As a doctor, Stella Quinn saves lives; as a teacher, Ray Quinn
gives his students the chance to dream. For three lonely boys,
Stella and Ray work miracles. They pick Cam, Ethan and Philip up
off the streets and give them a home and family. They teach them
how to care for others and how to allow others to care for
Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay trilogy revolves around the Quinn
brothers. In the first volume, SEA SWEPT, Cam comes home from the
European auto racing circuit to join his brothers at Ray's bedside
in the Intensive Care Unit, where he is dying of injuries sustained
in a car accident. Cowering in a corner of that hospital room is
10-year-old Seth DeLauter. Ray asks his sons to raise him as their
To follow through on their commitment to Ray, the three brothers
must change their lives drastically. They show Seth what it means
to be part of a supportive family and along the way, the men are
able to heal their own past hurts --- not only because of their
relationship with Seth, but because of the women who come into
In SEA SWEPT and RISING TIDES many questions arise about Seth's
relationship with Ray. Why was Ray on his way back from seeing
Seth's mother when he had the car accident? Why had Ray paid Seth's
mother large sums of money in the past year? Some readers have been
forced to haunt bookstores, waiting for INNER HARBOR, to find the
answers to these questions. Finally, the wait is over.
In INNER HARBOR, Philip takes center stage. Commuting back and
forth from the Quinn's family home to his job in Baltimore is
demanding, but it lets him take care of Seth and run the new Quinn
family boat building business.
One weekend, Dr. Sybill Griffin drops by the boatyard as the
brothers are finishing up a boat for a customer. It gradually
becomes clear that Sybill has some mysterious connection to Seth.
To complicate matters, Philip also becomes attracted to
As the story unfolds, the mystery surrounding Seth is resolved and
Philip and Sybill fall deeply in love.
Nora Roberts excels at creating strong relationships between her
characters, and, once again, these relationships — between
brothers, lovers, and friends — create an atmosphere in which
growth, change, and acceptance thrive.
Reviewed by Jeanny V. House on January 22, 2011