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Come home to Silver Springs for the holidays, where broken hearts learn to love again…together. So much for forever. When Harper Devlin’s rock star husband ditches her on his way to the top, she takes her two daughters to her sister’s place in Silver Springs for the holidays, hoping family can heal her broken heart. But comfort comes in unexpected places when she crosses Come home to Silver Springs for the holidays, where broken hearts learn to love again…together. So much for forever. When Harper Devlin’s rock star husband ditches her on his way to the top, she takes her two daughters to her sister’s place in Silver Springs for the holidays, hoping family can heal her broken heart. But comfort comes in unexpected places when she crosses paths with Tobias Richardson. The moment Tobias spots Harper, he recognizes a sadness he knows all too well. After spending thirteen years in prison paying for his regretful past, Tobias is ready to make amends, and maybe helping Harper is the way to do it. But offering her a shoulder to cry on ignites a powerful attraction and a desire neither saw coming. Fearing her reaction, Tobias doesn’t divulge his ex-con status, let alone the shameful details. So when Harper’s ex shows up in Silver Springs and reveals the truth in a bid to win her back, Tobias is sure he’s lost her for good. But maybe this Christmas he’ll receive the forgiveness—and the love—he deserves.


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Come home to Silver Springs for the holidays, where broken hearts learn to love again…together. So much for forever. When Harper Devlin’s rock star husband ditches her on his way to the top, she takes her two daughters to her sister’s place in Silver Springs for the holidays, hoping family can heal her broken heart. But comfort comes in unexpected places when she crosses Come home to Silver Springs for the holidays, where broken hearts learn to love again…together. So much for forever. When Harper Devlin’s rock star husband ditches her on his way to the top, she takes her two daughters to her sister’s place in Silver Springs for the holidays, hoping family can heal her broken heart. But comfort comes in unexpected places when she crosses paths with Tobias Richardson. The moment Tobias spots Harper, he recognizes a sadness he knows all too well. After spending thirteen years in prison paying for his regretful past, Tobias is ready to make amends, and maybe helping Harper is the way to do it. But offering her a shoulder to cry on ignites a powerful attraction and a desire neither saw coming. Fearing her reaction, Tobias doesn’t divulge his ex-con status, let alone the shameful details. So when Harper’s ex shows up in Silver Springs and reveals the truth in a bid to win her back, Tobias is sure he’s lost her for good. But maybe this Christmas he’ll receive the forgiveness—and the love—he deserves.

30 review for Christmas in Silver Springs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Harper Devlin gave her heart and soul to husband Axel, helping him on the way up to becoming a renowned lead singer for the rock band, Pulse. Now that he’s a success, he’s declared they’re finished and wants to explore life as a rock star and all that implies. Harper takes her two young daughters to Silver Springs, California to spend the Christmas holiday with her sister and her family, hoping to heal her broken heart and pray that Axel has a change of heart. When Tobias Richardson sees her Harper Devlin gave her heart and soul to husband Axel, helping him on the way up to becoming a renowned lead singer for the rock band, Pulse. Now that he’s a success, he’s declared they’re finished and wants to explore life as a rock star and all that implies. Harper takes her two young daughters to Silver Springs, California to spend the Christmas holiday with her sister and her family, hoping to heal her broken heart and pray that Axel has a change of heart. When Tobias Richardson sees her eating alone in a diner and notices her sadness, he gives her words of encouragement and a rose to brighten her spirits. This begins an unusual relationship neither saw as a possibility. After the last book, I was hoping for more about Tobias who was released from prison five months ago after 13 years of incarceration for a tragic accident he committed as a teen. Not all of that time was for the original charge as he was given more years for defending himself in prison. That’s important because Tobias was never a hardened or habitual criminal and is really working hard to make something of his life following prison. So, when he reached out to Harper, it was without guile or ulterior motive. What I loved about this story was the possibility of hope and redemption that was always in the background. It is perfect that Tobias’ story happened during Christmas, a time of goodwill and giving. In Tobias, Harper found someone who appreciated her for who she was and not as the wife of someone famous. In