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Midnight Promises (A Sweet Magnolia Novel) Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
Book 8 of 11 in the Sweet Magnolias Series

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"Sherryl Woods always delights her readers-including me!"

-#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

"Woods is the master of conveying emotions of the heart."-RT Book Reviews on Beach Lane

"Sherryl Woods gives her characters depth, intensity, and the right amount of humor."

-RT Book Reviews

"Once again, Woods proves her expertise in matters of the heart as she gives us characters that we genuinely relate to and care about. A truly delightful read!"

-RT Book Reviews on Moonlight Cove

"Characters are handled well and have real chemistry-as well as a way with one-liners."

-RT Book Reviews on Harbor Lights

"Love, marriage, family, and forgiveness all play an important part in Woods' latest richly nourishing, holiday-spiced novel." -Chicago Tribune on A Chesapeake Shores Christmas

"Sparks fly in a lively tale that is overflowing with family conflict and the possibility of rekindled love."

-Library Journal on Flowers on Main

"Launching the Chesapeake Shores series, Woods creates an engrossing...family drama."

-Publishers Weekly on The Inn at Eagle Point

About the Author

With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than 100 books in that distinctive setting, whether in her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. Sherryl is best known for her ability to creating endearing small town communities and families. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Sweet Magnolia Novel
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778313484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778313489
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than 100 books in that distinctive setting, whether her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. She's also especially partial to small towns wherever they may be. In Amazing Gracie, as in her later Trinity Harbor series, Woods creates a fictional version of the town where she spends summers on the shores of the Potomac River. "This town just lends itself to fascinating characters and a charming locale," she says.

A member of Novelists Inc., Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America, Sherryl divides her time between her childhood summer home overlooking the Potomac River in Colonial Beach, Virginia, and her oceanfront home with its lighthouse view, in Key Biscayne, Florida. "Wherever I am, if there's no water in sight, I get a little antsy," she says.

Sherryl also loves hearing from readers. You can join her at her blog, www.justbetweenfriendsblog.com, visit her Web site at www.sherrylwoods.com or contact her directly at Sherryl703@gmail.com.

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In Midnight Promises, Sherryl Woods' presents her readers with an in-depth and realistic look at what happens after the wedding vows are exchanged. Elliot Cruz and Karen Ames discover saying "I Do" is easy, but making a marriage work in the midst of everyday life? Well, let's just say our couple has a lot to learn about themselves and each other.

Elliot Cruz and Karen Ames have what is probably a fairly typical marriage. Busy careers, long hours and working opposite shifts leave this couple little time together. Two kids, financial stress and extended family involvement provide additional strain on their fragile relationship. Lack of communication, secrets, trust issues and their respective emotional baggage threaten to destroy their marriage.

Ms. Woods beautifully illustrates that successful marriages take hard work. While it may not be romantic, dates sometimes have to be scheduled so couples can reconnect. Families are often a blessing and a curse. Each partner brings their own vulnerabilities and fears to the marriage and it is up to both people to work at understanding where the other person is coming from. Neither partner is perfect and mistakes are inevitable. Learning from those mistakes and self-reflection play a crucial role in resolving the issues facing Elliot and Karen.

The secondary plotlines are well-written and the conflicts provide added depth and substance to the main plot. Elliot's sister Adelia is going through a marital crisis that forces her to reassess her values and her traditional Hispanic upbringing. Surrogate mother/grandmother Frances is frightened by the implications of an unexpected health problem.

Midnight Promises is a delightful addition to the Sweet Magnolias series.
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Disappointed in this book - Sherryl Woods has been a bit hit and miss in recent years. She seems to have too many female characters who spend all this time agonising and complaining. In this one Karen spent most of the book getting bent out of shape over very decision Elliot made. You got the impression the poor guy couldnt have bought himself new underwear without her having a meltdown because he didnt consult her first! Really got a bit tedious.
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It's great to be back visiting in Serenity! While I enjoy the boy/girl romances - this book reaches a different level. Sherryl Woods captures the concerns so many of us face in the happily ever after times. I could so relate to the trust issues Karen faced. I, too, had a Ray as an ex-husband. It leaves you confused and shattered, unable to believe someone can be completely trusted. Sherryl Woods certainly takes a very insightful look at the communication skills needed to make a successful marriage.

Also enjoyed the Senior Sweet Magnolias. Aging myself and also dealing with an aging parent, Woods gave me hope for the future. It's a good lesson to remember "Keep looking forward. Make new memories" Think I'll plan a trip to Vegas.
Great summer read!
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I love the Sweet Magnolia Series. All of the characters in this series are just wonderful and I love visiting with them book after book. Each story introduces a new couple, with their own challenges and troubles, but we get to visit with old friends and see where things are going and how everyone is. I think that this is one of the things that sets Sherryl Woods apart from other contemporary author is that most other series just revisit a whole group of character but she make the main story about new or reintroduced characters with just side peeks into the other lives.

Midnight Promises starts with Karen frustrated with Elliott again he know her history but yet seems to be keeping things from her and she is afraid that she is going to loses everything again. Her ex-husband up and left her with a ton of debt and she will not let it happen again. She is stressed to the max. A friend in the the restaurant she works at leaks that her husband is looking to start a men's only gym with a few of the other men. This is the first that she has heard of it and she is furious. She stops off to the women's only gym he is currently working at but is stopped by her old neighbor who talks her out of storming in and listens to what Karen has to say. The neighbor realizes that they needs some time together and offers to watch the kids.

Karen struggles to trust Elliott and his plan to start this gym especially since he want to spend the "baby money" they have save and a loan from the other men to get it off the ground but she puts her trust in him hoping that things will work out. Along the way she is taken in by the Sweet Magnolia's and finally feels like she belongs. But will everything work out with the gym?
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All too often when you read a romance it is boy meets girl; they fall in love; they have fight; they make up; and everything is honky dory. But that is honestly not what happens all too often, even the Cinderella/Prince Charming couple has their ups and downs and that is exactly what this book is about.

Karen was a single mom who got burned badly emotionally, financially and mentally by her ex-husband when we first met her in Feels Like Family. Elliot tried to sweep her off her feet as soon as he met her, but to no prevail. It just took a lot of time, patience and his Catholic family accepting her for who she was and why she was divorced (which was annuled so they could get married in the church). In Midnight Promises it is now several years later and there is still issues evolving in their relationship. Elliot is always trying to play the protector, like his father was, and not cause Karen to worry about finances. But when she finds out through friends that Elliot is going to be a partner in the new gym that is opening up in the town her doubts and fears all come out and then some. It is like she is in this comfort zone where she has gotten herself out of the financial worries from before with Ray and does not want to take any major risks. She is not thinking about the possibilities that are there if they take that money they put away to have a child of their own, place it in the gym and watch it come back ten-fold. She is also constantly worried that one day Elliot will leave her and so she does not want to risk him adopting the children. It is all about trust and when sometimes you have to really let go what has happened to you in the past in order for it to work.
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