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Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga Series #1)

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by Nora Roberts
     
 

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The first novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts' stunning Chesapeake Bay Saga, where the Quinn brothers must return to their family home on the Maryland shore, to honor their father's last request...

A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his

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The first novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts' stunning Chesapeake Bay Saga, where the Quinn brothers must return to their family home on the Maryland shore, to honor their father's last request...

A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father calls him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changes overnight.

After years of independence, Cameron has to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggles with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flare between Cameron and his brothers, but they try to put aside their differences for Seth’s sake. In the end, a social worker will decide Seth’s fate, and as tough as she is beautiful, she has the power to bring the Quinns together—or tear them apart...


Don't miss the other books in the Chesapeake Bay Saga

Rising Tides
Inner Harbor
Chesapeake Blue




From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The Barnes & Noble Review

Nora Roberts is a consummate storyteller. After more than a hundred novels, her talent shines like new in SEA SWEPT, the first novel in a trilogy. Set on Maryland's eastern shore, SEA SWEPT is a story of both the transforming power of commitment and all-conquering love in all its forms.

When the novel opens, Cameron Quinn is about to pop the cork on a bottle of expensive champagne with beautiful and vapid supermodel Martine in the south of France. Cam is a world-class sailor who wins regattas around the globe. But when he and Martine retire to his suite for some shallow passion, there's a message waiting for him. Cam's father, Ray "the Mighty" Quinn, is in the hospital. Cam's brothers Phillip and Ethan want him to come home immediately. Abandoning the high life, Cam takes off for the simpler terrain of Maryland. His father lies dying in the hospital, the victim of a car wreck that might have been caused by reckless driving or might have been a suicide attempt. Regardless of the cause, there's a further wrinkle in Cam and his brothers' lives in the form of young Seth DeLauter.

Apparently, Ray Quinn had taken Seth in because the boy had been in a bad situation with his mother. This makes sense to the brothers Quinn, since each of them had been plucked from terrible circumstance by Ray and his late wife, Stella.

Cam's childhood had been a canvas of terror at the hands of an abusive father, and Cam had taken to the road and to stealing to protect himself. Ray and Stella took him in and gave him shelter, love, and security. Although the scars occasionally show, Cam isforeverindebted to the memory of his adoptive mother, and to his now-dying adoptive father, for having literally saved his life. Each brother has a different but ultimately similar experience with the Quinns. So it seems to them that young Seth is in the same boat.

When their father dies, Cam and his brothers learn something further about Seth's background, mainly through rumor and innuendo. There's a hint of scandal to their father's past. He had been a college professor, and a female student had accused him of having taken advantage of her several years' earlier. Seth may, in fact, be the result of this brief and unhappy union. Cam discovers that Seth's mother, a prostitute in the city, had been blackmailing Ray Quinn as he attempted to adopt the boy who might be his son. The night of Ray's car crash, he was returning from a trip to see Seth's mother. He had apparently paid an enormous sum of money to buy his son back from the woman.

Although this incident tarnishes the memory of their father, the brothers Quinn are determined to maintain a home for Seth. They see too much of themselves in him. But this is just the beginning of their story together as they return to their family homestead — for each has a life beyond their family and must give it up and adapt to the new circumstance of raising a child together.

Enter social worker Anna Spinelli, an attractive, smart young woman who only wants what is best for Seth, and who feels that the household the three brothers put together may not be the best situation for him. Although the sparks fly between her and Cam, she knows her job. Seth may have to be turned over to a foster home.

As Cam and his brothers learn to put Seth first, they discover love, family, and yes, even romance. SEA SWEPT is primarily Cam's novel, though — the story of his journey to discover the strength and vision that had lain dormant within him for too long.

It is no wonder that Nora Roberts's fiction is often compared to that of Sidney Sheldon and other mainstream novelists, but I'll go one further:

She's better.

SEA SWEPT is a true delight. I laughed out loud in some parts, and I worked to hold back the tears in others. These are real people dealing intelligently with genuine problems. Each character is complex and fascinating, even the supposed bad guys. Although Roberts can bring a woman like Anna Spinelli to life, what impresses me most is how well she writes about men. The Quinn brothers are tough, rude, smart, and sexy, but always very human and extremely vulnerable at their best. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy about these brothers and their adventures in building a solid and heartfelt life.

