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Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1998
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Sibling trilogies are fast becoming Nora Roberts's forte. Sea Swept tells the tale of three brothers--all former juvenile delinquents adopted by Raymond Quinn and his wife, Stella. Cameron, Ethan, and Philip are as different as can be, but they are bound by their love and respect for their adoptive father, who has recently passed away. On his deathbed he asks his sons to look after their most recent brother, 10-year-old Seth, who--if the rumors are to believed--just may be Ray's biological son. Of course, the brothers don't know anything about caring for the young boy, and if social worker Anna Spinelli has anything to say about it, they won't. However, the sparks that fly over the fate of Seth are nothing compared to the romantic sparks that fly between Anna and Cameron. Nora Roberts once again proves why she is the premiere author of 1990s contemporary romance. Her stories have universal appeal, and Sea Swept is no exception.
“America’s favorite writer.”—The New Yorker
“A book that just drips with guyness…Sea Swept proves that Nora Roberts is very good at writing true-to-life male characters.”—All About Romance
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THE STORY: Cameron Quinn has sailed around the world racing boats and wooing women. The death of his father brings him home where he and his two brothers face decisions on what to do with the ten year old boy that their father brought into their family. The three men have to find a way of building a family in order to keep guardianship of the young boy which challenges all of the lives they have built. They also have to satisfy the watchful eyes of Anna Spinelli, a social worker, who has her doubts that the three men can build a home for a wary and damaged child.
OPINION: This book's romance suffers a little from the introduction books. The situation and the characters all have to be set out which means that Anna and Cam get less "screen time". Their romance was only okay for me until the last quarter of the book where things pick up and end on a high emotional note.
I enjoyed this book primarily because of the Quinn family dynamics. There is something really special in how these three men and a young boy figure make a family. The story is both inspirational and sweet. And I love watching these strong men give up whatever they have to for the love of family.
Anna and Cam are both damaged people who have triumphed through the love of others. Unfortunately, we don't get much into their heads in this book. So while I really enjoy the story of this book, I wish the romance had been stronger.
At the same time, the comfortable nature of this story makes it one that I've read before and would read again on a rainy day.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book clearly is part of a series so ongoing story lines are not finished but the romance is complete here.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SEA SWEPT is the first book in the Chesapeake Bay Saga.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
Perhaps it is because I read these books back to back (as opposed to those who read them when they first came out & had to wait until the next title was published), but by the time this story began, I was starting to feel that the story itself was somewhat predictable. Even so, it was still a great book and a fun read. Laurel and Del have known each other since childhood, but Laurel believes that Del only views her as an honorary sister, not a possible love interest. Ironically, Del is starting to have some of the same feelings for Laurel, but is not sure how to deal with them. Each is afraid to tell the other how they truly feel, and when they decide to give a romantic relationship a try, they do so only with some rather set conditions. But, as Shakespeare said so long ago, "The course of true love never did run smooth". When the relationship hits its inevitable rough patch, there is little doubt in the reader's mind that the couple will be able to work out their differences, but how Ms. Roberts goes about getting to that happy ending must be played out step by step.
The larger story arcs that connect the series are present in this book, adding to the depth of characters for each member of the group. As their stories unfold, we learn more about not only Laurel and Delaney, but also the rest of the Quartet and their significant others (or potential significant others, as the case may be). I am looking forward to completing the series, not only to find out what happens with Parker (the last of the Quartet), but also to see how the rest of the story arcs are concluded.
* Storyline - Easy to follow, involving realistic conflict between characters
* Characters - Well written and well developed. Each book in the series includes more in-depth info about each of the Quartet.
* Romance/Sex Scenes - Still present, although somewhat more subtle than in the second book. Nothing overly graphic.
* Audience - High school and up
He is also the first adopted son of Stella and Ray Quinn. They have changed his world and made it better. They have helped to create the opportunities he has now in his life. He owes everything to them.
Cameron's first dilemma is running home to his dying father, Ray, when he hears word. Ray has left pieces of his life unsettled, his finances, his newest adopted son Seth, and mostly, his other older adopted sons. His first compromise is moving home to be with all his brothers, and caring for Seth.
Seth is 10-yrs old and doesn't know who to trust, or what is expected of him. But he is on the look out, and he is ready to run at first instinct.
Cameron has to find the patience and stability needed to become guardian over Seth, and deal with his other brothers and his father's leftover shambles.
What he isn't prepared for, is the deliciously intriguing Ms. Anna Spinelli, Seth's social worker. He has never met anyone like her, and he intends to find out why she is so different. And he has to determine why she is becoming so special to him when every other woman has been in and out of his life so fast in what seems like another life.
First he needs to find the balance of working with her for Seth's own wellbeing.
I loved the dynamics of Cameron and his brothers. And I liked the fact that Nora takes us on a ride of survival that we find we are all fighting for the same cause.