Review: The Chesapeake Bride by Mariah Stewart

The Chesapeake Bride
The Chesapeake Diaries #11
Mariah Stewart
Pocket Books
Pages: 384
Format Read: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Architect Cassidy Logan has sworn off good-looking adventurers. Newly divorced, she’s focused on building ecologically friendly, historically accurate homes on the Chesapeake Bay for her father’s construction company. Traveling to Cannonball Island—where there has been no new construction in nearly one hundred years—Cass is sensitive to the heritage of the island, and has come up with plans so perfect she’s determined to buy a home for herself. Even the fact that Owen Parker—a local who she dismisses as a lightweight and a player—seems to be everywhere isn’t enough to deter her from building her dream house.

Owen Parker is and always has been sinfully handsome and wickedly clever, a magnet for mischief as well as girls. He’s a rolling stone, going and doing whatever appeals to him, from flying a mail plane in Alaska, to working on a cattle ranch in Australia, a shrimp boat in Louisiana, and surfing and diving in Costa Rica. When an old friend offers him a job salvaging a sunken ship on the Chesapeake Bay, Owen gladly accepts. Something’s been telling him it was time to head home to Cannonball Island, and a job is as good an excuse as any. And he’s totally smitten by the pretty architect on the scene, but it seems he’s finally met a woman who’s immune to his charms. Sooner or later, Owen will have to face the reason why he always runs, because this time, leaving just might be harder than staying.


I can't believe we are already up to eleven books in the Chesapeake Diaries series. I've really fallen in love with this town and the people who live there. 

Since book one what really made this series was Grace. I love the diary prologues that happen at the beginning of each book by Grace. I might be wrong but I think in the earlier books she wrote more then one entry. From them you are reminded about what happened in a prior book and what's coming in the one you are reading. 

A very smart tool when you only get one book a year in this series. 

For those of us reading this series we know that we've now moved over to Cannonball Island and Ruby. Oh boy do we love Ruby. Is there anybody from the island she doesn't know or knew in some cases? I will admit that she is 100 so I worry about her being around anymore. But maybe this will be the last book in the series and it won't matter? To be honest I don't know if there will be anymore.

Ruby's great-grandson Owen is staying with her while he tries to figure out what he wants to do next. He's the type of guy who doesn't let moss grow underneath his feet. Not great romance material, or is he just waiting to that one person that helps him find home? 

Cass might only be there to build homes on Cannonball Island but she seems to also be falling in love with both St. Dennis and Cannonball Island and maybe a Owen a little bit too! 

I really love these two together. Both Cassidy and Owen match. They might not know it at first but soon learn. Cass finds the ability to love and trust again in Owen and he finds home with her. 

You will really enjoy the romantic dance these two go through. You will also love learning all the history surrounding Cannonball Island. It's a very rich history. If this is the last one in the series then I think it ended well, if not I will be sure to read what's next. 

If you've read The Chesapeake Bride or any other book by Mariah Stewart I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting and happy reading! ♡

Link to the series list on Goodreads


  1. oh I do love seeing characters learning to trust and fall in love again!! Great review darling.

    1. Thank you! I love that too! These two have a wonderful love story!

  2. That really sounds good. I haven't read this author so that's something to look forward to.

  3. I have to get reading. I am a few books behind but I love this series!


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