Take Me Home for Christmas

Brenda Novak
Take Me Home for Christmas
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Harlequin MIRA
Release Date
October 2013
Book 5 of Whiskey Creek
Contemporary Romance

Christmas is a time for remembering….

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?

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
Dec 18, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
68 people found the following review helpful
TAKE ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is about learning and growing from past mistakes and making the most out of every situation, even the bleak ones.

This book, the fifth in Ms. Novak's Whiskey Creek series, takes us back into the lives of the close friends in the town of Whiskey Creek. Here we get to learn all of the history of Ted Dixon and Sophia DeBussi's troubled relationship that has been mentioned over and over in previous books in this series. Despite Sophia's feelings for Ted, and his for her, she decides to marry for approval and appearance than for love. Now, years later, Sophia is trapped in an abusive relationship and successful and handsome Ted is all alone.

Sophia works to break her Mean Girl image and gain the friendships of some of the folks in Whiskey Creek, but Ted's disapproval of her makes it difficult. Lonely and trapped, Sophia now has to deal with finding out her husband stole millions of dollars from the people in Whiskey Creek and left her no way to pay them back upon his death. Suddenly tables turn and everyone in town seems to hate Sophia while Ted is the only one willing to listen to her story and stand by her side through her challenges.

My first thought is to say that this story is somewhat predictable, but not in a bad way. And while the ending was predictable, there were some twists and turns thrown into the plot along the way to keep the story very interesting. I felt like the author did a great job exploring the emotional struggles of the two main characters. You have two people who are both very guarded and untrusting, for different reasons, trying to learn to trust each other and be friends. Sophia has to completely break down the preconceived notions nearly everyone in town has about her while Ted struggles to open his heart to someone who has, and can again, hurt him beyond belief. The journey these characters take together is not easy and is constantly made more challenging by roadblocks put in place by friends and townspeople. Ms. Novak did a great job with the multitude of fierce emotions.

I love the people in this town and will continue to read the Whiskey Creek series as long as the books continue to be published!
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