Series: Whiskey Creek bk 5
Author: Brenda Novak
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Christmas is a time for remembering…
But not all memories are pleasant. Everyone in Whiskey Creek remembers Sophia DeBussi as the town’s Mean Girl. Especially Ted Dixon, whose love she once scorned. Sophia married for money and status, but her millionaire husband is abusive and she stays with him only for the sake of her daughter.
Then her husband dies—trying to fake his own death to avoid an FBI probe. Not only has he left her penniless, he’s left her holding the bag.
Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work she can find. But almost everyone in town believes she helped Skip cheat them out of millions. With no other options, she answers an ad for a housekeeper placed by none other than Ted, now a successful suspense writer. He can’t bring himself to send her away, not at Christmas, but he refuses to get emotionally involved. He learned his lesson the last time.
Or will the season of love and forgiveness help them both find what they’re missing?
I have read every book written so far in the Whiskey Creek series beginning with the novella WHEN WE TOUCH and each book became my favorite. I found WHEN SUMMER COMES to be my all time favorite and never thought another installment of the series would top that but once again Brenda Novak proved me wrong with TAKE ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
Sophia DeBussi was the most hated girl in Whiskey Creek after what she did to Ted Dixon. After 15 years the close knit group of friends who meet for coffee every Friday at Black Gold Coffee still hold a grudge and believe she got what she deserved with the death of her husband.
The townspeople and her in-laws treat her as the town pariah and hold her responsible for the money that Skip stole. Eve Harmon comes to stand by her and she’s the one person Sophia least expects to become her friend especially with her being such good friends with Ted Dixon the spurned ex-lover.
As the book progresses you feel Sophia’s pain as she struggles with depression, fights through the urges to drink as she is a recovering alcoholic, deals with the vandalism to her home, coming to terms with losing everything, taking care of her daughter who’s friends have turned on her. Through all of this you see Sophia grow stronger, she begins to fight back and stand up to those who hold her responsible for her husbands action.
But what surprises her most is that her ex-lover Ted Dixon takes her in, gives her a job and becomes her knight in shining armor. He fights his feelings for her that have never died so he tries to start up a relationship with Eve Harmon but they both soon figure out that they are better off being friends.
The best part of the entire book is KARMA finally comes around and bites Chief Stacy in the ASS but I will leave that for you to read.
Brenda Novak hits another one out of the park shows you that even when you hit rock bottom and you feel the world is against you that you will survive. You will come out stronger, you have more confidence in yourself and most of all you find out that forgiveness is always possible and the most unlikely ally is the one person who gives you the strength you need to fight back.
I give this book a 5 star. I highly recommend it. It can also be read as a stand alone.