Author: Sherryl Woods
Series: The Sweet Magnolia's #7
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Her devastating marriage behind her, Raylene Hammond is truly thankful for her best friends, the Sweet Magnolias. They’ve taken her in, shielding her from the world. Then she meets sheriff’s deputy Carter Rollins, and suddenly Raylene’s haven no longer feels quite so safe.
Carter understands why Raylene is trapped inside. He’s even taken to bringing the outside world to her. But with two kid sisters to raise, just how much time can he devote to this woman who’s stolen his heart?
Raylene knows Carter is a man worth loving, but she may never be strong enough to accept what he’s offering. How long can she ask him to wait? Maybe they’ll never have more than this one sweet summer!
This was a great book that Sherryl Woods dealt with domestic violence takes on many faces and have the victim Raylene having dealt with so much abuse by her ex-husband. Which unfortunately has left her shut in at Sarah's house. Raylene can't seem to go outside without a huge panic attack. While watching Sarah's kids Tommy the older of the two takes off and is picked by an officer while Raylene is outside freaking out about not being able to find him.
Carter Rollins learns early that there is more to know about Raylene Hammond that she has some issues that prevent her from doing certain things. Carter is also raising his two sisters after their parents died. Which creates alot of teen angst.
The lengths Carter goes to for love of Raylene is so romantic trying to protect her and not smother her. To watch their relationship grow even with the panic attacks and family drama they both suffer. What an incredible moving story.