passion rating: subtle
Reading this book was a lot like spending an afternoon with my very sweet, very voluble cousin who, every time I see her, launches into protracted, tedious stories about people I’ve never met and, based on her anecdotes, have no interest in meeting. While she chatters on, I think - and I do always feel badly about this - “blah, blah, bored now, blah, blah, blah.”
Two chapters into this book, I wondered if my cousin had taken up penning humdrum romances, but no, this book is by Sherryl Woods, an author with over a hundred books to her name.Driftwood Cottage is the fifth book in Ms. Woods’s Chesapeake Shores series featuring the O’Brien family. Much of the fanciful - and boy are they fanciful - O'Brien family lives in the Maryland seaboard town of Chesapeake Shores. The O'Briens are a touching (read: fake and folksy), multi-generational (there's a cookie baking, sappy saying dispensing Grandmother and several cute as a button tykes), loving (meddlesome and gossipy) family replete with contented couples in which the men all seem, well, whipped. One son, however, Connor O'Brien, our hero - and I use that term very loosely — refuses to walk the O'Brien walk. He's so hell-bent on not being part of a happy, married couple he has refused, for years, to marry the woman he loves, Heather Donovan.
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