Book Review

by Brenda Novak

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Sensuality: HOT

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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

Publisher: MIRA

Published: November 2013

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Take Me Home for Christmas

Submitted by Madisonwfairbanks on October 28, 2013 - 6:43pm.

Take Me Home For Christmas by Brenda Novak

Sophia DeBussi’s husband jumped ship with the last of the investors money. Now she's broke with the entire town blaming her for her husbands theft. But she is just as much a victim as everyone else.
Ted Dixon once loved Sophia but when she left him for the big shot money guy, he wrote her off as good riddance. But he doesn't blame her for her husbands exploits, so he gives her a job. And ends up learning more about who she is today than who she was 15 years ago. And maybe those old feelings didn't completely go away like everyone else has kept reminding him over the years.

"She certainly didn’t need to give the people of Whiskey Creek any more reason to malign her. But wasn’t what she turned out to be more important than what she used to be?"

I really admire Sophie in this book. She really wants to do the right thing, especially for her daughter. And when you find out she has been a battered wife, you admire her all the more for trying to move on. She could have played up the victim role to the town, but she just took the shots and moved on. Yes, partially troubling as a victim to allow, and not defend, but she moves on. She's grown. She's learned. She's generous. You can't help but like her.
I really hope the town and individuals come to know and like her as much as Ted does. Bonus points to Eve for helping to start the process of dragging Sophia out of bed and depression.

This book is part of the Whiskey Creek series by Brenda Novak. It came be read as a stand alone as long as you don't worry about the relationships and friends at the recurring coffee Friday morning get together.

I received a copy of the book from the author.