Brenda Novak knows what I like as evident in her writing. I find a book by Novak and it immediately lands on my must read list. Like a savory piece of chocolate any story by this engaging author is to be treated with respect and enjoyed page by amazing page. This series has all the earmarks of being one of Brenda Novak’s best and that’s saying a lot since her booklist is stocked to the gills with incredible tales involving some of the most endearing characters. NO ONE BUT YOU is book two in the Silver Springs series that has at its core a ranch devoted toward helping disadvantaged young boys find themselves and move past history of any bad deeds.
Little or no expectations and yet Aiyana the owner of New Horizons in Silver Springs gives troubled boys support and hope for a much better future than what they currently face.
Dawson was a perfect example of a kid who needed help to get his act together – paired with New Horizons and his adopted parents the Reeds this young man rose out of the gutters, went to college putting his feelings of anger and frustration behind him – or so he thought.
Ah the court of public opinion – alive and well in Silver Springs. Tough nut to crack and even more difficult to change. Once a bad kid always one at least in their narrow minded vision.
Brenda Novak immediately throws us into what is a harsh story about the reality of living in an environment that is ripe with bullying. One character can’t get past the fact that he was charged with an awful violent crime against the very people who took a chance on him. He is candidly ostracized. The other leading character is waiting for the next shoe to drop as she works against the odds of getting out of a marriage that grows more dangerous every day. She is also feeling somewhat ostracized because of the decisions she had to make. The very people who are sworn to protect are those that seem to turn their back on these very vulnerable people. These characters have to face down these judgmental folk, friend and foe but they have something important in common, inner strength to gain control over their lives while safeguarding those that are most important to them.
Dawson is acquitted of his crime but the locals keep their distance, firmly convinced that he killed his adopted parents. Dawson has to come back to Silver Springs knowing he faces a backlash of monumental proportions. He needs to continue the work done by the Reeds on their farm and more important bring their daughter Angela home where she belongs. Getting that done means facing stringent investigation by the authorities to prove him capable of providing a good home for Angela. That also means acquiring someone to help. Angela has the mental capacity of a young child. She needs a woman to help care for her. And that’s how Sadie and her little boy Jayden got somehow caught up in Dawson’s very complicated life.
Sadie needed the job as much as Dawson needed her help. Sadie was living under a scary cloud. Her soon to be ex-husband Sly wasn’t letting go too easily. He enjoyed having control over Sadie his behavior becoming more threatening with time. He was stalking her. Making sure her attempts for independence were stymied. But one of the most perilous details was the fact that Sly was a policeman. The odds were stacked in his behalf. He coyly explained away any issues that surfaced. And as far as the police were concerned Sadie was the one at fault.
There are several important characters in NO ONE BUT YOU but to mention them would in fact give away too much of the plot of what is an important story told by Brenda Novak. Suffice it to say that NO ONE BUT YOU is jam packed with action that keeps building to the very end. Midway through NO ONE BUT YOU the reader will candidly find it difficult to put it down. Looking for an engaging page turner than look no further than NO ONE BUT YOU.
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes you to Silver Springs, a picturesque small town in Southern California where even the hardest hearts can learn to love again…
Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether. Her waitressing gig isn't enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed—the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options.
Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he's innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs.
As Sadie and Dawson's professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there's more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else sees—he has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for.