Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Winter on the Chesapeake (& Giveaway)

The Long Way Home by Mariah Stewart
There's just something comforting about about reading a romance novels. Until a few years ago, I never gave them a chance, but now the more I read them the more I enjoy them. Yes, there are cliches and you know what the ends is going to be, but even so, they are such a fun escape.

The love interest in this, Cameron, is a handyman. Yes, a cliche, but the reason it's a cliche is because it works! Ellie our female lead is escaping to her family's beach house after her father's Enron-type scandal has rocked the country. Not nearly as big of a cliche as handyman, but big city girl escaping to a small town is up there.

But even with the predictably, there was a twist near the end I never could have guessed. And to be honest, that small and unexpected plot-twist is what made the book for me.

One item I've learned to love about romance series, is that the characters from the previous books all make appearance. Even though I haven't read the other books in The Chesapeake Diaries series, you could tell which character had their stories told in the previous books. And I was lucky enough to receive the earlier books in this series from the publisher as well, so I'm especially looking forward to reading those stories (Especially the ones on the cupcake baker and movie star which I'm sure must exist!).

This book was a fun escape for me, that even brought managed to bring me back to Maryland, the state in which I went to college. I think if you've never read a romance book before, you should give them a chance, and I think this one would be a great one to start with!


If you ready to take that chance now, or if you're already a fan of romance books, you're in luck, because I have one copy of this book I'm giving away to one lucky reader! Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter.

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Disclosure: I was provided this book through TLC Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I would like to read this because I need a little escape from reality now and then.. Thanks for the chance, Liene @ LLucane at yahoo dot com

  2. It's been a really long time since I've read a romance novel... I used to love Jude Deveraux... I should pick one up and see if I would still like it today! ;)

  3. This looks great. I could definitely use a little escape reading.

  4. the characters sound interesting

  5. Romance novels are always a great way to escape!

  6. I can't believe I haven't read these, considering that I LIVE in Maryland (always have).

    Glad you enjoyed returning here in spirit. :)

    Thanks for being on the tour!