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That Chesapeake Summer (Chesapeake Diaries Series #9)
     

That Chesapeake Summer (Chesapeake Diaries Series #9)

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by Mariah Stewart
 

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From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the latest book in her celebrated Chesapeake Diaries, a small-town romance series in the tradition of Barbara Freethy, Susan Mallery, and Robyn Carr.

Jamie Valentine is the wildly successful author of self-help books advocating transparency in every relationship. But when her widowed mother passes

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From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the latest book in her celebrated Chesapeake Diaries, a small-town romance series in the tradition of Barbara Freethy, Susan Mallery, and Robyn Carr.

Jamie Valentine is the wildly successful author of self-help books advocating transparency in every relationship. But when her widowed mother passes away unexpectedly, Jamie discovers her own life has been based on a lie. Angry and deeply betrayed, she sets out to find the truth—which may be in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay. Cutting her most recent book tour short, Jamie books a room at the Inn at Sinclair’s Point, just outside St. Dennis.

The death of Daniel Sinclair’s father forced him to take over the family inn, and his wife’s death left him a single parent of two children, so there’s little room for anything else in his life. His lovely new guest is intriguing, though, and he’s curious about the secret she’s clearly hiding. But in the end, Jamie and Dan could discover the greatest truth of all: that the search for one thing just might lead to the find of a lifetime—if you keep your heart open.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/18/2015
Stewart’s ninth Chesapeake Diaries contemporary romance (after On Sunset Beach) deftly uses the tools of the genre to explore issues of identity, truth, and smalltown kinship. Bestselling self-help author Jamie Valentine has made a fortune writing books about honesty. When her widowed mother dies, Jamie is blindsided by her parents’ secret: she was adopted. Grief and the irony of discovering that her life is based on a lie send Jamie into an introspective, identity-seeking tailspin, and she decides to look for her birth mother. Following clues, Jamie heads to the picturesque small town of St. Dennis, along the Chesapeake Bay. Soon she’s apprehensively romancing the inn’s owner, single father Dan Sinclair, and befriending his clairvoyant mother, Grace, while getting to know the lovely, well-mannered, sociable people of St. Dennis. Stewart offers a strong statement on the power of love and trust, a fitting theme for this big-hearted smalltown romance. Agent: Nick Mullendore, Loretta Barrett Books. (July)
From the Publisher
"[F]ans are sure to feel right at home in Stewart's idyllic seaside setting and follow this emotional journey with avid interest." ---RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476792576
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
06/23/2015
Series:
Chesapeake Diaries Series , #9
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
197,494
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel. Visit her website at MariahStewart.com, and like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/AuthorMariahStewart.

