This book was sent to Traveling With T for the consideration of a fair and honest review.
Adelia Hernandez, recently divorced from her husband, Ernesto- has moved to the Swan Point neighborhood of the small town of Serenity. While a divorce is hard for everyone normally- Adelia is feeling the pressure even more- she wants to protect her children from more hurt by Ernesto, she is dealing with family fall-out (her family does not believe in divorce) and grappling with the fact that Ernesto made her feel like less than a woman with his putdowns and affairs.
With Adelia being newly single, she wants to enjoy her independence, focus on her kids, and work on her house.
Then she sees Gabe Franklin.
Gabe Franklin, just back home in Serenity, is dealing with his own issues. Being back in the town that taunted his mom for her morals with married men, the town where Gabe would fight anyone who talked badly about his mom, the town that he left as soon as he could- is new to him. But, his cousin needs him- and Gabe wishes to make amends for some his past mistakes. What Gabe never intends, though, is to stay in Serenity that long. He always planned to leave again.
Until he meets Adelia Hernadez.
Adelia and Gabe have an attraction to each other- but both come with their own baggage (her- kids, divorced, coping with feelings of hurt and pain and him- feelings of past pain and hurt from how the town treated his mom and feeling like he does not want marriage, etc- too afraid to hurt someone). With each encounter, though, the attraction grows stronger- and they start to wonder about the possibility of a future.
With the help of the Sweet Magnolias- a group of ladies that are friends and support the townsfolk ( and like to gossip a bit!)- will Adelia and Gabe realize that they are perfect for each other and give love a chance to bloom? They will if the Sweet Magnolias have anything to say!
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
This is my first Sherryl Woods in the Sweet Magnolias series (but my second Sherryl Woods book). My first read being a Christmas themed one and all sweet romance- I was unsure what this one would be like.
Let me start with some of the negative: Gabe and Adelia spent far too much of this book worrying about and talking about why they shouldn’t be together. I understood some of the concerns ( they were totally valid) BUT, a few pages could have been cut out with some of the worrying. Just saying.
However, the rest of the book- the small- town atmosphere, the friendly neighbors- all that made this book enjoyable.
SWAN LAKE was a book that I found to be a nice read by the pool- and the type of book that you can read the entire series OR pick and choose the books in the series that sound good to you!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for consideration of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T