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Stealing Home (The Sweet Magnolias #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  3,901 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Stealing Home (Sweet Magnolias)
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Mira (first published February 1st 2007)
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Darcy
I was surprised by how much I liked this one, especially as it was very pg. I absolutely hated Bill, he is one of the biggest pieces of crap I have come across. The way the disregarded his family, didn't care what they thought, didn't have a clue that everything that was happening was his fault, yet still expected his soon to be ex wife to fix it all, to support him and his pregnant girlfriend. What an ass!

I felt sorry for Maddie, because she took the high road and tried to do the best for her k
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Nancy
I will be the first to admit that romances aren’t my usual forte. I have always found them to be silly and repetitive, but for some reason, this book hit me just right, even though it all ends happily ever after with a dashing man riding into save the day. Does life really work out that way?

No, I did not spoil the ending, all books in this genre end the same way.

After the sudden breakup of her twentyish year marriage to her high school sweetheart and local pediatrician, Maddie Townsend find her
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Kim
This was a good book, very light, very easy read with pg romance. It was a life sucks and everything is wrong and ends with a happily ever after. I really liked Cal and Helen and Dana Sue. I couldn't stand Bill and he has to be one of the most clueless men when it comes to women. Maddie was ok but it really bothered me how she always tried to stay neutral. I think she should have been honest with her kids, especially her teenage son about how she was feeling and taught him how to channel those f ...more
Sharon
I'm about 100 pages from the end of this book and I just can't continue reading it. I do not find it enjoyable when the women are so judgmental and catty. And it makes it that much worse when the author is a woman. So no one says anything about her husband leaving his wife and kids because he impregnated his nurse, who is 16 years his junior. But heaven forbid, should Maddie consider dating a man who is 10 years younger than her. It seems as though every woman in this town is bitter, judgmental ...more
Laura
This is the first in a series about the "Sweet Magnolias," three best friends who have lived in Serenity, South Carolina all their lives. They are all forty-years-old and each has her own issues in life.
Maddie Townsend is in the middle of a divorce after her 20-year marriage ended with her doctor husband knocking up his 24-year-old nurse. She is shocked, but doing her best to hold it together for her 3 children. When her oldest son's baseball coach becomes her friend, the town tongues start wag
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Katy M
The magic of friendship and second chances.

The magic of friendship and second chances.

I never put spoilers in my reviews.
Ms. Woods writes absorbing, lively, non-trite romance with fully fleshed characters and plots. The Sweet Magnolias series is fabulous in that the central characters are around 40 (at least the first 3), unusual for romance novels. Amazing, a romance author who realizes you don't lose that spark when you reach your 30's. Thank you!
Read, enjoy, prepare to be entertained. I can't
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Michelegg
I enjoyed this book. It was just a sweet, little romance about Maddie who falls in love with high school coach, Cal. And about Maddie and her two friends who open a spa/fitness center in their small town.
Alexa
Around 2.5 stars.

I liked that the premise of this book was a bit different from the usual romance; our girl is recently divorced, has three kids and is 10 years older than the guy she falls in love with. Yes for different!

I also liked the representation of the double standard between men and women, her husband cheats on her with someone 16 years younger and it's okay, but she going out with someone younger? Unacceptable! I see stuff like this happening all the time in real life.

Overall a fluf
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Saadia
Good contemporary romance, strong female friendships carrying heroine Maddie through divorce and start of business venture. Interesting romance with younger man, a professional ballplayer turned high school coach. One wonders what sort of past experiences mold a younger man to feel attracted and appreciative of an older lady.

I have always loved small town settings, so cozy and supportive of relationships.

I don't know enough about failing marriages to comment on the fact that Maddie supposedly ne
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Angela Noviana
Sinopsis
Serenity, kota Ketenangan, merupakan kota kecil di Carolina Selatan di mana setiap gerak-gerikmu akan terlihat oleh semua penduduk. Tak ada yang dapat kau sembunyikan dan tak ada orang yang tak menilaimu di kota itu.

Madelyn Townsend tak menyangka suaminya akan menceraikannya. Dia tak mengira Bill Townsend akan menghancurkan hidupnya dan hidup anak-anaknya. Pria itu berselingkuh dengan susternya sendiri, Noreen, bahkan sekarang suster itu hamil. Maddie tak tahu letak kesalahannya ada di m
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Edith
I liked this book. It has some interesting plots -- the end of a 20-year-marriage because the physician husband has fallen for his 24-year-old nurse, who is now pregnant. The three children have different reactions, but the most negative is Ty's, the 16-year-old son who is such a good pitcher that the major leagues are already watching his progress.

Maddie, the injured wife, about whom the story revolves, has two friends from high school who are pressuring her to manage a spa they want to open. O
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Sherri
I really like this book. I had never read any of Sherryl Woods books before. I was looking at a website that told you which Authors read like other Authors. I was trying to find another Author like Robyn Carr. I am glad I went to that site. Any fans of Robyn Carr's "Virgin River" series will love Sherryl Woods "Sweet Magnolia" series. I think the reason this novel was so enjoyable is because it deals with such real life issues and those issues are dealt with in a very realistic manor. You will f ...more
Gail
This is Maddie's story. She's divorced from her cheating husband and meets an intriguing younger man--her son's baseball coach. She has 3 children who are suffering in various ways from the divorce, an ex who's getting married to his pregnant fling, and two forever friends who come up with a way for Maddie to make a living now that she's divorced. She's got a business degree, and her friends want to open a spa/gym for women only--because the only other gym in town is nasty/stinky. Most of the co ...more
Lara
Maddie's divorce from adultrous Bill is almost final, but the effects on their three children are still going strong. Their eldest, 16-year-old Ty, is acting out the most; putting his promising future in baseball at risk. So when Maddie and Ty's coach, 10 years her junior, start spending time together in order to figure out the best way to help Ty, tongues start wagging in the small town of Serenity. But surely there's nothing to the rumours. Or is there?

