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-husband's debts. When Eliot risks the family's savings on what he feels is the business opportunity of a lifetime the marriage is put at risk. Can Karen learn to overcome her fears? Can Eliot learn to treat his wife as an equal partner in the marriage. Old friends from previous novels are on hand to help Karen and Eliot--and add some spice and humor to the story as well. All in all, a satisfying and enjoyable return to Serenity; Woods' many fans will be pleased.