Driftwood Cottage

Author: Sherryl Woods

Publisher: MIRA Books

Release Date: April 2011

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Heather Donovan is starting over.  She left Connor O’Brien, the father of her child, when it became apparent he would never consider marriage.  Heather plans to open a quilting shop and raise her son alone.  She’s moving to Chesapeake Shores, where her baby son can be surrounded by family.  It just happens to be Connor’s family, not hers.  Things will probably get awkward when Connor is around, but Heather wants what’s best for her son.

Connor O’Brien is an extremely successful divorce attorney.  Between his job and the disintegration of his own parents’ marriage when he was growing up, Connor is dead-set against marriage.  He firmly believes married people either are unhappy, or will eventually become that way.  He loves Heather and wants to be a good father, but marriage is out of the question.


Heather would love to be a part of Connor’s big, loud, meddling family, but as much as they include her, Heather always feels like an outsider.  She knows Connor’s parents, who have recently remarried, love her and her son.  Nothing would make them happier than to see her married to Connor.  But she isn’t willing to stay with Connor any longer without wedding vows.  And Connor isn’t willing to marry anyone, ever.  Is there any way out of this impasse?


I couldn’t wait to see how the conflict between Heather and Connor would be resolved.  Connor was adamant in his stand against marriage, and Heather was determined to stick to her principles.  I had no idea how there could possibly be a happy ending for Heather.  I felt kind of sorry for Connor and his pessimistic view of human nature. I hoped he would realize not every marriage is an unhappy one, for his own sake as well as for Heather and their son.


I love reading about big, close families and the O’Briens always keep things interesting.  Great secondary characters, some with romances of their own, round out the story and keep things colorful.  Better yet, meddling is practically an O’Brien family obligation!  I can definitely see both the pros and cons of a family like this, but Sherryl Woods always makes it clear just how far the pros outweigh the cons when the family members obviously care very much about each other.  I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Chesapeake Shores series.  Who will be the next victim of O’Brien meddling?



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