My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Swan Point (Sweet Magnolias Book #11) by Sherryl Woods is the last in series except for the Sweet Magnolias Cookbook which I never read. It is set in Serenity, South Carolina as were the previous books.
Adelia Hernandez is newly divorced from her husband Ernesto who has had a series of affairs throughout their marriage. He has gotten so brazen that he introduces his teenage daughter, Selina to his most recent mistress. Adelia’s mother Mrs. Cruz is against divorce and she herself put up with that type of behavior from her husband, so Adelia has been reluctant to leave. Finally, when Selina confronts her mother over the disrespect her father has shown Adelia she is moved to leave Ernesto. She realizes she doesn’t want her daughters to grow up thinking that it is right to be treated that way by their husbands or her son to grow up learning to treat his wife that way.
Adelia works for Raylene Rollins another member of the Sweet Magnolias in her Boutique. The Boutique is next door to the Sweet Shop owned by Lynn Franklin, a Sweet Magnolia and Mitch Franklin’s wife. Helen, one of the original Sweet Magnolias represents Adelia in her divorce. Not wanting anything more from Ernesto than support for the kids, she moves from her home and buys an old home in the old part of town Swan Point.
Gabe Franklin grew up in Serenity with an alcoholic mother who went through a string of men looking for someone to care about them. He would hear the gossip about his mother and his attempts to defend her only resulted in him fighting. He was labeled a troublemaker. Even members of his extended family did nothing to help them. Gabe works for his cousin Mitch Franklin who has a construction company in town. Adelia contracts Mitch’s company to do the repairs on the old home she bought. Gabe is assigned to do the work. Gabe begins to spend more and more time with Adelia and her four kids. He helps them with homework, teaches Tomas how to use tools and eventually falls in love with Adelia. Because of his past, he is reluctant to make a commitment to them. He feels he doesn’t deserve to be happy.
Ernesto attempts to take the kids away from Adelia after hearing that Gabe has been spending time with them. He loses in court and the kids remain safely with their mom.
This book touches on love, betrayal, domestic abuse, interfering families and raising children. I thought it was delightfully written and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.