to the Inn at Eagle Point and into adventure, romance and a heart touching story.
Lauren Floyd
DNF'd at 112 pages, learn from the mistakes of only reading a book for a tv show when it wants to describe every motivation and every little detail under the sun. INFURIATING
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books, series
My mother has been watching the series on Hallmark for years, but I came upon this series by chance. I love series that build upon one another and give you characters that become familiar and loved. A fun, easy listen for my long commute, and something that will keep me busy for quite a while.
I really like this book, I absolutely love books with children in them. Watching mom or dad falling in love with someone new, who not only loves them but also the kids is great. Abby and Trace were a good couple, they were interesting to read about, not to mention the sisters. Jess in particular was fun, she really knew what she wanted and went for it with her inn, even if she was a little out of her league. But then again I guess that was what made it so interesting, watching everyone try and g ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Sherryl Woods, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I felt like the characters were pretty well-rounded and relatable. The father Mick reminded me a bit of my mother in the way he buried himself in work to stay away from home. The character Jess with her ADD reminded me so much of myself. A lot of what she went through in the book is what I go through daily. Some readers are saying she was a whiny screw up, and maybe she was, but she came by it honestly and ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Oh my god, I hated this book. The characters were so unrealistic I wanted to cry. The way they jumped from emotion to emotion was just ridiculous. I highly doubt that someone would go from raging mad (view spoiler) to calm in about 2 minutes (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy alternating genres, from crime to fiction, to police procedurals, to romances, to historical reads. It enhances the pleasure of reading. Light romances are certainly part of my choices. The last Sherryl Woods I’ve read was quite a while ago I must admit, I either must’ve forgotten how I feel about her books or I have to conclude that my taste in light romance writers has rather drastically evolved, because I couldn’t enjoy this book. Don’t get me wrong, it was sweet, but also very generi ...more
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