This book was definitely better than the first one in this series. It has realism and sadness, hope and happiness, hate turned to love, distrust turned to trust; all the important emotions in a modern love story. Liked it a lot.
I really enjoy the sweet magnolia series!!!
This is my first full length book by Sherryl Woods. I read one of her short stories and was impressed by it.
Like her short stories, Wood's characters are not perfect. They don't always do what is right or act in a way we would want a hero/heroine to act, but I think that's where the appeal is for me.
Reconciliation with a cheating spouse is a hard sale for me. Most often I always feel the apology and winning the trust back lacking. On top of that, everyone around that throws their two-cents can be annoying. While the book did contain these things, I still enjoyed and the journey these two people shared. I was disappointed that Ronnie never really said he was sorry and he even threw in the much dreaded "Don't throw away twenty years of a good marriage for one mistake I made." That always bothered me when I hear that because didn't the cheater throw away twenty good years for that one mistake as well? He also used sex as a winning point a bit too much. I'm not sure they really dealt with why he cheated in the first place other than that he took her for granted.
So what won out for me in this book? It had to be Annie's eating disorder and how everyone came together to deal with that. It was beautifully done and I cried quite a bit throughout the book for the emotional reactions of all the characters.
Ultimately I wasn't exactly rooting for Ronnie and Dana Sue. To me it wasn't important if they made it or not but I loved the healing that took place among the family and friends in regards to their health. I look forward to reading more from this author.