Harper, Tobias found a woman of compassion with a lovely spirit. I enjoyed their journey, even though the heat ramped up rather quickly. I am happy I opted to listen to the story as Veronica Worthington is one of my favorite narrators for romance. She does male voices very well, avoiding the pitfall of lowering her voice to emulate the change in gender. Worthington finds better and effective ways to provide distinctions. I really enjoyed this story and while it stands alone very well (as do most of the books in this series), I highly recommend reading the preceding book because it gives Tobias much more texture and layers. I rarely read out of order so that’s a big statement for me. Posted on Blue Mood Café (Thanks to Harlequin Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Oliphant

    Loved this!!!! My favorite book of the series. Tobias was so thoughtful, yet tortured and unwilling to forgive himself for his past deeds and Harper opens her heart to him and gives him hope to believe that he is worthy of a happy life. I was left wanting more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    "Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com CHRISTMAS IN SILVER SPRINGS (Silver Springs Book 6) by Brenda Novak is a full-length Christmas contemporary romance. The story is not a light and fluffy Christmas romance, but a powerful story of finding love after betrayal, forgiveness and redemption. This addition to the series, like all the books in this series, can be easily read as a standalone. Harper Devlin and her two young daughters leave Denver behind to spend time with Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.com CHRISTMAS IN SILVER SPRINGS (Silver Springs Book 6) by Brenda Novak is a full-length Christmas contemporary romance. The story is not a light and fluffy Christmas romance, but a powerful story of finding love after betrayal, forgiveness and redemption. This addition to the series, like all the books in this series, can be easily read as a standalone. Harper Devlin and her two young daughters leave Denver behind to spend time with her sister’s family in Silver Springs after her ten-year marriage to rock star, Axel Devlin ends in divorce. Harper is finding it difficult to move forward, even with the difficulties and betrayals during the last two years of their marriage. She is surprised by the kindness of a stranger, who sees her sadness and hands her a single white rose and just offers to listen if she needs to talk. Tobias Richardson recognizes the sadness in Harper’s eyes. He moved to Silver Springs to be close to his brother and his family five months ago, after being released from prison. Thirteen years ago, he was sentenced as an adult after a terrible incident. He regrets everything and even though he has been forgiven by those who lives he changed forever, he is finding it difficult to forgive himself. When he offers Harper his friendship, neither can believe the powerful attraction and desire that rises between them. As Tobias and Harper’s relationship grows, Tobias is afraid of Harper’s reaction if she learns of his past. But secrets have a way of coming out and when Harper learns of Tobias’ past, he fears he has lost her for good. The truth is not always, black and white and Christmas is a time for forgiveness and love. This is not your usual holiday romance. It is emotionally deep with angst and heavy topics; the loss of a long-term marriage, fear of a rebound relationship, keeping Tobias’ incarceration a secret, forgiving oneself and moving on. Even with all of this going on, it is a beautiful romance between Harper and Tobias. Both Harper and Tobias were realistically written by Ms. Novak. Harper’s loss of her marriage, the conflicts with her ex and the fear of trusting again set up her indecision. Tobias’ actions as a teenager, the glimpses of prison life and the understanding of others while being unable to forgive himself gave him depth. The sex scenes are short and explicit, but not gratuitous. This story is about the many types of forgiveness, redemption and the Christmas season setting adds to the wish for love and happiness for all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mackey

    Yes, I know it’s January but, seriously, when I’m sitting by the fire and drinking cafe au lait, my brain still wants to read holiday themed, cozy reads. Since it’s not quite time for Valentine’s Day yet, I’m still reading some great books from Christmas and pretending that they are “Winter” themed books instead. Won’t you join me? Let me begin by pointing out that Christmas in Silver Springs in the 6th book in a series. While it is touted as being able to be read as a “stand alone,” it is not. I Yes, I know it’s January but, seriously, when I’m sitting by the fire and drinking cafe au lait, my brain still wants to read holiday themed, cozy reads. Since it’s not quite time for Valentine’s Day yet, I’m still reading some great books from Christmas and pretending that they are “Winter” themed