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Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts
I can't help myself. As my girlfriend and fellow book lover Melissa describes it, once in awhile you just need a Nora Roberts fix. My latest fix is one of her recent bestsellers in paperback, Chesapeake Blue.
I must admit, I read this book out of order. This is a sequel to the original Chesapeake trilogy of Sea Swept, Rising Tides and Inner Harbor. But even still, it's an excellent stand-alone novel.
Chesapeake Blue is the story of Seth Quinn, a twenty-something talented and (in traditional Nora fashion) fabulously handsome and rich artist. Seth returns to the quaint small Maryland seaside town of St. Chris after smashing artistic success in Europe. He returns to the family he loves so much, family that took him in when his alcoholic, drug-addicted mother abandoned him. (Well, actually sold him, but I don't want to give away too much.)
I know everything is too pretty and perfect in Nora's novels, and I don't care. I love her characters. Reading Nora Roberts is like eating chocolate. It's not necessarily good for me, but it's not really bad for me either. If you're looking for a book to make the world go away, no one does it better than Nora.
So, whether you read the trilogy first or start with the fourth in the series, I recommend Chesapeake Blue by the master of romantic fiction, Nora Roberts. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I'm Amanda Dickson.