Monday, July 6, 2015

That Chesapeake Summer by Mariah Stewart ~ Chesapeake Diaries #9 ~ Review ~ Spotlight

That Chesapeake Summer 
Chesapeake Diaries #9
 by Mariah Stewart


Jamie Valentine is the wildly successful author of self-help books that advocate transparency in every relationship.  But when her widowed mother passes away unexpectedly, Jamie discovers her own life has been based on a lie.  Angry and deeply betrayed, she sets out to find the truth—which may be in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay.  Cutting her most recent book tour short, Jamie books a room at the Inn at Sinclair’s Point, just outside St. Dennis.

The death of Daniel Sinclair’s father forced him to take over the family inn, and his wife’s death left him a single parent of two children, so there’s little room for anything else in his life.  His lovely new guest is intriguing, though, and he’s curious about the secret she’s clearly hiding.  But in the end, Jamie and Dan could discover the greatest truth of all: that the search for one thing just might lead to the find of a lifetime—if you keep your heart open.


MARIAH STEWART is the award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories.  A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens.  Visit her website at, and like her on Facebook


I just love a good small town romance series. They are one of my very favorite books to read. Mariah Stewart's That Chesapeake Summer is a great small town romance story. I found an instant bond with Jamie Valentine. This poor girl has been through so much. The loss of her mother and a very hidden secret is just about too much for her. 

Jamie sets out to find out more about the family secret and ends up in St. Dennis. It has been a while since I have had a chance to read any of the Chesapeake Dairies series but I loved catching up with old friends that I remembered from previous books. 

Jamie booked a room Inn at Sinclair’s Point that is owned by Grace Sinclair's family. Grace is a lady that you want to get to know in St. Dennis. She knows all the ins and outs of the town as well as all the gossip and stories. Grace is one of those fun characters that I loved catching up with to see what she had been up to since my last visit to St. Dennis. 

Dan, Grace's son, runs the inn. He runs a smooth ship and makes sure that everything is taken care of. He takes care of every aspect of the inn and feels the weight and joy the responsibility that comes with it. 

When Jamie checks into the inn, Dan is the one to delivery her suitcases to her room. There is instant fireworks between these two and not all of them are the good kind. There is chemistry and there is also a flare of annoyance. 

Dan is a single parent of two teenage kids. A teenage daughter that is adorable and sweet with the usual issues of a teenage girl. 

Jamie bonds with Dan's daughter right away which causes more tension between Jamie and Dan. I loved watching Jamie interact with the kids and Grace. They form an interesting relationship that brings great joy to them all.

I enjoyed watching Dan and Jamie get to know each other. There is a nice touch of drama between these two along with a great attraction and sweet romance. 

That Chesapeake Summer is one of those books that kept me flipping pages. I could not wait to see what might happen next or what secret might be revealed. 

Overall this is my kind of story. There is a nice romance, some lovely friendships, a little mystery, and charming characters. I will be looking forward to the next release from Mariah Stewart. She has a lovely writing style. I was completely engrossed in this story from beginning to end.

I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on That Chesapeake Summer. 

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  1. Love your review, makes me want to read it, but after I watch all my Hallmark Christmas in July movies!!! LOL---Rae

  2. I haven't read one of this author's books in a long time, but your review definitely makes me want to look for this title. Thanks for sharing!