Uncategorized

Sweet Tea at Sunrise. Sherryl Woods

book cover

Sweet Tea at Sunrise
Sherryl Woods
Published: MIRA
Date: 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 389
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Local library
Add to Goodreads

Emotionally wounded single mom Sarah Price has come home to Serenity, South Carolina, for a fresh start. With support from her two best friends; the newest generation of the Sweet Magnolias; she can face any crisis.

But sometimes a woman needs more than even treasured friends can provide. Sexy Travis McDonald may be exactly what Sarah’s battered self-confidence requires. The newcomer is intent on getting Sarah to work at his fledgling radio station; and maybe into his bed, as well.

Sarah has learned not to trust sweet words. She’ll measure the man by his actions. Is Travis the one to heal her heart? Or will he break it again?

My thoughts banner
Sweet Tea at Sunrise is #6 in the Sweet Magnolia series.  It is the second one in a trilogy about the younger generation in this South Carolina town.  It is the story of Sarah, friend of Annie and Raylene who is now living with Sarah.
Sarah has come through a difficult divorce, her past husband eroded her self-esteem by continually picking on her and pointing out her faults.  Therefore it is difficult for her to believe it when Travis starts to pay attention to her.  Unlike her past husband – Walter, he has only positive things to say. Will she believe him?
Sarah is a great mother, a forgiving woman and also a talented one.  I loved seeing her go from strength to strength on the new local radio station.  It was also interesting to see how her relationship develops with Travis and alongside that how Walter is tangled up in it all.  Travis’ dad is not a great role model and for quite awhile Sarah seems to get mixed up with the idea that the apple does not fall far from the tree!  What is Travis real nature, is he is own man and can Sarah trust him.  I loved Raylene’s gentle prodding in this area.  
All the usual characters waft in and out of the story, it seems a lot of them are pregnant, so the town is soon to have a boost in population.  Sherryl Woods always writes a good story and this one is just that.
3.5 stars

Uncategorized

Home in Carolina. Sherryl Woods

Book Cover

Home in Carolina
Sherryl Woods
Published: MIRA
Date: 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 375
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Local Library
Add to Goodreads

There’s no place like home, especially if it’s Serenity, South Carolina. For Annie Sullivan, though, the homecoming is bittersweet. She’d always envisioned a life there with her childhood best friend, Tyler Townsend. But Ty’s betrayal has cost her the family and the future they’d once planned.

For Ty, losing Annie was heartbreaking. Still, he can’t imagine life without the three-year-old son whose mother left him for Ty to raise. Ty wants it all; Annie, his child and the future he’d dreamed about; and he’s back home in Serenity to fight for it. But getting Annie to forgive and forget may be the hardest challenge he’s ever faced. With the stakes so high, this is one game he can’t afford to lose.

My thoughts banner
Home in Carolina is the fifth book in Sherryl Wood’s Sweet Magnolia series.  Like the previous ones I enjoyed it, although I had one reservation.
We met Ty and Annie is the earlier books when Ty was struggling with his parents’ divorce and his own promising possible future as a baseball player.  Now he is back in town to recuperate from an injury and with him is his son Ty.  
Annie has recovered from her bout with anorexia, and is now a sports injury therapist at the local women’s spa.  When Ty returns she is not keen to meet up with him again because of his betrayal of her.
However Ty is out to woo her and win her back, knowing their love is deeper than she acknowledges. Yet the appearance on the scene of the mother of Ty’s son seems to throw a huge curve ball not only for Ty but for Annie too.
I enjoyed the plot line and the addition of two of Annie’s friends, between them they seem to be assembling a junior version of the Sweet Magnolias.  I can see that Sarah and Raylene will most likely feature in future books.
What I did quibble with a little was Annie, I just didn’t enjoy her on again, off again attitude. Sure she had some reason to be cautious but I think the time was long past for that and it was time to be there for Ty.

3.5 stars
Uncategorized

Welcome to Serenity Sherryl Woods

Book Cover Welcome to Serenity

Welcome to Serenity
Sherryl Woods
Published: Harlequin Mira
Date: 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 408
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Own book

When Jeanette Brioche helped launch The Corner Spa in Serenity, South Carolina, she found a whole lot more than professional satisfaction. She discovered the deep and loyal friendships that had been missing from her life. But even the Sweet Magnolias can’t mend the terrible rift between Jeanette and her family or persuade her that the holidays are anything more than a season of misery.Pushed into working on the town’s much-loved annual Christmas festival, Jeanette teams up with the sexy new town manager. Tom McDonald may be the only person in Serenity who’s less enthused about family and the holidays than she is.

But with tree decorations going up on the town square and a bit of romance in the air, Jeanette and Tom take a fresh look at the past and a hopeful look into the future. Together they discover that this just may be a season of miracles after all.

My thoughts banner
Welcome to Serenity is #4 in Sherryl Woods’ Meddling Sweet Magnolia series.  This one was every bit as enjoyable as the previous books and for all the same reasons.  A small town group of people who on the whole get on well together, support each other and are there when it counts.
Jeanette works at the spa and it is her turn to find someone to love.  She has a sad background that has caused a rift from her parents, not of her making, but due to circumstance and illness.  She is not the quiet retiring type though, if someone steps on her toes she can deal with it and speak her mind.
Tom who is new to town has family issues too.  While he comes from a wealthy background he wants to make his own way and choose his own work.  This doesn’t please his parents, especially his Mom, who is a little bit of a snob – which is putting it mildly.
With the help of Dana Sue, Maddie and Helen – all in the background of course – Jeanette and Tom begin to form a relationship with all the ups and downs along the way.  Tom is very keen, Jeanette a little more reluctant and dubious.  She sees Tom has having bigger ideas than Serenity and she does not want to leave the place.
As well we have a smaller story of Mary Vaughn and Sonny.  The were divorced ten years ago because Sonny didn’t want to be second best in Mary Vaughn’s eyes.  Now as time goes by, Mary Vaughn is beginning to see things differently, and she is also appreciative of the friendship forming between her and Jeanette.
Another enjoyable read in the series, I plan to read through most of the books in the series by the end of the year – I came to these books by reading #10 Swan Point!
4 stars