Monday, March 20, 2017
Review of Finding our Forever by Brenda Novak
Cora Kelly was given up for adoption when she was born to a loving mother and father who gave her everything a child could ask for. However, from the moment she found out she was updated there was always a side of her that wondered why her birth mother gave her up for adoption. So when she finally starts searching for her birth mother it leads her to the New Horizons Boys Ranch and to the woman by the name of Aiyanna. In hopes of learning more of this mysterious woman she lands an Art teacher job. However, things don't go exactly as planned as a handsome ranch manager, Elijah Turner inserts himself into the situation and she finds him to be more than just a co-worker. Can Aiyanna keep things strictly professional or will she find herself falling for him.Will this prevent her from confronting her mother?
Elijah Turner is skeptical of Cora Kelly but when he starts to get to know her better, his attraction to her begins to start pulling him closer to wanting more than just a friendship. However, will Cora be able to get past the sins of his past or will his past dictate his future? Will Cora's secret be revealed and ruin the romance that seems to be budding.
I have been a huge fan of Brenda Novak's books since I read her Whiskey Creek book series. So when I saw that she was coming out with a new series (Silver Springs) I jumped at the opportunity to read this book right away. I think Brenda did a great job of developing not only the main characters but also the supporting characters in the book. She really made you feel like you knew by the end of the book as much as you could about the main characters and wanting to know more about the supporting characters. The relationships that she also built in the book were also very interesting as well as it wasn't just Cora and Elijah and Cora and her birth mom. For instance it was cool to see the friendship grow and flourish between Cora and the divorced mother.
In addition to well developed characters I also think she did a great job of setting the background and scenery of the book. The setting of the ranch really worked very well with this story and is something very different then the other sceneries that Brenda has used in any of her other books.
If there was a part of the book that I didn't like or agree with it was probably the reaction that Elijah learning the real reason that Cora came to the ranch and that she lied to him. I found his reaction to be very unrealistic. I think that yes he would have forgiven her and helped her but that he would have been more upset. The other part was probably the reunion that happened between Cora and her mother. I found it to be too easy. I would have liked to see more apprehension on the birth moms side or something else.. Other than that I think the rest of the story was very much realistic and could definitely see it happening in real life.