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Honeysuckle Summer (The Sweet Magnolias #7)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  2,260 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
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
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Published May 25th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published May 1st 2010)
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Harlequin Books
"Woods’ is an amazing writer and I love all of her work but the Sweet Magnolias just seems to have a little extra something. ... The emotions on this one were unbelievable. It had a touch of everything. I couldn’t put it down." From a review posted by an member, read more Here.

Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.25/5; 3 stars; B

I am not familiar with this author and I must say I will read more of her books even though this one did not bowl me over. This book was well written and well paced but its several books into a series so I wasnt as attached to the characters as I would have been if I had read other books in the series. Honeysuckle summer was a sweet love story slightly overshadowed by small town drama and strong plot lines about teenaged eating disorders and recovery from domestic abuse.

I like
May 27, 2010 Chiara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book out of the last 3. I enjoyed seeing Raylene conquer her fears and must admit that Walter and Rory Sue have been my favorite characters even if they were minor characters they made me laugh.
Aug 18, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never knew much about agoraphobia until I read this title. I enjoy Sherryl Woods' Sweet Magnolias series about the couples and friendships in a gossipy but welcoming small Southern town.

Raylene Hammond's fear of leaving the house is understandable - her ex-husband Paul (the "dream doctor" she thought would take her to a life of wealth and privilege) turns out to be both physically and psychologically abusive. Paul is put in jail after a rant in which he causes Raylene to miscarry their baby. T
I have been so so with most of this series and have even wondered why I keep reading, but I am so glad that I did as this one is the best one so far!

I really like Raylene, love how blunt she is, how self aware she is about her issues, just not ready to face them. I hated how she was forced to with the disappearance of Tommy. She so wanted to find him, but was scared spit-less to do more than sound the alarm for help.

I didn't really like Carter at the beginning, hated how judgmental he was toward
Colleen (NerdyWoman) Kayter
Sherryl Woods is never afraid to tackle the really tough issues we face and she always does it with well-researched but sensitively presented narrative and dialog. In A Slice of Heaven, the second book in the Sweet Magnolias series, she addressed the issue of divorced parents dealing with their teen daughter's anorexia. Well, that daughter is all grown up now, married to the boy who really helped her through that difficult time (see Annie and Ty's story in Home in Carolina) and our attention is ...more
Sep 17, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book. Of course I had read some of the other books written by Sheryl Woods about the Sweet Magnolias so it was like reading more about old friends. For some reason the book kept reminding me of another that had an ex husband that the main character was terrified of but the main chracter didn't have agoraphobia.....
The story was very interesting and fun any way. There were some important points made there about dealing with agoraphobia, and another character was struggling with
Another good one in the Magnolia series. This time we get to know Raylene's story a little more and her challenge with agoraphobia Carter a deputy sheriff at first takes exception to Raylene but when he learns the true story he returns to apologise. He is caring for this two sisters Mandy and Carrie, their parents having died a while back. Carrie is struggling and has developed anorexia, so now with some pre experience the people of the town are on to it. We meet many of the characters from prev ...more
Raylene is the third of the next generation of Sweet Magnolias. She's come back home to escape an abusive husband, who's now in jail for that abuse, staying with Sarah and helping take care of the children--but she can't leave the house without a panic attack. So when Sarah's little boy takes off to chase the ice cream truck (or something like that), she can't chase after him, and the deputy who comes to handle the call is all judgmental--but you just know that's going to change right quick. It' ...more
Since my mother suffers from agoraphobia I thought I may have a personal connection with the book. Unfortunately, while the author taps into the world of agoraphobia, she does not appear to fully embrace the state of an agoraphobic. I was slightly disappointed. The story line is predictable, but it was an enjoyable read.
I liked this book. A lot. But never finished it.

How is that? You might ask. I'm not sure. I just never got to the end. Although the book was good, it did start to drag on a bit at the end and I just sort of set it down. And that was that.

May 07, 2010 Tasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hqn-mira-club, own
my review posted here
Deborah Darsie
Raylene finally reached a point where she got the help she needed to discover the roots of her agoraphobia.

Lots of updates on old friends, examples of community that don't require violence or a small town. A neighborhood can be just as strong a community.

Char (1RadReader59)
Raylene is a loving and devoted girlfriend until she becomes a wife ends up finding out she is with a man from hell. She has to escape from the wife beater of all times. Or he will kill her like he did their unborn child. That was the last straw. So she moves home to her friends who will nurse her back to herself. But what ends up happening is in their protection she becomes afraid to leave home. Basically, afraid to face the world in fear of Paul finding her and or hurting her or her friends. S ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Kit★ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This will most likely be the last book I read by this author. Not that the stories are bad, but they're just a little too sweet and predictable. I liked this story though, Raylene was a good character, and the author depicted her problems very well. Carter was a good guy too, but I didn't think his instantaneous attraction and feelings were very believable. It was like, the first time he met her, he disliked her, then he gets "talked to" by her friends and realizes she has a problem, then bam, h ...more
Ayu Wirdha

Kalau Raylene korban dr physical & verbal abuse ex suaminya yg skrg dipenjara. Agak2 malas dgn karakter Raylene, klemer2 lalu tdk punya semangat & keinginan kuat utk bisa lepas dr panic attack ketika keluar rumah, pdhal Annie & Sarah sdh berbusa2 men-supportnya. Ternyata di Amerika yg sdh maju pun bnyk org2nya yg berpikiran tujuan perempuan hanya utk menikah seperti kasus Raylene di umur 18thn demi mendapatkan suami yg kaya & keturunan darah biru. Tp untungnya ada Carter dan 2 ad
Paula Ratcliffe
Jul 17, 2012 Paula Ratcliffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
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Mirella Grace
Jan 24, 2012 Mirella Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: violet-books
Bagus... Paling bagus dari 3 seri Sweet Magnolia generasi kedua. Di sinopsis belakang, ditulis bshwa cerita ini sedih menyayat hati, yang ternyata emang bener.