books instead. Won’t you join me? Let me begin by pointing out that Christmas in Silver Springs in the 6th book in a series. While it is touted as being able to be read as a “stand alone,” it is not. I spent the majority of the book feeling like the sixth grade girl who got invited to the cool kids party but didn’t know anyone. Was I supposed to like Tobias? Know why he was in jail? Was I supposed to care who Harper was or her snotty sister? I think readers of Novak’s books are familiar with these characters and, most likely, has a relationship with them that allows the reader to overlook certain questionable aspects of a character. I didn’t have that luxury. Therefore, many of things that these characters said or did simply didn’t ring true for me. With ALL of that stated, the book itself is well written, the characters are interesting and the story is a sweet one, full of angst and longing and hand wringing. If you are a fan of Novak’s then this is a “must read” for you. If you do not already read her books then I suggest that you start at the beginning which is what I intend to do. An added note to any and all publishers – PLEASE let us know when a holiday book is built on characters’ story lines from previous books. Not all authors do this, but many do and it is getting more and more annoying to pick up a book and realize you are starting at a disadvantage.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    After thirteen long years in prison, a man gets to celebrate the Christmas holidays in freedom for the first time since he was a teenager. A woman comes to town to heal a broken heart after her husband of many years lets his rockstar fame put his family aside. I was captivated and eager to see how things turned out for this pair and try a new to me author all in one. Christmas in Silver Springs is the sixth book in the series about the inhabitants of a small California town a little distance from After thirteen long years in prison, a man gets to celebrate the Christmas holidays in freedom for the first time since he was a teenager. A woman comes to town to heal a broken heart after her husband of many years lets his rockstar fame put his family aside. I was captivated and eager to see how things turned out for this pair and try a new to me author all in one. Christmas in Silver Springs is the sixth book in the series about the inhabitants of a small California town a little distance from LA. This read standalone just fine, but I could see how it was tied in with the previous story about the hero's brother. Tobias Richardson made a horrible mistake years before when he was a teenager and ended up turning a guy into a paraplegic which he served time for as an adult. Out of prison for five months now, he's struggling against loneliness and guilt along with the real temptation to slip off the straight and narrow. He has his landlord at the orchard farm and his brother's family who believes in him. He has dreams and plans if he can just hang in there especially when he sees the family he hurt all the time in a small town. Then, he catches sight of a beautiful woman with sad eyes and knows she is way out of his league, but he can befriend her, right? She doesn't need to know about his past since this is just temporary until she returns home. Harper Devlin thought being married to her college sweetheart, having his two children, and supporting him through thick and thin on his rise to rock stardom would be enough. But, then he told her he wanted a divorce and started the proceedings. She decides to spend the holiday with her sister's family where she can have support and lick her wounds. She was hoping for a miracle even as the divorce deadline approached. Then, through a series of encounters with a handsome man who makes her feel comfortable and at peace from the moment she meets him, she begins to realize that her life would not be over if she was divorced. Besides, she deserves a bit of fun with a great guy at least for the holidays. Tobias seems too good to be true, but she's falling for him. I wasn't prepared for how much this book would give me the feels. I knew that it would dig a bit deeper than the average holiday romance when I read that blurb about their situations, but the author made it all personal so that I was right there for how Tobias felt about his past mistakes, his struggles to reintegrate to life outside prison, and even the brief glimpses of what life in prison had been like. Then, there's Harper who gets pushed aside in her husband's rise to glory and fame and how that felt especially knowing he was unfaithful and didn't seem to care about keeping his family together. I liked how their story was set among a cast of well-developed secondary characters, too. I had a moment near the beginning when I kept side-eying Harper for her hot and cold deal with Tobias because she was a serious hot mess and needed to get her head on straight before she tangled with a man even for what she thought was a one night stand. Then, later, it