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 if Maddie is a tad on edge with all that on her plate, it’s nothing compared to the chaos that ensues when she discovers that her son’s baseball 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 in all of South Carolina who can help her find serenity.
Dana Sue might run the best little restaurant in Serenity, but when you’re feeding a small town things can get a bit hot in the kitchen.
Never mind that she’s putting on too many pounds (an occupational hazard for a chef)-she’s worried about her too-skinny teenage daughter, Annie.
But sometimes life picks strange ways to mend fences. When Annie lands in the hospital, Dana Sue reaches out to the man she loves to hate: Ron, the husband who took her heart when she threw him out. Ron is still Annie’s white knight, even if he’s decidedly more tarnished in Dana Sue’s eyes. But he still looks good enough to eat, and maybe, just maybe, to forgive.
Once, Ron made the mistake of letting go without a proper fight. But now Dana Sue is about to get another taste of sweet devotion from a man tired of feeling like a fool, hungry for that slice of heaven he found with her.
I received copies of these books from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Currently, a NetFlix series this story set in Serenity South Carolina is a heartwarming mix of family drama friendship and small-town romance. Focusing on the Sweet Magnolias, best friends Maddie, Dana Sue and Helen have a lifelong friendship. Maddie is the focus of Stealing Home.
Family drama when Maddie’s marriage ends unexpectedly, a new career and forbidden romance all contribute to this story’s addictive quality. There’s a believable dynamic between the three women, as they unite against double standards and malicious gossip. Maddie’s emotional journey is realistic and uplifting. Her gentle romance with Cal is the spice in the story, but her doubts are authentic and keep you guessing.
A Slice of Heaven
A Slice of Heaven the second book of the Sweet Magnolias’ series focuses on Dana Sue. This story has the same small town ethos and heartwarming friendship but explores eating disorders and their effect on families and friendships. Annie Dana Sue’s daughter has Anorexia. Annie’s story is complex and poignant.
There is a second chance romance between Dana Sue and Ronnie to balance the emotional drama. Ronnie is not easy to empathise but does have redeeming qualities.
This story is engaging and sensitive.