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Midnight Promises (The Sweet Magnolias #8)

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When Elliott Cruz first courted struggling single mom Karen Ames, it was a romance worthy of any Sweet Magnolia fantasy. The sexy personal trainer made it his mission to restore Karen's strength ? physical and emotional ? and to charm her children. Now, a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear them apart. Elliott's desire to finance the business opp...more
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Published June 26th 2012 by Brilliance Corporation
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Darcy
Is it a bad sign when you want to slap one of the main characters for most of the book? That is how I felt with Karen. I do think that she had justification for some of her worries, but she beat them to death!! It was the same issue over and over with her and Elliot getting into a fight. I understood Elliot's reasoning for not telling her about the gym, part of me agreed with him, part of me agreed with Karen. But once things came out Karen needed to decide if she was behind Elliot or not. She w...more
Mareli
I liked this story very much. Even if Karen was a bit of worry-art I could relate with her, as her ex-husband left her with 2 children and a lot of debts and she had bad times.

Elliott had to understand he had to share his decision with her wife because his decision impacted both of them and their children but most because he had to understand Karen's need to be included in family decision.

There was a point about Elliott's family being Catholic and so against divorce. It's a loaded issue. I think...more
Elisamarie
I have to start by saying I LOVE Sherryl Woods and especially the Sweet Magnolia series. I have befriended Maddie, Dana Sue and Helen and the associated "hangers on" to all of these characters. Well, all except for Karen in Midnight Promises.

I didn't especially like Karen in the past, but as a secondary character, it didn't lower my enjoyment of the book. In Midnight Promises, from start to finish Karen came off to me as whiney and a "negative ninny." I understand about her past affecting her fu...more
Dorine
Midnight Promises (The Sweet Magnolias, #8) by Sherryl WoodsCan this couple's love for one another overcome an overbearing family and well-meaning friends, along with fears created by a previous marriage? Two darling children hope their dreams for this family will come true.

Karen (Ames) Cruz discovers that her husband is keeping secrets. As a newlywed who has experienced divorce and near financial ruin in her previous marriage, any inkling of secretive behavior can set off emotional alarms for Karen. This is especially true when she learns that her husb...more
Christi Snow
My Review:
I probably never would have picked up this book on my own because I haven't read the other 7 books in this series and this particular book is about a couple who are already married. That would have been a mistake because this was a completely enjoyable book to read. Even though I haven't read any of the other books in the series, I never felt lost. This is a completely stand-alone novel and is great by itself. More than a romance novel (although there is definitely romance to it) this...more
Rebecca
I always enjoy Sherryl Woods' books and this one was no exception. I remembered Karen and Elliot from the original trilogy, and it was refreshing to read a book where the couple is already married, and just need to work out a few issues.
Karen's first husband had left her with a lot of debt, and even though she finally took a leap of faith and married Elliot, she is still very sensitive when it comes to money. So when Elliot and their friends decide to open a gym for men, she is very hurt that h...more
Janet
I love this Sweet Magnolia series. I forget how much till the next book comes along and then I can't put it down till I have finished it and then i am sad that I am done.

This is the story of Karen and Elliot and how no matter how much you love each other you must work at marriage.

Karen came into this marriage with 2 children and although their 'real dad' is not in the picture Karen is afraid to let Elliot adopt them. Then there is Elliott and the other 'men' who want to open a men's gym and Ell...more
Gail
Looking forward to reading this next book in The Sweet Magnolia series.It has been a long time since I have been with them...This book was really good just couldn't find the time to sit and read it. The sweet magnolias are back for another adventure and so are the senior magnolias who are so funny...Karen and Elliott have a lot of ups and downs. Some due to the way Elliott was brought up and some by the way Karen's ex husband had treated her. Elliott's sister has a lot of troubles of her own and...more
Angie
The main character, Karen, was completely unlikable. She whined throughout the entire book. I kept hoping Eliott would leave her. He couldn't do anything right and she was constantly upset with him. She wasn't a very good friend. When one of the other characters shared some news with her and said that she was looking forward to sharing it with everyone, Karen blabbed it anyway. I have enjoyed all the other Sweet Magnolia books but this one was a chore to read.
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Aubrey
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I feel like a broken record by saying I love small town stories and especially ones in a series. Midnight Promises is the 8th novel in Sherryl Woods’ Sweet Magnolias series set in Serenity, South Carolina. I was not disappointed in the latest edition to the series, I could not put it down and read it in two sittings.

