Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods is the first book in The Sweet Magnolia series. I saw Swan Point advertised sometime last year, and as it is the latest in The Sweet Magnolia series, I wanted to go back and start at the beginning. (Swan Point is book 11, so I have a ways to go!)
The Sweet Magnolias are comprised of Maddie, Dana Sue and Helen, best friends since high school. Stealing Home is Maddie's story and it starts out with Maddie finding out about her doctor-husband's affair with his nurse. Well, she is pregnant (and 16 years younger) and he wants a divorce. I have a feeling that this happens more than we would like to admit in the medical field.
After wallowing in some much deserved self-pity, her friends set out to give her a new purpose by deciding to open a new spa/health club in town. They decide that Maddie needs to be the one to run it - to put her unused business degree to good use. Dana Sue already runs a very successful restaurant and Helen is a very successful lawyer.
As with all of Ms. Woods' books, there has to be some romance - and this comes in the shape of a much younger, easy-on-the-eyes ex-ballplayer (who just happens to be Maddie's son's baseball coach), Cal Maddox. Cal remembers the first time he saw Maddie, and never dreamed that her 20-year marriage would soon be over. Wanting to give her time to heal, but also needing to be there to lend a hand, he slowly develops a friendship with Maddie - both denying the attraction that is simmering under the surface.
I have read The Ocean Breeze Trilogy by Sherryl Woods and knew that I would enjoy this one. I was looking for a light-hearted romance that would be an easy read, and this one fit the bill. I look forward to continuing on in this series. The second book, A Slice of Heaven, is Dana Sue's story.