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Feels Like Family (2007)

by Sherryl Woods

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Helen is the best of the three characters in this trilogy (there appear to be more books in this set but the first three do act as a trilogy) because she seems to have a lot more character. She is focussed and driven and successful at her job as a hard-working lawyer - at least this was the character she had when she was part of the other two stories, in this one she seems to have lost a lot of that focus and become more indecisive. I was sorry about that but I suppose that the author has done this so that it is easier to understand how she and Erik can come together. Erik is a pastry cook who has a troubled past, he seems laid back and kind but it is difficult at times to see how he has the dynamism to be a suitable partner for Helen.

This book has lots of plot themes going off at the same time and so it is not just about Helen at all. The story of Karen, the single mother who is overwhelmed, is almost the main part of the book. The author fixed Karen's problems in the long-run by giving her a good man - it was sad that we couldn't see how well some single parents can do without a partner (although, as this is a romance novel I can see why she did it).

Helen's desire for pregnancy and her underhand treatment of Erik lost her a lot of sympathy for me and I just couldn't see how he could change his opinion quite so quickly and maintain his attraction in the circumstances.

In the end, this book failed the realism test a little too often for me. I just didn't find it all rang true enough to keep me completely engaged. ( )
  AnneHudson | Jan 1, 2013 |
The Sweet Magnolias Book #3
  ompublic | Nov 22, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0778324362, Mass Market Paperback)

Helen Decatur spent a lifetime setting goals—getting through college and law school, opening her own practice, becoming financially secure and establishing herself as one of the most highly respected matrimonial attorneys in the state of South Carolina. Achieving those goals was a breeze compared to the one she's faced with now.

The most driven—and cynical—of the Sweet Magnolias, Helen is forty-two, single and suddenly ready for the family she's put on the back burner for all these years. Unfortunately, having a child at her age comes with lots of complications, not the least of which is the absence of a serious relationship in her life.

But Helen's not the type of woman to wait around for fate to step in. Taking charge of her own destiny puts her at odds with her two best friends, sets sparks flying with a man who doesn't want a family, and leads her straight into the most unexpected complication of all…love.

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Forty-two-year-old matrimonial attorney Helen Decatur finds her decision to have a child complicated by her two best friends, her attraction to a man who doesn't want a family, and love.

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