Author: Brenda Novak

Audio Review: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

Posted May 3, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

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Audio Review: Finding Our Forever by Brenda NovakFinding Our Forever by Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Springs #1
Narrator: Veronica Worthington
Published by Harlequin Audio on March 21, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 6 hours, 7 minutes
Source: the Publisher
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three-half-stars
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The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch's owner, that she's really her daughter? Cora's not sure she can do that, not unless she's confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner--Aiyana's adopted son and ranch manager--that decision becomes even more difficult.

Although Elijah can't deny his deep attraction to Cora, he's always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there's something about the ranch's newest employee that isn't exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he's long been waiting for.

 

 
Art teacher Cora Kelly accepts a position at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for the sole purpose of getting to know the director, Aiyana Turner, who happens to be her biological mother. Cora hasn’t told her adopted family nor Aiyana of her discovery. She has her reasons but things start to get complicated when she and Elijah Turner, Aiyana’s adopted grown son, become “involved.”

 
It’s an interesting story as Cora tries to figure out who Aiyana is and why she gave her up when she later adopted so many others. Cora’s relationship with Elijah develops pretty naturally even though it creates some serious ethical issues for her. It was easy to judge her for keeping her secret so long but just as easy to understand why she delayed telling everyone. I liked how the issues related to adopted children seeking out their biological parents were addressed, presenting all sides of those affected.

 
The narrator did a wonder job of distinguishing the characters and I liked how she chose to handle the male roles. No over exaggerating but you could hear the shifts. I’ll definitely look for more by this narrator.

 
I enjoyed this story and the introduction to the series, as well as the small town and community of Silver Springs. While there wasn’t a lot of drama, there were lots of realistic issues and dilemmas to keep me hooked. I’m looking forward to continuing the series.

 

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About Brenda Novak

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. A New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of fifty novels, Brenda Novak has been nominated for a prestigious Rita Award three times and won The National Reader’s Choice Award, the Bookbuyer’s Best, the Bookseller’s Best, the Writer Touch Reader Award, the Golden Quill, the Hold Medallion and the Award of Excellence, among others.
Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research—an online auction held on her Web site (www.brendanovak.com) every May. To date, she has raised over $2 million for this cause.

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Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

Posted September 26, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    The story resumes about six months after the prequel with Hanover House up and running. Dr. Evelyn Talbot has a team of psychiatrists in place who are analyzing some of the most twisted minds in the country, all serial killers. When a woman’s mutilated body is found in the middle of a developing snowstorm, Evelyn finds herself embroiled in the case and questions whether Jasper Murphy has found her in this Alaskan frontier.   What I liked about the story was the underlying suspense of whether Jasper was behind the murder. Drawing Evelyn’s past history into the forefront provided a good level of tension. I also liked Amorak’s role in the story, as well as his developing relationship with Evelyn.   Where things […]


Mommie Dearest! The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

Mommie Dearest! The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

Posted August 16, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    It’s been five years since the last story and Keith Lazarow has accomplished the seemingly impossible. He’s been drug free and has become extremely successful as a commercial real estate investor in California. Leaving Fairham Island and his controlling, cruel mother has everything to do with him staying clean. However, when Keith’s informed of her death, ruled a suicide, he has to go back to the place that represents lots of personal pain and failure. And, he doesn’t buy Josephine killed herself. He’s also looking forward to reconnecting with the woman who was his lifeline in those very dark days, Nancy Dellinger.   I thought Josephine’s “redemption” at the end of the last book was questionable and a lot is discovered here that […]


Dual Audio Review: Discovering You by Brenda Novak

Dual Audio Review: Discovering You by Brenda Novak

Posted July 25, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

     Anne’s Review I have been reading the Whiskey Creek series all along and I love it. It started with a tight-knit group of friends from the small town in California. Each book is a contemporary romance with one of the friends. I really like these people. The friends have mostly settled and now the brothers of the first couple are falling in love. Rod Amos is quite a guy considering his rough and tough upbringing. Discovering You seems more like romantic suspense than contemporary romance. Rod’s new neighbor is in trouble and he wants to help her. I love how he takes care of people, like India and Van, when he had no parents to care for him, just his brother, Dylan. It […]


Audio Review: A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak

Audio Review: A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak

Posted November 30, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 11 Comments

    Novak achieved what I felt was the impossible…made me like and root for Kyle Houseman. This is the man that slept with his girlfriend Olivia’s sister, got her pregnant and then married the sister. To ice this awful cake, Olivia’s family made her do the wedding planning. Yes, it’s what she does but really???   I’ve disliked this man from the first book and even though Noelle turned out to be the wife from hell and they soon divorced, I still held a grudge.   My thaw started with the last book after Kyle stepped up and was a friend to Phoenix Fuller when no one else would give her the time of day. In this story, renowned country music singer Lourdes Bennett […]


Creepy! Hanover House by Brenda Novak

Creepy! Hanover House by Brenda Novak

Posted November 5, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

  Evelyn Talbot is a psychiatrist who is building a research facility in Alaska where she will house and study some of the most dangerous serial killers in the country. She’s personally motivated by events from her past that suddenly resurface in her present. Fortunately, Alaska State Trooper Ben “Amarok” Murphy has her back. This is one strange and exciting prequel. If the purpose was to get me enthused for the series it delivered that and more. I’m left with a sense of foreboding about what comes next. Having the point of view of one of the “mean and nastys” just made it more creepy. And, nestled in the midst of all this is a sweet little romance. This promises to be an interesting series.


Audio Review: The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak

Audio Review: The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak

Posted September 18, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Our Dual Review! This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak

Our Dual Review! This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak

Posted March 31, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

Quick summary It’s been 17 years and Phoenix Fuller is now released from prison after serving time for vehicular manslaughter. She was 16, pregnant and alone at the time so Riley Stinson, the baby’s father, raised their son with his parents’ assistance. Phoenix wants a chance to have a relationship with Jacob now that she’s free.   About Phoenix Jonetta: She’s nothing like the impression I formed from the books leading up to this one. It never occurred to me that she might be innocent and I thought she was going to give Riley a hard time about their son once released. I ended up having the utmost admiration for her. Anne: I really liked her and you’re right, she’s nothing like I expected from […]