Review: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Springs (# 1)
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 224
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



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.


Review:  Secrets. We all have them. We want to reveal them but when we try things just become more complicated at times. In Finding Our Forever, Cora decides to go in search for her birth mother. While on the search she has to tell her adoptive family a small white lie. This most times causes problems. Cora went looking for a teaching job. She finds herself at a boy’s ranch. While there she meets the ranch manager Eli. Chemistry then kicks in and although most people would think things happened fast it really didn’t. Eli wasn’t very trusting because and Cora needed to find out that her mother would be open to a daughter she had given up.

I found the story while not one of my favorite Ms. Novak’s, still a very touching and heartwarming story. The characters were very real and personable. I found Cora’s quest for her birth mother easy to relate to. I just don’t know how she could keep it quiet. I would have blurted it out.

I really liked Aiyana and I got why she did what she did. It was touching that she was able to adopt all those boys filling their lives with purpose and love; while giving that same purpose and love to the others at the ranch. Eli because of his past has had issues with trust. While being intrigued by Cora and attracted to her, he couldn’t help feeling that there was something that she was holding back. He had problems with that and just when he was beginning to trust her ex steps in and fills his head with doubt. Eli despite his past you couldn’t help but feel for him.

The story line was different than a typical romance…Ms. Novak gave us characters with real pasts, ones with real problems and issues. She showed us what it is like to go in search of something while questioning whether you come out with why you are really there or do you leave things alone. I liked that her adoptive family was a big part of the story also it added depth and another twist or look at things.

I really enjoyed this book about family and the journey to find out why we are who we are. Does that make any sense to you?  An enjoyable book that opens your eyes to what some adoptive people go through.