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Publisher's Summary

When Jeanette Brioche helped launch The Corner Spa in Serenity, South Carolina, she found a whole lot more than professional satisfaction. She discovered the deep and loyal friendships that had been missing from her life. But even the Sweet Magnolias can't mend the terrible rift between Jeanette and her family or persuade her that the holidays are anything more than a season of misery.

Pushed into working on the town's much-loved annual Christmas festival, Jeanette teams up with the sexy new town manager. Tom McDonald may be the only person in Serenity who's less enthused about family and the holidays than she is. But with tree decorations going up on the town square and a bit of romance in the air, Jeanette and Tom take a fresh look at the past and a hopeful look into the future. Together they discover that this just may be a season of miracles after all.

©2008 Sherryl Woods (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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Couldn't finish the book

I simply could not finish this book. I really tried, but the narrator ruined the book for me. Her tone and Southern accent were just too hard to cope with. I read all three books before this one and am reading number 5 now, but this one was simply awful. I never quit reading a book part way through, but this is one that I did. Sherryl Woods, please NEVER use this narrator again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Wonderful!

This is a fun progression of friendships. Enjoyed the read and would recommend it to girlfriends...good chic lit!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Sweet story of friendship

If you could sum up Welcome to Serenity in three words, what would they be?

sweet, friendship, long

Any additional comments?

This was a sweet story of friendship & love, however for me, the book was too long. There were a few parts the story could have done without and made it a faster read, but that's just because I like books that read faster. It was good, but I couldn't give it 5 stars because it got boring in places.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Terrible narrator

I like the series, but narrator is awful. Xe Sands is so much better! Will listen to next in series, but that's about it. Sherryl's other series are much better.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Tammie
  • United States
  • 05-29-16

Whiny female lead and not so good narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes because it advanced the sweet magnolia's story but the female lead was bi-polar so most of the story was not enjoyable

Would you be willing to try another book from Sherryl Woods? Why or why not?

Yes because I loved the other sweet magnolia's and their stories.

What three words best describe Liv Anderson’s voice?

Whiny, annoying and irritating

Did Welcome to Serenity inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

Janette seemed sweet, intelligent and strong in her brief interactions in the first three books. She was all over the place in this book. She was bitchy to her boss, bitchy to a guy that she had just met and was supposed to be attracted to and then she had the nerve to be jealous of him after letting him know that she wasn't interested. And he did come on totally too strong but some of that was because she would flirt with him and then push him away and no one understood why most of the time, least of all him. At one point, I wanted him to just give Mary Vaughn a try rather than keep putting up with her irrational behavior!

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Narration was horrible

Where does Welcome to Serenity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story was good but I had a hard time making it through the book due to the narrator.. She was horrible.

What aspect of Liv Anderson’s performance would you have changed?

She was not consistant with the voices. It was really bad

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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  • Jon
  • Ruston, LA, United States
  • 03-31-13

BAD NARRATOR

What would have made Welcome to Serenity better?

Having a better narrator. Number one: Ms. Anderson is very hard to listen to plus (2) she's there's no consistency with the voices.

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Love the Series

What made the experience of listening to Welcome to Serenity the most enjoyable?

I love the ongoing characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Additions to all the characters lives

Would you be willing to try another one of Liv Anderson’s performances?

Would rather not. The accents set my teeth on edge. Where on earth does Toms accent come from? Sounds like a bit of a Maine accent when he is supposed to be from the Carolinas

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A "family" by choice with a happy ending

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  • Nyoka
  • Brownstown, MI, United States
  • 04-15-12

Really great story

I loved the way she tried to always stand her ground, but then somehow she always gave in.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Why?

Why don't they stick to the same narrators when they do a series??? I can't keep track of the story because the narrator's voice is annoying me so much. She doesn't keep the voices she does straight. I'm so dissappointed.