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Seth Quinn is finally home. It's been a long journey. After a harrowing boyhood with his drug-addicted mother, he'd been taken in by the Quinn family, growing up with three older brothers who'd watched over him with love. Now a grown man returning from Europe as a successful painter, Seth is settling down on Maryland's Eastern Shore, surrounded once again by Cam, Ethan, and Phil, their wives and children, all the blessed chaos of the extended Quinn clan. Finally, he's back in the little blue-and-white house where there's always a boat at the dock, a rocker on the porch, and a dog in the yard. Still, a lot has changed in St. Christopher since he's been gone-and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks. A city girl who's opened a florist shop in this seaside town, she craves independence and the challenge of establishing herself without the influence of her wealthy connections. In Seth, she sees another kind of challenge-a challenge that she can't resist. But storms are brewing that are about to put their relationship to the test. Dru's past has made her sensitive to deception-and slow to trust. And Seth's past has made him a target of blackmail-as a secret he's kept hidden for years threatens to explode, destroying his new life and his new love. . . .

Customer Reviews:

  • Great book to end the quinn series
    LOVE LOVE IT. The book was a great way to end the series; I wish she would write about Aubrey though. Seth in the book was so sweet and how he stood up for his family in front of Gloria. But I do wish something else happen to Gloria then what she got, but I loved how it end and how it begun so all in all it was great book...more info
  • Chesapeake Blue
    After reading some of the reviews of Chesapeake Blue, I was a little unsure about reading the book. I'd just finished reading the other 3 books in the Quinn series and enjoyed each one. When I read J. Ellis' rant about how bad the book was, and who uses 'twaddle' anymore?, I didn't have high hopes and expected it to drag on.
    Fortunately J. Ellis was all washed up in her 'twaddle'. The book was funny, Nora Roberts was able to pull the smart mouthed child Seth into the adult Seth very nicely and I enjoyed how she brought us up to date with all the earlier characters and showed the couples still in love after 18 years. Nora made Aubrey and Seth best friends and brother and sister and it was good that she didn't have them get together in a couples way, I think it would have given off a creep factor to their relationship. Dru's character wasn't flat, there was enough information and feeling written that rounded Dru out. I enjoyed from the beginning the arguments between the brothers and that all favorite dunking off the dock pasttime they have. Real siblings do act that way and worse.
    All and all, Seth's story rounded out a very nice, fuzzy feeling saga very satisfactorily and I was a bit sorry to finish it. I wish the boatyard hadn't have been damaged and that Gloria had gotten more of a commupance, but we can't have it all.
    Good job Ms Roberts
    ...more info
  • Wonderful continuation
    How many ever wondered what happened after the Quinn trilogy? Well now we know, once again Nora Roberts has written an excellent book.
    Seth has always been an artist, and grew up with the Quinn's. Now he is a man of his on and an acclaimed artist through out Europe. But something is sending him home to the security Chesapeake Bay and family.
    Not long after arriving home he meets the newest member of the area Dru Whitcombe banks, and is instantly drawn to her. But his past is still haunting him. Can he take care of all his problems from the past alone or will he need the help of his brothers and Dru?
    Once again we are taking to the Bay, for an excellent read. Nora Roberts truly writes the intriguing books that bring the Characters to life right in your mind as you are reading....more info
  • Engrossing read
    I enjoyed the book very much and did not want it to end. I hope there will be a 5th book in the future. I appreciated the prompt service I received in buying this book...more info
  • Chesapeake Blue is boring
    Chesapeake Blue is boring.The characters are weak,the dialogue forced, the conflict predictable and the resolution a tad too tidy.There is nothing to learn from this book nor is it entertaining. I live on Maryland's Eastern Shore and I can tell you that Ms. Roberts has fallen way short in her descriptive of this beautiful peninsula and its blend of residents. I don't give it any stars but the minimum I can punch in is one. There is not time enough to read all the wonderful books written. Don't wste your time on this one....more info
  • chesapeake bay series
    Love the stories, but the words are wayyyyyyyyyy too small and crammed on each page. Other than that the books are great :)...more info
  • 4.5 stars
    I'm glad I re-read this sequel to the Quinn trilogy. When looking back on it, I had focused on only the negatives: that the trilogy really didn't need a sequel, and that Seth's dilemma was a little too much like Luke Callahan's in Honest Illusions.

