Book Review: Home To Whiskey Creek

Home To Whiskey Creek CoverBook: Home To Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak

Expected Publication is July 30, 2013 by Harlequin Mira|Expected Number Of Pages: 409

Series; Whiskey Creek #4

Genre: Adult Fiction/Romance

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Goodreads Summary: Sometimes home is the refuge you need-and sometimes it isn’t Adelaide Davies, who’s been living in Sacramento, returns to Whiskey Creek, the place she once called home. She’s there to take care of her aging grandmother and to help with Gran’s restaurant, Just Like Mom’s. But Adelaide isn’t happy to be back. There are too many people here she’d rather avoid, people who were involved in that terrible June night fifteen years ago. 

Ever since the graduation party that changed her life, she’s wanted to go to the police and make sure the boys responsible-men now-are punished. But she can’t, not without revealing an even darker secret. So it’s better to pretend…. 

Noah Rackham, popular, attractive, successful, is shocked when Adelaide won’t have anything to do with him. He has no idea that his very presence reminds her of something she’d rather forget. He only knows that he’s finally met a woman he could love.

Whiskey Creek seemed  interesting, and there were some things I liked, but for the most part, Home To Whiskey Creek was okay.

I did like the small town feel, and how everyone knows what’s going on with everyone.  It’s a town full of secrets and you know everyone has their own history with everyone.  Whiskey Creek is one of those series where everything is set in the same universe but there isn’t one continuous story.  You definitely don’t need to read the previous books to understand what’s going on with this one, but there were a few times when I felt like there was a story that I needed to read.

I didn’t care for the romance, and I didn’t feel like there was a lot of passion or chemistry between Addy and Noah.  Even though they went to high school together, he has no clue who she was and didn’t seem interested in Addy until she told him she had no interest in him.  And Addy had a crush on him in high school, and has held onto that crush to the point that her feelings for Noah were a factor in her divorce from her first husband.  There were other factors, of course, but her feelings for Noah were one such factor.

I did like the relationship Addy had with her grandma, and overall, Addy has some…interesting…relationships with other people in town.  Actually, a lot of the relationships in the book were interesting, and felt very much like the relationships you’d see in a small town.

I thought Addy struggling to come clean with her rape over a decade earlier was interesting.  There are consequences to finally coming forward with it, especially in a town where people are more likely to not like her or believe her story.  Her dilemma was fairly compelling, but I found the characters to be a little uninteresting, and I didn’t feel completely connected to the characters.

Final Thoughts:

Home To Whiskey Creek was okay.  I liked the small town feel and Addy’s dilemma, but the romance wasn’t there for me.  Home To Whiskey Creek gets 2 stars.

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