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That Chesapeake Summer 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Another entertaining visit to St. Dennis and life in the small town along our beloved Cheasapeake Bay and Bay history.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
My favorite to date. Of course since Dan is our hero, there is so much more of Grace in this book. Jamie is wonderful, an author of renown who's books are all about truth, what a shock to have found at the death of her Mother. A great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely no feeling/spark between the main characters. The storyline felt like a boring recital of events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow at times. Descriptive sex scene not needed and the reason for three instead of four stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another hit
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
This is book is my favorite installment so far of the series. This book would make a fantastic summer read book for any romance lover. Even though it is the 9th installment of the series you could easily read it as a stand alone. Characters were easy to love. I couldn't put this book down once I started. Would highly recommend to everyone who loves a feel good romance story. I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Mariah Stewart continues to bring readers a wonderful story as well as characters. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim It’s been awhile since I’ve read Mariah Stewart and her Chesapeake Diaries Series. In fact, the last book I read was book six, The Long Way Home. In my mind, I was a little afraid to miss two books in the series. I didn’t know if what I missed was going to factor into book nine. Luckily, it didn’t, but couples from previous books are mentioned and some actually make appearances. Starting with page one, it was like coming home. Grace Sinclair, the owner of The St. Dennis Gazette newspaper and patriarch of the Sinclair family is still writing in her diary, conversing with Alice (who has crossed to the other side), and still having sensory premonitions. “I have a strange feeling that something big is about to come our way. It’s good and it’s not so good, both positive and negative. I sense something that’s been hidden for a long time about to resurface, something lost but found, it’s going to affect several of us in different ways.” That Chesapeake Summer is a wonderful story of discovery and determination. After the death of her mother, Jamie Valentine stumbles upon a secret her parents kept from her that forces her to question her whole life. She starts to believe that she herself and her life are both frauds. Jamie travels to St. Dennis, Maryland, the one place she thinks she will find answers. She doesn’t expect to be welcomed into the St. Dennis fold like she is. She doesn’t expect to make the friends she does nor does she expect to find love. Daniel Sinclair eats, sleeps, and breaths the Inn at Sinclair Point. He’s been running it for almost twenty years, since his father passed away. He takes the responsibility of providing for his family very seriously, to the detriment of his own life and happiness. For eight years now, he has been a widower raising his teenage kids with the help of his mother. Daniel thinks he’s happy and has everything he needs until Jamie shows up and forces him to look at his life. Once Jamie discovers what she set out to find, she isn’t prepared for the emotions that overcome her. She isn’t sure what to do with the information and she isn’t sure her heart will survive. When she unexpectedly bolts from St. Dennis, Daniel is going to have to decide if he is ready to move on with his new life, one which includes Jaime or simply go back to the way things were. In classic Mariah Stewart style, she brings readers a story of what friendship, family, and community are all about. That Chesapeake Summer shows that while your life may contain secrets, those secrets don’t have to define who you are. Sometimes fate leads you to the right place at the right time, to find what you have always wanted and needed. I’m definitely looking forward to returning to St. Dennis and the wonderful characters of this series. **Received a copy from Pocket Books in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
I just love a good small town romance series. They are one of my very favorite books to read. Mariah Stewart's That Chesapeake Summer is a great small town romance story. I found an instant bond with Jamie Valentine. This poor girl has been through so much. The loss of her mother and a very hidden secret is just about too much for her. Jamie sets out to find out more about the family secret and ends up in St. Dennis. It has been a while since I have had a chance to read any of the Chesapeake Dairies series but I loved catching up with old friends that I remembered from previous books. Jamie booked a room Inn at Sinclair’s Point that is owned by Grace Sinclair's family. Grace is a lady that you want to get to know in St. Dennis. She knows all the ins and outs of the town as well as all the gossip and stories. Grace is one of those fun characters that I loved catching up with to see what she had been up to since my last visit to St. Dennis. Dan, Grace's son, runs the inn. He runs a smooth ship and makes sure that everything is taken care of. He takes care of every aspect of the inn and feels the weight and joy the responsibility that comes with it. When Jamie checks into the inn, Dan is the one to delivery her suitcases to her room. There is instant fireworks between these two and not all of them are the good kind. There is chemistry and there is also a flare of annoyance. Dan is a single parent of two teenage kids. A teenage daughter that is adorable and sweet with the usual issues of a teenage girl. Jamie bonds with Dan's daughter right away which causes more tension between Jamie and Dan. I loved watching Jamie interact with the kids and Grace. They form an interesting relationship that brings great joy to them all. I enjoyed watching Dan and Jamie get to know each other. There is a nice touch of drama between these two along with a great attraction and sweet romance. That Chesapeake Summer is one of those books that kept me flipping pages. I could not wait to see what might happen next or what secret might be revealed. Overall this is my kind of story. There is a nice romance, some lovely friendships, a little mystery, and charming characters. I will be looking forward to the next release from Mariah Stewart. She has a lovely writing style. I was completely engrossed in this story from beginning to end. I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on That Chesapeake Summer.