—Jessi Rose Lucas

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Roberts's Dream trilogy involved three women living in a palatial Big Sur mansion. This, the first volume of the Quinn Brothers trilogy, revolves around a trio of strapping, lusty guys in a comfortable home on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Cameron Quinnthe eldest of three abused boys adopted by Ray and Stella Quinnis an adventurer who likes fast boats, fast cars and undemanding women. After Ray is injured in a car accident, Cam flies to his father's deathbed where he promises to look after 10-year-old Seth, for whom Ray has just started adoption proceedings. Anna Spinelli, Seth's social worker, is taken with both Cam's incomparable body and his big heart. Anna brings her own history of abuse to steamy encounters and the reader knows that Cam's pedal-to-the-metal days are numbered. Roberts is one of the great propagandists for family values, home, hearth and children, making them goals that are rewarding and desirable. (Jan.)
Jessi Rose Lucas

Nora Roberts is a consummate storyteller. After more than a hundred novels, her talent shines like new in Sea Swept, the first novel in a trilogy. Set on Maryland's eastern shore Sea Swept, is a story of both the transforming power of commitment and all-conquering love in all its forms.

When the novel opens, Cameron Quinn is about to pop the cork on a bottle of expensive champagne with beautiful and vapid supermodel Martine in the south of France. Cam is a world-class sailor who wins regattas around the globe. But when he and Martine retire to his suite for some shallow passion, there's a message waiting for him. Cam's father, Ray "the Mighty" Quinn, is in the hospital. Cam's brothers Phillip and Ethan want him to come home immediately. Abandoning the high life, Cam takes off for the simpler terrain of Maryland. His father lies dying in the hospital, the victim of a car wreck that might have been caused by reckless driving or might have been a suicide attempt. Regardless of the cause, there's a further wrinkle in Cam and his brothers' lives in the form of young Seth DeLauter.

Apparently, Ray Quinn had taken Seth in because the boy had been in a bad situation with his mother. This makes sense to the brothers Quinn, since each of them had been plucked from terrible circumstance by Ray and his late wife, Stella.

Cam's childhood had been a canvas of terror at the hands of an abusive father, and Cam had taken to the road and to stealing to protect himself. Ray and Stella took him in and gave him shelter, love, and security. Although the scars occasionally show, Cam is forever indebted to the memory of his adoptive mother, and to his now-dying adoptive father, for having literally saved his life. Each brother has a different but ultimately similar experience with the Quinns. So it seems to them that young Seth is in the same boat.

When their father dies, Cam and his brothers learn something further about Seth's background, mainly through rumor and innuendo. There's a hint of scandal to their father's past. He had been a college professor, and a female student had accused him of having taken advantage of her several years' earlier. Seth may, in fact, be the result of this brief and unhappy union. Cam discovers that Seth's mother, a prostitute in the city, had been blackmailing Ray Quinn as he attempted to adopt the boy who might be his son. The night of Ray's car crash, he was returning from a trip to see Seth's mother. He had apparently paid an enormous sum of money to buy his son back from the woman.

Although this incident tarnishes the memory of their father, the brothers Quinn are determined to maintain a home for Seth. They see too much of themselves in him. But this is just the beginning of their story together as they return to their family homestead -- for each has a life beyond their family and must give it up and adapt to the new circumstance of raising a child together.

Enter social worker Anna Spinelli, an attractive, smart young woman who only wants what is best for Seth, and who feels that the household the three brothers put together may not be the best situation for him. Although the sparks fly between her and Cam, she knows her job. Seth may have to be turned over to a foster home.

As Cam and his brothers learn to put Seth first, they discover love, family, and yes, even romance. Sea Swept, is primarily Cam's novel, though -- the story of his journey to discover the strength and vision that had lain dormant within him for too long.

It is no wonder that Nora Roberts's fiction is often compared to that of Sidney Sheldon and other mainstream novelists, but I'll go one further:

She's better.

