In the conclusion of the Sweet Magnolias trilogy, career-driven attorney Helen Decatur now yearns for a baby. Taking charge of her own destiny puts Helen at odds with her two best friends, sets sparks flying with a man who doesn't want a family, and leads her straight to the most unexpected complication of all--love.
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Hello readers! This is Sherryl Woods and I will be stopping by the Book Club Forum to see your comments about my book, Feels Like Family. Please post your comments and questions about the book here and enjoy the preview of Feels Like Family.
Hi Sherryl and thanks for stopping by and talking to us.
I have read your Sweet Magnolias books and came to love all the characters. I love how you deal with today's problems and solve them with laughter, friendship, family and love. I above all love that you reinforce the fact that love can conquer all. I loved Erik and Helen's story and had to laugh out loud at some of the antics.
I just finished Seaview Inn and also loved that and posted reviews (glowing of course) on all the sites I visit.
Please keep bringing us stories of love and caring.
I am one of those people who need happy endings and like I always say if you want the ugly truth watch the new.
I really enjoyed reading the beginning of this book -- it reminds me that I did enjoy the first book so much -- I will have to go purchase the second one and read that before I finish Feels like Family.
As for trilogies -- I do like them spaced a month or so apart but not too long - then I might forget to pick it up! I will look forward to reading the Sween Magnolia trilogy and also the new one that you said will be coming out in November. Thanks for the great read. Love romance books like this one!
I'm so glad you've enjoyed this series. I absolutely loved writing about Maddie, Dana Sue and Helen. In fact, I loved it so much that I'm returning to Serenity, SC for my next book, WELCOME TO SERENITY, which hits stores around Thanksgiving. This book will be about Jeanette and the new man in town. It also has a Christmas theme, which I hope everyone will enjoy as the holidays get into full swing.
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I'd love to know how all of you feel about connected books. I've written so many of them through the years, but I've also done quite a few stand-alones, such as last fall's MENDING FENCES and my current book, SEAVIEW INN. I love writing a series of stories that allow readers to revisit favorite characters, but am wondering if you all feel the same way. Do you prefer that the books be issued back-to-back in successive months? Or is it okay if they're released a few months apart? Please share your thoughts on this with me.
I enjoy reading books in a series as long as I read them in order. I also think having stand alones released in between series releases is fine as long as the series aren't released too far apart.
Keep up the good work!
Wendy, I couldn't agree more about trying to keep the books close together . . . and even more important IN PRINT. I get so frustrated when the first books in a series are no longer available by the time the next one comes out. Drives me nuts...as a reader and a writer.
I have read several series in different genres. I like the series best when the books have a chronology but can be read individually...sort of like horses on a carousel...they have order but you may join at any point. I feel the series work best when the characters are viable and fully human, like the characters in your book. These people are real. When reading the book the characters become part of your world too. I have enjoyed the reads this week and look forward to the other books.
I like connected books as long as each book can stand on its own. I just finished the first book of a suspense trilogy, which I enjoyed until I reached the cliff-hanger ending. It made it seem like the author was trying to "force" me to read the next book.
I like to read trilogies fairly close together. Like with Nora's I will wait until all three have been released before I start. Long running series -- JD Robb, Grafton, Evanovich -- can be read further apart.
I love the Sweet Magnolia's, they feel like friends to me!
Very good news to hear that we'll meet a new Serenity couple soon. I'm reading Helen's story now. I'm very glad that the book club introduced me to you, I was ready to add a new author to my favorites.
Connected books are great, and a couple of months apart is no problem for me. Just makes the anticipation better!
I love the connected books because you grow to love the characters so much that it seems like it's a shame to say goodbye after one book. Even if the characters only show up occasionally in the following books I like keeping tabs on them.
I don't mind waiting a month or two for the release of connected books. It does drive me crazy to have to wait more than a few months or even a year to read the remaining stories!!! I read so much that all the stories tend to get lost in my head and I have to go back and re-read the last book in that line. Not that that's a hardship! LOL
I can't wait for Jeanette's story! That's bound to be wonderful!