    What I'd forgotten was the characters. To catch you up: Ray and Stella Quinn had adopted three adolescent boys--boys with horrible childhoods. Years later, with the three brothers grown, and Stella dead, Ray ends up with another boy, and his death in a car accidents puts the responsibility for Seth on the shoulders of his three new brothers. How they cope with it and form a family, and find love is the subject of the trilogy. Chesapeake Blue opens 20 years after that, Seth returning home as a successful artist with a troubling secret--his junkie/prostitute mother has been extorting money from him since he was 14, threatening his new family.

    The heroine of the story is flower shop owner Drusilla Whitcomb Banks, "poor little rich girl" trying to break out of the mold she's been forced into all her life.

    The story itself is pretty predictable, but it's the way it's told, and the way the characters are themselves rather than two-dimensional stock characters that make it shine. The reactions go beyond the standard and become individual.

    And it's occurring to me that I can't think of a good example. Drusilla, maybe, as I've already described her as the "poor little rich girl." She does have the standard cold-hearted upbringing, the parents disapproving because she broke up with the philanderer who was, nonetheless, a "good match." But she doesn't wallow in it. She sees herself clearly, and knows there's a middle ground between cutting herself off from her family completely and caving in to their expectations. Her parents, likewise, aren't evil--they're just a tad clueless and self-absorbed. The rest of the characters are similarly well-developed.

    There's just something about this book that really showcases Nora's talent. The atmosphere, maybe, the characters, certainly the way the words flow... whatever it is, it sucked me in and made me believe. It's not a big story, but it's a complete and satisfying one.
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  • Chesapeake Blue
    Seth Quinn is all grown up and has returned home. He is a very successful artist, and while his family is excited to see him, they know something is wrong.

    Gloria DeLauter is Seth's biological mother. She has been making threats to all he holds dear. While he is now an adult, her presence brings out his insecurities and old fears Seth thought he had banished. He has been paying her blackmail for years, but when she ups the ante; Seth knows he has to go to his family for help.

    This is a good conclusion to the series. In this book we see the family dynamic come full circle. They laugh, argue, but they do it all as a family.
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  • Wonderful welcome back to the Quinn family
    I bought this book not realizing that it was a continuation on the Quinn family saga. When I realized this, I was thrilled and the book didn't let me down. I enjoyed the stories about Cam, Philip and Ethan and it was interesting to read how Nora Roberts made Seth his own person. The family connections are still there. My favorite parts of all the books are when the brothers are interacting with each other. They fight, they joke, they get angry at each other, but they are always there for the others when needed, no questions asked.

    Seth comes home after being in Europe with his biological mother, Gloria, following him and blackmailing him for money. He has been paying her since he was 14 so she wouldn't bother his family, but her demands are always increasing. New to the picture is Dru, a florist from a very wealthy, prominent Washington family. Gloria threatens to ruin everything and everyone connected to Seth if he doesn't pay. Boxed in, Seth realizes he needs help and goes to his family. They take care of Gloria this time, but in a way that a future book can be written.

    The whole Quinn family is wonderful. They're a loud bunch, but you can't help caring about them and wishing you could be part of a family like that. It's a family of unconditional love and support at all times. We should all be that lucky in our lives.

    I can only hope this family saga continues. I would love a book on Aubrey. If you haven't read the 3 books leading to this one, do so. You won't be disappointed....more info
  • Audiobook Excellent
    I have never read the book but I thought it made for a great audiobook! I thought the voice of the reader really brought it to life. He really captured the emotion of characters.

    After listening to it I thought it would make for a pretty good movie.
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  • Mixed feelings.
    I wasn't one of the fans who petitioned NR to write this book. I think that inspiration is vitally important to an author's writing, and I would never want them them to feel preassured to write for me. That being said, I was pleased to see a return to the Quinns.

