About the Book:
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes readers to the town of Silver Springs, where surprises wait around every corner!
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.
Somehow I missed this one when it came out, though I've read other books in the series. Luckily I've recently become a fan of my library's Overdrive account where I can check out Kindle ebooks and audiobooks.
The main story in this book is the romance between Cora, a young woman who was given up for adoption as an infant, and Elijah, a man abused as a small child and later adopted by the woman who turns out to be Cora's birth mother. Cora feels like a part of herself is missing and wonders if that is why she cannot seem to give herself completely to someone else. Eli is so afraid of being hurt that he knows he closes himself off to others.
Besides the story of Cora and Elijah, this is the story of Cora and Aiyana. When the story begins, Cora knows Aiyana is her birth mom--the detective had recently given her that information. Cora decides to get to know her birth mom without letting her birth mom know who she is--that way, if having her reveal herself would cause problems, she could just leave without doing so. She'd have her questions answered and wouldn't disrupt Aiyana's life. I really liked that attitude--all too often books about adoptees who find their adoptive parents show people who burst into other people's lives with the attitude of "its my right and its what I want to do" without considering that their might be a reason their birth mother chose a closed adoption, or chose not to search for them after doing so became legally easier.
The book has several steamy scenes, but if they aren't your thing, they are easy to skim and don't really add anything to the story.
I enjoyed this book and I'm glad my library had a copy. Grade: B.