On Sunset Beach - The Chesapeake Diaries, Book 8

Author: Mariah Stewart

Publisher: Ballantine

Release Date: July 1, 2014

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: PRINT

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Carly Sutton is an art dealer and owner of upscale galleries in New York and in other cities and countries. She enjoys discovering new talent especially women artists. She has discovered a cache of paintings by Carolina Ellis in the attic of the house that Ellie Ryder, Carly's best friend, has inherited from her great, great grandmother Carolina Ellis. No one knew they were there until Carly found them. Ellie Ryder has been Carly's friend since sixth grade and lives in St. Dennis with her husband and half-sister. She has gives the paintings to Carly to take back to Connecticut, along with the artist's journal, for investigation.

Carly was supposed to show the paintings in her gallery in New York but is persuaded to take them back to St. Dennis to show at a mansion that was given to the town after the owner's death. Finding the mansion as not ideal for the exhibit, the town council decides to fix the carriage house to Carly's specifications, but only if Carly stays in St. Dennis to oversee the project. So Carly decides to move there for a few months to oversee the exhibit.

Ford Sinclair is the youngest son of Grace Sinclair who owns the town newspaper and the Inn at Sinclair Point, as well as being a sort of clairvoyant by talking to ghosts and reading her Ouija board. Ford has been gone since high school graduation to college and then to the military. He needs to come back to find out what he wants to do for the rest of his life after leaving the military, and his mother is beyond thrilled. After witnessing unspeakable violence and suffering in Africa, Ford has come home looking for a way to forget and a place to belong.

As Carly and Ford cross paths in St. Dennis they come together to find a place they both belong. Neither one expects to stay in St. Dennis but one never knows what the future holds.

This story is a fanciful read about two people who are looking for something in their lives that neither knew was lacking until they come together as a couple. I loved visiting all the jazzy characters of St. Dennis and catching up on their lives as they progress. It all adds up to a remarkable story and one I was honored to read and review. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a small town story with a lot of heart.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Diana S

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