Karen, the main heroine is newly married to Elliott. Karen was divorced before an...more
Cindy
I love the Sweet Magnolia series, but this book was repetitive and (dare I say) boring. I will read more, but I am glad I didn't buy this!
Becky
Karen and Elliot have been married for a couple of years now and Elliot isvery supportive of Karens past demons when it comes to relationships, marriage and finances. A great opportunity has come to him with hubands of the Sweet Magnolia women to open up a new health gym. It will take alot of money to put down, dipping into their savings and "baby" fund. When Karen learns of this plan of her husbands through the Serenity grapevine, she is ballistic. Elliot continues to reassure her that the busi...more
Audel
Contrairement, à ce qu’on peut avoir l’habitude de lire dans ce genre de romance, ici il ne s’agit point de la naissance d’un couple. En effet, Elliot et Bess sont mariés depuis deux ans et Bess est mère de deux enfants issus d’un premier mariage.

Or, le mariage s’avère, pour notre couple, plus difficile à gérer qu’ils ne le pensaient, surtout quand Elliot décide d’investir toutes leurs économies dans la création d’une salle de sport. Ainsi, ils vont tous les deux devoir se remettre en cause afin...more
Jm
La série de Sherryl Woods, À l'ombre des Magnolias (connue aussi sous Sweet Magnolia) comprend déjà 10 livres. Commencer par ce neuvième tome peut donc être un peu perturbant et nous empêcher d'apprécier pleinement cette histoire.

Karen et Elliott sont mariés depuis quelques mois et connaissent les aléas de la vie de couple. Monsieur a décidé de se lancer dans un projet professionnel qui pourrait mettre en péril la petite famille, et surtout, il l'a fait sans consulter madame. De par son passé fi...more
Blodeuedd Finland
This is book 8 in the series, but in the end it did not really matter. Sure there were people around that have had books of their own but it was not their book. It was like any other book with side characters in it. It's all about the couple in the end.

And this one was different from romances that I usually read. It was not about how they meet and fall in love. No they are married and like any couple they have hit a bump in the road. Elliott and Karen was truly like any other couple. They were r...more
Paula Ratcliffe
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Marcie
Midnight Promises by Sherryl Woods is the eighth book in The Sweet Magnolias series. I haven't read any of the first seven books in this series. However after I finished this book I knew this would be a series I'd like to read. Mainly because
1. Woods writes in a way that you could pick up any book in the series and not feel lost. I love it when authors do this. I can't tell you how many series I've read out of order, and not every series is like this.
2. Woods deals with real issues. Elliot and K...more
Rhonda
4 STARS
This is the second book of A Sweet Magnolia Novel now that I have read and like them.
I had put off reading this for along time for some reason. But I really got caught up in the story. I like the group of women and the men and how supporting they are all to each other. Thier is one main couple the story follows. But thier is a whole community that are part of the story.
Elliott Cruz is married to Karen. Elliott is from a strong catholic family whos family does not believe in divorce. Karen...more
Stephanie Tracy
I am such a huge Sherryl Woods fan! Any time I need a nice, light-hearted romantic read, I go for her books. They're realistic and easy to relate to, but there's always a hint of too-good-to-be-true relationship bliss. Her characters (male especially) always seem to be pretty perfect. She always sucks me in with her stories. This one was no exception! While I had a hard time keeping my patience with the lead female character, Karen, who is absolutely obsessed the the fear of running out of money...more
Jess
I haven't read a Sweet Magnolia book for what seems like a long time and when I saw this book on netgalley I was so happy that a new book was out for the series! This book was all about Elliot and Karen which surprised me since their story was told in another book. So that was the first surprising thing, this book was not about a newly discovered romantic connection that slowly built throughout the book but rather this was about a new relationship that the partners had to work to maintain.