    I didn't dislike Dru. I will agree that her problems paled in comparison to Seth's past, but almost anyones would have. I never was overwhelmingly convinced of her and Seth's passion. It did all seem a bit convienent. The two, single, attractive people in the small town quickly find each other. And of course, as an artist, he just has to paint her. But oh well. I've heard worse plot twists.

    I wasn't jumping for joy over Gloria's return into Seth's life, simply because it did seem a bit unrealistic. Drug addicts have psych profiles, and she didn't really fit. Prolonged alcahol and extreme drug abuse would make it hard, if not impossible, for her to mantain the intricate, emotional blackmail she forced on Seth. At some point, her patheticness would have allowed him to take a stand. But that still didn't ruin it for me.

    Here is what did, and it is a personal problem. After the incredible way being adopted by Stella and Ray saved these guys, NOT ONE OF THESE FAMILES ADOPTED ANY CHILDREN??? REALLY!? Why is it that in our society, we still make adoption seem like a second rate option? Their would be no Chesepeake Bay novels to write about without it. I'm not saying that all the children had to be adopted, or that all the brothers had to adopt. But seeing one of the brothers carrying on the legacy that saved their lives would have been a real tribute to Ray and Stella. Instead, it was only ever treated like a consolation prize in Ethan and Grace'sbook. And he is 'cured' by his love for her, and instead they can have bio kids. Anyway, like I said, personal pet peeve. Not one that ruined the books for me.

    But on the really, really, still lingers. ...more info
  • Wonderful!
    I loved this book. I would love to see it made into a tv movie.
    What a romantic that Seth is. Swept Dru right off her feet!
    I would suggest this one for sure...!
    Enjoy...more info
  • Captivating Series! Best of the Best!
    The first novel, Sea Swept, introduces the story of three adopted brothers and how the deal with the loss of their father and the gain of another adopted brother. Therefore, to fully understand the situation and the developing relationship with the brothers, the series should be read in order: Sea Swept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbor, Chesapeake Blue.

    The books take place on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Therefore, be prepared to read about the lives that accompany Maryland natives.

    Each book in the trilogy tells the love story of one of the brothers, beginning with Cameron, the first boy adopted. The brothers have completely different personalities, which allows the reader to better relate to one brother of the four.

    Cameron, the star of Sea Swept, is extremely outgoing with breathtaking looks. Before the events that take place in Sea Swept, Cameron's heart lied in racing and women. Now, he unexpectantly falls for a woman whose main goal is to make sure the new addition to the family (brother number four) is properly cared for and his biological mother does not interfere.

    Rising Tides is my favorite book in the series, dealing with the shy but undeniably masculine brother, Ethan. He is the only one of the three brothers who decided to stay on the shores of the Chesepeake and care for his father. His life is immensely simple, spending his days as a fisherman on the bay. The love story that develops between him and his lifetime love is the most romantic of the series.

    Phillip's story is developed in the third book of the series, Inner Harbor. This book is immensly important in the trilogy because a great number of unanswered questions are resolved during this story. Phillip is a hansome, well-mannered, businessman with a taste for fine wine and beautiful women. Not prepared to ever become a family man, a mysterious woman with a suprising background comes into town and steals Phillip's heart on first site.

    The last book of the series, Chesapeake Blue, tells the story of the last adopted brother, Seth. Twenty years have elapsed since Inner Harbor. This was the perfect ending to a breathtaking series. In this book, you are able to see how Seth has dealt with his new surroundings and if he has been able to separate himself from his biological mother. The book also updates readers on the lives of Seth's three brothers and their families. Seth unexpectantly falls in the love with a new businesswoman in town. They develop a relationship as friends that blooms into undying love, respect, and compassion.

    I highly recommend any romance novel fan to read this series. You won't regret the time spent!...more info

  • Fabulously satisfying read.
    You can't miss this one if you've read the other Quinn stories. I loved this one so much I bought it in hardback and have read it over and over. So perfect. No one transitions thought like Nora, with so little effort and such equisite prose you sail uninterruptedly until, alas - the end and you're dying for more!

    Seth is a fabulous character we've seen grow up in these books and she completes his story believably and with great satisfaction.

