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Monday, December 9, 2013

Take Me Home For Christmas by Brenda Novak Review

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From Goodreads:

Too bad all memories aren't 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?

My Review:

I was expecting a light-hearted Christmas romance with this book but instead it was a heartbreaking read that was very emotional.  Novak does a great job with Sophia's character.  At the beginning she is not very likable but as she deals with one hardship after another she grows into a thoughtful, caring woman who deserves some happiness in her life.

Ted is great from the beginning and I enjoyed reading about him and his friends.  I thought the addition of Eve to the story was an unnecessary love triangle and didn't really need to be in the book, but I enjoyed the other friends and his mom.

This book deals with a lot of pain both past and present including betrayal, fraud, addiction, and lots of regrets.  Novak has written an emotional story that pulled me right in and though it might not be a light and fun Christmas story it does deal with forgiveness and true love and I am glad I read it.

My Rating:  4 stars out of 5

I received this book from NetGalley for a review.

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