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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Brenda Novak welcomes you to Silver Springs, a picturesque small town in Southern California where even the hardest hearts can learn to love again....

Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether. Her waitressing gig isn't enough to pay the bills, let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed - the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options.

Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he's innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs.

As Sadie and Dawson's professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there's more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else sees - he has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for.

©2017 Brenda Novak, Inc. (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 02-08-18

Story had a helpless victim feel.

Sadie filed for divorce and left her husband Sly who is a vicious mean bully cop. Other cops believe Sly, not Sadie. Sly sabotages Sadie's job attempts because he wants her back and dependent on him. She gets a job working for Dawson on his farm. Dawson was accused of killing his parents but acquitted. The locals and cops still believe he is guilty. Sly wants to do bad things and frame Dawson. Throughout the story I felt helpless and worried. I prefer books where the hero or heroine do smart or interesting things, not just worry about surviving the bad guy.

CAUTION SPOILER:
Even at the end, characters other than the hero/heroine did things to solve problems.
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I’m reminded of Rose Madder by Stephen King - a similar story about a woman who runs away from her abusive cop husband. He was worse than Sly. But I enjoyed watching what Rose and others did. It was entertaining.

This book is romantic suspense so there is a happy ending for the good guys.

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Veronica Worthington was ok, but at times she read like she was in a hurry. Her voice is ok but almost has a harsh feeling. I prefer a slightly softer voice.

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Narrative mode: 3rd person. Copyright: 2017. Genre: romantic suspense.

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Couper Martinique

can't wait to read or listen to book 3. book 1 was awesome this was just as great

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  • Andra
  • Roanoke, IN, United States
  • 08-10-17

Really enjoyed this book!

The main characters were well developed and kept my interest. The story flowed betty well. Great writer, great narration!

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Redemption

I just discovered Novak and I was not half way through before I began looking for more good reads. This book reminds me of how easily we can allow our spirits to be crushed by circumstances and by people who claim to love us. But how glorious is it when our hearts are still able to be open to love others and allow them to love us. Looking forward to gathering more for my library.

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  • lynz
  • 06-06-17

Another great book by Brenda

Brenda Novak is quickly becoming one of my must read/ listen to authors. This story was very good and had me wanting to continue listening often the story was very interesting.