I just finished Driftwood Cottage this morning. I think I would best describe it as sweet, maybe a little innocent, definitely slow paced.
The story, one of Sherryl Woods Chesapeake Shores series, kind of meanders, to tell the truth. Meandering books are a litttttle boring to me. I prefer some danger and a few sex scenes, but meandering and sweet does hit the spot for some people.
This particular story features Heather and Connor, who have recently split because Connor refuses to marry Heather. As a divorce lawyer, Connor has seen his fair share of marriages dissolve and is unwilling to place his faith in the institution of marriage. When he considers the split — and eventual remarriage — of his parents, there is simply no way in the world he is going to take that leap, he thinks.
But Heather is the mother of his child, and when she gets into an accident, he begins to wonder if maybe he should rethink his staunch position. His massive, meddling family certainly thinks so, and soon Connor has moved from Baltimore to the Chesapeake shore for good. But is it too late for Connor and Heather?
It’s interesting to see the transfer of power take place in this book. Initially, Connor appears to have the power in the relationship, but as soon as that accident happens, Heather seems to gain the power. While that transfer adds an extra dimension to the book and helps Woods to write for an additional 50 pages or so, it’s at that point when you can really start to see Connor change. That’s when he becomes that dynamic character needed in a novel.
The change, though, is really anti-climatic. It comes after pages and pages or arguments about marriage, and then immediately following a cliché accident. How predictable.
Despite the lack of any real action, however, the story does espouse a good message: In the face of setbacks and problems, perseverance, dedication, hard work and love will help you accomplish your goals in the end.
Title: Driftwood Cottage | By: Sherryl Woods | Published: Mira, 2011 | ISBN: 978-0778329473 | RLB Grade: C
Find it on Amazon:Driftwood Cottage (Chesapeake Shores)