Driftwood Cottage - Sherryl Woods
Released March 29, 2011
Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth
Realizing that the man she loves will never marry her, Heather Donovan moves out of their apartment. She settles in Chesapeake Shores, where she is able to start her own quilting shop, and set up a nice life for herself and her one-year-old son. With her ex's family living close by, she figures she'll have the emotional support she needs and the chance to start over.
Connor O'Brien is not thrilled that Heather left. They love each other and their son, so why does marriage matter? He's determined to convince her that they can live happily ever after without rings on their fingers or a marriage certificate in hand.
There is far more to this story and some of it is hinted at in book blurbs found online and on the back of the book. Given that, I don't want to delve into those aspects because they occur well past the first half of the Driftwood Cottage.
Driftwood Cottage is the fifth novel in the Chesapeake Shores series. I really wish I'd read the previous novels, but I'm now determined to find them. There's a lot of other stories I want to read in detail. Sherryl Woods does offer snippets into the past, but not enough to satisfy my curiosity. I really think I need to read them all in order to really get to know the family. Her writing captures the reader. Pacing moves nicely and switches from Heather and Connor's story to sub-plots involving minor characters fit in without interrupting.
I enjoyed Heather and Connor's romance. There were times I wondered how on earth they managed to get a one year old to sit still for fishing trips, but that's really doesn't detract from the story at all. It was more jealousy on my part because my one year olds didn't sit still for anything!
Now that I'm done Driftwood Cottage, I can't wait to see what happens with the rest of the unmarried couples. There are still many stories that could come out of this charming Maryland town.