It’s time to sit back, relax, and take a journey back to Serenity, South Carolina in A Slice of Heaven, the second book in Sherryl Woods Sweet Magnolias trilogy.
A Slice of Heaven is the story of Dana Sue Sullivan and her struggles to not only help her daughter Annie who is suffering from anorexia, but to also work through her own health issues. Dana Sue is in danger of becoming diabetic if she doesn’t do a better job of watching her own diet and exercise regimes more closely.
Both Annie and Dana Sue have unhealthy eating habits that seem to be tied to the unfortunate break up of the marriage between Dana Sue and her ex-husband Ronnie. When Annie’s health reaches a critical stage, and she is hospitalized Dana Sue knows that she must call Ronnie and inform him.
Ronnie who has been struggling with the divorce and the fact he too easily gave up on his family takes this unforeseen opportunity to uproot his life and set those roots back down in Serenity. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to see Annie back to health, and Dana Sue back in his life on a permanent basis.
Ms. Woods has certainly shown the dark side of anorexia, and the dangers of not watching your diet regardless of being overweight or underweight. I, however, was left feeling like Annie’s recovery from her anorexia was a little too easy, and that Dana Sue’s struggle to control her impulsive eating of foods that would lead to full blown diabetes was treated a tad too lightly. I do realize we read for fun, and that we as readers want both Dana Sue and Annie to lead happy healthy lives, but feel a small setback by both characters might have shown the struggle and the willingness to overcome it.
Again, A Slice of Heaven is a great study in living in a small town and having a lifelong support system. I enjoyed A Slice of Heaven and am looking forward to the last book in the series with eager anticipation.