Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: A Winter Wedding (Whiskey Creek #9) by Brenda Novak

Book Blurb:

One Christmas can change your life...

Kyle Houseman believes he'll never find anyone he could love as much as Olivia Arnold, who's now married to his stepbrother. Not only did he lose her, he's been through one divorce and has no desire to go through another. He's determined to be extra careful about the next woman he gets involved with—which is why he fights his attraction to the beautiful stranger who rents his farmhouse for the Christmas holiday.

Lourdes Bennett is a country music artist. She's only planning to stay in Whiskey Creek long enough to write the songs for her next album—the album that's going to put her back on top. Her dreams don't include settling in a town even smaller than the one she escaped. But as she comes to know Kyle, she begins to wonder if she'd be making a terrible mistake to leave him behind.

My Review:

A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak takes us back to Whiskey Creek into the lives of a closely knit, unique group of friends.  This is Kyle's story.

I have always liked Kyle, from the pieces I've seen of him in other Whiskey Creek novels, and felt that he had a lot of depth to him.  This shines through in A Winter Wedding!  Kyle has definitely had his ups and downs...the love of his life is now married to his step brother, and Kyle himself was briefly married to her sister, Noelle.  Now he's dealing with an ex who doesn't want to let him go.  Staying in Whiskey Creek is what Kyle wants though, even if it means his chances of finding another woman to love are slim to none.

Lourdes is a country music star seeking her muse, finding herself, and looking forward to anonymity while she stays in Whiskey Creek.  Through a twist of fate, Lourdes ends up staying in Kyle's house with him instead of the farmhouse she's supposed to be in.  Slowly Kyle and Lourdes become closer, even if  a future together is impossible.  Because Lourdes is not staying in Whiskey Creek and Kyle is not leaving...but does it have to be that black and white?  I enjoyed getting to know Kyle and Lourdes, especially Kyle separately from the group of friends that this series revolves around.  They are all so unique.  I felt like Lourdes and Kyle were good for each other and that Whiskey Creek was good for Lourdes because it shows her a whole different side of life.  One that she likes.  I really hoped she could find a way to stay part of this place and with Kyle.

As we take the journey of Kyle and Lourdes becoming closer than either of them expected, Kyle's ex wife Noelle is a significant secondary character through out A Winter Wedding.  She is an interesting character and I wonder if she has some underlying psychological issues.  Brenda writes this character very well, and through this Noelle even had me believing her at times.  It was sad to see her unravel through the book, and I hope to find out more about her in future Whiskey Creek books.  As easy as she was to dislike, I found myself really hoping she would get some help.

We see and hear about characters from other Whiskey Creek books in A Winter Wedding, and I liked this carry forward, even if it is on the periphery.  I would recommend reading the other Whiskey Creek novels if you want to get a good grasp of all the characters and their backgrounds.  There is a lot going on in A Winter Wedding, but Brenda works it all together very well, and it plays like real life.

A Winter Wedding makes you believe in love, despite all the bumps in the road, and I'd recommend it to any romance reader.

4/5 stars

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