Well you’d think I’d learned my lesson. What lesson you ask? Be sure all work is done before cracking open a book by Brenda Novak. Why you ask? Well that’s simple. Nothing will distract you from a story written by and conceived by one of the most prolific and talented artists, Brenda Novak. When I look over her booklist I am reminded of some of my most favorite stories and characters. I am happy to report that Brenda Novak’s legacy continues with the first book in the new SILVER SPRING series. This first book is titled FINDING OUR FOREVER. Brenda introduces us to some wonderful folk. They are not perfect, of course. Their flaws are necessary in order for the story to remain possible and real. To Brenda Novak, people are so much more than they seem on the surface. In FINDING OUR FOREVER we are asked to remember that.
FINDING OUR FOREVER dives into the complexities of adoption. The process of adoption affects many people. Certainly the woman making that heart rendering decision and the children. And not the least the family that accepts and loves this child as their own. That being the most ideal example of a perfect adoption.
In this story we have Cora Kelly. She is an arts teacher and after spending several years as a substitute finally has two prospects. One close to the home and life she shares with her adoptive family. The other a bit further away. We get one step closer to providing insight in figuring out just who Cora Kelly is. One step closer to her birth mother, Aiyana Turner.
Cora’s, like many adopted children, records were sealed to protect the parties involved. But what about those that need to know? People like Cora? She is aware that pursuing this might upset her adopted parents. She has had a wonderful life, is a well-adjusted happy strong woman - albeit with doubts about her heritage.
Aiyana has spent her adult life creating the New Horizons Boys’ Ranch. This is a place where troubled boys can attend a special high school designed by this woman of vision. New Horizons goal is to broaden their learning beyond just book knowledge. Which is why arts, sports, horses and comradery play a major role.
This is where Elijah Turner, Aiyana’s oldest adopted son comes into play. Eli’s role in Horizon is kind of like a headmaster of a private school, but so much more. He is totally involved with the boys. They look up to him, respect him and most of all trust him. And that’s saying a lot for these kids with major trust issues. Eli understands that. He was one of those boys and was lucky when Aiyana took him under her wing and adopted him along with five other boys. This was his family, Aiyana and her six sons. Each had their own story, issue to resolve. With the help and love of Aiyana and her unique family these boys were becoming good men. It’s what Aiyana wishes for all her sons, just like any other mother.
Eli is the first person Cora meets while interviewing her for the art teacher position at New Horizons. There’s just something about Eli that captures Cora’s attention from the get go and it’s totally reciprocal. Eli has major trust issues and guards his heart well. And yet Cora has some quality that makes Eli take some unguarded steps toward this woman. This is totally not usual for Eli. Cora is just there to see her birth mother. She really doesn’t have any plan of action. And her stay at New Horizons is to be a short one.
Brenda Novak’s stories always hook me in, hook, line and sinker. FINDING OUR FOREVER is certainly no exception. Meeting Cora, Eli and Aiyana is a joy. Watching them circumnavigate the fences and bridges of their lives is fascinating. Realizing the complexities, problems, and angst involved in the aftermath of the adoption process is eye opening. Brenda Novak enmeshes us in a story about a journey toward finding and excusing ourselves and opening our lives to possibilities, trust and love.
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.