Hi All! It’s Becky. I have already confessed my love for the Netflix show Sweet Magnolias. I happily reviewed the first book a few weeks ago (you can read my review here) and I was eager to read the second book in the series. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to its predecessor.
Title: A Slice of Heaven
Author: Sherryl Woods
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Dana Sue Sullivan has had to go through a lot in the past few years. She kicked out her cheating husband, opened a successful restaurant, and co-founded a women’s only fitness club with her two best friends. Dana Sue has met every challenge head-on, but when her daughter, Annie, is hospitalized for anorexia, Dana Sue meets a battle she can’t face on her own. Dana Sue reaches out to her ex-husband, Ronnie, to help guide Annie’s recovery, but as the two spend time together old feelings begin to surface, and Dana Sue will have to learn how much forgiveness she has in her and what she is willing to let go to find her happily ever after.
Review: I really wanted to like this book because Dana Sue was one of my favorite parts of the Netflix series but I just never warmed up to it. Dana Sue has the potential to be the same strong, self-assured woman she was on the show except the Dana Sue we meet in the book is constantly second-guessing herself, she never makes a big decision, and she basically lets everyone in her life lead her around. It was disappointing and frustrating as was her relationship with Ronnie. We are told about their great love but we’re never actually shown any signs of a great romance. Plus, I found it very frustrating that Ronnie’s cheating was pushed aside and Dana Sue was treated as if there was something wrong with her that she wasn’t willing to just forgive and forget. I may have been able to overlook those issues if the book has great dialog but instead, the characters all speak like stereotypical women from a long-ago time with the teenagers being the worst culprit. At times, it was almost painful to read the dialog between average sixteen-year-olds that sounded like it was from the fifties. However, the most frustrating part of the book, for me was the way Annie’s anorexia is depicted. Her illness is shown to be serious and she has real issues behind it but Woods treats like something easier to heal than the common cold. Annie goes to a few doctors’ appointments and eats a turkey sandwich and all is once again well in the world. It felt like the author was minimizing a serious illness that many teens die from. I did enjoy the character in the television series and I did enjoy the first book however, after A Slice of Heaven, I don’t think I will continue with this series.
Final Rating: 2 out of 5