Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores Series #14)

Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores Series #14)

by Sherryl Woods

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Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores Series #14) by Sherryl Woods

Chesapeake Shores has always represented home and family for the O’Briens, but in Lilac Lane, the community extends its healing powers to a woman recovering from overwhelming grief

Single mom Kiera Malone struggled for years to raise her three children in a small town on the coast of Ireland. Just when she’s let down her guard and allowed herself to love again, her fiancé suffers a fatal heart attack and leaves her alone yet again. Overwhelmed by her loss, she’s persuaded to visit her father, Dillon O’Malley, and her daughter, Moira O’Brien, in Chesapeake Shores. With the promise of family ties and a job at O’Brien’s, her son-in-law’s Irish pub, she takes what seems like the biggest risk of her life.

As it turns out, though, crossing the ocean is nothing compared to moving into a charming cottage on Lilac Lane, right next door to Bryan Laramie, the moody chef at O’Brien’s, who doesn’t do anything the way Kiera believes it should be done. Their kitchen wars quickly become the stuff of legends in Chesapeake Shores, and the town’s matchmakers conclude where there’s heat, there’s sure to be passion.

As these two deal with their wounded pasts and discover common interests, they might just find the perfect recipe for love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778331339
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: Chesapeake Shores Series , #14
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 120,127
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than 100 books in that distinctive setting, whether in her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. Sherryl is best known for her ability to creating endearing small town communities and families. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition.

