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Friday, May 14, 2010

Review - Honeysuckle Summer by Sherryl Woods

Title: Honeysuckle Summer

Author: Sherryl Woods

Publisher: Mira Publishing

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Reviewed by: Val

Her devastating marriage behind her, Raylene Hammond is truly thankful for her best friends, the Sweet Magnolias. They’ve taken her in, shielding her from the world. Then she meets sheriff’s deputy Carter Rollins, and suddenly Raylene’s haven no longer feels quite so safe.
Carter understands why Raylene is trapped inside. He’s even taken to bringing the outside world to her. But with two kid sisters to raise, just how much time can he devote to this woman who's stolen his heart?
Raylene knows Carter is a man worth loving, but she may never be strong enough to accept what he’s offering. How long can she ask him to wait? Maybe they’ll never have more than this one sweet summer.

I fell in love with this book within the first few pages. Raylene's character was complex, emotional and strong. She faced issues with integrity while trying to help those around her. The relationship between Raylene and Carter was breathtaking. He was incredibly patient with her and was everything I look for in a romantic hero. The friendship between the Sweet Magnolia's was what we are look for I believe. They were funny (especially on Margarita night), supportive and wouldn't take no for an answer, I don't want to give away any of the book but loved the ending!

Honeysuckle Summer was an outstanding read! Covering everything from agoraphobia to domestic abuse, there was not a dull moment. I would have thought that covering so many issues in one book would be overpowering but it truly wasn't. Ms. Woods did an extraordinary job of weaving complicated issues with understanding and excellent factual information. This is the second book I have read in The Sweet Magnolia's series and I must go back and buy the rest. These are definitely "not to be missed" books. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about strong friendships, love and a whole lot of humor.

Honeysuckle Summer is #7 in the Sweet Magnolia series. I am listing the books in the series in order because I KNOW you will want to catch the other books in the series. Each book can be read as a standalone book and references relationships from previous books. Ms. Woods always gives you enough information on the back history to know what is going on. Happy Reading!

#1 Stealing Home
#2 A Slice of Heaven
#3 Feels Like Family
#4 Welcome to Serenity
#5 Home in Carolina
#6 Sweet Tea at Sunrise
#7 Honeysuckle Summer

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