by Karin, guest reviewer from Savvy Thinker.
This is book 6 in the Sweet Magnolia series, but it is the second one I have read.
I am really enjoying these books. I’ve already been to the library searching out others the author has written. The characters are endearing, warm and real. I am left with a good feeling when I finish the books.
This is Travis’ and Sarah’s story. Travis is an ex-ball player. Sarah is the divorced mother of two whose ex-husband tore her down at every opportunity, following his parents’ lead. She ultimately found the strength to leave him. She is beginning to put her life back together on a stronger footing.
Her friend Raylene lives with her as she recovers from her abusive marriage and lives with agoraphobia.
When the book opens Sarah is a waitress. She has the gift of gab, talking with the people at her tables, and enjoying their lives. Enter Travis, a man new to town, who occupies one of her tables, and disturbs her on many levels as he begins to tease her. He sees in Sarah what she doesn't see in herself.
Meantime, Walter, her ex-husband is having his own epiphanies. He realizes that he has lost his family because he wasn’t much of a man. He quits the family business and stands up to his parents. He knows there isn’t a chance with Sarah again, but they can become friends. And he begins a friendship with Raylene which carries into the book I read first, but comes after in real time.
I loved the book and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I like that the characters grow. I also like that the author views her characters compassionately. They are characters we can love. And so is the love story. Even the peripheral characters are well developed.
Here’s what I wrote when I reviewed this at my blog:
I love spending time in Serenity -- and that pun is intended! and perhaps may have contributed to the name of the town.
Have you read it? or any of Sherryl Woods' books?
You can read my review of Honeysuckle Summer at Savvy Thinker.