Honeysuckle Summer by Sherryl Woods
Length: Full (374 pages)
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia
Her devastating marriage behind her, Raylene Hammond is truly thankful for her best friends, the Sweet Magnolias. They've taken her in, shielding her from the world. Then she meets sheriff's deputy Carter Rollins, and suddenly Raylene's haven no longer feels quite so safe.
Carter understands why Raylene is trapped inside. He's even taken to bringing the outside world to her. But with two kid sisters to raise, just how much time can he devote to this woman who's stolen his heart?
Raylene knows Carter is a man worth loving, but she may never be strong enough to accept what he's offering. How long can she ask him to wait? Maybe they'll never have more than this one sweet summer.
Married at eighteen to one of Charleston’s socially elite doctors, Raylene thought she had her dream-come-true life only to find herself in a dangerously abusive situation. Not even her mother supported Raylene when she finally went to the authorities with proof about her husband’s abusiveness. But, her friends in Serenity did.
Now, back in Serenity, protected and loved by the Sweet Magnolias and their incredible husbands, Raylene begins to heal, but agoraphobia has kept her prisoner inside the house for two years. Only when she feels she has put Sarah’s little boy in danger does she admit she cannot get over the problem by herself and agrees to see Dr. McDaniels, a psychologist.
Raylene’s arduous journey back to a normal life and her fear of never being able to have a normal relationship is heartbreaking at times, but with the unflagging support of old and new friends and the doctor, she wins little victories that become bigger victories that help her regain her sense of self-worth and a joy for life—hope comes.
Of course, the Sweet Magnolias and their “oh-so-special” husbands that support their feisty women rally around Raylene when her ex-husband gets out of jail. However, the sexy, long-suffering deputy Carter Rollins proves to be the catalyst that gives Raylene the courage and determination to stand up for herself.
Carter Rollins has an overwhelming challenge with his teenage sisters Carrie and Mandy, as well as a heavy professional load, but he cannot get Raylene out of his mind or his heart. He is a dream come true. Sherryl Woods does create the yummiest heroes.
Some stories within the main story add insight into social and health problems with forever friendships and familial love always shining through. The special story of Carter and his sisters Carrie and Mandy reveals their struggles to overcome the death of their parents. Carrie’s special health issues bring out how the good folks of Serenity take care of their own—even their new own. Another of the stories brings delightful bits of humor as Walter and Rory Sue, two very different personalities, find their way in this thing called love.
Sherryl Woods’ gentle, engaging style makes Honeysuckle Summer bubble with “giving” love, steadfast friendships, and the unrelenting belief that problems can be faced and resolved if true love and caring is involved in the solution.
Honeysuckle Summer is faith, hope, and love in action. SO SATISFYING!