Author: Sherryl Woods
Published: May 25, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Personal Library
Characters: Raylene Hammond, Carter Rollins
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. But with two kid sisters to raise, just how much time can he devote to this woman who's stolen his heart?
Raylene knows Carter is a man worth loving, but she may never be strong enough to accept what he's offering. How long can she ask him to wait? Maybe they'll never have more than this one sweet summer.
Raylene and Carter meet under misfortunate circumstances, and Carter takes an immediate dislike and attraction to her. She also has an immediate attraction to him, which she is surprised by due to her history with her ex-husband.
The story progresses rather slowly from there and tends to drag on a little too much. The side stories between Walter and Rory Sue and Carter's sister kept the story moving along. We did see all the cast from the previous books, but I don't recall any sightings of Mary Vaughn and her husband Sonny, which I would have liked to catch up with since the last book ended with her being on bed rest for the remain of her pregnancy.