Best selling Sacramento area author Brenda Novak takes readers back to the Gold Country town of Whiskey Creek for an intense look into the vagaries of fortune and how the world perceives them. She takes us inside the life of Sophia DeBussi, newly widowed and freshly impoverished by her late husband’s crooked business dealings. And she isn’t the only one he left broke.
The people of Whiskey Creek blame their losses on Sophia every bit as much as her husband. Their perception of her has been colored by what they’ve seen of her lifestyle. What they haven’t seen behind the façade is what leaves her feeling battered on all sides. She has a daughter to support and no job skills. With nothing left but her courage, can Sophia survive?
Ted Dixon has known Sophia for years. She was his high-school love. When she left him for the wealthy Skip DiBussi, she broke his heart. Now she’s alone and desperate. Can he help her through the situation without breaking his heart again?
Novak has created a town that mirrors many of the small historic towns in northern California. Vintage buildings catering to the tourist trade, small town denizens who prefer that life to the city, and conflicts that stretch for years, sometimes decades, provide her with a fertile canvas for her novels. She draws her audience into the story with multi-dimensional characters facing complex situations.
Readers of previous “Whiskey Creek” books will find a lot of old friends involved in Ted and Sophia’s story. A new reader will have no trouble following the relationships. Novak has added a character reference at the start of the book to bring newbies up to speed on the population.
This adult romance contains a few sex scenes and occasional rough language, none of which are gratuitous. They fit the natural progress of the story and are handled tastefully. Romance readers who appreciate a well-told story will enjoy this study of human nature under pressure. Novak has another winner in “Take Me Home for Christmas.”
Disclaimer: This review is based on a review copy provided by the author or publisher with no restrictions as to content. All opinions are my own.
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