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Monday, January 2, 2012

An O'Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods

Title:         An O'Brien Family Christmas
Publisher:  Harlequin
Imprint:     MIRAbooks
Pub Date:  September 27, 2011
ISBN:       9780778312703
Author:    Sherryl Woods

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author SHERRYL WOODS takes the O’Briens to Ireland for a family Christmas they’ll never forget!

Dating Matthew O’Brien—a playboy and a younger man—cost Laila Riley her career and her parents’ respect. A high price, even for love—and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off , despite Matthew’s objections.

But the O’Brien family has other ideas, and they conspire to get Laila to join them on a Dublin holiday. It’s a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about the trip. Matthew’s bound to be there, and she’s far from immune. What if she can’t resist temptation?

Meanwhile, the O’Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell’s unexpected romance with an old fl ame. Will she follow her heart despite the risks? And will Laila discover that some risks are actually once-in-a-lifetime opportunities?

About the author:

With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than one hundred books in that distinctive setting, whether her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. She’s also especially partial to small towns wherever they may be. With her Chesapeake Shores series, Woods has created a fi ctional setting on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, an area not that far from her Virginia home and yet another area dear to her heart. One of her cousins, in fact, was one of the original authors of the Chesapeake Bay Act, designed to preserve this vast estuary.

A member of Novelists, Inc. and Sisters in Crime, Sherryl divides her time between her childhood summer home overlooking the Potomac River in Colonial Beach, Virginia, and her oceanfront home with its lighthouse view in Key Biscayne, Florida. “Wherever I am, if there’s no water in sight, I get a little antsy,” she says.

This is a rather sweet story. I like the O'Brien family. They are fun and good people. Although Matthew is younger than Laila, but I like the way he wants to win back Laila's heart, and it's very well planned out too. Although I wish he could be more persisted when Laila split up with him the very first time. Laila on the other hand has no confident on herself. And she's also taking her father's opinion a little too hard. Can't blame her though. Who does not want recognition from own parents?

Anyway this is an enjoyable read. Light and sweet. I like the O'Brien clan. I will look for other books in this series.

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Note: I receive the digital copy of this book from the publisher via Net Gallery. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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