Swan Point (A Sweet Magnolias Novel)
About the Book:
Determined to build a new life for her family after her divorce, Adelia Hernandez has bought a home in the historic Swan Point neighborhood of Serenity. Promoted to manager of Main Street's most fashionable boutique, she feels revitalized and ready for a fresh start as a single mom. But barely into this new independent phase, she crosses paths with the sexiest man to hit Serenity in years.
Gabe Franklin, back in town to make amends for past mistakes, has no intention of settling down, but Adelia's proving irresistible. Cheered on by their friends, "the Sweet Magnolias," Gabe is bringing long-absent passion and laughter into Adelia's life. To his surprise—and hers—sometimes a rolling stone is just what it takes to build the rock-solid foundation of a family.
Fans of the Sweet Magnolia series will enjoy this installment in the long-running saga. Those new to it may have a little trouble keeping track of all the characters and their relationships, and will wonder why some were even mentioned. For the uninitiated, the Sweet Magnolias are a group of women from this small town. Most grew up together, though they have expanded their circle to include other main characters in the books. It is the prototypical small town where everyone knows (or at least thinks they know) everyone else's business.
One thing I didn't like about the book is the references to Catholicism. The references weren't necessary to the story, and frankly Sherryl Woods gets it wrong. On the one hand she has people staying in bad marriages because of Church rules, but then has them doing things against other Church rules without a mention. I can't give more details without spoilers, but I've seen it in other books by Woods.
The book is squeaky clean, no one goes to bed with anyone that we know of.
Gabe and Adelia are both likable characters who have been hurt in the past. Adelia is coming off a bad marriage; Gabe had a bad childhood. Adelia knows she is worth loving and won't settle for less; Gabe doesn't think he is worth loving and won't reach for real love. Will they get together?
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B.