    I only wish we could see her "directors cut - or writers version" of these stories. ...more info
  • Wow!
    This is the fourth book in the Bay series and I loved it....It was my favorite series by Roberts and I was happy to see that she decided to write about Seth. I do agree a little with someone who had written a review that they just couldn't picture Seth being older. I did have somewhat of a hard time with the fact that Seth was all grown up but then again it was great to know about his life and to see what he had done with it so far....It was also great to see how all the other Quinn brother and their wives ended up....It was an overall great book that I really enjoyed and would urge others to read the series first then Chesapeake Bay....I think you would really enjoy reading this one after you have the full background first!...more info
  • Average Read....
    Chesapeake Blue is the fourth in Nora Robert's Chesapeake bay trilogy, and, in my opinion, it is the weakest of the series. I will probably received many negative votes for this review, (especially in a forum of so many positive votes), but, here's the deal: Chesapeake Blue was an average read for me. The plot seemed contrived, the characterization forced, and the story suffering from the forced inclusion of too many characters from previous books.

    Chesapeake Blue is the story of late 'twenty-something' Seth Quinn. Seth has decided to return to the small water front town, this time to stay, and hooks up with rich girl Drusilla Whitecomb. Both Seth and Dru have 'issues' they need to work out before getting together.

    Seth: I had a great deal of difficulty envisioning Seth as a romantic lead from the way he is written. He still seems to be a little boy running away from his problems. (Personally, I really wish Nora had chosen to write about Aubrey, she was much more interesting as an adult). In Nora tradion Seth is a 'super rich, fantastically talented artistic bachelor', who can't seem to take no for an answer. He seemed to be very immature, and was really pushy with his relationship with Dru. I disliked the way he manipulated Dru to do things she didn't want to do, by using his art and artistic talent as a weapon, and I found his vocabulary and mannerisms.... Somewhat childish. (And I'm not referring to the cussing, that didn't bother me).

    Dru: Dru was a much more interesting character, but was oodles more mature than Seth. Although her dysfunctional relationship with her parents was touched upon, this was never resolved to my satisfaction, and I failed to see that Dru and Seth had much in common as a couple aside from sexual chemistry.

    The highlight of this story was NOT Seth and Dru's relationship, but seeing what had happened to the rest of the Quinns- but even there, Nora takes few risks. She portrays the Quinn extended family, as too perfect, a little too cohesive and a little too good to be true. I have come to expect a little more realism from Nora. Also, the Quinn's have lost a bit of their 'blue collar feel' which I really liked.

    So, overall, I felt CB was an average novel with few surprises. Perhaps Aubrey's tale will be better?...more info

  • Great
    I love the Quinn family, but this book would have been better if it had more about the four Quinn brothers. They really have their own little bonds together and it's entertaining to see how they interact in the other books. I would also like to see a book about Aubrey. ...more info
  • Inner Harbor, Chesapeake Series by Nora Roberts
    Nora Roberts: The Chesapeake Series (Chesapeake Blue, Inner Harbor, Sea Swept, Rising Tides)Black Rose: In the Garden Trilogy (In the Garden)...more info
  • A big disappointment
    If you are a fan of Nora Roberts's many action-packed novels with a little romance thrown in, you may be sorely disappointed with this book, and the 3 leading up to it. I have loved every NR book I've ever read, up until these. I usually always stick with a book even if it's not holding my interest, but all I could do with this foursome is scan through briefly just to get the gist. If you like books that are strictly romance, you may like these, because that's just about all you're going to get. If you want murders, mysteries, and adventures, read some of her other books.

    If you like typical books about slovenly men who need women to pick up after and baby them, and of course in the end everybody gets married and has babies, then this series is for you....more info
  • Good Story
    In her novel "Chesapeake Blue" Nora Roberts paints word pictures of the Best of being family. As usual Roberts weaves a plot that grabs your attention while it satisfies the reader's romantic and adventurous spirit. If you haven't read her previous works, this tale will have you searching out more novels by this talented author.
    Beverly J Scott author of RIGHTEOUS REVENGE...more info
  • Awesome!
    This is a well written ending to the Quinn story. This is the story of Seth, grown up from the earlier books in the series. This is one of my favorites that I re-read often. I recommend this entire series!...more info