Wednesday, September 12, 2012


A Sweet Magnolia Novel, Book 8
Published: Mira Books
Date published: June 26th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7783-1348-9
Contemporary Romance
Obtained via Publisher/Netgalley
Reviewed by Dawn

When Elliott Cruz married Karen Ames, he thought their life would be perfect. In love, determined to make this marriage work, both didn’t anticipate two careers, crazy work hours, two kids, meddling families and past emotional baggage that can tear a couple apart. Now these two have to figure out how to compromise as one’s dream becomes another’s nightmare. Can Karen and Elliott find a way to make it past all the bumps in their relationship before it implodes?

I absolutely adore the Sweet Magnolias series by author Sherryl Woods. She has a great way of showing the reader the inside of relationship-warts and all and MIDNIGHT PROMISES is no exception. I couldn’t put this one down. I think I read it in three hours-it was that engrossing. The past cast of characters come back, as Elliott and Karen try to figure out their different dreams, as well as try to keep their marriage alive. What happens after you say ‘I do’ is when the real work begins as these two find out the hard way. I love the dynamics between Elliott and Karen as a couple as well as the dynamics they have with their families and friends. The writing is tight, storyline moves at a nice even pace plus the characters are very well written. I know when I open a Sherryl Woods story I am coming home to see old friends and meet some new ones as well.

Ms. Woods shows the realistic side to being married, when you work at your relationship every day, try to fit in scheduled date nights especially if the couple, like Elliott and Karen, are working different schedules and raising kids to boot. Neither partner is perfect as both have emotional baggage that causes them to react not in the way their partner wants them too. I loved how these two tried to see where the other was coming from, to be supportive even as their fears tried to consume them. The strong bond these two had made the story that much stronger, in my opinion.

The secondary plot lines involving the Senior Magnolias brought me to tears-with laughter-at times especially as they deal with aging among other items plus the unraveling of Elliott’s sister’s marriage had me on the edge of my seat. But overall, this is a story of love, friendship, families and friends. If you enjoyed past Sweet Magnolias stories then you will enjoy meeting back up with them in this latest addition to the series. I cannot wait to see what the next book is about.


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