About the Book:
In the close-knit community of Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, Susie O’Brien and Mack Franklin’s “not dating” claim befuddles everyone, especially since the two spend every spare minute together. Susie’s thrilled when their friendship finally heats up. Then, just when happily-ever-after seems within reach, Mack loses the job he loves and Susie faces a devastating diagnosis. But O’Briens always unite in a crisis. Even her cousin Jess, Susie’s rival for most of their lives, becomes her staunchest supporter — especially when Mack’s former lover comes to town. The stakes are higher than ever before, but Susie’s definitely up to the challenge...as long as Mack’s right there by her side.
Well, they didn't end up in bed before they got married--but they got married right after they decided they were more than just friends. Actually, this was a little more serious than the other books in the series since the basic complication to the romance is that Susie is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Still, Beach Lane focuses on the positive and on the love Susie has in her life, not only from Mack but from the whole O'Brien clan. It is the kind of book that is perfect for reading on the back porch while watching the kids play in the water. While not minimizing the hardship of treatments for ovarian cancer, Sherryl Woods shows Susie rising above the discomfort they cause. Grade B.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.