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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 opportun
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Jan 10, 2013 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, romance, 2013
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
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
Jul 18, 2012 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 12, 2013 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm usually a fan of Sherryl's books, but this one did not work for me at all. Elliot and his family were interesting characters, but I thought Karen was a self-centered spineless twit. I got so sick of her using her first marriage as the reason for not having any faith or trust in Elliot. If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be "boring". Hope the next one is better.
Jul 14, 2014 Mareli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2012 Dorine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
Christi Snow
Sep 28, 2012 Christi Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2012 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2016 Mindy rated it it was ok
The book is within the series surrounding the Sweet Magnolias, a group of women in a small town brought together by circumstance who also happen to all like margaritas. Karen is not a member of the group but is involved with many of the women as she endures a nasty divorce where her husband leaves her with a surmountable debt and 2 small children to raise. The Magnolias all assist her as well as some older residents, most importantly her neighbor, Frances. When Karen finally finds love with Elio ...more
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
Ayu Wirdha
Dec 28, 2015 Ayu Wirdha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Elliot & Karen sdh pernah diceritakan di buku 3 walau hanya sbg side story. Skrg ttg kehidupan mereka after the vow, bgaimana Elliot yg berencana membuka Gim khusus cowok, kerepotan mereka dgn jadwal kerja yg bikin mereka jarang ketemu, keuangan yg ketat, keengganan Karen utk keinginan Elliot mengadopsi anak2 Karen, Frances (tetangga Karen sblm menikah) yg diduga terkena Alzheimer, banyak yah masalahnya. Side story ttg Adelia (kakak Elliot) dgn suami tukang selingkuh akhirnya memutuskan berc
Jen Taylor
Just meh

Just meh

This was my least favorite in this series. It drug on and on. I was more interested in Adelia and her woes than Karen and Elliot.
Jun 24, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 30, 2016 M. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally wouldn't bother reviewing a book like this but I had to after I saw how many stars it had.
Karen, Karen, Karen...what an annoying, distrustful, insecure woman you are. I get it. I understand that your first husband was a total tool but get a grip, woman. Elliott must have the patience of a saint to put up with someone constantly starting arguments over dumb stuff. I must have had a lot of patience for even finishing the book.
By the way, where was the romance? In the date nights that
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
Apr 19, 2014 Audel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2014 Jm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Paula Ratcliffe
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Sep 23, 2012 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 03, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephanie Tracy
Jul 10, 2012 Stephanie Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Jun 20, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jul 15, 2012 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Heather Felder
**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
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