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Stealing Home (The Sweet Magnolias #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  5,126 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
Stealing Home (Sweet Magnolias)
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by MIRA (first published February 1st 2007)
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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
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
Joleen Devens
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends
I love Sherryl Woods, and she went over the top with this book. It is a story about strong friendships. Friends that never give up on you and will give you support in every circumstance. It is a story of broken hearts, and healed hearts filled with love. It is a story about family love. How a family will work together through even the toughest times. It is a story about finding your true self that is hidden way down deep. I loved the book and will suggest my friends to read it. Thank you Sherryl ...more
Lu Bielefeld **
Cal Maddox - swoon worthy hero
Maddie Townsend - great heroine
Bill - ex cheater scumbag
Dana Sue and Helen Decatur - best friends
It's very complicated when a 20-year marriage ends because her husband got a younger woman and she is already pregnant by him.
Our heroine is discarded like yesterday's trash and the husband gets angry because the 3 children do not accept the new woman. Nothing more cliché than the doctor having an affair with one of his nurses and that she idolises him. He did
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Katy M
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I really enjoyed this story BUT ... I tend to shy away from books with troubled teenagers. This one touched on it but really no biggie. Therefore - 4 stars. However, the next one deals with eating disorders, so I may wait awhile to continue this series. I did enjoy the Sweet Magnolias and several of the other characters so their stories are intriguing. But definitely a sweet read.
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
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.
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
The family dynamics are interesting. The romance plot is sweet. The dialogue is realistic, which is a big plus. Very interesting secondary characters.
Sweet romance, looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author is magnificant and this series is spectacular.
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an ok book how ever I do wish the author had done more to make it more interesting. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the story and the people are real, can't wait to read the next book. It is a good womens story.
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My last book of 2008...Read some reviews and was glad I saw that the author has more in the series.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Stealing Home (The Sweet Magnolias #1) by Sherryl Woods

Maddie Townsend is a married mother of three children whose husband has just announced he has been having an affair and wants a divorce. He further tells her that his girlfriend is pregnant. Maddie can’t believe that her marriage is over. The Townsends live in Serenity, South Carolina which is a small town near Charleston.

Maddie is one of the Sweet Magnolias, a group of friends since high school. She enlists Helen, her friend, to represent
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I stumbled upon this series at my local library while waiting for the book I wanted and stubbornly refusing to do my writing research! This first installment in The Sweet Magnolias series was refreshing reading. It was a pleasant love story for the mature woman or man. In it, Maddie, one of three childhood girlfriends, is reeling from her husband's announcement of wanting a divorce. Not only does he want a divorce after 20+ years of marriage, he has been having an affair with his nurse and ...more
Held my interest enough to read more in the series. Story moved along without tons of repetition. Maddie grew from a dutiful doctor's wife to a single mom with a realization that life continues on even in small gossipy towns. Liked how she made peace with her Mom to the point of even understanding her past and still respecting her Mom's opinions. The ex Bill must have been nice before his mid-life screwing. That coach Cal was 10 years younger and would have thought a jock type was hard to accept ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Maddie Townsend has been a stay-at-home mom and now that her 20 year marriage has broken up. Her husband has found himself a younger and now pregnant girlfriend. The devastation it has brought to herself and their children has her second guessing how to handle the situation. Her girlfriends think she's qualified to help them open a fitness spa for woman. And her sons baseball coach has feelings for her and she for him, much to the dismay of the town. Can she handle all the chaos? Liked the story ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
mijn eerste boek van sherryl woods, maar als je weet dat dit een boek is van een HQN roman serie, dan weet je wel in welke richting dit boek gaat.

Je weet van in het begin hoe dit boek gaat eindigen, alleen de weg ernaartoe is dus onbekend.

In dit verhaal zitten leuke wendingen, grappige stukjes, maar ook voorspelbare stukjes. soms wat oppervlakkig, maar nergens saai.

een boek dat vlot wegleest, maar niet blijft hangen
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