About the Book:
Too bad not all memories are pleasant! Everyone in Whiskey Creek remembers Sophia DeBussi as the town's Mean Girl. Especially Ted Dixon, whose love she once scorned.
But Sophia has paid the price for her youthful transgressions. The man she did marry was rich and powerful but abusive. So when he goes missing, she secretly hopes he'll never come back—until she learns that he died running from an FBI probe of his investment firm. Not only has he left Sophia penniless, he's left her to face all the townspeople he cheated.…
Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter. With no other options, she becomes housekeeper for none other than Ted, now a successful suspense writer. He can't bring himself to turn his back on her, not at Christmas, but he refuses to get emotionally involved. He learned his lesson the last time.
Or will the season of love and forgiveness give them both another chance at happiness?
I really enjoyed this episode in the Whiskey Creek saga. It was set during the holiday season but wasn't the typical short sweet holiday romance. Sophia and Ted were young loves but Sophia ended up marrying Skip instead. Now Skip is gone and she needs a job. A mutual friend convinces Ted to hire her. At the same time, Ted starts dating a long-time friend, Eve. Which girl will get they guy?
"The gang" doesn't seem as important in this book as it did in the other Whiskey Creek books. Yes, we have the chance to catch up with old friends, but if you missed the first books you'll wonder why some of them even show up.
My only complaint about the book is that the author either doesn't know about, or chooses to ignore what she knows about bankruptcy law. In short, at the end of the book Sophia very publicly does something that at best would lead to her bankruptcy being cancelled and making her responsible for all her debts or at worst would lead to her being charged with bankruptcy fraud, even though she did it with the best of intentions.
Still, its a romance novel, not a legal treatise and so I'll give the book a B.
Thanks to the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.