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Review: Dune Drive

Title: Dune Drive

Series: Chesapeake Diaries #12

Author: Mariah Stewart

Release Date: July 31st, 2018

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Book Description: Always believing she was an ugly duckling, Chrissy Jenkins thought she had finally turned into a swan when her real-life Prince Charming swept her off her feet. But as his true character began to crack his perfect facade, Chrissy realized that not only was she better off without him, but that she was the only one who had the power to transform her life. Returning to her ancestral home on Cannonball Island for a family wedding, Chrissy is reintroduced to a legacy she’d all but forgotten. In choosing to stay on the island, she reboots her life, successfully reinventing herself as a sous chef at the Inn at Sinclair’s Point just over the bridge in St. Dennis. But despite her newfound self-confidence, she still doesn’t trust her taste in men. So when she meets Jared Chandler, a handsome ship salvager staying at the inn while he conducts a nearby recovery operation, Chrissy’s certain she can keep him as a friend—even though he’s everything any woman would want in a man. As fellow newcomers, together they discover the charm of the historic bayside town and explore the idyllic island. But when Chrissy agrees to be Jared’s date for his father’s wedding, they embark on a weekend that will find them each seeing the other in a completely different light, one that will change their lives forever.

My Review: I must admit that I adore this series. Reading books from this series is like returning to your favorite small town and visiting all your old friends as well as making new ones. I really enjoyed getting to know Chrissy and Jared. This book was a great blend of women’s fiction and Romance. Strong female characters stand out and you can’t help but love all of them. In this installment of the Chesapeake Diaries Stewart tackles the issue of domestic violence and does a really good job capturing the feelings that the victim grapples with as she’s developing a new relationship. As always the writing is great, the plot is well thought out and the book flows right along. This book makes a great beach read and should be at the top of your list for summer reading.

About the author

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of numerous novels and several novellas and short stories. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors country life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel. Visit her website at, like her on Facebook at, and follow her on Instagram @Mariah_Stewart_Books.

*I received this book netgalley and Pocket Books from in exchange for an honest review*

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