Released: October 29, 2013
Genre: Romance/Women's Literature
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Christmas is a time for remembering…
Too bad not all memories are pleasant! Everyone in Whiskey Creek remembers Sophia DeBussi as the town's Mean Girl. Especially Ted Dixon, whose love she once scorned.
But Sophia has paid the price for her youthful transgressions. The man she did marry was rich
Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter. With no other options, she becomes housekeeper for none other than Ted, now a successful suspense writer. He can't bring himself to turn his back on her, not at Christmas, but he refuses to get emotionally involved. He learned his lesson the last time.
Or will the season of love and forgiveness give them both another chance at happiness?
Back in high school Sophia DeBussi was the quintessential mean girl. She had everything a girl could want; popularity, money, her daddy is the mayor, and Ted Dixon. The only problem was Sophia wanted more. When she slept with Skip DeBussi and found out she was pregnant, the only thing left to do was marry him and break Ted’s heart.
Spending the next fourteen years being viewed by the residents of Whiskey Creek as the trophy wife and ice queen, everyone envies and despises her superficially. It’s on her their anniversary trip, her husband disappears and the world she knows begins to unravel. Skip has been involved in a huge Ponzi scheme. He leaves her and their child penniless, hated by most, and barely able to fend for themselves. Sophia must find her inner strength to rebuild their lives again.
Ted Dixon is a bestselling author. He’s spent the last decade and a half hating Sophia because she left him. He also happens to have a job opening for a housekeeper. Since Sophia doesn’t have any education or work experience and no one else is willing to help her, he offers her the position until she can find something else. Just how much more is he willing to offer?
First you should know that this is part of a series, though it’s not necessary to read all of the others to enjoy this one. Thank goodness the author places a cast of characters at the front of the book; it helped immensely a few times when more than just the leads of Sophia and Ted were being discussed. Second, I would not really classify this as a romance. While there is a bit of it especially towards the end, it feels more of women's fiction. While a couple of romances occur, it’s not the focus of the story.
The main characters are exceptionally layered, complex, and flawed. The plot though a majority of the book is sad and full of strife. This story is more about the heart wrenching journey of Sophia and Ted, where they’ve been, where they’re going, and most importantly how some feelings never change despite how significantly people do. If you’re looking for a happy, fluffy piece then you may want to skip this but if you can handle a somewhat gritty and emotional ride, it’s completely worth it.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.