was Tobias' turn when I kept getting fidgety knowing his keeping his ex-con status and story to himself was going to blow up in his face. I do get it and it made sense not to over-share when he thought it was a one and done or a holiday fling, but when they started looking at longer... yeah, time to cough up the deets. As much as I loved Tobias and Harper's romance, and I surely did even though it was complicated with her pending divorce, rebound troubles, and Tobias' secret, the best part of this story was the healing that happened when the man Tobias' harmed and went to prison for, shared a special project with Tobias that helped Tobias finally start to emotionally heal. All in all, this one exceeded expectation and now I have a new author to hunt up her backlist for this series and her other books, which of course, I have several on the shelf already. This is for those who want a holiday romance with some depth and a cast of characters and setting that are thoroughly engaging. My thanks to Harlequin MIRA for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)

    Christmas in Silver Spring by Brenda Novak is the sixth book in the Silver Spring series. I did not read the previous books in the series; however, I had no issues jumping into this installment. However, it featured characters from the previous book. As this was not my first time reading the author’s work, I expected to have a good time with this story and she did not disappoint. Tobias Richardson spent thirteen years of his life in prison. It has been five months since his release, and it will Christmas in Silver Spring by Brenda Novak is the sixth book in the Silver Spring series. I did not read the previous books in the series; however, I had no issues jumping into this installment. However, it featured characters from the previous book. As this was not my first time reading the author’s work, I expected to have a good time with this story and she did not disappoint. Tobias Richardson spent thirteen years of his life in prison. It has been five months since his release, and it will be his first Christmas as a free man. His time spent in prison was because of a horrible mistake he made when he was seventeen years old. Due to the seriousness of the incident, they tried him as an adult. Since his release, he has managed to get his life on track with the help of his family and friends. However, the guilt of his past weighs heavily on him, especially when he sees the victim of his actions regularly. He grappled with loneliness, but avoided relationships, as he believed he was not worthy. Then one night he laid eyes on a beautiful and sad woman. Despite his attraction towards her, he knew he was not the right man for her. However, she appeared in need of a friend, and there was no law against friendship. Harper Devlin is in the midst of a divorce after her husband of ten years decided that their marriage was no longer working. This was after she dedicated her life to help him achieve his goal of being a famous rock star. Now that he has the fame, money, and women, his wife and daughters have become a liability. As a result, Harper came to spend Christmas with her sister in Silver Springs and in the process tried to come to grips with the changes in her life. Then she meets Tobias, a meeting that will forever change her life. I found this to be an emotional read. I felt Tobias’s guilt and insecurities throughout the story. He kept blaming himself even when others did not. I loved how the author gave readers a glimpse into his struggles while in prison, which made his pain more realistic. My heart broke for Harper. It could not have been easy for her watching the man whom she dedicated her life to for ten years push her aside for fame, money and groupies. A man who did not care one iota about his family. I was skeptical at first about Harper and Tobias forming a relationship. After all, she was going through a divorce and not in a good place for any relationship. However, their time spent together proved therapeutic for Harper, and as time went, they proved to be good for each other. She came to recognize that she deserved better. Harper knew nothing of Tobias’s past and he kept it secret out of fear. I was nervous the whole time knowing his secret would come to light and the impact it would have on his and Harper’s relationship. One of the things that made this story so emotional for me was healing and forgiveness Tobias received from persons whom his actions affected directly and indirectly thirteen years ago. Conclusion/Recommendation. This was a great read and one I would recommend to persons looking for a Christmas romance with all the feels.