While...more
Tracy
As usual I really liked this book, but then again I like the A Sweet Magnolia Novel, especially since the same people that we came to know and to love in previous books keep popping up in these new books. This is the first book in a new trilogy of A Sweet Magnolia books, and I have to be honest and say that while I remember Elliott from the Corner Spa I didn't really remember Karens' character. I guess I need to go back and read the fist set of Sweet Magnolia books, it has been awhile since I re...more
Don't Stop Reading
I enjoyed this latest installment of the Sweet Magnolias series. I remember wanting to know more about Elliot & Karen when their romance was first introduced. Their story was primarily about Elliot learning to communicate as a partner in marriage and Karen learning to overcome her financial insecurities caused by her first husband's abandonment. The side stories, about Adelia, Elliot's sister, and Frances, an older friend of the Cruz family, kept my attention without being distracting. That...more
Gloria
I have read all of Sherryl's Woods books in this series -- Sweet Magnolia novels, and most of her other books as well. I really enjoy her stories though they are not great literature by any means. The books are what I would call "light summer beach books". the stories always end well and the characters continue to develop from the first book right through to the next and so forth.

This book touched on issues such as marriage, divorce, prejudice against latinos, Alzheimer's disease, etc. I like t...more
Hsiau Wei
This book is the 8th book in the Sweet Magnolias series and tell the story of Karen and Elliott after their
marriage. I have not read the earlier book about the courtship between them and it was not a hindrance for me to
be sucked into the story aftermath of their wedding. Karen, given her previous marriage to her ex, is very cautious
and non risk taker when comes to their financial and when she gets to know that Elliott is considering to venture into partnership with his friends to open a gym co...more
Heather ShoeGirl
**My FULL REVIEW here**

Karen finally finds love and happiness with Elliot. He is amazing to her AND her two children from her previous disaster of a marriage. Everything should be fine, right? Not to Karen. When Elliot wants to open a new gym, Karen immediately questions her choice to get married again. What if the gym fails, and she is left with a mountain of debt like her first husband left her with?

Elliot loves Karen and her children with all his heart, but he can not understand why Karen ke...more
The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

Sherryl Woods has a talent for making ordinary people and situations real and compelling, and she has done so once again in Midnight Promises. Karen and Elliot Cruz love each other deeply, but the attitudes and assumptions each of them brings to their marriage are causing tension between them. Karen carries emotional scars after her ex-husband ran up huge debts, then abandoned her and their children to deal with them alone. As a result, Karen i...more
Andrea Corley
This was a very easy-read with great intricate characters. The writing was light and easy to follow but still had valuable characters that hit on different emotions throughout the read.

I have always loved the Sweet Magnolia's and this book was no exception, however, sometimes I wanted to scream at Karen (one of the main characters) well more often than not, because I felt that she was always jumping to conclusions and just flat out being whiny and unfair to her poor husband who was only try to...more
Beth Mills
In Midnight Promises Sherryl Woods takes us back to Serenity and the Sweet Magnolias. The main focus is on single mother Karen, who has married Eliot and finally has security for herslef and her two young children. The two are deeply in love but find marriage unexpectedly difficult as each caries baggage from the past--Eliot a tendency to take charge without explanations that's part of his Hispanic family heritage and Karen a deep fear of financial insecurity left over from paying off her ex-hus...more
Tonya
I am a HUGE Sherryl Woods fan, and I love the Sweet Magnolias, so I was excited to get my hands on the latest. I have missed them. Woods builds places where you feel like you are home, no matter which town we are visiting.

Maybe they are predictable, maybe they are sappy, but I can never get enough.

So much goes on each one, but this one focused on Karen and Elliot. Newly married, Karen has baggage with her from a previous relationship, not being able to trust. Elliot is such a wonderful stepfath...more
Julie Barrett
Midnight Promises by Sherryl Woods
SubTitle: A Sweet Magnolia Novel
ISBN: 9780778313489
Once again we find ourselves back in Serenity. This book concentrates on Karen and her marriage to Elliot. She still works in the kitchen of Sullivan's restaurant and he works at the corner spa helping where needed.
He's neglected to tell Karen, his wife about the funding he's going to get to start a man's gym in town with backing from the woman's spa.
Her ex mother in law, Frances is going through forgetfullnes...more
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With two other careers to her credit before becoming a novelist and four states in which she's lived for extended periods of time, Sherryl Woods has collected friends and memories, along with way too much unnecessary junk.

"The friends are the only things I've brought with me through the years that really matter," she says. "I could probably live without one more chintz teacup, another tin-litho sa...more
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