This Heart of Mine
(Whiskey Creek Novel)
by Brenda Novak
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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—if they can forgive the mistakes in their past…
Imagine being imprisoned for 17 years for a murder you did not commit! Then on top of that, imagine at the time you were sentenced you were barely a few months from turning 18 years old, pregnant, and with a mother who had psychological problems. I cannot think of a life more bleak than that.
Our story starts as Phoenix is released from jail and returns tremulously to Whiskey Creek. She has nowhere else to go, except her mother's trailer, a hoarder's paradise. Fearing the worst from a town where barely 2000 people live, and never forget juicy story, she tries to keep her head high and to stay out of the way of the people she knew back when. Her love for the son she has not seen since she gave birth to him and duty to her mother, are the only other factors that can keep her in Whiskey Creek once she is back on her feet.
You would think with all she has been through she would embittered and out for revenge. Not so. She is a kind soul, always has been, and all she wants is to have the opportunity to build a relationship with the child she never got to hold as a baby.
Once again, Brenda Novak brings us a story of survival at its most primal level of emotions. The meaning of what it means to be truly free comes through loud and clear. In this world where so many people thrive in bullying and judging others, this is an uplifting story of the triumph of one person against the bigotry of others. It is also a marvelous love story of two people that were meant to be together. Seventeen years of separation did not dim the love they first encountered when they were young. Now older and mature, they have the strength to stand by each other against the judgement of others.