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Harper Devlin's rock star husband would rather rise to the top in his career and not be a husband and a father. So, Harper takes their two girls to her sister's home for the holidays. Meeting Tobias Richardson is about to changer her life forever. Tobias ends up being just the perfect man for her, and so he finds ways to help her. Is relying on the kindness Tobias offers a smart thing for Harper to do? What about the attraction they both feel? Then there is the fact that Tobias hasn't actually Harper Devlin's rock star husband would rather rise to the top in his career and not be a husband and a father. So, Harper takes their two girls to her sister's home for the holidays. Meeting Tobias Richardson is about to changer her life forever. Tobias ends up being just the perfect man for her, and so he finds ways to help her. Is relying on the kindness Tobias offers a smart thing for Harper to do? What about the attraction they both feel? Then there is the fact that Tobias hasn't actually told Harper the fact that his an ex-con. This makes the struggle even harder for Tobias because he knows he must tell her the truth and soon. The fact that Harper's husband makes an appeal for a second chance certainly confuses things. There is a nice exploration as to why Tobias ended up in prison, and his actions most certainly proved his worth. Reading a character such as his, considering he would likely become the step-parent of two young girls, was really nice. Although I haven't read any of the previous books in the series, it didn't affect this story. It was so well-written, so encompassing, that I was able to be fully invested all the way through. Not only that, it was a very emotional read as I really felt for Harper and Tobias. There is a small part of me, which is why this review loses one star, where I just wished Harper would let her ex go. But, in the end, it was all handled well and had a remarkable conclusion. Many thanks to Mira Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Melo

    FINAL DECISION: This is a book about rebuilding. Both Tobias and Harper are starting new lives. I found their struggle emotionally satisfying although I really didn't like that Tobias kept his secret for so long. That was a bit annoying even though I understood his character's motivation. I just think that they needed more time to process the truth so I docked the book a little. THE STORY: Tobias Richardson has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence for shooting someone when FINAL DECISION: This is a book about rebuilding. Both Tobias and Harper are starting new lives. I found their struggle emotionally satisfying although I really didn't like that Tobias kept his secret for so long. That was a bit annoying even though I understood his character's motivation. I just think that they needed more time to process the truth so I docked the book a little. THE STORY: Tobias Richardson has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence for shooting someone when he was seventeen. Tobias is determined to turn his life around and moves to Silver Springs to be with his brother. When he spots a woman he is instantly attracted to, he notices that she seems sad and gives her a rose. Harper Devlin is on the verge of having her divorce from her rock star husband finalized. After a decade of marriage, he wants his freedom to explore his superstar life and has left Harper and their two children. But Tobias can't bear to tell Harper the truth about his past and Harper isn't sure her marriage is over which complicates the relationship these two keep wanted to explore. OPINION: A book about forgiveness and starting over, I thought that the multitude of relationships that were about forgiveness worked tremendously well for me. Tobias is a man literally starting his life again after spending all of his adult life in prison. While he is strong, he also has a soft heart. I loved how kind he is to Harper even when she was hurting him with her behavior. He is always concerned about her feelings even to his own detriment because he wants her to be happy. He also doesn't really feel that he deserves happiness. This book is about layers and various types of forgiveness. Ultimately, Tobias must forgive himself in order to seize his own happiness. Harper is having to find her own footing after her husband asked for a divorce in order to live the good life of a rock star. He'd rather sleep with groupies than spend time with his wife and children. We meet her right as her divorce is becoming finalized and her relationship with Tobias helps her find herself. Things are complicated by the tug and pull of her ex-husband who wants another chance. Harper is torn between a new relationship and keeping her family together. I found her bouncing back and forth frustratingly realistic, but I was annoyed by her because she really was hurting Tobias with her actions. The only part of this book that bothered me is that Tobias waits too long to tell Harper about his past. That might have been okay, but I didn't really feel like the reality of his past was confronted by these two as they get together in the end. I needed more exploration of their relationship when they are together and honest with one another. But that was a small complaint about what was overall