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A Slice of Heaven (Sweet Magnolias, Book 2) (2007)

by Sherryl Woods

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Dana Sue's daughter has anorexia. This was established in the first book of the series and well demonstrated when she collapsed at the end. Dana Sue has been in denial of this for over a year until Annie's life is in danger. Dana Sue blames herself for Annie's collapse and for not getting treatment for her daughter earlier. All the other characters tell her that it is not her fault. I don't agree. It is obvious from reading the first novel in the set and this one that Dana Sue should have done something about this problem and probably saved her daughter some pain. The school authorities, the medical staff who had already seen Annie, her friends and everyone else who had an inkling of the problem should have acted. It is obvious that Dana Sue has her own problems too because she is also ignoring her own health issues.

Once you get over the feeling that all these people who said that they knew that there was a problem and didn't act are complicit in Annie's illness this is an OK second chance romance as Dana Sue's ex-husband Ron comes back to the family determined to fight for what he gave up too easily. They split up because of his one-night stand which he doesn't understand as it is the only time he has cheated on her - it really was his fault that they broke up and if he doesn't know why he did it I am not quite sure why Dana Sue is supposed to forget it.

All the issues are resolved in an easy way - once someone says what the problem is then it is instantly solved. Everyone has an almost miraculous ability to forgive. All the problems seem to have only one cause which is a little simplistic. Health issues are cleared up magically as people are able to change their lifestyle completely without relapses (if only).

I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't felt that the author reduced serious problems to simple solutions. ( )
  AnneHudson | Jan 1, 2013 |
Sweet Magnolias #2
  ompublic | Nov 22, 2010 |
This one had some of that "Just TELL him/her" but Woods handled it well. It never got to the point that I was totally disgusted with the characters. I like the way she handled the characters' eating disorders. ( )
  dulcibelle | Jun 28, 2007 |
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The perfect recipe for new beginnings ------ Dana Sue might run the best little restaurant in Serenity, but when you're feeding a small town of neighbors, busybodies and best friends, things can get a bit hot in the kitchen. Never mind that sh's putting on too many pounds (an occupational hazard for a chef)—sh's worried about her too-skinny teenage daughter, Annie, who has been slowly starving herself since the loud, suitcase-tossing, name-calling fit on her front lawn that left Dana Sue minus one cheating husband.
But sometimes life picks strange ways to mend fences. When Annie lands in the hospital, Dana Sue reaches out to the man she loves to hate: Ron, the husband who took her heart when she tossed him out. Ron is still Annie's white knight, even if h's decidedly more tarnished in Dana Sue's eyes. But he still looks good enough to eat, and maybe, just maybe, to forgive. Once, Ron made the mistake of letting go without a proper fight. But now Dana Sue is about to get another taste of sweet devotion from a man tired of feeling like a fool, hungry for that slice of heaven he found with her.—
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Dana Sue might run the best little restaurant in Serenity, but when you're feeding a small town of neighbors, busybodies and best friends, things can get a bit hot in the kitchen. Never mind that sh's putting on too many pounds (an occupational hazard for a chef)—sh's worried about her too-skinny teenage daughter, Annie, who has been slowly starving herself since the loud, suitcase-tossing, name-calling fit on her front lawn that left Dana Sue minus one cheating husband.

But sometimes life picks strange ways to mend fences. When Annie lands in the hospital, Dana Sue reaches out to the man she loves to hate: Ron, the husband who took her heart when she tossed him out. Ron is still Annie's white knight, even if h's decidedly more tarnished in Dana Sue's eyes. But he still looks good enough to eat, and maybe, just maybe, to forgive. Once, Ron made the mistake of letting go without a proper fight. But now Dana Sue is about to get another taste of sweet devotion from a man tired of feeling like a fool, hungry for that slice of heaven he found with her.—

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When her teenage daughter ends up in the hospital after starving herself, chef Dana Sue must embrace the power of forgiveness when her cheating husband, whom she kicked out, returns home to help her deal with their self-destructive child.

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