Friday, 24 January 2014

ARC Review: Take Me Home for Christmas by Brenda Novak

Take Me Home for Christmas by Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek #5
Release Date: October 29th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository
Goodreads Summary

Christmas is a time for remembering….

Too bad all memories aren't 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?

NOTE: I have not read the first 4 books in this series. Also, some of the things I say may offend some people. Read at own risk and keep in mind that I am not trying to victim blame.

Good morning, evening or whatever time of the day it is in the part of the world you live in.

I’d like to welcome you to the second episode for my talk show where I interview people who don’t exist in our idea of reality.

Before we get started, it would be a good idea to summarize what happened so you aren’t completely lost. Take Me Home for Christmas is about a young mother, who has been in an abusive marriage for the past 14 years. When her husband dies, it comes to light that he was running a scam and basically talked almost everyone in the town out of their money never mind the fact that he left his own family in a state of bankruptcy. People are being awful and basically storm through her house and take everything they can find (with her consent). Her ex-boyfriend, who she cheated on, comes in as a knight in shining armor offers her as a job as his housekeeper/cook/assistant because he pitied her. Things become awkward and he starts a relationship with one of his friends which we all know is set to be doomed.  

*walks onto the set*
*sits down*
*takes down yarn and needle*

Rashika: Oh this? I thought crocheting would help me get a grip. It helped me get past the parts where I wanted to bang my head on a wall and seeing that we’re going to be inviting the whole gang, I thought I’d need it. At least I am sober this time. Isn’t that a good thing?

Rashika: Why don’t we welcome the gang onto the set.

*A bunch of people walk in.. some are holding hands.. some are looking at someone who is in a relationship with longing*

Rashika: Ted and Sophia were the stars of this book right?

Everyone: Yup.

Rashika: Why don’t you all take a seat. This could take a while.

Rashika: Now that all of you are seated, I have to ask, if some of you thought that Sophia was being abused by her husband why the fuck didn’t you try to help her? If you didn’t believe her excuses why didn’t you bother to find out more, to see if there was something you could have done? Why?

*they all look around awkwardly*

Rashika: And Ted, this is the woman you’ve supposedly been in love with for the past 14 years of your life, why didn’t you do anything? Why did you believe the excuses she gave when you should have at least tried to find out more. You of all people. *shakes head*

Ted: I didn’t know okay? I was too angry. I didn’t want to see her or talk her lest I decide to forgive her. It would make my life miserable.

Rashika: Well you sure didn’t have a problem making someone else’s life miserable.

*turns around to see Eve staring at Ted with a look full of longing*

Ted: I am sorry. I didn’t want to. I was trying to move on. I am 34, I couldn’t spend the rest of my life lusting/loving a woman who was no good for me.

Rashika: Of course you couldn’t. I appreciate you tried to move on but dude, you could have spared your friend. She deserved better.

Ted: She does. I agree. And hopefully she’ll find someone better.

Rashika: Yup. So, why do you love Sophia so much?

(quote taken from book)

Ted: “But, oddly enough, it wasn’t her beauty that drew him to her. Not entirely. It was the vulnerability in those big blue eyes- and the way she was trying to show her love for Alexa, despite her difficulties”

Rashika: Ah I see, so you like being her savior?

Ted: Yes.

*starts crocheting*

Ted: Umm are you going to ask us more questions?

Rashika: Give me a minute.

You do realize you didn’t really complement her personality as much as you did her beauty.

Ted: And?

Rashika: You tots blew it, she wanted you to complement her personality. Her husband was a douchebag and she was basically his trophy wife, how dense ARE you?

*Ted looks around guiltily*

Rashika: I’ll ask Sophia stuff now. So, Sophia, what century do we live in?

Sophia: That’s an odd question. The 21st of course.

Rashika: Then why was it so hard for you to do anything about your situation? Why, for the past 14 years, have you been stuck in a marriage that is a nightmare? You hated your spouse and he had physically abused you, bad enough that you feared for your life. Before you talk about how he was a good father, anyone with a pair of eyes could see that he was NOT setting a good example for Alexa. Why could you not do something about your situation?

Sophia: I was afraid I wouldn’t survive if I tried to get away. And even if I did get away, he would never let me see Alexa again. He would win. Plus, I was getting what I deserved.

*gets up and walks around*

Rashika: So you thought you could turn to the bottle. That would help Alexa right?

Sophia: Stop it. Stop being so judgemental. I was the biggest victim.

Rashika: I am not saying that you weren’t, you definitely were but your lack of a backbone was really annoying.

Sophia: I try okay. I do the best I can. I am so grateful to Ted for helping me out. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t know what I would have done. And the same goes for Eve.

Rashika: Oh I know what you would have done; you would have let yourself and your daughter starve to death because you’re so incapable of helping yourself out.

Sophia: Excuse me?

Rashika: Why do you need a Prince Charming to come along and save you?

Sophia: I got myself on my feet for your kind information. I worked as a housekeeper and did all these things for him. I even took typing classes.

Rashika: But you did all that so you could impress him didn’t you? Like a kicked puppy who only wanted to be loved.

Sophia: Is there something wrong with that, after the kind of life I lived for the past 14 years?

Rashika: Yeah, the fact that you are incapable of doing anything on your own. You will always need someone to help you out.

Ted: Back off okay? I helped her because I couldn’t stand what she was going through.

Rashika: So, charity right?

*awkward silence*
*crochets during the silence*

Rashika: So you guys, great friends. Really. 
Oh Ted, I got a question.
Why did you like not move on for 14 years?

Ted: Because I was still in love with Sophia.

Rashika: But 14 years… that's kind of long. And you were just a kid, how could you not have been in a proper relationship since then? Is that even healthy?


Rashika: Okay. Calm down man. Hey Alexa.

Alexa: Hey lady

Rashika: So like how did you not know your dad was an asshole who abused her mother?



*crochets while waiting for everyone to settle down*

Rashika: Can we continue?

Sophia: I am not letting you interview my child.

Rashika: Now you don’t get to make that choice do you? So shut up.

How could you not see the signs Lex? You’re 13. You know your dad basically controls your mom’s life. How do you not see it?

*Alexa runs away crying*

Sophia: Look what you’ve done.

Rashika: What had to be done?

Sophia: Did you invite us on this show to insult us?

Rashika: Maybe?

Ted: You horrible woman.

*everyone leaves*

Oh. Cool. I was just going to talk about how I liked that she actually did decide to stop being the victim and stood up to the asshole sheriff but whatever floats her boat.

So what did we learn guys?

We learned that women will probably always need a dude to fall back on because, Prince Charming and that crocheting can be very therapeutic and can prevent a self inflicted head injury.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you had a great time.

Before I wrap this up though, I just wanted to say a couple of things. While it may seem like I didn't enjoy the book at all, it did have it's moments. I did laugh and it was a fairly quick read. My main problem lay with the fact that Sophia was completely incapable of helping herself. She always needed someone to give her a push and could not stand on her own feet. Her daughter was more responsible than her and that is just embarrassing. The fact remains that in spite of all my problems with this book, it was relatively enjoyable and I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, light read. 

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