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When Snow Falls: Whiskey Creek, Book 2 (edition 2012)

by Brenda Novak (Author), Tara Sands (Narrator), Brilliance Audio (Publisher)

Series: Whiskey Creek (2)

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After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She's grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she's troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn't her mother. Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren't talking. Cheyenne is set on finding answers, but without so much as a birth certificate, it won't be easy. Things get even more complicated when her closest friend is attracted to the man Cheyenne has secretly loved for years. For Eve's sake, she decides to step aside{u2014}which lands her right in the arms of Dylan Amos, oldest and baddest of the hell-raising Amos brothers. He's the kind of guy she's sworn to avoid. She can't afford to make a mistake, not when she finally has a chance to learn who she really is and change her life for the better. But{u2026}maybe there's more to Dylan than she thought. Maybe letting him go would be a bigger mistake.… (more)
Member:WinonaBaines
Title:When Snow Falls: Whiskey Creek, Book 2
Authors:Brenda Novak (Author)
Other authors:Tara Sands (Narrator), Brilliance Audio (Publisher)
Info:Brilliance Audio (2012)
Collections:Public Library - Toronto, Public Library - ebooks - Toronto
Rating:***1/2
Tags:contemporary romance, romance, California, small town, small town life, family secrets, relationships, series

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Make sure you have a box of tissue near you for the ending. This book was intense and emotionally satisfying. The book is Cheyenne's story. What a heartbreaking story! The ending nearly killed me even though I saw it coming. I love how the author showed that two children raised together could take very different paths. I believe the difference for them was twofold; Cheyenne had a dream, Presley had a secret. Each weighed heavy on them and contributed to what drove them on. I have spent a lot of time thinking about that while reading this, (and most likely will continue to). I love books that make me examine the characters long after I close the book. This one is one of those for me. I hope the author explores it a bit more with a novella on Presley at some point in the future. I'm not sure a full book would be necessary as much is covered in this book. I absolutely love the Whiskey Creek series. Each book draws you in with enough reality that you could forget it is fantasy. At the same time there is enough fantasy to let you float away from reality. The characters are well written so you get to know them and love them. The characters become friends. As each story unfolds you discover so much about them, much as it does in life. You could read the books as stand alones but I would recommend the entire series. I am reading them out of order so I sometimes know how is with who. Normally that might be a problem but in this book, (and so far, the series), the complete story is so rich my knowledge takes very little away. If you like the angst of not knowing, then read them in the order written. ( )
  Wulfwyn907 | Jan 30, 2022 |
I'll keep it brief, I really really liked this book. It blended romance and suspense and relationships with friends and difficult family relationships beautifully. There were a few things though that I didn't like and feel need to be mentioned. One, Dylan needed to be introduced way sooner than he was and I feel the way he was introduced was not fluid and a bit of a weird jolt. Two, it is not as easy as the end of the book made it seem to "get over/ recover" from drug abuse. It is not likely that the day after Prestley returned to Cheyenne and her home that she wouldn't have any symptoms of withdraw after such hard use (I emphasize again, the next day!). And lastly, I feel as if all of the "friends" should have been cut or maybe just one close friend selected because honestly they didn't offer much to the book and they aren't really the greatest of friends. ( )
  Fireformed | Aug 7, 2020 |
Cheyenne's mother is dying, her sister is a drugged out mess and she has a memory of a blond woman in her childhood. Then her best friend wants to start a relationship with Joe, the guy that Cheyenne always wanted for herself. Except when her friends go on a cruise and give her the blessing to persue Joe, she finds he doesn't produce the sparks that bad boy Dylan Amos does. ( )
  nancynova | Sep 3, 2017 |
While I maintain that I really love this series I have to admit this is my least favorite book so far.

What Worked: Oh darn, for the life of me I can't think of anything that worked in this book yet despite the issues I had with it I still enjoyed reading it. It could be Novak's way of writing. She is my new go-to comfort read author. Her style is non-taxing and very enjoyable for me. The group of friends that make up our Whiskey Creek experience is an interesting dynamic and I'm now pretty attached to them so I need to read all of their happily ever afters.

What Didn't Work: Oh darn, where do I start? Let's start with the inconsistencies of Cheyenne herself. For one, I have issues with a 31 year old virgin (Um really?) who is saving herself for someone special but has sex with a stranger for no better reason than...well, I don't even know why....because he propositioned her, I suppose. (Disclaimer: Cheyenne knew OF said stranger but didn't really KNOW said stranger.) Throughout the book, her character's virtues are shoved down our throats yet she A) does naughty things with a man she doesn't really know, B) when it becomes apparent the stranger has feelings for her and has for a long time (from afar) she uses him for sex and then basically tells him he isn't good enough for her (repeatedly) and C) covers up a potential murder. So, this girl who is supposed to be so much better than her part time prostituting mother and drug addicted sister has just as many issues as they do.

