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Flowers on Main Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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"Allie and Bea" by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Humor and heart move the fast-paced journey of an unlikely pair coming together to form a family of their own in this touching story from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde. | Learn more
- Publisher : Mira (January 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1615230688
- ISBN-13 : 978-1615230686
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WARNING.....MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW!!!
Jake and Bree literally spent most of the book in just one fight after another. And then just when you finally think that Jake and Bree would quit fighting and start actually loving one another, they would have another fight and would not talk to each other for days. They even fought less than two minutes after having sex. Unbelievable!!! And then just when things were finally getter a bit better, the book ends. No epilogue, no letting the readers know if they ever actually got married.....NOTHING!!! He proposes, and then it ends. Sure, I guess if you want to get tecnical, there was a HEA of sorts, just not my idea of a good HEA. The ending just felt way too rushed.
The story went back and forth between the broken relatioship between Bree & Jake, and her divorced parents, MIck & Megan trying to fix their troubled past---- which was okay----but I wanted more of Jack & Bree's story. I wondered why the author would bring Kevin back from over seas with a new wife in hand one minute, and then completely ignored the whole situation the next.
I did however like the closeness and dynamic's of the O'Brien family. I absolutely loved Abby's twins.
I also thought that about Jack, his sister,Caroline... and his neice,Jenny too. I have three daughters of my own---completely grown with their own teenage horrors of their own---so I could completely relate to Caroline's situation. Boys are easy, but girls???? you're lucky if you survive those teenage years unscathed.
And I loved how Jack, Will, and Mack always had each other to lean on in both the good times, and the bad.
I have read so many of Sherryl Woods books in the past, and this is the first time she's left me frustrated like this. But the fact that she can actually make me feel so strongly tells me she's the great author I've admired for years, otherwise I wouldn't have cared about any of these characters at all, right?
Another great beach read! Bree O'Brien has returned to Chesapeake Shores for her sister's Grand Opening of The Inn at Eagle Point. But after three weeks, the quiet middle O'Brien sister has decided home is where she wants to be after disastrous reviews of her latest play performed in a Chicago Regional Theatre. She decides to open a floral shop, Flowers on Main. To her chagrin, the best nursery around is owned by Jake Collins - the man she dumped and whose heart is still broken because of Bree's sudden move to Chicago six years prior. Can they reconcile as are parents, Mick and Megan, seem to be doing? Secrets and trust issues abound.
I really like The Chesapeake Shores Series and this is an enjoyable 2nd entry of the series. I love the O'Briens! They are funny. They make you want to shake some sense into them. And sometime they make you a bit weepy-eyed. But they are a family, a family that you as a reader want to be in. Sherryl Woods draws complete characters that grow with each novel. What I didn't particularly like was Jake's whine for the entire book. He was either whining or angry and it got old really fast, so I deducted 1/2 star from my rating. I am looking forward to spending more time with the O'Briens in the fictional Chesapeake Shores soon!
Bree O'Brien and Jake Collins were once an item six years earlier, Bree became pregnant, then had a miscarriage. Because she wasn't ready to begin a family and was set on becoming a playwright, she left Chesapeake Shores for Chicago to pursue her dream. Jake was devastated at the loss of the baby and his loss of Bree, and for six years he's been unable to get past his anger. So when Bree returns to her home after her third play flops, she is determined to do something else with her life. She's inherited a talent for flower arranging from her grandmother and decides to open a flower shop in town. The one stickler is that her only supplier is flower grower and landscaper Jake Collins.
Their first encounters are sticky, to say the least, but Jake is persuaded by his sister Connie to sell to Bree, and Bree tries to be friends with her old flame, but he isn't having any of it.
Author Woods' story revolves around the rowdy, fun-loving and meddlesome O'Brien clan-grandmother Nell, Mick and his ex-wife Megan who he is trying to woo back, their five children and Mick's two brothers. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the O'Briens, even enjoyed Jake's male bonding with buddies Mack and Will. Bree came across as realistic and likable, but Jake's anger at Bree seemed excessive and tiresome. I wanted to like him more than I did. Still, it's another part of the O'Brien family chronicles, and it's delightful to see what happens to characters one has come to know from the previous story. Definitely a book to get in this series.
Ms. Woods has a lovely way with the family interaction that will keep you turning pages.
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Mildly amusing and not very challenging to read this is, however, a good novel of its type. You will enjoy it if you are a fan of Nora Roberts or Debbie Macomber.