Mariah Stewart has brought us back to St. Dennis, Maryland with heroine Jamie Valentine in the ninth book of the Chesapeake Diaries series, That Chesapeake Summer. While cleaning out her childhood home after the death of her mother, Jamie has learned of a family secret with which her only living relative is unable to help her. She has traveled to St. Dennis on a quest for answers about herself and her family. Staying at the beautiful Inn at Sinclair’s Point, Jamie is befriended by the Sinclair family who live and work at the inn. She starts off on the wrong foot with single father Dan, who thinks she is interfering with his parenting, but their awkwardness soon turns to romance, as they spend time talking on the porch and walking the town enjoying ice cream served by Dan’s daughter at her summer job.
Workaholic Dan feels the burden of caring for his family since his father died when he was in his early twenties. Jamie is the first woman he finds truly intriguing since the death of his wife eight years earlier, but he has trouble taking time from work to spend with her. As Jamie explores St. Dennis in search of answers, she begins to love the seaside town, as well as the Sinclair family, but wonders if Dan can learn to delegate and make time for relaxation in his life.
I always enjoy Mariah Stewart’s stories because they are realistic, with believable characters I want to befriend and settings I want to visit. That Chesapeake Summer does not disappoint. I was interested to follow Jamie’s quest, visiting the historical society and helping to organize the local newspaper archives in search of answers about her family. I could imagine myself sitting on the inn’s porch chatting with Miss Grace or hanging out at the bookstore after enjoying an ice cream sitting by the bay. There were even times when I gave a little chuckle out loud, which rarely happens with me. I strongly recommend That Chesapeake Summer as a fun, quick summer read.
I tried creating a mood board to represent some of my impressions and visual imaginings while reading That Chesapeake Summer. I got the idea from Nereyda at Mostly YA Book Obsessed. With her degree in design, she makes gorgeous book mood boards. I thought it was an interesting, different way of doing a review.
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