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Lilac Lane 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story in The Chesapeake Shores series. Good till the very end.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 STARS! Family reunions in Chesapeake Shores! A story of finding second chances when you least expect it. I've read books in this series before and loved them, but this one didn't quite make it's mark for me. It was hard to connect with the characters and their romance felt a bit flat. Although it drug on in parts, there did come a time when interest picked back up and I was following along to see if the relationships they were working on would reconnect and make for a happy ending. Keira Malone never thought she'd find herself here at this point in her life. She raised three kids as a hard working single Mom in Dublin, Ireland and carried the weight of the world on her shoulders. On her own after the kids had all began their own lives, she finally found a way to let go of the bitter betrayal of her ex-husband and learned to love again. As fate would have it, she wasn't meant to be happy yet again when her fiancee died suddenly of a heart attack. Now alone and struggling, she agrees to her daughter's request to come to Chesapeake Shores, Maryland to visit, see her grandchild and help out at her son-in-law's restaurant. Chef Bryan Laramie finds himself butting heads with Keira almost from the start when she comes in and starts making suggestions on how his kitchen should be run! The last thing he needs is her becoming his neighbor and sharing his cozy courtyard too! Though they spat like cats and dogs, they begin to unearth a friendship and sparks begin to simmer the more time they spend getting to know each other. When his long-lost daughter shows up to reconnect, will Keira be able to help pave the way for him to get to know her? And when it's time for her to make a decision about her future, where will he fit in?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sherryl Woods worked her magic as usual bringing her readers small time romance, friendship, and community support. Even through the interference and intrigue, the spark of love shined brightly for Kiera and Bryant. I especially enjoyed that the they were more mature and were able to relate and find each other. I look forward to Kiera working out a positive relationship with her two sons in Ireland. LA-TXN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story involving two people that have been in the background of the series.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: Communication skills varied widely between the average man and woman, he’d discovered. For him and Moira, it was as if they spoke entirely different languages and, quite possibly in her case, from some universe not yet discovered. If we were all punished for our careless failure to realize how important some things are in our life until too late, we’d all be alone and miserable… It’s why we’re given second chances. My Review: It is rare for me to read a book so squeaky clean that I could recommend to my elderly mother’s rather persnickety book club, but Lilac Lane certainly qualifies for the “Church Ladies” set. It is also rare to able to enter a series at book number fourteen and be able to follow the story. While it probably would have been easier to keep track of the myriad characters if I’d had experience with the previous installments, it was not a hardship to keep them straight as brief histories were provided along the way. The plot was interesting with two distinct threads that wove together in an entertaining manner, although the story evolved ever so slowly and the genre appeared to be more women’s fiction or small-town type family drama than contemporary romance. The writing flowed well and was laced with equal measures of angst and wry humor and populated with stubborn yet endearing characters of all ages.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
It's been awhile since I visited the O'Brien clan of Chesapeake Shores in Maryland. I was introduced to them in Sherryl Woods' delightful The Summer Garden, the 9th book in the series. (My review is here). The newest book, Lilac Lane, is the 12th in the series, and reading it is like visiting old friends. Moira O'Brien's mother Kiera has just lost her fiance to a heart attack in Ireland. Moira convinces her mother to come to Chesapeake Shores and stay with her, her husband Luke and toddler Kate. Moira agrees to visit, and Luke asks her to act as a consultant in his Irish pub, to help give customers the authentic Irish experience. This doesn't sit well with Bryan Laramie, the chef at the pub. Bryan is an experienced chef, having worked in New York and Baltimore, and the last thing he wants is another family member putting in her two cents on his established menu. (He had enough of that with the O'Brien matriarch Nell.) Kiera is as stubborn and outspoken as her daughter Moira, and Bryan and Kiera get along like oil and water. But the matchmaking O'Brien clan (especially Nell and her son Mick, who would give Dolly Levi a run for her money) see sparks between the two and scheme to push the two together. Bryan hasn't dated much since he moved to Chesapeake Shores, he mostly keeps to himself. When Kiera moves into a small cottage next to Bryan, their relationship turns to friendship, and maybe even more. Meanwhile, Megan works hard to convince a reluctant Moira to take on more gallery showings of her photography across the country, Kiera enjoys the morning gatherings of the O'Brien women, Nell convinces Bryan and Kiera to compete against each other in an Irish stew cookoff at the Harvest Festival, and a young woman from Virginia comes to town to try and find her biological father. I truly enjoyed coming back to Chesapeake Shores, and Bryan and Kiera's budding romance between two mature adults who aren't in their 20s is a refreshing change of pace. I'm from an Irish-American family, and I laughed at the raucous O'Briens and all of their teasing and scheming and getting involved in everyone's business. Even though I haven't yet read #10 and #11 in the series, I didn't feel lost at all; I was able to pick right back up with the O'Briens. Sherryl Woods' lovely novels are the basis for the Hallmark Channel's Chesapeake Shores series, and now I will be catching up with that on-demand. (I've also started picking up the rest of the books in the series- that's how much I love these O'Briens!) If you like family stories, adult love stories and books featuring food (I'll be making Irish stew just as soon as the cooler weather gets here), Lilac Lane is a great book to add to your TBR list.
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READAHOLIC-ZONE1 More than 1 year ago
Before beginning the actual review I need to be utterly honest with you, I was incapable of finishing this book. This was difficult for me since I always finish books I am obligated to review but apparently there is a first for everything. It’s not that I did not allow myself enough time or forgot about reading it, the truth is I was slowly being bored to death. Lilac Lane is the first book I have read by Sherryl Woods, therefore, I now know her writing is not my style. The plot was lackluster along with a group of one-dimensional characters not containing enough substance to hold my attention. I really did give it the old college try, but when bickering is the primary undertaking how much can a reader take? Although the story did embody one interesting theme it consequently lacked enough focus or time within’ the plot to make it an engaging part of the story. Consequently, if the author had fixated more on Bryan’s ordeal and reduced the squabbling an enjoyable book could have been born. Nevertheless, just since I found the book incompatible with my liking does not mean you will feel the same. Go ahead and give it a try. I like to think of books like people you're not going to like everyone you encounter.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
Moria wants her mom to come to Chesapeake Bay and hopes that the move will help her get past all the things that have happened in her life. She thinks a change of scenery will help her mom heal from the loss of a lover, a horrible marriage, and the never ending disappointment of her two sons. Kiera decides to take the journey from Ireland to Chesapeake Bay, she can't wait to meet her first grandchild and see the Irish pub her son-in-law Luke has opened. When she is asked to help out at the pub and make sure things are as authentic as possible she is happy to help. The only problem she finds is Bryan, the pubs chef. They immediately butt heads and sparks fly. Kiera isn't sure if she wants to move forward with the feelings that she has for Bryan. Bryan has issues all of his own, his wife left him years ago taking his daughter. Years of searching for them has turned up empty and he isn't sure if he is still married and how he can fix that now that he has found someone. He likes Kiera but doesn't want to mislead her. This was a lovely read that shows the healing value a family can give. I love the emotions a read like this evokes and I don't mind saying I laughed, cried, and smiled all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read.