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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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    DK 06-03-15
    DK 06-03-15 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "Final Book in the Chesapeake Bay Series **SPOILER"
    What did you love best about Chesapeake Blue?


    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.

    If you found my review helpful, it would mean a lot for me to have you select yes below this text. Thank you so much


    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 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 2012
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    7 of 9 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 2014
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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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    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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    Nancy 04-26-11
    Nancy 04-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice Ending"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 08-01-15
    Kathryn 08-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "AMAZING!!"

    Absolutely love this book, the series!! I've laughed, I've cried, Nora Roberts is an Amazing author! Out of the four books I can't decide on a favorite, because they are all my favorite.!! You've got to get used to the language in the books, but the pain in the characters feels so real, the joys, the love, the spirits of Ray and Stella Quinn. And it made me cry when Seth had said his dog foolish had died, and then again when they brought him back when Seth was sitting on the dock. These books keep you wanting to read them over and over again! Which I have at least 30 times!!;) I had the books in paper back a few times, unfortunately I wore them out til they were completely unreadable! Then I downloaded the series (4) books on my Samsung Tablet for Nook! I love all of the Nook tablets! Any way, Ms. Roberts, Please write more stories like the Quinn's!! I love your books!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Fox 05-12-15
    Amy Fox 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect Ending to an Awesome Series"

    The entire series was just a joy to read. I'm so happy that this final book was written. It really completed the entire collection 😊

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  • Tina H
    1/18/15
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    "Great end to the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chesapeake Blue to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    What other book might you compare Chesapeake Blue to, and why?

    the first 3 parts of this series are all a very good listen


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

    he reads very well with good diction for the different characters


    Any additional comments?

    it would be good for Nora Roberts to write some follow up stories for the Quinn family

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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