Putnam, 2002 (2002)
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Reviewed by Martina Bexte
ora Roberts introduced dynamic brothers Quinn, Cameron, Ethan and Phillip in an earlier trilogy. Now she finishes her Chesapeake Bay series with the story of Seth Quinn, the troubled ten year old introduced in the first book. Seth was raised by his elder brothers after their father died and entrusted him to their care. As
opens, Seth is a grown man and a very successful artist, who has just returned home to his beloved Maine town of St. Christopher after spending five years in Europe honing his craft and establishing his reputation. Unbeknownst to his family, Seth hasn't returned because he's homesick; he's also trying to run from a dark secret in his past, a secret he kept hidden from his beloved family.
rucilla Whitcomb Banks has also come to the quiet seaside town of St. Chris to escape her smothering family, to escape the social trappings of the Washington D.C. elite, and to establish herself in business. After only a short time her flower shop, '
Bud and Bloom
' is thriving and the locals have embraced her as one of their own. When Seth wanders into Dru's shop to buy his three sisters-in-law flowers, one look at '
' ice-goddess Dru and it's love at first sight. Seth is also determined to paint her, and having learned one or two tricks on how to charm the ladies from his older brothers, begins a determined campaign to break down every one of Dru's barriers. But just when his life feels as if it's finally complete, the secret he thought he left behind in Paris comes back to threaten Seth, his family, and the woman he wants to marry.
is a fine conclusion to the Quinn family saga that Nora Roberts began in
a few years ago. As always, and as has become a trademark of any of Roberts' over one hundred novels, her characterizations are the high point of the story, particularly in this male oriented family dynamic. All four brothers were brought into the Quinn household as foster children, yet the bonds of love and loyalty they were taught and then forged within their own growing families, is stronger than if they were actual blood relatives.
is another winner!
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