Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review: When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek #3) by Brenda Novak

Title: When Summer Comes
Series: Whiskey Creek
Author: Brenda Novak
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Welcome to Whiskey Creek— Heart of the Gold Country!One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news…

She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren't good.

Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents' farm. She's always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn't been worked in years and she begins to fear she can't manage it, that she'll have to return to town.

One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door…

He's an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud, and he offers to trade work for a few nights' shelter. Callie figures she doesn't have anything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; she needs an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what was supposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then she realizes she does have something to lose—her heart. And, although he doesn't yet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.
As a long time fan of Brenda Novak and a frequent tourist of Whiskey Creek I was very excited to get the opportunity to read this book early. Now a month later, I am still not sure that I can express my appreciation toward such an amazing author for writing such a heartfelt tale.

Typically I’m not someone to share personal information, but this story affected me deeply. Less than a year ago I was diagnosed with Symptomatic Polycystic Liver Disease...I’ve had one surgery to remove several large cysts from my liver – I remember the day I first spoke to the surgeon and we were talking worse case scenarios. The reason I shared my tale is to relate that the author did an astounding job of taking such a solemn topic and preserved the sentiment, yet hampered neither the romance nor the story. This had to be complicated…I would've thought impossible.

I can’t wait to see which story she writes next…

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by the author for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.


  1. I love Novak's books and have not read this one. I do love Whiskey Creek, so adding it to my list!