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Chesapeake Blue: Chesapeake Bay, Book 4 | [Nora Roberts]

Chesapeake Blue: Chesapeake Bay, Book 4

Seth Quinn is finally home. It's been a long journey. But a lot has changed in St. Christopher since he's been gone - and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks.
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Publisher's Summary

Seth Quinn is finally home....

It's been a long journey. After a harrowing boyhood with his drug-addicted mother, he'd been taken in by the Quinn family, growing up with three older brothers who'd watched over him with love.

Now a grown man returning from Europe as a successful painter, Seth is settling down on Maryland's Eastern Shore, surrounded once again by Cam, Ethan, and Phillip, their wives and children - all the blessed chaos of the extended Quinn clan. Finally, he's back in the little blue-and-white house where there's always a boat at the dock, a rocker on the porch, and a dog in the yard.

Still, a lot has changed in St. Christopher since he's been gone - and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks. A city girl who has opened a florist shop in this seaside town, she craves independence and the challenge of establishing herself without the influence of her wealthy connections. In Seth, she sees another kind of challenge - a challenge she can't resist.

But storms are brewing that are about to put their relationship to the test. Dru's past has made her sensitive to deception and slow to trust. And Seth's past has made him a target of blackmail - as a secret he's kept hidden for years threatens to explode, destroying his new life and his new love.

©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"[Roberts has] once again crafted a poignant and often humorous tale. True to style, she has also thrown in just enough of the paranormal to tantalize. Guaranteed to please the many fans who were waiting for Seth's story." (Library Journal)
"James Daniels's voice conveys convincing female desire, as well as rough male camaraderie, and singes the listener's ears with Roberts's trademark passion." (AudioFile)

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    Roberta Rothwell 04-10-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story"

    A good story but the voices, especially the women's characters, have a tendency to blend. This would have been better with two readers. Because the main character is a man, they went with a male reader. Even some of the main male parts seem to blend. Sometimes, unless you actually have read the book, you are unsure which of them is speaking.

    Regardless, I did enjoy the humor and the characters, however, you may want to read Sea Swept, Rising Tides and Inner Harbor first to get in depth knowledge of the entire story.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Zelda green point, Australia 11-13-12
    Zelda green point, Australia 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just loved it. Family love won out!"
    Would you listen to Chesapeake Blue again? Why?

    Yes. It is always great to hear how family and marriage has survived over time and hardships and that they still stick together and are always there for each other. The camaraderie between the brothers and their families is great but the sense of humour keeps the story delightful and easy to listen to. A great all rounder!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Seth. He has just turned into a great person despite a bad start in life.


    Have you listened to any of James Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I laughed and on occasion felt some sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Koestler Woodland, Ca 08-06-12
    S. Koestler Woodland, Ca 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Such a beautiful conclusion to this series!"
    What made the experience of listening to Chesapeake Blue the most enjoyable?

    The most compelling thing is the interplay of all the family characters you became familiar with in the 3 preceeding stories. Cam, Phillip, Ethan and Seth are interlocking pieces of a strong family puzzle. Their respective wives add color, depth and more humor and love to this fabulous family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seth, the way he thinks, his art work, his love and loyalty to his family!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite scenes is his homecoming, and seeing Anna first. The warmth, joy, tenderness and depth of feeling was amazing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Seth dreamed about Stella, (his grandmother) a person he had never met.


    Any additional comments?

    James Daniels does a wonderful job with this narration, the characters voices are finely drawn and the emotional content is honest and true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cynthia 04-19-12
    cynthia 04-19-12
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    "Whole Series is GREAT!"

    This is the last story of the Quinn brothers...the youngest Seth. I was pleasantly surprised that this one was the best of all of the Chesapeake Bay Series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeprdy somewhere in the middle 01-28-10
    jeprdy somewhere in the middle 01-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "enjoyable, but..."

    I loved how this wrapped up the Quinn's story. However, the problem I had with this was the narration. Many times, there was a southern drawl to many of the characters. Seeing as how the characters are all from the northeastern seaboard, and none of them had an accent in the previous 3 books in this set, it was distracting. Very distracting. The accent seemed to disappear in the last few chapters, which again, was distracting & odd. Not to mention the character's voices weren't well distinguished. The 3 stars combine my 4-star rating for the story & plot, and my 2-star rating for narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Collierville, TN, United States 09-19-14
    Joan Collierville, TN, United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Seth's story"

    The story, and the narrator were great combination. Happy ending to a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 03-26-14
    Darlene Yucaipa, CA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect Ending"

    While each of these books could stand alone. It's a pleasure to read them in order. Once again I can't say enough about the narrators of each of them. James Daniels did a great job, just as the other's in bringing the story home. This family is what everyone longs for their families to be. When all of the Quinn's get involved in a problem look out, it's going to get taken care of. Tickled my funny bone when the dead grandma started talking to Seth. The way Nora Roberts ended this book makes me wonder If she might come back with another one. Wow if she does I will be first in line to get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Francesca Annapolis MD USA 02-02-14
    Francesca Annapolis MD USA 02-02-14 Member Since 2012

    Frances

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    "Great Series"
    What did you love best about Chesapeake Blue?

    I loved the entire series..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chesapeake Blue?

    Seth meeting Drew.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end when the family was all together.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story line. I am familiar with the Eastern Shore and I vividly could relate to the scenery

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Morrisonville, NY, United States 10-18-13
    Ellen Morrisonville, NY, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013

    I read....a Lot!

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    "Loved the entire series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes....wonderful series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chesapeake Blue?

    it was great to reconnect with the whole family


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cam & Seth 'making up' after an argument


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, as usual


    Any additional comments?

    I had read the 4 book series years ago - revisited as audio books to keep me company while I walk. Very well written - very emotional

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyndee A. Billups San Lorenzo ,Ca 09-15-13
    Lyndee A. Billups San Lorenzo ,Ca 09-15-13 Member Since 2008

    lyndeeanne

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    "Not the best of Nora Roberts"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    New narrator


    Would you recommend Chesapeake Blue to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably would recommend this last book as it could have stood alone


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    not clear voice distinctions


    Any additional comments?

    I usually do not write reviews but as a big fan of Nora Roberts I was disappointed in the series, I thought the last book was the best but predicable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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