Take me home for christmas (Whiskey creek #5)- Brenda Novak

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 turn his back on 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?

This is the first Whiskey creek novel i have read and even though it is book 5, i had no problem reading it as a stand alone.

This is a second chance romance and a VERY unique one at that.
The story line is like non other i have read before, the hero and heroine have a past that didnt work out so well for them, but the chain of events that occurred when they find themselves thrown together again really worked well. The whole redemption theme at christmas time was nice.

Ted and Sophia’s relationship was a very slow burn to the point i thought we would get to the end of the book and they still wouldnt be together!.
This isnt a fast paced romance full of sensual scenes for the couple, it is more about friendship and what Sophia and Ted have shared in the past, and the difficulties they over come together.

Brenda Novak has a way of writing that you feel a part of the group of friends that go for coffee on a Friday, you feel there emotions and the camaraderie between the group.
I liked the characters very much they all gel well together.

I was nice as a reader to follow Sophia on her journey to discover herself and who she really is as a person, not who she was molded into by Skip and his controlling ways. It takes some guts for Sophia to stand up and face people in a small town where everyone has a opinion.

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