Sunday, February 17, 2013

Contemp Review: Home for the Summer (The Chesapeake Diaries: Wheeler Publishing Large Print Hardcover) [Large Print] [Paperback]

I've finished "Home for the Summer" the 5th book in her Chesapeake Diaries series by Mariah Stewart.

Product Description

Some of Lucy Sinclair's best days were those spent growing up in small town St Dennis - working at the family inn and enjoying summers filled with swimming, sailing, tennis and the company of Clay Madison, her best friend. But Lucy's darkest day, the one that shattered her innocence with violence and fear, also happened in St Dennis. And the town she once loved became the place she gladly left behind - along with the terrible secret she's kept for twenty years. While Lucy headed off for college and a career, Clay remained - more than satisfied with the life St Dennis had to offer. But now, even after inheriting his family's thriving farm and starting up an organic brewery, he can't help feeling that something's missing. And when Lucy comes back to town to plan a celebrity wedding at the Sinclair family inn, she and Clay reconnect, and find themselves re-evaluating their long-sleeping friendship that could blossom into something deeper. Like a book end to those distant childhood days, this summer will be Lucy's chance to finally confront her hidden pain, make peace with the past and plan her own whole new future.

About the Author

Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and two daughters amidst the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Product Details
Paperback: 488 pages
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (August 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1410449513
ISBN-13: 978-1410449511

My Review:

Lucy Sinclair and Clay Madison lived in St. Dennis and were best friends.  Something horrible happened to Lucy 20 years ago and she has kept it a secret never telling anyone.  She left St. Dennis for college and now lives California.  She has purposely tried to stay away except for family holidays or planning events, etc.

Clay Madison has lived in St. Dennis all his life and worked on his family farm.  When he inherited the farm he decides to open an organic brewery.  He has never married but has always had a thing for Lucy.

Lucy returns for the summer to help plan a elaborate wedding event at her family's inn.  Clay is determined to convince Lucy that he's the one for her and to figure why she stopped their friendship.

I really liked Clay because he seemed like a nice guy and knew what he wanted and went after it.  He was very patient with Lucy and when she finally revealed her big secret to him he was there for her.

Lucy on the other hand I didn't like that much because she kept that big secret because she didn't want her parents to worry but look how it affected her to this day.  She didn't really deal with the problem and now she's kind of a wreck because of it (she has nightmares every night and she's skittish around Clay, etc.


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