This Heart of Mine
Book 8, Whiskey Creek
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First love. Second chance?
As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him—especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next.
Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob's father isn't exactly welcoming.
Riley doesn't trust Phoenix, doesn't want her in Jacob's life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he's about to find both!
What's not to love about Second Chances
I think this was one of my most anticipated books to read in a while, I have been waiting to hear Phoenix and Riley's story since the beginning of this series. Brenda did not disappoint, she knows how to grab the reader and make them anticipate what is going to come to all of her characters.
Phoenix and Riley definitely deserved there second chance, thanks for giving to them Brenda.
Powerful second chance story!
This is a tremendously powerful story. I was shedding tears at page 20 and smiling soon after that. The kind of sadness and pain that Phoenix is feeling is so deep rooted. It's the pain of an innocent girl who served seventeen years in prison, walked out a woman and was never allowed contact with her son. She never even got to hold him when he was born. It's the pain of trying to start over when everyone thinks you're a murderer. When you're afraid to accept even the smallest of kindness from anyone because self respect is all you have and it all feels like pity for the ex-con. I was so happy that Jacob, hers and Riley's son, was prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt and believe in her innocence. It also says something about Riley's character that he too, was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt after he realized what she had been through and he'd helped put her there.
I love all of the books in the Whiskey Creek series but this one is by far my favorite book so far. The emotions were so strong I was feeling her pain and sadness in my heart. Thank you Brenda Novak for another fantastic, even more intense, journey to the little town of Whiskey Creek and I can't wait to come back again.
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Best of Whiskey Creek
After spending sixteen years in prison for a crime she did not commit, Phoenix has returned home to Whiskey Creek to reconnect with her son, Jacob. Her ex teenage boyfriend, Riley has done a wonderful job on raising their son. As Phoenix gets to know her son better, Riley is also realizing why he loved Phoenix years ago. Phoenix is very leery of these advances by Riley, as she also is fighting these same feelings.
This is the eighth book in the series of Whiskey Creek, but can be read as a stand alone. We have always heard bits and pieces of Phoenix in previous books, but always for the bad. In this book, Phoenix has to redeem herself to everyone.
I could not put this book down, once again Brenda has written a wonderful story of likeable, believable characters that you can relate to. I highly recommend this book, along with the rest of the Whiskey Creek books.