Friday, November 8, 2019

Review: Christmas in Silver Springs

Christmas in Silver Springs ( Silver Springs - Book 6) by Brenda Novak

Publication: 10/29/2019
Publisher: Harlequin 
Imprint: MIRA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 432
ISBN-13 978-0778308126

(Received for an honest review from MIRA)

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Books in the series:

Silver Springs

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Excerpt from Christmas in Silver Springs courtesy of Amazon’s Look Inside feature


Come home to Silver Springs for the holidays, where broken hearts learn to love again…together. 

So much for forever. When Harper Devlin’s rock star husband ditches her on his way to the top, she takes her two daughters to her sister’s place in Silver Springs for the holidays, hoping family can heal her broken heart. But comfort comes in unexpected places when she crosses paths with local Tobias Richardson.

The moment Tobias spots Harper, he recognizes a sadness he knows all too well. After spending thirteen years in prison paying for his regretful past, Tobias is ready to make amends, and maybe helping Harper is the way to do it. But offering her a shoulder to cry on ignites a powerful attraction and a desire neither saw coming.

Fearing her reaction, Tobias doesn’t reveal his checkered past. He’s falling hard, and if Harper finds out, he’ll lose her for good, especially because her famous ex is now trying to win her back. Secrets have a way of coming out, but maybe this Christmas will bring Tobias the forgiveness—and the love—he deserves.


Brenda Novak brings readers a story of redemption and second chances in her latest Silver Springs novel, Christmas in Silver Springs. This book has small town charm, well developed characters, great backstory and plenty of romance. What are the chances that a rockstars former bride will fall for a man with a checkered past? I’d say the odds are in their favor in Silver Springs! 

What I liked:

There is a lot to like in this book! Brenda Novak has been writing romance novels for a long time and to say she has a knack for it, is an understatement. Novak’s books are always of the highest quality. This author does her homework. Her characters are very well defined. They are easy for readers to relate to and often remind them of themselves or someone they know. We might not all be the wife of a rockstar but many know the sting of a failed relationship. We may not have spent time in prison but we do know what it’s like to feel the hurt of negative opinions. This is a story of finding redemption both in life and in love. Harper and Tobias are one of my favorite couples Novak has written.

Readers first met Tobias in previous books in the series. His story is a sad one and I think readers will find his happy ever after very satisfying. After being in prison for 13 years following a terrible accident, Tobias is not expecting to fall in love. He isn’t expecting Harper at all. But the attraction between them is undeniable and before he knows it he’s in deep and she has no idea about his past. 

Harper just wants heal. Her rockstar husband got famous and called it quits. She takes her children to Silver in search of peace and comfort. Tobias is a complete surprise. She never saw him coming but will his secrets and doing the right thing for her children stand in their way?

Both characters compliment each other so well. Novak is able to draw the reader into their relationship right from the start. I liked that Harper knew her own mind and decided what she wanted and totally went for it. I never understand why people can’t be decisive when it comes to love. If you love him, you love him. What’s to debate? Tobias is so unassuming and low key. One would assume he doesn’t want to draw attention because of his past but as a reader I find myself thinking it’s because he has learned hard lessons in life and keeps good council with his friends. He has an air of wisdom about him except when it comes to keeping his secret. 

What I didn’t:

Oh Tobias! He has learned so much but when comes to love he’s a bit of a dunderhead... 😂 Don’t keep secrets. I think we’ve all been there. Some of us worse than others. All it does get you in trouble. It may turn out well for him in the end but remember for your own selves honesty is what most partners are looking for.

Bottom Line:

This is such a good book! I definitely recommend it and just about everything else Brenda Novak writes. She’s top notch when it comes to romance. Great, relatable characters, perfect small town setting. And a very satisfying story. Excellent!

Christmas in Silver Springs is available now from your favorite bookseller

I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag

About the author:

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak has written over 60 novels. An eight-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best and other awards. She runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity that has raised more than $2.5 million for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). She considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life. 

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