Title: An O’Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods
A Chesapeake Shores Novel
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 288 pages
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
Dating Matthew O’Brien-a playboy and a younger man-cost Laila Riley her career and her parents’ respect. A high price, even for love-and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off, despite Matthew’s objections.
It’s a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about joining the O’Briens for a Dublin holiday. Matthew’s bound to be there, and she’s far from immune. What if she can’t resist temptation?
Meanwhile, the O’Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell’s unexpected romance with an old flame. Will she follow her heart despite the risks? And will Laila discover that some risks are actually once-in-a-lifetime opportunities?
An O’Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods is a heartwarming romance that mends broken hearts and brings families together. Gathered in Ireland for Christmas, Laila Riley and Matthew O’Brien bring their relationship to a whole new level while Grandma Nell reconnects with old love Dillon O’Malley.
After quitting her job and dumping Matthew, Laila is having trouble getting her life back on track. Despite her reservations, she agrees to accompany the O’Briens to Ireland and give her relationship with Matthew another chance. Realizing they need to get to know one another outside of the bedroom, Laila and Matthew agree to just date and abstain from sex. Laila is surprised to realize there is more to Matthew than his playboy image and she discovers that, maybe, love is more important than what other people think.
The subplot with Nell and Dillon shows that love takes many shapes and forms and strikes at any age. While some of the O’Brien’s take the relationship in stride and rejoice in Nell’s newfound relationship, other family members are afraid of the changes that might lie ahead for them. Despite the differences in opinion, the family becomes closer than before.
An O’Brien Family Christmas is an engaging story with appealing characters and two wonderful love stories. Fans of the Chesapeake Shores series will enjoy the opportunity to catch up with the other members of the close knit O’Brien clan.
Sherryl Woods leaves her readers eagerly anticipating the next installment in this delightful series.