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.
Sometimes, all we need is a story with a guaranteed happy ever after. With Christmas themed romances, you know that despite all the heartache and angst a book might try to dish out, it’ll end with a heartwarming conclusion. And A Seaside Christmas certainly delivered on that front.
There’s a whole slew of characters which you get gently introduced to. Most who pick this up are likely to be fans of Sherryl Woods and therefore would have read her previous books in this series. However, for those like me who are picking this up as a first foray into Sherryl Woods, then fear not. The characters are a dynamic set and there was plenty of frustrating charm to go around. Jenny was the main focus in this one, and though I reveled in her hesitance to put her heart back on the line (bring on the angst!) it did get to be a bit much at times. And it was also a bit frustrating how easily everyone in her family was won over by Caleb. Though, he was so charming it was endearing but also very one dimensional. Luckily he wasn’t all about the charm and showed some of his other sides, creating a much fuller character to love. (As Jenny obviously did.)
The family issues weren’t forced to take a back seat with the romance, either. They were both tied for my attention and wove together in a very great way to keep me reading on. Admittedly, there were parts that seemed rushed and fell a bit flat. But overall I was invested in the story and characters, and rooting for the HEA I knew was coming. This is my first Sherryl Woods book, but it certainly won’t be the last. It was a great way to break me into the Chesapeake Shores series, and I look forward to reading more. I recommend it for anyone in the mood for a good Christmas themed romance or a contemporary romance with strong emphasis on familial bonds.
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