Kasian liat kehidupannya Raylene. Kalo bicara soal Carter, jadi berasa pengalaman pribadi. Ortu meninggal when I was 21 years old and my youngest sist was only 9 years old. Yah, emanng yang paling ribet tuh pas masa remajanya, umur 14 tahun ke atas. Yah gitu deh,baca novel ini aku simpati banget ama Carter, sami mawon dengan apa yang kuala
Aug 27, 2011 Nell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2011, southern
This book was the best of this trilogy, part two of Woods' Sweet Magnolia series. The main character, Raylene, has agoraphobia largely in reaction to an abusive marriage. Despite this, she is a multidimensional character romanced by the Sherriff's deputy, Carter, who initially stereotyped her as a selfish socialite. The plot line revolving around his sister's (Carrie) anorexia is poorly developed. There's no interaction between Carrie and Raylene's friend Annie, who was diagnosed with the same p ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Mareli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raylene is a very hurt woman. She has an abusive marriage behind her, his ex-husband is in jail with a very short emprisonment and she's terrified to get out of her home.

She's agoraphobic and she's scared of everything. And Carter Rollins is ready to help her off her fears but he has issues on his own. His little sisters are with him after their parents' death and Carrie, the older of the two is on anorexia.

The poor Carter is a saint because he's trying to have everything sorted out! I liked the
Jun 09, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, sherryl-woods
I really loved this one. I think it had a good mix of previous characters, and new characters. I loved the Walter and Rory Sue storyline as well. Definitely interesting. As for the main characters, I really liked Carter. He was such a good guy that it was hard to find any faults in him. When he was trying to take care of his sisters and also relate to Raylene was so sweet to watch. Raylene was also a very interesting character. Despite her background, she ended up becoming a very strong characte ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book was a very realistic look at the advances and back-steps one encounters when trying to tackle the phobia of Agoraphobia. What I liked was that it took well over a year in the book, while in life that could be overly optimistic, for a book, it was a good length of time.

Then another story line followed the severe illness of Anorexia that often hits our youth as well as overachievers. Both these story lines were realistic as the Author correctly stated that these problems are life long a
Sep 06, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been loving this series...but...I listen on audio and the voices are going downhill. The first few were really good readers, the last two or three have gotten steadily worse. This one was ridiculous. The teen girl voices were annoying, Rory Sue sounds awful, and so does Walter and some others! Just read the story! There really is no need for every person to have a different voice. Other than that, the book was very good, except I really wasn't interested to read about anorexia again. Luck ...more
Rachel Rogers
Aug 17, 2016 Rachel Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been sitting on my shelf for a few years waiting to be picked up. Typical of me, even though I own book 1, I inadvertently started wiht #2. Ah well, you don't need to have read 1 in order for 2 to make sense. Enjoyable story about people overcoming psychological disorders (agoraphobia and anorexia) and finding all that their lives can be. Also very honest about the results of d0mestic violence. Not an easy read in some places due to the topic but uplifting. No stigma attached to seeking ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED THIS BOOK!! Quick, light read. Laugh-out-loud funny! Heartwarming! 2 teenage girls and their brother befriend Raylene and what a story!! A group of friends that call themselves the Steel Magnolias that get together and drink margaritas! and are there for each other through the good and the bad! (sounds like my friends). The story of friendship, abuse, overcoming your fears,phobias, family, caring, patience. Loved, loved it!!! I have the friend part, can I now have someone like Carter!! lol
This is the fifth Sherryl Woods book I have read since I started keeping track here and Honeysuckle Summer was pretty much like the others I have read. This is not bad, Woods writes well and I enjoy her stories. She often writes about contemporary issues - in this book the plot revolves around agoraphobia and anorexia.

As I have said many times, romance is my light reading, what I read when I am stressed or just don't want to think while I read. Woods is one of the authors I know I can rely on fo
Massanutten Regional Library
Denise, Central patron, July 2016, 5 stars:

A sweet book of an abused woman that has put her husband in jail, the lasting effects that the abuse has had on her life. It isn't as dark as it sounds. The hero in the book couldn't be more understanding, but he has baggage as well. The whole town of Serenity is behind them and willing to help. The sweet magnolias are a force to be reckoned with! It a great book of her learning to overcome so much in her life and everyone is behind her and helping her.
Jun 25, 2010 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
Sherryl Woods hit it out of the park, again! Carter and Raylene have to be one of my favorite couples! They just did it for me.. I don't know why I but I smiled the whole way through. I emailed one of my reading buddies throughout and just kept saying you will never believe you will never believe .. heheheh.. They were enjoyable, the bantering -- Carter is a solid kind of guy... Then the romance with Rory Sue and Walter wow wee.. I do hope she continues with the series.. you can't leave a girl h ...more
Jodi rated it liked it
Jul 02, 2010
May 04, 2013 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raylene Hammond is unable to leave the house because of being severely traumatized by abuse from her ex-husband. While she is watching her friend's children, one of them runs away and she is unable to find him because she can't get out the door. She meets a police officer who finds the child and gives her a hard time because he thinks she has been negligent about the children. This book does a good job telling about the problems of agoraphobia, a friendship of women and the love of family.
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