Wednesday, April 1, 2015

This Heart Of Mine - Brenda Novak

This Heart Of Mine
Brenda Novak
Mira, Mar 31 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778316725

In Whiskey Creek single dad Riley Stinson raised his son Jacob without any help from the teen’s mom Phoenix Fuller.  Instead listening to others for years that Phoenix is a bad seed Riley kept their child away from her; while she spent her offspring’s entire life behind bars after a conviction for vehicular manslaughter of his new girlfriend Lori.  Though she never faltered one iota from her insistence of innocence and what kept her going is one day she will meet Jake; now freed from prison, Phoenix only wants to connect with her son.

Riley has no choice but to allow Jacob to meet his mother.  Worse Riley knows he still loves Phoenix who feels the same way about him.  When she forgives him for abandoning her and mostly for keeping their child from her, he feels like a rat; especially as he watches Jake welcomes his mom in his life. 

This Whiskey Creek tale (see The Heart of Christmas) is a fine family drama though the audience will question the incredible forgiving nature of the mom who spent half her life locked away from her beloved child, and the easy acceptance and welcoming of her by her son.  The storyline’s drama comes from the parents who struggle with distrust, external pressure and love; their first encounter in all these years is a gem that sets the tone with both feeling extremely uncomfortable desire. 

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