Thank you so much TLC Book Tours for having me on this tour and sending me a copy of Lilac Lane in exchange for an honest review! Finding love after loss and opening up your heart to the new and different isn’t always easy. But this feel good book has you rooting for love and family from page one, with a nice dash of Irish cooking sprinkled in. While the plot wasn’t especially original it was an easy story to read in just a few hours. I rate this cute book 3 out of 5 stars.
No one writes about friends, family and home better than Sherryl Woods. Told with warmth and humor, Lilac Lane is a brand-new story in her beloved Chesapeake Shores series, one readers all over the world have waited two years to read!
At the heart of Lilac Lane is Keira Malone, who raised her three children alone after her first marriage broke apart, and who, after years of guarding her heart, finally finds love again. But that love is short-lived when her fiancé suffers a fatal heart attack. Grieving and unsure of what’s next, Keira agrees to move from Dublin to Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, to spend time with her daughter, Moira, and her new granddaughter, Kate, as well as to help her son-in-law, Luke, with his Irish pub, O’Briens
Not wanting to live underfoot, she rents a charming cottage on Lilac Lane, replete with views of the ocean and her neighbor’s thriving garden—not to mention views of the neighbor himself. The neighbor is none other than Bryan Laramie, the brusque and moody chef at the pub, with whom Keira is constantly butting heads. But things get real when Bryan’s long-lost daughter, whom he hasn’t seen since she was a baby, shows up out of the blue. As Bryan and Keira each delve into their pasts, reopening wounds, the rest of the town is gearing up for the Fall Festival Irish Stew cook-off, and making no bones about whose side they’re on. It’s Kitchen Wars meets This is Your Life—a recipe for disaster…or a new take on love?
You won’t want to miss this epic return to Chesapeake Shores, a place we’re betting you’ll want to stay forever.
From the start I felt at a disadvantage in enjoying this story as much as I might have since I have not read any of the others in this series. This is actually book 14 in the Chesapeake Shores series. So for those who have read these books they may like it a bit more than I ended up liking it.
We start off learning that Kiera has finally found love again after a long time and as soon as she has opened her heart up to this new love, he dies unexpectedly. To help Kiera, her daughter and father plan a way to get Kiera to come to the US from Ireland to get a fresh start. It becomes your typical story of a middle aged woman wary of love, finding herself in a new place and eventually finding love as well. It is a story I have read a million times and while it wasn’t original I did enjoy many of the side characters that made this more than just a love story, they made it a family story as well.
Moira was a spunky character and I really liked her relationship with her husband, Luke. I also loved Dillon and Nell. They were such an adorable older couple and Nell had me laughing a few times with her meddling ways. As for Kiera herself it was easy to see why some say she is unlikeable. She is older and set in her ways and quite stubborn. She often came off cold and rude but I was still happy that her family loved her as much as they did and that she came to find a home in Chesapeake shores and find love.
I will say I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style. The dialog seemed awkward and forced and didn’t flow the way normal conversations flow. That and some parts of the story felt way too serious or dramatic for how small of a situation it may have been. For example, the cook-off at the end of the book. It went on for far longer than needed because of dialogs about people being worried that meddling would upset the town or Kiera or Bryan etc, etc. And it just seemed odd that they were making what was just good hearted meddling so serious.
Overall, this was perfect for a day you just want to snuggle up to feel good book that you can read in a couple of hours. You’ll want to join this crazy family in beautiful Chesapeake Shores, eating Irish stew, and soak in all the love in the community. I know I would love too!