Review by Cara M.
Dramatic, emotionally engaging, and somewhat heart-wrenching, Brenda Novak’s Come Home to Me engaged me from the first page and hung on long after…but maybe not in the way I’d hoped!
As with most all of Ms. Novak’s Whiskey Creek novels, I’ve had mixed feelings at first. From the fabulous When Snow Falls, the sweet When Lightening Strikes, and the heart-wrenching When Summer Comes, I’ve pretty much always loved her work. Even with When We Touch, Home to Whiskey Creek and Take Me Home For Christmas not being my favorites due to various reasons, in the end, I’ve enjoyed the stories and eagerly awaited the next in the series.
But from the moment I read When Snow Falls I’ve wanted to see what happens with Preston and Aaron. Both are strong, deeply wounded characters. Both fed each other’s addictions. So I wondered if they could ever make it work and move past their problems to a future that was positive. Now I no longer have to wonder. Drawn together by circumstances and family, I feel like the two got the much needed second chance to be positive for each other instead of destructive. The glue that ties these two is strong, though I wondered if it was often demented or maybe just obsession. In the end, however, I believe with the support of friends and family they can overcome the past and make a wonderful future together for their child. Maybe.
The thing about this installment of the series is that it didn’t really add much to the well being of the series. What I mean is that it was pretty disappointing to me that some of the characters that I’d loved didn’t stay lovable. In fact, they seemed to become deranged and unlikeable, definitely not trustworthy. And they took what I’d wondered if would turn into a MAJOR issue between Cheyenne and Dylan at the end of their story, When Snow Falls, and turned it into a totally unacceptable betrayal. Honestly, I had wondered how Cheyenne and Dylan would survive her keeping such a huge secret from him (if you’ve read the story you’ll know what I’m getting at), but that is nothing compared to the soap worthy betrayal she performed in this story. In fact, I’m sick over it. I LOVED how these two were together in their story. Dylan was magnificent. Cheyenne was strong and finding herself in an impossible situation made the best of it, if not the best choices. But instead of making amends and working through her lie with her husband, she compounded the issues and brought out some new ones in this book.
If you’re a fan of the series you’ll want to read this one just to keep up…or maybe you won’t. Because the change in the characters wasn’t at all inline with what you’ve come to expect from them. In fact, if I didn’t like Eve I’d be tempted not to read her story because I’m afraid of what will be added about Dylan and Cheyenne. Why, oh why couldn’t Ms. Novak of given a little happy drama to their lives instead of making it negative? Find another sub-plot to add texture to the overall community feel of this series. Bring in something fresh. At any rate, be warned. You may not like how this one goes.
When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to "home" she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family.
There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.