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
"[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)
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.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
The final book in the Chesapeake Bay Series, sigh.... Fast forward 3 decades as Seth Quinn returns from this travel abroad to the home of his three if not by blood, by will, older brothers. He arrived there is a 10-year-old boy and they raised him to become the man he is.
Seth is now known as a famous artist, not the nearly broken boy he was when he was brought to the Quinn family. He is returning to his favorite place on earth, the first place he learned about love – the love of the family, St. Christopher.
Drusilla, as it so often happens is an unattached, young woman has moved to the town of St. Christopher. She is from a powerful political family and after finding her fiancé cheating on her she makes the move to the more laid-back and friendly town. She opens the flower shop and live a peaceful life.
Of course, the bachelor, Seth needs to purchase some flowers on his first day back. He meets Dru and decides that he must paint a picture of her. She is not fine with that idea.
The premise is based on that set up that we begin a journey of learning about a family, where one fits in – if at all. The dating and friendships. The love of friends and families are explored as well.
However, someone from Seth past casts a long shadow over his success and happiness. She blackmails him in order for her to stay out of the public eye.
Sharing anymore may spoil some of the many fantastic twist and turn. So I will stop there…
I really, truly love this series and sad to see that it has ended. However, all of the loose ends are tied up by the end. Of course, with all great books and series, leaving the listener wanting more.
As I said, I am sad that it has ended but satisfied with the series.
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Probably would recommend this last book as it could have stood alone
not clear voice distinctions
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.
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.
Seth, the way he thinks, his art work, his love and loyalty to his family!
One of my favorite scenes is his homecoming, and seeing Anna first. The warmth, joy, tenderness and depth of feeling was amazing.
When Seth dreamed about Stella, (his grandmother) a person he had never met.
James Daniels does a wonderful job with this narration, the characters voices are finely drawn and the emotional content is honest and true.
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!
Seth. He has just turned into a great person despite a bad start in life.
Yes, I laughed and on occasion felt some sadness.
I really liked all the books in this series however the narration left something to be desired. Couldn't tell the difference between the characters and the narrator added some funky accent, which since the location was eastern seaboard, it didn't seem applicable and just further annoyed.
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.
One of Nora Roberts better series. And Chesapeake Blue is the best of the 4.
James Daniels narrates very well. The men sound like men and the females sound like strong females not like a mocking male voice.
Love this 4-book series by Nora Roberts. Her books are always great but sometimes the narrators are not too effective. Love narrators of this series. Voices are emotional and believably unique while the storylines while not always surprising are pleasing and filled with emotion.
"A great story and beautifully read by James Daniel."
A great story and beautifully read by James Daniel, which added to the enjoyment. The whole series which shows how important a close, united and loving family are. All four books are well worth the read.
It's a great ending to a wonderful quaret of stories. The storey line is sweet and lovely romance story
Grandma is a great addition to the story instead of Ray
His reading is great and really brings you into the story.
I welled up at the happy ending the comeuppance of Gloria...
This was a great story nora roberts is simply brilliant at story lines not only romantic but great back stories whether mystery murder or everything a great listen
"Great end to the series"
I have not read the print version
the first 3 parts of this series are all a very good listen
he reads very well with good diction for the different characters
it would be good for Nora Roberts to write some follow up stories for the Quinn family
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