Woods writing is - as always - not your t
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Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods is the first book in The Sweet Magnolia series. I saw Swan Point advertised sometime last year, and as it is the latest in The Sweet Magnolia series, I wanted to go back and start at the beginning. (Swan Point is book 11, so I have a ways to go!)

The Sweet Magnolias are comprised of Maddie, Dana Sue and Helen, best friends since high school. Stealing Home is Maddie's story and it starts out with Maddie finding out about her doctor-husband's affair with his nurse. We
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Christi Tollinger
Maddie Townsend is a stay at home mom with no job skills. Her husband has an affair with a woman half his age and leaves his wife for his pregnant mistress.

Maddie faces alot of challenges but finds strength and resolve. She finds that she lost herself within her marriage and regains her self esteem.

This was an easy book to read and a good beach or vacation book.
Mary
Maddie Townsend's husband has left her for a younger woman. If that's not cliche enough, it's his nurse that Maddie hired whom the rat-fink has knocked up. What makes matters worse is that he's insensitive or arrogant enough to believe they're all going to be one big, happy family. One small problem - Maddie and the rat fink's kids are so not on board with the arrangement. As matter their oldest son Ty is violently opposed to his dad's living arrangements and the fact that his dad has left his m ...more
Brenda
The very first in the Sweet Magnolias series. Although it was meant to be a trilogy the Sweet Southern town of Serenity took on life and propelled this series into a community of love and hope. The three original Sweet Magnolia's, Helen, Maddie and Dana Sue became the mentors of a community of women old and young to guide them into the betterment of themselves, friends and families. They take on problems of any magnitude and assist in solving them. They don't mind playing matchmaker when needed, ...more
Kelley Lizak
I actually started this series at book #6 and enjoyed it so much that I had to go back and start from the beginning. I was not disappointed at all!

I love turning to books like this, especially in the summertime, and especially after reading "heavier" books. I find them so light, fun, and uplifting. Now, I am a huge fan of historical romances, but contemporary... not always so much. I am extremely picky when it comes to contemporary romances because I just can't do cheesy writing or cheesy dialog
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Dalene
I really liked this book. Friendship, romance, and family relationships this author did an excellent job. I picked this book up seeing its similarity to Debbie Macomber and it fit that idea perfectly. This is the first of four books, excited to continue the series.
Andrea Ika
Original Language: English
Publisher: Mira
Country: United States
Publication Date: February 1, 2007
Page Count: 400
Rating :4 stars

Blurb
There's nothing like a little serenity . . . Maddie Townsend might live in a town called Serenity, but there's been nothing calm or peaceful about her life since her marriage broke up. This stay-at-home mom has no job skills, an out-of-control sixteen-year-old son, a talkative fourteen-year-old who's suddenly gone silent, a six-year-old daughter whose heart is broke
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Candy Liggett
This is a great start to a series called Sweet Magnolias. Maggie who thought she was happily married finds out now only his her husband cheating on her. He is leaving her for another woman who is having her husband's baby. Maggie has to deal with a lot of changes and also help her children adjust to their father leaving. Along the way she has support of her two best friends, her mother, and a new man Cal who is her son's baseball coach. This is a very realistic story and well written. Sherryl hi ...more
Hakuna212
Quite enjoyed this book initially and found it an easy read. Struggled a bit towards the end and started skimming over the sentences as I just wanted it to conclude. On the whole though a different, enjoyable read considering not a lot was really happening.
Bill was an arse - I wanted to jump into the book and kick his smarmy ass out of the house for thinking he could turn their lives upside down and automatically walk right back in where he left off when his younger model left him! Maddie did w
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C.
This book is about the cheating husband and his pregnant mistress!

This review is from: Stealing Home (The Sweet Magnolias Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Got so sick and tired of the author trying to garner sympathy for them that I finally gave up reading this tripe! Romance my foot,I'm not about to read a sickening story of two home-wreckers! Got about 44 % on my Kindle and couldn't stand it anymore.

Seems this is this author's favorite plot device. I am going to try some of the other books in this ser
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Kenzi Barton
Sweet romance, looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Marleen
The family dynamics are interesting. The romance plot is sweet. The dialogue is realistic, which is a big plus. Very interesting secondary characters.
Tina
great book with female bonding. Good family tales set in a small town we'd all like to live in. I highly recommend. Big on female relationships
Ann Boytim
Maggie Townsend finds herself in the middle of a divorce and having to deal with a new career and three children. Her two best friends talk her into opening a ladies gym and as Maggie throws caution to the wind finds herself wondering what her future will bring and if she can actually pull this off. Maggie meets her son's baseball coach and things begin to get interesting as this man is ten years younger and the gossiping starts in this small town they all live in. Maggie's soon to be ex husband ...more
Maxine
My last book of 2008...Read some reviews and was glad I saw that the author has more in the series.
Linda
The author is magnificant and this series is spectacular.
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Other Books in the Series

The Sweet Magnolias (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • A Slice of Heaven (The Sweet Magnolias #2)
  • Feels Like Family (The Sweet Magnolias #3)
  • Welcome to Serenity (The Sweet Magnolias #4)
  • Home in Carolina (The Sweet Magnolias #5)
  • Sweet Tea at Sunrise (The Sweet Magnolias #6)
  • Honeysuckle Summer (The Sweet Magnolias #7)
  • Midnight Promises (The Sweet Magnolias, #8)
  • Catching Fireflies (The Sweet Magnolias, #9)
  • Where Azaleas Bloom (The Sweet Magnolias, #10)
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