Image of Take Me Home for Christmas (Whiskey Creek)


Image of Take Me Home for Christmas (Whiskey Creek)

After an intriguing start, Novak’s latest installment devolves into a low-stakes, chemistry-free dance of “will they or won’t they?” between her protagonists — one that’s made unpleasant by the threats and machinations of Whiskey Creek’s unrealistically evil residents.

When rich, beautiful Sophia DeBussi’s husband accidentally kills himself trying to fake his own death, she’s forced to face not only her own ruin, but also the townspeople he so heartlessly fleeced. She’s grateful to get a job as a housekeeper for local novelist Ted Dixon, her former high school flame. Though he still resents her cavalier treatment of him so very many years ago, Ted can’t quite smother his stubborn attraction to Sophia. Together, they must endure the dark side of their seemingly idyllic hometown — a small-town purgatory of vindictive neighbors. (MIRA, Nov., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Carolyn Martin