As the winter doldrums turn to thoughts of spring and thoughts of young love is there a better way to celebrate than to sit down with a book guaranteed to bring a smile to your face? I for one think not and the book I’d like to suggest is Sweet Tea at Sunrise by Sheryl Woods.
Fans of Ms. Woods have been anxious for more stories regarding the Sweet Magnolias of Serenity, South Carolina, and fortunately for us Ms. Woods has obliged with three stories about a second generation of Sweet Magnolias. Sweet Tea at Sunrise is the story of Sarah Price who as a young girl was best friends with Annie and Raylene. Annie as you may remember is founding Sweet Magnolia member, Dana Sue Sullivan’s daughter; Raylene was first introduced to us in the previous book Home To Carolina.
Sarah is settling into life in Serenity after her divorce from her husband Walter. She’s beginning to discover who she is, and regaining the confidence that was lost while married to Walter. What she doesn’t want is a relationship with Travis McDonald, an ex baseball star with a reputation as a ladies man...but Travis just might have other plans.
As Sweet Tea at Sunrise opens Travis is unsettled, but it truly doesn’t take long for him to decide that Serenity has many things he wants in life including a relationship with Sarah. However, it’s unclear whether the welcoming committee is rolling out the red carpet for Travis until he can once and for all prove that you shouldn’t judge a man by his reputation.
I really enjoyed watching Sarah and Travis have a very public courtship. The townspeople all seemed to have something to say about whether or not they thought the relationship would work, and Ms. Woods' characters seemed to leap off the pages, and make the reader wish that Serenity truly existed and was a place where they could one day reside.
Sweet Tea At Sunrise brings us up to date with the older generation of Sweet Magnolias and fortunately, they don’t overpower the younger generation with their story. At the end of Sweet Tea At Sunrise the only problem readers will have is waiting for Raylene’s story, Honeysuckle Summer.