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Sherryl Woods has been one of my favorite writers for years. If a book doesn't hold my interest by chapter three i won't continue to read. Thank you for writing books that are an excellent read. Pick up a Sherryl Woods book and see where the adventure takes you.
Honeysuckle Summer: A Sweet Magnolias Novel, Book 7 is by Sherryl Woods. This book is about Raylene. Raylene had come home to Serenity to get away from her abusive husband before he killed her. Her Mother wouldn’t give her any help; but her childhood friends did. Sarah took her into her home and she helped take care of her children. Raylene had agoraphobia and couldn’t go outside so the nanny took them outside and to the park. It worked for all of them. One day while the children were outside, Raylene turned around to get them some lemonade and cookies. In seconds, Tommy was gone and Raylene couldn’t hunt for him. She called Sarah and the police and was frozen to the porch. As the many volunteers looked for Tommy. The newest officer, Carter Rollins, found Tommy and brought him home. He was fast in blaming Raylene in not getting out to find him. However, he said little and then went home to his two sisters. Raylene got the message from him and wanted to move out so she couldn’t harm Tommy or Libby; but Sarah and Travis wouldn’t let her. She wasn’t leaving until she could leave on her own. Until then, that’s what friends were for. Later that evening, Travis was able to talk to Carter and tell him about Raylene’s agoraphobia so Carter felt he needed to help her if she would let him. In return, she could help him with his two teenage sisters. Was it a fair trade?
Ok, I confess; I am addicted! Sherryl Woods created such great characters for her Sweet Magnolia series that as son as I finish one volume, I rush to read the next. There are still some organizational challenges for me as a reader: her jumps from one character and issue in one paragraph to another character and issue in another is always disconcerting. However, woods' strength comes from the broad sweep of characters with whom she people's the town of Serenity. With overlapping stories, and for the most part, their continued presence in subsequent volumes, the main characters, the two generations of Sweet Magnolias, and other peripheral characters, Woods really facilitates the readers' connection to, and identification with the residents of Serenity. Her books are similar to soap operas which allow such intimacy with the characters that you cannot give up the fascination with what is going to happen next and to whom. This volume is particularly satisfying as there is adequate closure for all the main characters as well as much-needed references to answer questions about previously featured characters. I do recommend this series although I give fair warning that you will get hooked, just as I am!
The plot centers around a woman experiencing domestic abuse and returns to a small town to friends that try to help. A new relationship develops. A subplot develops with a teen suffering with anorexia. Counseling makes a difference as does community support.