Beach Lane - Sherryl Woods
Released June 2011
Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth
I've absolutely loved the Chesapeake Shores series, but for some reason I struggled with Beach Lane's opening. I started and stopped a number of times before I realized I just needed to get it over. Trying again, I went through the first chapter in a rush and then found myself completely absorbed in Susie and Mack's story.
Susie O'Brien and Mack Franklin have been friends for ages and the chemistry is clear, but the O'Brien family has had enough of their "just-friends" policy. They know the couple are well matched and need to take their relationship to the next level.
Things don't go as planned though. Mack loses his job and doesn't want to burden Susie with his loss of income. Meanwhile, Susie receives devastating news that leaves her facing the hardest challenge of her life. It's up to the O'Brien family to do some meddling to help this couple realize what they need most is the support of their true love.
Reader be warned, Susie's story will break your heart. My teens kept looking at me as though I was nuts. I read the pages with tears pouring down my face and just couldn't take a break. I had to know how things ended. The descriptions of Susie's challenges touched my heart, as well as reminding me of situations I've seen others face. Mack turned into one of my very favorite romance heroes and I can't wait for him to make follow-up appearances in other books. I honestly cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out. I already know it's going to take my breath away!