Friendship and romance are at the heart the latest Chesapeake Shores book as another member of the O’Brien clan faces love and all its complexities. Once again, Woods, with such authenticity, weaves a tale of true love and the challenges that can knock up against that love. She is the master of conveying emotions of the heart.
Mack Franklin and Susie O’Brien have been joined at the hip for the last three years — not dating, just friends. Mack feels ready to propose to Susie when suddenly he loses his job and his life gets turned around. He holds off on proposing, wishing to have his life more in order first. Susie is frustrated but willing to be patient and wait for Mack, but more challenges crop up to test their new love. (MIRA, Jun., 400 pp., $7.99)