Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias book 1)

Maddie Townsend might live in a town called Serenity, but there's been nothing calm or peaceful about her life since her marriage broke up.

This stay-at-home mum has no job skills, an out-of-control sixteen-year-old son, a talkative fourteen-year-old who's suddenly gone silent, a six-year-old daughter whose heart is broken, an ex-husband whose younger girlfriend is expecting their baby and two best friends who think she's somehow qualified to help them open a fitness spa for women.

But this is nothing compared to the chaos that ensues when she discovers that her son's sports coach has feelings for her and the whole town disapproves. Maddie's faced a lot of challenges lately with strength and resolve, but Cal Maddox may turn out to be more than she can handle. Then again, he could just be the one man who can help her find serenity.

Let’s start off by saying I love the Netflix Show Sweet Magnolias, and after devouring season 2 really quickly, I had to jump into the books. I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy the books with watching the show first but wow, how different are the show and the book! 

I read somewhere that the first season follows the first 3 books, and then the show took its own direction. There were some similarities, and some parts of the book I remember being in the show, but there were so many things going on that didn’t happen in the show, which made it really enjoyable.

I love the three main ladies, and yes I did read all of the characters in the actresses voices. Maddie is such a strong woman, how she sticks up for herself, puts her kids needs before anything else, and in the face of everything that is going on. Dana Sue is warm and caring, she likes to feed people and make them happy, which sounds right up my street. Miss Helen is fiesty, she seems like someone you definitely want in your corner.

It’s a fast moving story, but easy to follow. Lots of romance, sweet kisses, and warm hugs. I’m excited to jump into the next book.

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