Book Review: This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek) by Brenda Novak

Monday, February 23, 2015
Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek) will be coming to Amazon on March 31st!

I am new to reading Brenda Novak’s books but can say I will definitely be reading more of them in the future! If This Heart of Mine is any indication of Novak’s talent, I may have to run to the bookstore and pick up copies of her other 50+ books. The characters are developed quickly but they are well described and memorable. Novak does a nice job when introducing characters and it helps the reader feel comfortable right from the start. As the story unfolded I continued to be drawn in. Phoenix Fuller is a likeable character despite her past mistakes. I didn’t expect to be cheering her on, but found myself wanting the best for her.

The storyline, setting, and characters make This Heart of Mine a quick read. Putting this book down is as disappointing as a “to be continued…” right in the middle of your favorite television program. I started and finished This Heart of Mine in the same day because I absolutely needed to know how it ended. It’s easy to see why Brenda Novak has found herself on the New York Time’s best-seller list quite a few times in her career. She is a talented storyteller. I would recommend this book to others and certainly will be giving it a 5 Star rating!

In other exciting news, Brenda will be appearing on The Daily Buzz! She is scheduled for May 1st and will also be appearing on their sister program, Emotional Mojo, and doing a cooking segment on both to promote LOVE THAT! Brenda Novak's Every Occasion Cookbook (all proceeds to diabetes research). Here's a link, if you're looking for more info on the programs:

This Heart of Mine (Whisky Creek) Book Summary:

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!

Author Bio:

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak's career as a bestselling author--she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

"When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book," Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including four Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children--three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually raising funds for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). So far, Brenda has raised $2.4 million. Please visit to see how you can help.

Product Details:

Series: Whiskey Creek
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Mira (March 31, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778316726
ISBN-13: 978-0778316725


Photo Courtesy of Oh! Photography 
Crystal is a church musician, business owner, active journaler, writer and blogger as well as a dairy farmer. She lives in Reedsville, Wisconsin with her husband, three young children (Carmen 7, Andre 6, Breccan 16 months), two dogs, two rabbits, four little piggies, and over 200 Holsteins. The family is expecting a new addition any day now as they eagerly await the birth of another daughter, Delphine Elizabeth. You can find Crystal blogging and reviewing books and all sorts of other stuff at:


Margo Dill said...

Crystal: Thanks for letting us know about this book. I love when books make you want to read all day long! Also thanks for sharing everything Brenda is doing for diabetes research. Awesome post.

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