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Stealing Home (2007)

by Sherryl Woods (Author)

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Maddie Townsend lives in Serenity a small town. Since her marriage broke up nothing has been calm or peaceful about her life. She is a stay at home mmom with no job skills her sixteen year old son is out of control. Her fourteen year old son the family jokester has gone silent, andher six year old daughter is heart broken. Her soon to be ex - husbands girlfriend is expecting their baby. And her two best friends want her help to open a fitness spa for women. Maddie is a bit on edge. But nothing compares to the chao's that ensues when she discovers her son's baseball coach has feelings for her. Cal Maddick maybe more than she can handle right now. Than to make matters worse her ex decides he wants her back. A truly fantastic read Sherryl Woods writes a great story about what happens when a middle aged man decides he wants a fresh start and tears his family apart in the process. ( )
  Georgiann | Aug 1, 2014 |
This is an enjoyable enough romance between Maddie, who is recently divorced, and Cal, her son's baseball coach. Small town talk and interference cause problems as do the age difference between them, and Maddie's ex-husband and children. Maddie has to work out what she wants and fight to retain it.

I mostly enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and thought that the children were not too precocious. I thought that Maddie's breakup with her husband and the aftermath was well done and realistic.

The problem which I had was with the small town mentality and gossip. The author likes small towns and thinks that their way of life is attractive but it doesn't come over that way in this book. Local opposition to the match between Maddie and Cal is so great that apparently there is even reference to it in the local paper. In a cringe-making scene which I sincerely hope is not based on employment law practices in America Cal has to justify what he does in his spare time before his employers, the local townspeople and the pupils he teaches. I cannot understand why Cal and Maddy didn't just move somewhere else and I fail to believe that small town life is as attractive as all the characters seem to think based on this episode. ( )
  AnneHudson | Jan 1, 2013 |
I enjoyed this sweet book. The relationship between Maddie and Cal developed a bit overly quickly for my taste, but the attraction was genuine and communicated well on the page. The book was a bit too long and could have gone more quickly, but it was a pleasant read. ( )
  kimreadthis | May 9, 2011 |
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  ompublic | Nov 22, 2010 |
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Good, strong female characters quite willing to stand on their own if needed. And, there weren't many instances where I shouted at the character "Just tell him/her!!" So many romance novels turn on the fact that the characters won't TALK to each other. ( )
  dulcibelle | Jun 25, 2007 |
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There's nothing like a little serenity ----- Maddie Townsend might live in a town called Serenity, but there's been nothing calm or peaceful about her life since her marriage broke up. This stay-at-home mom has no job skills, an out-of-control sixteen-year-old son, a talkative fourteen-year-old who's suddenly gone silent, a six-year-old daughter whose heart is broken, an ex-husband whose younger girlfriend is expecting their baby and two best friends who think she's somehow qualified to help them open a fitness spa for women.

But if Maddie is a tad on edge with all that on her plate, it's nothing compared to the chaos that ensues when she discovers that her son's baseball coach has feelings for her and the whole town disapproves. Maddie's faced a lot of challenges lately with strength and resolve, but Cal Maddox may turn out to be more than she can handle.

Then again, he could just be the one man in all of South Carolina who can help her find serenity.
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There's nothing like a little serenity . . .

Maddie Townsend might live in a town called Serenity, but there's been nothing calm or peaceful about her life since her marriage broke up. This stay-at-home mom has no job skills, an out-of-control sixteen-year-old son, a talkative fourteen-year-old who's suddenly gone silent, a six-year-old daughter whose heart is broken, an ex-husband whose younger girlfriend is expecting their baby and two best friends who think she's somehow qualified to help them open a fitness spa for women.

But if Maddie is a tad on edge with all that on her plate, it's nothing compared to the chaos that ensues when she discovers that her son's baseball coach has feelings for her and the whole town disapproves. Maddie's faced a lot of challenges lately with strength and resolve, but Cal Maddox may turn out to be more than she can handle.

Then again, he could just be the one man in all of South Carolina who can help her find serenity.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:18 -0400)

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When Maddie Townsend's 20-year marriage ends, her two best friends help her pick up the pieces. Together, they create The Corner Spa, a place for the women of Serenity, South Carolina, to be pampered.

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