I received this book at no cost from the publisher. .This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
Published by Mira Books on 2015-03-31
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
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—if they can forgive the mistakes in their past…
Phoenix has been in jail for the last 17 years for a crime she did not commit and wants to reunite with the son she had at sixteen with the town heart-throb, Riley. Riley raises their son,Jacob, with no contact with Phoenix. Now released from jail, Phoenix come back home to deal with trying to make a connection with Jacobs, deal with Riley’s parents who help raise Jacob and her own mother. Phoenix’s mother is no prize. Her mother is morbidly obese and hoards everything as well as heaping negativity on Phoenix. In spite of it all, Phoenix is determined to create a life for herself and make that connection with her son.
The whole town is pretty much against Phoenix and she has never been very welcomed there. Riley’s parents believe she is the cause of the accident that claimed the life of another girl, Lori, and her parents are out to make her life miserable. Only Riley’s friend, Kyle, tries to accept that Phoenix is actually a decent person. As Phoenix gets back on her feet (rises like a Phoenix — I see what you did there Brenda Novak) and actually overcomes almost every obstacle in her way,
This story is so full of emotion. I think I experienced everything from elation to tears and back again reading about Phoenix. I don’t know if I could ever survive with the grace the Phoenix does, but one can pull off almost anything when it is a relationship with your own child to drive you. Even if you have never read anything in the Whiskey Creek series, you can pick it up anyone and be right in line with the story. I can’t wait for the next one!
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she’s won The National Reader’s Choice, The Bookseller’s Best, The Bookbuyer’s Best and many other awards. She runs an annual online auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com. To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.
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