Having read the Sweet Magnolias series by this author I was interested to see how this would compare. Jenny Collins has been in Nashville, writing songs. Her mother's remarriage upset her and she stayed away for years, and she is happier to see her friend Bree, now a mother, than her relatives. Maybe coming back for A SEASIDE CHRISTMAS could mend some fences.
Caleb, a part of her musical and romantic past, is also interested in going to Chesapeake. Jenny hasn't dealt with him since tabloid photos revealed his affair, and now Caleb, out of rehab, wants the rights to a song she's written. But people change, and he never lost interest in Jenny. If he can just get her to talk to him, maybe they can get to know each other again.
The first part of the book is slow as it contains a lot of talking, recollecting and rehashing. The author had left this series for some time and is reminding or informing readers about the town's inhabitants. Caleb speaks with Bree at her florist's shop and explains that he is serious about courting Jenny. He's not exactly welcomed, even if he does hang Christmas decorations, but we admire his determination. He's not mentioning song rights....
The town on Chesapeake was built around trees and a foundation acts to protect the environment, so all feels mature even though many houses were built recently. I felt that the story was a straightforward romance unlike Sherryl Woods' previous Chasing Fireflies which dealt with school bullying on the internet as well as with adult relationships. A SEASIDE CHRISTMAS is a pleasant light read which explores some serious issues such as trust and redemption.