Keep Me Warm at Christmas
by Brenda Novak
Silver Springs - Book 9
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Reviewed by PJ
Maybe this Christmas can thaw his frozen heart—and heal hers.
Hollywood starlet Tia Beckett knows one moment can change your life. Her career had been on the fast track before a near-fatal accident left her with a debilitating facial scar. Certain her A-lister dreams are over, she agrees to house-sit at her producer’s secluded estate in Silver Springs. It’s the escape from the limelight Tia’s been craving, until she discovers she’s not the only houseguest for the holidays. And her handsome new roomie is impossible to ignore.
Artist Seth Turner has good reason to keep his distance. Losing his wife after only a few years of marriage has left a deep scar, even if he is still happy to spend a semester teaching art classes at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for troubled teens. Despite nursing her own wounds, Tia finds her curiosity piqued by enigmatic Seth, whom she recognizes as something of a kindred soul. Maybe spending Christmas together could be another game changer for both of them—this time, for good.
I love it when an author takes me on an emotional journey and that's certainly what I experienced in this book. Seth and Tia are both complex, layered characters, each with deep emotional wounds and in Tia's case, a physical one as well. I enjoyed how the author skillfully, but gradually, moved them forward toward healing while also creating a friendship between them that gradually deepened into more. The various threads interwoven throughout the book added texture to the personal stories as well as a bit of a mystery that heightened my connection to the characters and my investment in their lives. I enjoy being surprised by both a book's characters as well as their journeys and I'm happy to say the author accomplished both in this instance. Those twists (and there were more than a few) kept me flipping pages, unsure in which direction the story might turn around the next corner, and happily celebrating the hard-won conclusion when it arrived.
Keep Me Warm at Christmas is the ninth book in Brenda Novak's Silver Springs series. There are a few characters from previous books that have key roles in this one but readers new to the series should have no problem enjoying this new book on its own.
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak has written over 60 novels. An eight-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best and other awards. She runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity that has raised more than $2.5 million for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). She considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.