Review: The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods

The Summer GardenThe Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods

  • ISBN-13: 9780778313090
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Source: Publisher


Falling for “Maddening Moira” O’Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O’Brien’s Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he’s totally focused on establishing a business that will prove his mettle to his overachieving family.

Given Luke’s reaction, Moira has some soul-searching of her own to do. Scarred by her father’s abandonment, she wonders if Luke, with his playboy past, is truly the family man she longs for. Adding to her dilemma, she’s offered an amazing chance at a dream career of her own.

Deep down, though, Moira knows home is the real prize, and that love can be every bit as enchanted as a summer garden.

My Thoughts:

I knew from the very first chapter of The Summer Garden that I was going to enjoy the story.  What is better than a story about opening an Irish Pub!  Not a whole lot in my mind.  It just got better from there with the exploration of Moira and Luke’s relationship, even though it was roller coaster, and all of the rest of the O’Brien Family.  

Sherryl Woods is outstanding with personalities and interpersonal conflicts.  That is the biggest thing that draws me back to her books time and again.  The situations that the characters are placed in are normal and nothing extraordinary but how they act and respond makes the difference.

Luke and Moira are both just starting new phases of their lives but their goals are so very different.  While Moira is just finding her footing in photography, she really longs to be a wife and mother, sooner than later, creating the one thing that she has always been missing in her life a family.  While Luke has feeling for Moira and can see himself with Moira in the long term, his focus is on the successful opening of O’Brien’s.  This causes a lot of tension between Moira and Luke and it is going to take a lot for them to sort it all out.  I love the process of sorting it out and what we learn about both of these two and the rest of the O’Brien family along the way.

The only thing that I would have changed is the book seemed to end pretty suddenly, there was a lot more than I felt was left unsettled.  Maybe there will be another book, I hope there will be.

My Rating:


4 Penguins 🙂