Sea Swept, is a true delight. I laughed out loud in some parts, and I worked to hold back the tears in others. These are real people dealing intelligently with genuine problems. Each character is complex and fascinating, even the supposed bad guys. Although Roberts can bring a woman like Anna Spinelli to life, what impresses me most is how well she writes about men. The Quinn brothers are tough, rude, smart, and sexy, but always very human and extremely vulnerable at their best. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy about these brothers and their adventures in building a solid and heartfelt life.
— Jessi Rose Lucas, barnesandnoble.com

From the Publisher
“America’s favorite writer.”—The New Yorker

“A book that just drips with guyness…Sea Swept proves that Nora Roberts is very good at writing true-to-life male characters.”—All About Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101146118
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Chesapeake Bay Saga Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
13,445
File size:
485 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"A storyteller of immeasurable diversity and talent." —Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Website:
http://www.noraroberts.com/

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Sea Swept (Quinn Brothers Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 215 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was just so damn cool! it wasn't one of those mushy, embarassing type books but was actually most of the time outrageously funny and sweet in a bad-boy way. Cam makes a fabulous romance hero, one of those guys that sweeps a girl off her feet and you can't help but fall in love with him because he's so hot! and i love the dialogue between him and anna and his brothers. in truth, the bottom line: this book was addictive, charming, sexy, and yet sweet in this seductive way. also... i love the way many of nora robert's books end. they always end in this classicly romantic way that tugs at a person's heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read some of her other books and this was my third series. Definitely different from her others that I have read. She really researches her locale, and the facts of the area that she writes about. Her characters are well defined in this book, so much so that you feel that you know them. Could not put it down and when I did,I could not wait to read the next in the series. It isnt necessary to read the series in order. However in my thinking it should since it shows a natural progression of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always can be sure that Nora Roberts stories will put a smile on your face.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual, Nora Roberts does not disappoint with this series. Although I love every one of her books that I have read, I really enjoy it when she writes from a male point of view. The book was really good, and very touching. It doesn't hurt that Cam is just about as sexy as they come, either. I would recommend this series and any other Nora Roberts to anybody.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and getting to know them. Nora Roberts' descriptions of the scenes and the characters made it easy to visualize the places and persons. You could actually feel the emotions of the characters.
Ro5030 More than 1 year ago
just finished reading this and as usual it was very good. Have the rest of the series on my nook so cant wait to start #2...Rising Tides
ViolaDB More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts never fails to please the reader. This is a heartwarming story with its ups and downs that ends with a happily ever after for at least two of the characters. I can't wait to read the other books in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Can't wait to read the entire saga of The Quinn Brothers. Read this book in 3 days and did not want it to end. Great summer read.
Gketler More than 1 year ago
Loved these books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts did a wonderful job. As usual.
Stevie_Jo More than 1 year ago
While I definitely don't think of this book as the best one in the series, it's still a great opener for what's to come. It was enjoyable in the sense that I got the family dynamic right away. Sure, there seemed to be a bit of resentment here and there, but what sibling doesn't have resentment sometimes? I enjoyed Cam as a person and I thought Anna was okay. She was a little too "Miz Spinnelli" and whiney at times for me. I know she's a social worker and she has to think of the welfare of Seth first, but I didn't care for the way she blew up every time Cam kept a little something about the family from her. She over-reacted at times and it made her less real to me. And Cam seemed very mechanical through the entire book. You pretty much knew what he was going to do when he was going to do it and how he thought about doing it. Now, I will admit that him sneaking into his own bedroom window to seduce her was very nice and unexpected. However, the best parts of this book were when the three--and sometimes four--brothers were together. Theirs was a relationship that was real. It was something I could look at and see my own sibling relationship in, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I hope there's more of that in the next one and not just twenty chapters of romance and lust with a bit of family thrown in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. The first book of the Chesapeake Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very enjoyable read. Nora Roberts created another irresistible story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, couldn't wait to read the next book in the series. As usual, great job Nora!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts is an amazing writer! Am looking for book two in this series.
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MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
This is the first of a quartet of novels about the Quinn brothers. I always enjoy when Ms. Roberts does a trilogy or series featuring the same group of characters and this is no exception. It is particularly entertaining when that central cast is a group of men. The Quinns are a loving family of adopted misfits grown into impressive and sexy men. Typical romances set in creative narrative make this a fun read. I have already begun the second volume and very much recommend this series for fans of the author and of romance in general. Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”
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Nora Roberts is brilliant Cam was my favorite.
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