Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Seaside Christmas: My Review

About the Book:
As the only child of a single mom, Jenny Collins wanted nothing more than to be part of a large, rambunctious family like the O'Briens. Ironically, though, when her mother married into that family, Jenny found herself feeling more like an outsider than ever. 

Now, after years in Nashville as an established songwriter, Jenny's drawn back to Chesapeake Shores to collaborate on a Christmas production…and to make peace with the past. As if that's not challenging enough, Caleb Green, the singer who broke her heart, has followed her to town, determined to win her back. 

With the help of a little O'Brien holiday magic, will Jenny and Caleb find a way to make sweet music forever?  

My Comments:
Maybe I'm just O'Briened out but I didn't particularly enjoy this book.  I didn't like Jenny at all.  She was a teen or young adult when her mom married a nice guy and she got her nose out of joint about it, especially when her mom got pregnant.  She hasn't been home in four years, she's never met her half brother who worships the ground she walks on and she avoids her mother.  Yes, it all works out in the end (come on, it's a Christmas romance, you didn't expect anything else did you?) but as far as I'm concerned Jenny never really redeemed herself.

Caleb on the other hand...He had lived the life country singers sing about.  He drank, lost his job, lost his girl, went to rehab and now he wants her back. Yes, he makes mistakes but he loves her and acts like it.  

The other O'Briens are all there and we see that the newest generation is growing and we hear bits and pieces of folks backstory but none of it means much if you haven't read the other books.

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  Grade:  C+

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