by Sherryl Woods

February 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2363-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods is the first title in her newest trilogy. Three friends who grew up in Serenity, South Carolina and still make it their home are the heroines of this new series, known as Sweet Magnolias.

Maddie Townsend is the lead character in Stealing Home. Her marriage of twenty years is just ending, and the sense of loss and doom she feels is almost overwhelming to her. What will life be like for her post divorce? After having been a wife and mother for the better part of twenty years will she discover that she had talents that lay dormant and now are ready to surface?

Thanks to her best friends, Dana Sue and Helen Maddie, she will not be alone as she learns to live life after divorce. Also thanks to them Maddie has a new business opportunity to be involved in, and prove to one and all that there’s more to her than being a wife and mother. The sailing will not be smooth, and when she gets blown off course will she return to port to wait out the storm, or will she drop anchor and ride it out?

As Maddie quickly discovers there’s an ugliness to divorce that infiltrates those left behind no matter how careful you are to not speak ill of the person leaving. Her son Ty is in trouble. Acting out by letting his grades drop, and not concentrating on his baseball skills, and in imminent danger of losing his spot as the starting pitcher. Kevin, her middle child who was always outgoing and cracking jokes, becomes a more sullen child, and Katie only six years old is always crying and asking when Daddy is coming home.

How her friends, family, and even Ty’s baseball coach rally around her to help is a truly touching story. But not all in town are happy about the blooming relationship between Maddie, and Cal, the baseball coach. To find out why and what happens you’ll have to read Stealing Home.

As I turned the last page I was truly satisfied with Maddie’s growth and handling of the divorce. I was a bit surprised at the ending, but will tell you that it nicely leads into the following book.

Stealing Home is sure to find itself on many a reader’s keeper shelf.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Sandi.

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