by Sherryl Woods

April 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2436-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Itís time to put your feet up or soak in a relaxing tub and take one last journey back to Serenity, South Carolina. Feels Like Family is the last story in what has been a truly delightful trilogy by Sherryl Woods. Iím confident that when readers begin to read Helenís story they will be unwilling to get up until the last page has been turned.

Helen Decatur has spent her entire life setting goals for herself and doing almost anything to achieve them. The one goal she never set was to settle down and raise a family. Now in her early forties Helen is beginning to hear the ticking of her biological clock and is seriously considering becoming a mother.

Enter Erik, the chef, at Sullivanís a restaurant owned by one of Helenís best friends. Dana Sue canít help but think the two would be a perfect couple. When the ex-husband of one of Helenís clients poses a potential threat everyone believes that Erik is the perfect choice to help protect Helen from any danger.

Itís not long before the relationship between Erik and Helen is going full steam ahead. Both have issues that must be dealt with if theyíre going to live together in peace and harmony. The chances of a happily ever after seem slim when Helen purposely sets out to deceive Erik. He feels used and strikes back making Helen feel forced into a decision that she doesnít see having a happy ending.

Ms. Woods handles a difficult storyline with ease. As tension escalates so does the speed with which readers will read, as theyíll be unable to put down Feels Like Family. I found myself totally engrossed in not only the story of Helen and Erik, but also rooting for Karen a strong secondary character to come out of her personal traumas stronger and with her own happy ending.

My only complaint is now this highly entertaining series is over. I wish there was a way to get a follow up that is several years into the future to see if the next generation of Sweet Magnolias has bonded like their mothers did.

Reviewed in March 2007 by Sandi.

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