Book Review - A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak


One Christmas can change your life… 
Kyle Houseman believes he'll never find anyone he could love as much as Olivia Arnold, who's now married to his stepbrother. Not only did he lose her, he's been through one divorce and has no desire to go through another. He's determined to be extra careful about the next woman he gets involved with—which is why he fights his attraction to the beautiful stranger who rents his farmhouse for the Christmas holiday.  
Lourdes Bennett is a country music artist. She's only planning to stay in Whiskey Creek long enough to write the songs for her next album—the album that's going to put her back on top. Her dreams don't include settling in a town even smaller than the one she escaped. But as she comes to know Kyle, she begins to wonder if she'd be making a terrible mistake to leave him behind…


I've read the entire Whiskey Creek series to this point, and some stories I've loved and some were just okay.  A Winter Wedding has been my favorite so far.  One thing I have really enjoyed about these books is the way Novak writes characters and stories that are not typical romance plot lines and outcomes.  There is a little bit of a soap opera going on in Whiskey Creek, and I mean this in a good way.  Sure, you know in the end everyone is going to live happily ever after (and that is why this is better than a soap opera) but you always know getting there is going to be a long and twisted journey.

This story is no different.  It seems cliche at first.  Country artist and small town boy meet and fall in love, but there is a lot more to it than that.  This series is all about the characters.  Up to this point we've seen a fair amount of Kyle.  We saw him get his heart broken, we saw him sleep with his best friend, and now we finally get to see him fall in love again.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


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.


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