Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek #5
Published: Oct 29, 2013
Source: Netgalley & Author's Review Crew
Christmas is a time for remembering…
Too bad 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.
But Sophia has paid the price for her youthful transgressions. The man she did marry was rich and powerful but abusive. So when he goes missing, she secretly hopes he’ll never come back–until she learns that he died running from an FBI probe of his investment firm. Not only has he left Sophia penniless, he’s left her to face all the townspeople he cheated….
Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter. With no other options, she becomes housekeeper for none other than Ted, now a successful suspense writer. He can’t bring himself to abandon her, 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 give them both another chance at happiness?
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Novak does it once again!! Sophia loses everything because of her mean abusive husband. The whole town is abusive towards her and her daughter with a few exceptions. Ted, her old boyfriend, doesn't really want to help her at all but sees that most of the town hates her because of her husband and the money he took. Novak writes in a way that you can feel the emotions coming off the page. Once I pick up a book by this author, I usually finish it in one sitting.
If you like series books, Ms. Novak has another series of SuperRomances by Harlequin based in a small town -- Dundee Idaho Series.