Not every book is a classic. Not every book is so fabulous you want to read it over and over again. But even books that aren’t strikingly brilliant or must re-reads can be enjoyable. Honeysuckle Summer by Sherryl Woods was one of these. A nice entertaining read to take you away from reality for a little while. A quick read with pleasant, real characters and a plot that makes you feel like you’re hanging out with your friends.
Honeysuckle Summer is part of a series about a group of friends called the Sweet Magnolias. In this story, one of the Sweet Magnolias, Raylene, faces her fears. Facing down her ex-husband and agoraphobia while trying not to botch the first chance she’s had a real relationship in a long time. It’s a cute story.
There’s a few other background stories, but unlike some books I’ve previously read, they stay in the background and don’t create a jumbled soap-opera styled mess. And they’re related to each other enough that the reader doesn’t stop and think ‘now what’s that doing here now?’
It’s a short review, but it’s hard to say much when there’s little to rant about but not much to rave about either. It’s a sweet novel, and although it’s not unforgettable, it’ll stay on my mind for a bit yet. If I happen to come across another Sweet Magnolia novel or one of Sherryl' Woods’ other 100 published books somewhere, I’ll probably read it.
P.S. Don’t worry Mommy, I’m not sending it to you. Putting it for sale on Amazon.