Ballantine Books, 2014
At the River’s Edge is Book #7 in Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series. I have read them all. There are a couple of reasons I’ve stuck with the series. First of all, Mariah Stewart is a blog-friendly author. Secondly, I love the way she writes. She logically presents her characters and the story flows from them.
In this seventh book Ms. Stewart introduces us first to Sophie Enright, an attorney in her early thirties. She’s not happy in her job. Although law seems to be the “family business,” it’s just not that satisfying to her. Sophie remembers her summer jobs in high school working at a diner. She has a secret longing to run her own restaurant.
In addition, Sophie caught her boyfriend in the backseat of his car with the office “skank.” It happened on a day when one of her court cases fell apart and she discovered two flat tires on her car. Sophie was living in Ohio and decided to take a week off to visit her brother back home in St. Dennis, Maryland.
The author next introduced us to Jason Bowers, a landscaper who is looking to expand his business. Jason and Sophie had met each other before and, after Sophie moves back permanently to St. Dennis, their friendship grows.
Conflict between the two erupts when they find they both want the same property for their businesses. When Sophie and Jason are asked to help out on a community project, things really heat up.
St. Dennis, Maryland has been the focus of the whole Chesapeake Diaries series. In my mind the small town is quite real. I’d love to live there. I can “see” the various buildings and streets. In addition, I now know many of the town’s residents and shop owners. It’s been great to spend so much time there. The author has one more book in the series coming out this summer. I know I’ll be sad when Book #8 comes to a close.