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I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Thoughts on ... Midnight Promises

Sherryl Woods has added to her Sweet Magnolia world with a new trilogy. I've only read the original story (Stealing Home) and I was a little disappointed at one of the spoilers in this book. Until I thought about it some more and realized it was wonderful to have the characters I knew from the first book involved in this one. I would totally recommend you read the whole series but can say that you should be just fine if you start with Midnight Promises. I can also say that I'm sure you'll be happy to go back to the beginning ;-)

My copy is an uncorrected proof and I did find one, minor, case of "oops" that I hope was corrected but was not that big of deal if it wasn't.

There is a "Dear Friends" letter explaining why the couple she had sent to the alter to in previous story needed a new one. The prologue ends with what may have been the end of the first story.
She lifted her gaze until she met Elliott's, then took that first confident, trusting step down the aisle into the future that promised to be everything her first marriage hadn't been.
This is a story about what happens after "you may kiss the Bride". The different viewpoints, the in-laws, the compromises. Step-children. Both working and struggling to find together time. The lessons learned from a previous marriage. All the stuff that happens on your way to "happily ever after."

There were several story lines going on at once, just like in real life and I'm hoping they are continued in the next books. I loved that the interaction between Elliott and Karen wasn't perfect. That they made mistakes just like we do. Serenity is the best of small town America but is far from perfect and that is refreshing also. I would totally move there if I could. I wonder if they need a bookstore? Maybe a craft store.

Does our Cinderella get her happy ending? Take a guess, this is a romance book after all :-)

Midnight Promises is currently available but you'll have to wait for book 2: Catching Fireflies and book 3: Where Azaleas Bloom. Luckily for us, they'll be released in 2012! If you can wait long enough, I wouldn't be able to, the trilogy would make a great winter-time gift.

When I was asked to review Midnight Promises, it was because I've read/reviewed romance. I have read Sherryl Woods but it had been a long time and I hadn't read any of the Sweet Magnolia novels. I love ebooks ;-) and purchased Stealing Home right away. Loved it. I didn't read any of the others until this one and I'm excited to read the whole series. I am going to start by reading Catching Fireflies because I received the whole trilogy. yea!

Sherryl Woods website. She also has a blog and a Facebook account.

Midnight Promises is available at amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Mira/Harlequin. Mass Market Paperback, multiple ebook formats, audio and large print hardcover. Be sure to check your favorite bookseller.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of the publisher and amazon

Midnight Promises
A Sweet Magnolia Novel
by Sherryl Woods

publisher: Harlequin MIRA
ISBN: 9780778313489
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages plus Discussion Questions

Grade: B+

Product Description:
When Elliott Cruz first courted struggling single mom Karen Ames, it was a romance worthy of any Sweet Magnolia fantasy. The sexy personal trainer made it his mission to restore Karen's strength—physical and emotional—and to charm her children.

Now, a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear them apart. Elliott's desire to finance the business opportunity of a lifetime with their hard-earned "baby money" stirs Karen's deep-rooted financial insecurities. It's the discovery that their brother-in-law is cheating on Elliott's sister—and thinks it's justified—that puts their irreconcilable differences into perspective. Will their own loving fidelity be a bond so strong they can triumph against all odds?

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1 comment:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I may have to put this latest trilogy on my list. I read the first several in the series and then got away from it. Glad to hear you enjoyed Midnight Promises.


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