Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: "Finding Our Forever" by Brenda Novak

Finding Our Forever Brenda Novak
Date Finished: February 15, 2017
Date Published: March 21, 2017
ISBN: 9780373623389
Genre: Romance (Contemporary)
Source: TLC Book Tours

Summary:
The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch's owner, that she's really her daughter? Cora's not sure she can do that, not unless she's confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner, Aiyana's adopted son and ranch manager, that decision becomes even more difficult.

Although Elijah can't deny his deep attraction to Cora, he's always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there's something about the ranch's newest employee that isn't exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he's long been waiting for.

My Thoughts:
Before this book, I had only read one other Brenda Novak work, a novella/prequel to another series.  I enjoyed that book enough to keep her on my radar.  When this title showed up, I decided it was time to give Novak another try.

There were a few things that intrigued me about this story.  The premise--a woman looking for her birth mother and falling her her birth mother's adopted son--struck me as interesting and fairly unique.  I was also attracted to the fact that these characters had history, and I'm a sucker for a good backstory.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this book.  The history that I had hoped to find with these characters, never really materialized.  I was especially let down by the character of Aiyana, who I found to be completely one-dimensional and unrealistic.  While she was neither the hero nor the heroine, she was vital to this story and she came across as blank.

I was also less than impressed with the writing of this book.  The language seemed to lack any nuance, which I found surprising because I hadn't encountered that in the Novak novella I had read.  I was frustrated several times when it seemed like Novak was over-telegraphing a plot twist and then nothing materialized.  Generally, I just didn't feel there was enough conflict in this story to get me emotionally involved with the characters.

While this book did not work for me, I am not sure I'm ready to give up on Brenda Novak.  As I did enjoy a piece of her earlier work, I'll probably go back and read more in that series.  However, I doubt that I'll read on in this series.

About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she’s won The National Reader’s Choice, The Bookseller’s Best, The Bookbuyer’s Best and many other awards. She runs an annual online auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com. To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.

Connect with Brenda Novak on her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

 I received an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.


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