This Heart of Mine
Written by: Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek Novels
Sequence in Series: 8
Page Count: 400 pages
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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…
This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
How can you start over when the only place you can go is the place and the people that caused your imprisonment you for 16 years?
At the age of 16, Phoenix Fuller was pregnant and wrongfully imprisoned for the death of her ex-boyfriends new girl friend. Jacob, the ex-boyfriend, ends up with custody and raising their son. What Phoenix wants more than anything is to get to know her son, so she has to return to the people and place that caused so much of her pain.
How far can forgiveness go?
So many times during this story did my heart clench for Phoenix. She was an amazing woman, doing what it takes to survive but still staying true to herself and her goal to be a good mother to the son that was taken away.
I flat out L.O.V.E.D. this story. You can’t help but feel every emotion from heart ache to triumph in the lives of her characters. I use the word "character" loosely because Novak created living, breathing, people with written words.
If you are a fan of a thought and emotion provoking read, This Heart of Mine is a book for you.