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At the River's Edge: The Chesapeake Diaries (edition 2014)

by Mariah Stewart

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Title:At the River's Edge: The Chesapeake Diaries
Authors:Mariah Stewart
Info:Ballantine Books (2014), Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
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Wonderfully written story taking us back to St. Dennis and all it's wonderful residents. Sophie Enright is in town visiting her brother and grandfather as well as reevaluating her life. When she makes the decision to move there permanently, she finds her life is a crazy, fun whirlwind! Great read that I highly recommend to everyone. ( )
  Bette_Hansen | Nov 3, 2015 |
Having read all the Chesapeake Diaries’ series books, there are many so characters, and would encourage readers to start at the beginning in order to keep up the names of the players, and how they are connected. At the River's Edge could be a standalone; however, would get confusing with the array of back characters.

In this book, the older lady Grace of course writes a recap at the end of the book updating everyone, as she owns the newspaper and a bit of a gossip and busy body. As like small towns, everyone knows everyone’s business and always match making going on.

There tends to be a lot of very independent and talented women who get dumped and move to St Dennis to meet their prince charming (pretty much the basis for each story).

Sophie, an attorney catches her guy cheating with a girl in the office, and escapes to St Dennis, MD to visit her brother, Jessie who will be soon married to Brook. He has taken over their grandfather’s law practice as he and his uncle are retired. (All of these girls now own some sort of business in town).

As she gets to know everyone in the town, she falls in love with the charming town and sets out to buy and run a quaint restaurant. In the meantime her grandfather would love for her to join the law firm with her brother.

In addition, Jason (from another book), has moved to St Dennis to be closer to his nephew after the death of his brother (landscaping business). Sophie and Jason begin to have an attraction for one another and they both have their eye on the same piece of property for their new ventures.

I listened to the audio version and the narrator can be a little annoying at times. Pretty predictable story; however, since I have read all the series, always nice to catch up with characters.
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  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
This is book 7 in the Chesapeake Bay series & is a sweet, cozy type of romance. It's the story of Sophie Enright, an ADA looking to make life changes, & Jason Bower, a successful landscape designer. They meet in St. Dennis, a small town in Maryland where everyone knows your business. They definitely feel the sparks when they meet but their budding romance is tested when they both want the same piece of property.
Sophie wants to run her own little cafe & finds a great place down by the river. Unfortunately, it's right next door to Jason's business & he had his eye on the same property for expansion.
There are many characters including town folk & family members & faithful readers will recognize many from previous books. It's a quick, gentle read where the HEA is never in doubt. No violence or swearing, 1 tame sex scene & a slight paranormal element to the story.
If you like your romances with a bit of a suspense or thriller aspect to the plot, this is not for you. But if you've enjoyed any of the previous books, no doubt you'll like this one as well. ( )
  RowingRabbit | Sep 14, 2014 |
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Returning to the quaint community of St. Dennis, Maryland, author Mariah Stewart offers a delicious contemporary romance in "At the River's Edge", Book 7 in her "Chesapeake Diaries" series. After catching her boyfriend, Christopher, blatantly cheating on her, Sophie Enright needs a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a change of heart. Taking a leave from the law firm where she and Christopher both worked to visit her brother, Jesse, in St. Dennis seemed the perfect solution. Landscaper Jason Bowers had originally come to St. Dennis to make sure that his brother Eric's widow and son were financially secure and were managing after Eric's death. Somehow he ended up staying, and now he was putting down roots, with his eye on a particular piece of property that would help him expand his landscaping business into a plant nursery. Sophie had done her familial duty and become a lawyer, but her heart had always wandered toward another, very different direction. A certain property with an old, closed-up restaurant building catches her eye and gives spark to the kindling of her dream of owning her own restaurant. A different type of spark flares between Sophie and Jason, who both want the same property to make their individual hopes for the future come to life. Just as working together on a community project begins to bring another type of heat to their relationship, Christopher shows up seeking a second chance with Sophie. Sophie has fought hard for happiness--will she follow the right path to her heart's desire? With recurring characters making a welcome appearance, wonderfully descriptive writing, a scrumptious bonus recipe section, and a lovely romance at the heart of it all, "At the River's Edge" is a "just right" read for romance fans and foodies alike.

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  gincam | May 26, 2014 |
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A nice light read that has special interest for all of us that have had a dream of opening our own restaurant. The book makes the process seem much easier than what professionals know to be the reality. The love story and family connections were the essence of the book, but restaurant dreamers may find plenty of encouragement to follow their dream.
  bookhoard | Mar 31, 2014 |
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After taking stock of her life, Sophie Enright has decided it’s time for a break. Between a law career that’s become criminally dull and a two-timing boyfriend she’s done with once and for all, Sophie desperately needs some time to think and some space to breathe. The perfect place to do both is easygoing St. Dennis, Maryland, where Sophie can visit with her brother while she figures out her options. Once in St. Dennis, she discovers a shuttered restaurant and makes a bold move that is also a leap of faith. Sophie buys the fixer-upper in order to finally pursue her dream career.
 
But Sophie’s labor of love becomes a bone of contention for her new neighbor Jason Bowers. The local landscaper has big plans for growing his business—until Sophie scoops up the property he’s got his eye on. And no amount of buyout offers or badgering from him will get her to budge. It’s hardly the start of a beautiful friendship. But when they’re paired up to work on a community project, they agree to put their differences aside, and sparks begin to fly. Then Sophie’s cheating ex suddenly shows up, looking for a second chance—and threatening to make Jason a third wheel just when his hotheaded feelings about Sophie were turning decidedly warmhearted. All Sophie wants is a new life and a true love. But what are the odds of having both?

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While staying with her brother in St. Dennis, Maryland, to figure things out, Sophie Enright impulsively buys a boarded-up building to open a restaurant, which pits her against landscaper Jason Bowers, who also wants the property.

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