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A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods
Chesapeake Shores #10
Genre: General Market Contemporary Fiction – Christmas
Pages: 288 Hardcover and eBook
Date Published: September 24th, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods takes you back to Chesapeake Shores for another heartwarming holiday season
As the only child of a single mom, Jenny Collins wanted nothing more than to be part of a large, rambunctious family like the O’Briens. Ironically, though, when her mother married into that family, Jenny found herself feeling more like an outsider than ever.
Now, after years in Nashville as an established songwriter, Jenny’s drawn back to Chesapeake Shores to collaborate on a Christmas production, and to make peace with the past. As if that’s not challenging enough, Caleb Green, the singer who broke her heart, has followed her to town, determined to win her back.
With the help of a little O’Brien holiday magic, will Jenny and Caleb find a way to make sweet music forever?
I jumped on the bandwagon with Melissa and her newly organized Book Tours & Quilts. It started with a love of fiction from Debbie Macomber, and I decided to go along and read another well recommended author in Sherryl Woods as well. I was in the mood for a Christmas romance so I found myself very optimistic about this read. In the end I’m half and half. If you know me, you know that I mostly read Christian Fiction, and mostly Christian Historical Fiction, so there is about a handful of General Market authors that I absolutely adore. The story of A Seaside Christmas is good, and for someone who has not read the other Seaside stories it definitely does promote an interest to jump into reading others in the series. However it was just too much casual life for me to truly enjoy it. Too much marital discord, too much adultery, too much abandonment, too much premarital sex. Sure it’s life in today’s culture, but as a Christian it’s not what I want to surround myself with or support. Overall it was pretty mild, in the way that the language was fine and no overly hot scenes to provide discomfort. There was just too much red in my mind of why they were so upset and sad and of course the answers weren’t really given just sort of by passed. Truly I cannot decide if this is a positive or negative review. I like the book, I like the story, I just don’t like the acceptance of a blatantly sinful life. But then I read everything from my inspirational perspective. No matter what, people can change and the characters all prove that and prove to be interesting and entertaining.
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