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Driftwood Point (The Chesapeake Diaries)

by Mariah Stewart

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Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

Driftwood Point is the latest in Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series. The peaceful setting wraps readers in a cocoon of warm summer nights and sweet romance.

I loved this story for its down to earth characters and continuously moving plot. Lisbeth is a successful artist visiting her hometown of Cannonball Island for a local art show. Arriving home she doesn’t expect to find that her great-grandmother Ruby has made convenient changes to her home and general store. Change seems to be the main theme for this novel. Lisbeth grew up with a father bent on hating the residents of St. Dennis for a perceived past wrongdoing. Returning home brings an opportunity for her to adjust her perspective and determine where she’s meant to be. She struggles between resisting the inevitable changes of her island and embracing them as those around her attempt to keep pace with the changing times. Lisbeth is the kind of character you want to see succeed even though she doesn’t have all the answers. It’s enough to see her love for family and community. She’s one that takes center stage in a story even when there are other character perspectives thrown into the mix.

Living near the beach myself, I felt that I could relate to the setting. The imagery was realistic and made me feel like I could just take a trip up to Cannonball Island on my next road trip. But despite the comforting setting and interesting storyline, Driftwood Point turned out to be an average read. The story reads like a typical romance, but not the kind that fully captures you until the last word. Alec and Lisbeth had a connection that was sweet and simple, but there was potential for more depth, or drama, that I felt was overlooked. On the other hand, if you're not looking for a saucy, tense love story you will appreciate the subtlety of the romance. The ending didn’t take me somewhere unexpected or leave me on a note of thoughtful reflection. At some point I simply felt like I knew where it was going and in the end I was still hoping for a dramatic twist.

Longtime fans will find that Mariah Stewart’s characters are still welcoming visitors, even if its just through the pages of the Chesapeake Diaries. This summer read will be the companion for stints at the beach or road tripping across the country!

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