What else didn't work? The fact that Cheyenne wanted to date her friend's older brother forever and the book spends 100 pages pursuing this train of thought only to have it change course abruptly with the introduction of the hot bad boy (that Cheyenne does naughty things with).

Oh yeah, this also didn't work....The group of friends that I truly enjoy reading about has a nasty habit of exhibiting intolerance and very judgmental attitudes. In the novella, When We Touch, Gail tells Kyle he is making the biggest mistake of his life by marrying Noelle (yes it was founded but go with me on this journey anyway). In When Lightning Strikes, Callie tells Gail she is making the biggest mistake of her life (not founded since Callie had yet to meet or get to know Gail's husband). In this book it was Eve who informed Cheyenne that she was making the biggest mistake of her life (before getting to know the hot bad boy). Even Cheyenne says "Can't you just...support me even if I'm wrong?" The group of friends were even planning an intervention to stop Cheyenne from dating sexy bad boy.....With. Out. Getting. To. Know. Him. ARG!!!! (oh and by the way, I've read half of the next book and this same thing happens....again.)

One more thing that didn't work and then I'll wrap it up....Those nasty things that Cheyenne does with hot sexy bad boy that no one likes? We didn't witness any of them. Oh sure Cheyenne and her sex toy talked about the passion they had but we readers only see the old time movie "Fade to Black" scenes when they start getting busy. I'm not saying a romance has to have hot monkey sex in every book but a series really needs to be consistent. Since the first book and the novella do have sex scenes Novak really made an error to not include them in this one. It makes this book feel out of place within the series.

Ok I lied. This didn't work either....There were several different plot threads interwoven throughout this book with multiple different view points. This muddled the story quiet a bit because we were expecting Cheyenne's story to be primary, yet one of her plot threads was dangling through the whole book only to have it wrap up virtually 'off camera' while we focused on her hot mess of a sister.

In a Nutshell: Oh boy, sounds like a horrible book, doesn't it? It truly wasn't awful. However, it is a weak link in the series and I can only recommend that fans of the series read it because you can't read all the other books and leave this one unread. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars only because I actually did like hot sexy boy toy Dylan. BUT, if you are a Novak newbie steer clear of this one it will only disappoint you, which will only lead to too many Oreos and the government shutting down. ( )
  ChristinaT. | Dec 3, 2016 |
An emotionally heartbreaking addition to the Whiskey Creek series.

This book packed so many powerful emotions. Cheyenne has always felt that something wasnt right. She has always had dreams her being a little girl and feeling happy with a blonde woman. The trouble was this wasnt is wasnt the woman she called mother. Cheyenne and her sister Presley had grown up with a grifter for a mother who neglected them and drug them all over the United States. Now she is dying from cancer and Cheyenne is pretty much left to take care of her as Presley has a drug addiction.

The author did a great job of pulling a 180 on us. For the first 1/4 of the book we knew Cheyenne thought herself in love with Joe a childhood friend and brother to one of her friends. But when her best friend Eve shows interest in Joe, Cheyenne gives Eve her blessing even though it breaks her heart to do so. Then out of the blue we meet Dylan Amos who is known as one of the bad boy Amos's approach Cheyenne and tell her You ever want me to show you what its like to have a man in your bed, you know where to find me. Sigh - I feel in love with Dylan right there.

Dylan didnt have a good childhood either. His mother committed suicide when he was young and this set his father into turning to the bottle which led him to get into a fight and kill a man and be sent to prison. With 3 younger brothers Dylan had to step and raise and support them. But during all of those turbulent times Dylan got in a lot of trouble and got quite the reputation of being a bad boy. One of his brothers hangs out with Presley a lot and is also addicted to drugs.

The author pulls no punches in showing us twisted thinking of abducting a child, the heartbreaking side of a person dying from cancer,and how far a person addicted to drug will go to get there next fix.

I absolutely loved this book and every character (except the mom) in it. The author has created a fabulous cast of characters in Whiskey Creek that seems to keep growing and I want all of their stories now! :) ( )
  CindySnS | Oct 26, 2016 |
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After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She's grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she's troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn't her mother. Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren't talking. Cheyenne is set on finding answers, but without so much as a birth certificate, it won't be easy. Things get even more complicated when her closest friend is attracted to the man Cheyenne has secretly loved for years. For Eve's sake, she decides to step aside{u2014}which lands her right in the arms of Dylan Amos, oldest and baddest of the hell-raising Amos brothers. He's the kind of guy she's sworn to avoid. She can't afford to make a mistake, not when she finally has a chance to learn who she really is and change her life for the better. But{u2026}maybe there's more to Dylan than she thought. Maybe letting him go would be a bigger mistake.

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