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ValleyoftheBookDoll More than 1 year ago
I’ve never heard of nor read any Mariah Stewart book prior to this one, but when I saw the cover, I knew I had to take it on a trip to the beach. Despite the magnitude of the stories situation and perhaps the deeper thinking that will occur, this is a sweet and light read perfect for the beach. Jamie Valentine has grown up valuing honesty above all. The relationship she had with her parents was vastly engraved throughout her life. She even built a career around being honest in the form of her highly successful self-help books. When the world of truths she’s come to live and admire rears its ugly head, it reveals that one of the most important truths has been a lie.  In the wake of her mother’s passing, Jamie busies herself cleaning and packing things up. She comes across a file that leads to a startling revelation that will change the life she knew and the life she’ll continue to live.  The only way she can get answers now is by going to the source. Her “vacation” in St. Dennis will give her more than she ever hoped for. For me this wasn’t so much about the romance as it was about the search Jamie was on for the truth. There were certainly elements of romance mixed in, but the real focus was Jamie finding out things that were so greatly hidden from her her entire life. I don’t want to push the romance aside so I will say that when the romantic aspect was present, it was deep and beautiful.  I liked the formatting of the story with its alternating third person POV’s and the occasional diary entries. I thought the diary aspect was a nice addition to the story. It really amped up the mystery behind the big secret Jamie was trying to find out. I enjoyed this story so much, I’m going to go back and read the rest of the series. This can easily be read as a stand alone even though this is the ninth book in the series. A small town tale of second chances that will leave you with a heartwarming feeling and a content smile on your face. If you’re a fan of women’s fiction, this book is right up your alley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite summer romance series, has got to be the Chesapeake Diaries series, by Mariah Stewart. Set in the seaside town of St. Dennis on the eastern shore of Maryland, it has been a true delight to watch the people move into town for various reasons and find love among the idyllic seaside. Who wouldn't in a wonderful charming place like that. Now in her 9th novel in the series, That Chesapeake Summer, highlights Jamie Valentine, a best selling author of "honest" self help books from marriage to parenting, to life to relationships, she prided herself in always taking the honest way through those relationships. Now on the verge of deciding what to do after the recent death of her mom, she has to make some choices on what to keep and what to toss or giveaway. Not all of her parents things will fit into her small place and she knows it will take some time to get through sorting it all out. What she didn't plan on what discovering the life you have led for 33 years has all been one big lie, as she uncovers that she has been adopted. But what can you do with a long lost letter she uncovers from an attorney in St. Dennis, a long time friend and attorney of her father, or adopted father now. However since both of her parents are now dead, she can't get the answers to the questions any adopted child wants to know. Like who her real parents are for one. She can only hope that the adoptions laws have changed and she might be able to find a birth parent to pose some questions to and that hunt must begin in St. Dennis and with a phone call to Curtis Enright to see if she can find out anything. When she hits a snag, she takes time off from a book signing tour to head to St.Dennis in hopes of uncovering who her birth parents might be. Staying at the Inn at Sinclair's Point is just what she needs and takes 30 days off to search for answers. What she doesn't expect to find is an arrogant, rude and handsome Daniel Sinclair, who she runs into when she least expects it. Is it fate or is there something more there than meets the eye even though it seems Daniel can't stand to be in the same room with Jamie! But like a great mother can do, she manages to soothe things over between Jaime and Daniel, but in this case, Grace truly has her work cut out for her. And things are about to get intense! I received That Chesapeake Summer by Mariah Stewart compliments of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review. Aside from a free copy of the book, I didn't receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. Oh how I love coming back to St. Dennis, and this is definitely a contemporary romance that can be read as a stand alone, but in order to know the history behind all the people you will meet here, please pick up all 8 novels. I love seeing Mariah continue this series, and have all of her books on my shelf. They aren't going anywhere anytime soon. I only wish I was reading this at some quaint seaside resort watching people go by and dreaming of a wonderful romance that is slowly being woven on the pages of this one. Romance lovers will not be disappointed in the slightest. Hands down truly a winner with 4.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. Best part is there is more to come!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Lovely Read.  I was a First Read Winner of this book, and I very much enjoyed it. This is the 9th Book in the series, so I was a little bit worried if I would feel lost reading it, but it actually could be a stand alone book. I loved the characters and the book moved along in a steady pace and I had a hard time putting it down. Mariah Stewart painted a beautiful picture of St. Dennis and lets just say, I would want to go there on vacation. It had romance and tear, some happy some sad, but all in all a very lovely read. This may have been my first book by this Author but it certainly won't be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago