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END OF SUMMER GIVEAWAY:
We’re celebrating The Chesapeake Bride and Summer 2017 with one giveaway for Driftwood Point, 10th in The Chesapeake Diaries Series by Mariah Stewart! The last day for entries will be Friday, September 22nd (the official last day of summer!) The winner will receive one copy of Driftwood Point. U.S. only, please. You can enter at the participating blogs listed below – but you can only win once!
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Title: The Chesapeake Bride, The Chesapeake Diaries, Book 11
Author: Mariah Stewart
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Published by: Pocket Books
Published Date: August 29, 2017
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
Praise for The Chesapeake Bride, Book 11 in The Chesapeake Diaries:
“Stewart succeeds in giving both Owen and Cass a smooth blend of strength and vulnerability, and the setting of this heartwarming romance will draw readers in with its island-life charm.” —Publishers Weekly
“The Chesapeake Bride is a small-town romance which will leave readers wanting more of the charming characters and unforgettable story. I enjoyed this book so much that I am still running some of the scenes through my head, which shows how fantastic the story is. Another great read by an outstanding author. A Recommended Read!” —Romance Junkies, Five Heart Review
“The romance is slow and sweet…the lack of unnecessary melodrama, angst, and over-the-top gestures makes this a refreshing contemporary romance between two adults who act as such.”—Kirkus Reviews
ABOUT THE BOOK: New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart returns to the cherished Maryland shores of St. Dennis with THE CHESAPEAKE BRIDE (Pocket Books; August 29, 2017; $7.99), the charming story of a jaded architect who meets the one man who could finally melt her heart—if she’s willing to let him in.
Cassidy Logan has sworn off good-looking adventurers, having just divorced the one she’d married. Now working with her father’s construction company to build ecologically friendly, historically accurate homes on the Chesapeake Bay, she’s designing them for Cannonball Island. Knowing there’s been no new construction on the island in almost one hundred years, Cass is sensitive to the heritage and history of the sparsely populated island, and has come up with plans so perfect she’s determined to buy one for herself to live in. Even the fact that Owen Parker—whom she dismisses as a lightweight and a player— seems to be everywhere she goes isn’t enough to deter her from building her dream house.
Owen is and always has been sinfully handsome and wickedly clever, a magnet for mischief as well as the girls in St. Dennis. He’s also a rolling stone, going and doing whatever appeals to him, from flying a mail plane in Alaska to working on a cattle ranch in Australia and a shrimp boat in Louisiana, to surfing and diving in Costa Rica. When an old friend offers him a job salvaging a sunken ship in the Chesapeake, Owen gladly accepts. Something’s been telling him it’s about time to head home to Cannonball Island, and a job is as good an excuse as any. He’s totally smitten with the pretty architect, but it seems he’s finally met a woman who’s immune to his charms. Sooner or later, Owen will have to face the reason why he always runs, because this time, leaving just might be harder than staying.
MY THOUGHTS: I felt the sand between my toes and the smell of the bay in this delightful and charming story. Although this is my first book of the series, it certainly could be a stand-alone. However, I’m thrilled to have discovered Mariah Stewart’s world, brought to life by her skill as a writer and her imagination, and my desire to spend the summer near the water! This story takes place in a small town setting of St. Dennis on Cannonball Island. Not only Stewart’s setting captured me, but the people of the island, from young to old — each with an undeniable stamp of importance to the plot, did, too.
One of my favorite characters is a very old and wise woman, Ruby Carter. She has a gift of feeling what is going to happen, lending a bit of mystery to what is going on. She’s also sharp as a tack and talks of the history of the island, giving the reader further history into what the island has meant to others. Stewart does such a great job with making me feel right at home, with the small cottages, the island, its people and the bay.
Ruby’s pleased as punch to have her great-grandson, Owen Parker, back for the summer. He’s been one whose travelled and enjoyed living and working around the world, but has always had a soft spot in his heart for this little island, where he spent many summers in his youth. He also has a soft spot for Ruby, whom he calls Gigi. How much longer would she be part of his life? He’s back for the summer, having found work with his old friend, Jared Chandler. Jared’s been granted a contract to excavate a possible ship wrecked in the bay. Diving happens to be one of Owen’s passions. But that ship wreck could mean a setback to Cass’s dream project.
An outsider, Cass Logan comes to the town as the project architect for Brian Deiter’s building company. She is his daughter. Cass is a beautiful woman both inside and out and you’ll grow to love her quickly. She, as every woman with a career and past marriage has her issues. Her idea of a perfect life does not include a man.
And talking of relationships, Owen has tried that before, thinking after being with a woman for so long, it stood to reason he should marry her. It didn’t work at all. So he’s been foot-loose and fancy-free for some time, and not on the marriage market.
This story is about building a new life in a little town, developing friendships for life and finding the perfect fit for two very sweet people. I am delighted with the read. It reads very much like a summer on vacation, slow-building with richly interesting people.
The following is an excerpt from the diary of one of the island residences. Grace is the owner of the only inn on the island. An older woman, as many of the residents are, she brings the reader a birds-eye view of what she sees happening on the island and what to expect. She and Ruby Carter see beyond what one sees. Is that wisdom?
I love the changing of the seasons—and I think summer into fall might be a favorite, being as how I relate to the whole “autumn of my years” thing. That’s how I see myself, anyway. If sixty is the new forty, I believe seventy must be the new fifty, eighty the new sixty, and so on. Therefore, I fall into that third quadrant. Don’t try to change my mind or confuse me with facts.
One of the reasons I love this time of the year: the steady influx of tourists into St. Dennis begins to wane. Not that I don’t love our visitors. Why, without them, St. Dennis would have continued to languish and would never have become the Eastern Shore mecca it now is. But there’s something sweet about having your hometown belong to you and yours again, even if it’s just for a while. I know soon enough the holidays will be upon us and many will flock to town for all the beautiful festivities—the Christmas House Tour, the weekend of caroling, the tree lighting at the square on Old St. Mary’s Church Road, Christmas at the Inn (a favorite of mine), and, oh, yes, the shopping! But this little respite between the beginning of September, when the families leave to return their offspring to school, and the holiday madness belongs to us, we old St. Dennis folk who like a little downtime.
Not to say there’s nothing going on here! There are new babies to celebrate and a special wedding on the horizon, one that makes me especially weepy. My dear nephew, Alec, will be marrying his lovely Lisbeth in an event that will be the talk of both St. Dennis and Cannonball Island for a long time to come. I’m not privy to all the details, mind you, but since my daughter, Lucy, is planning the wedding, I’ve heard bits and squeaks of what she has in mind, and it will, no doubt, be perfectly wonderful.
When we were children, Mama told us that when good folks passed, they earned a star in the heavens where they could sit and shine down on all the goings-on here on earth. Our brothers scoffed, but we girls believed her, and so it is that I know my beloved sister, Carole, will be watching happily from her star as her son marries his bride out on the point in just a few more weeks.
Thinking about the point makes me think of all the changes that are coming to Cannonball Island soon. So much, it could make your head spin! For the first time in roughly two hundred years, new dwellings will be going up on what had once been barren land. I heard from one in the know that some of the older homesteads—mostly those that have fallen into ruin or have been abandoned—will be replaced with new versions more suitable to modern living. Some are up in arms about this, but frankly, it’s about time. Those dilapidated old shells offer no shelter and, if anything, detract from the beauty of the island. My good friend Ruby Carter—the island’s matriarch—has given her blessing, and that’s good enough for me. Besides, Alec will be serving as the environmental consultant, so I feel confident that all will be well. The new homes are being designed with the island’s history in mind, so the legacy of those early settlers will be well protected. The architect is a lovely young woman who is serious about this project, so I know, eventually, all will be well.
Of course I do.
I know, too, that a certain islander with a “rolling stone” reputation will be finding his rolling days coming to a halt before too long. It will be amusing, to say the least, to see him meet his match. Will he be bested?
The smart money’s on the new girl. That’s all I have to say about that.
And so much excitement over all the goings-on at the mouth of the river on the other side of Cannonball Island! Who knew such mysteries lay beneath the water, waiting to be discovered—and now that they have been, well, the flurry of activity these days has my poor old head spinning like an old-fashioned top. I cannot wait to see what they find, and I’m more than happy that one of the principal players is staying at the inn. Not that I’d pry, but if one overhears a snippet of conversation now and then . . . well, let’s just say it’s good to keep informed. Now, how all this is going to affect the construction that was slated to begin in November, well, I suppose everyone will have to wait and see. Could be there will be delays, which will keep the new girl around for a while longer and will keep the rolling stone on his toes.
My, what fun this will be~
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens. Visit her website at mariahstewart.com, like her on Facebook at AuthorMariahStewart, and follow her on Instagram at mariah_stewart_books.
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