a satisfying story. This book has a beautiful ending which stayed with me long after I finished the book. WORTH MENTIONING: I didn't like Atticus much after UNFORGETTABLE YOU, but he has been redeemed for me in this book. I hope we get his story soon. CONNECTED BOOKS: CHRISTMAS IN SILVER SPRINGS is the sixth book in the Silver Springs series. It operates as a standalone although I think there is more depth to the story (involving the side characters) if the reader has read UNFORGETTABLE YOU (which is about the hero in this book's brother). STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    4.5 stars. Harper has come to Silver Springs with her two girls to spend Christmas with her sister and her family. She is dealing with a broken heart after her marriage has ended. She and Axle have been together since they were teens, but when he hit it big in the music business, he began cheating and has filed for divorce. Her divorce will be final in a few days and she has done everything to make it amicable for the sake of her children. She doesn't know what she is going to do, but still 4.5 stars. Harper has come to Silver Springs with her two girls to spend Christmas with her sister and her family. She is dealing with a broken heart after her marriage has ended. She and Axle have been together since they were teens, but when he hit it big in the music business, he began cheating and has filed for divorce. Her divorce will be final in a few days and she has done everything to make it amicable for the sake of her children. She doesn't know what she is going to do, but still hopes they might work things out. When she meets a handsome stranger, who gives her a rose with no strings attached, she has not idea where it will lead. Tobias has done his time in prison and is now back in Silver Springs trying to put his life back together. He has a stable job and has his family close by. His friends and family have forgiven him for the terrible incident that sent him to prison but can Tobias forgive himself? As they run into each other a few more times, they begin to care deeply for one another, but there are so many roadblocks, will they be able to get beyond them? This is the sixth book in the series, but the first one I have read. I had no trouble enjoying this story as a standalone and getting to know the characters. Both Harper and Tobias were flawed. They both had doubts, guilt and issues with self-esteem. The way Tobias' friends and family supported him was wonderful. They stood beside him, tried to build up his self-respect and push him to forgive himself and pursue his dreams, especially Harper. Harper also had her family trying to push her to pursue what she really wanted, even if it was Tobias, an ex-con. Harper wanted to save her family, mostly for the sake of her girls, but that was one thing that frustrated me with her character. He had treated her terribly and she was willing to go back to him and put up with his terrible cheating and treatment of her. I was happy when she finally realized that he was not the man for her. I did not know what happened in Tobias' past and was glad when it was finally revealed, and understood why he carried so much guilt. Watching Harper and Tobias fall in love, get torn apart and find their way back to one another was a wonderful story. This is not just a romance, but a story of loss, betrayal, heartbreak, friendship, guilt, forgiveness and second chances. I will try and go back and read the previous books to find out about the other characters and their stories. I recommend this one to anyone who enjoys contemporary romances, especially those with second chances and New Beginnings. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Lazaridou

    Christmas in Silver Springs is the sixth book in the Silver Springs series by Brenda Novak. The main characters are Tobias and Harper. While each book in the series is a stand-alone, I believe that if you read/have read Unforgettable You (book 5 in the series) before you pick this one you will have a better understanding of Tobias as a character and what drives him to act and think as he does. Harper has been divorced for less than a year and she is still trying to get used to her new life. When Christmas in Silver Springs is the sixth book in the Silver Springs series by Brenda Novak. The main characters are Tobias and Harper. While each book in the series is a stand-alone, I believe that if you read/have read Unforgettable You (book 5 in the series) before you pick this one you will have a better understanding of Tobias as a character and what drives him to act and think as he does. Harper has been divorced for less than a year and she is still trying to get used to her new life. When your ex-husband is a rockstar is hard to keep some distance. She is visiting her sister with her 2 daughters in Silver Springs and she is not supposed to stay permanently, but fate has other plans for her. I would have loved this book if it wasn't for one not so little thing. Harper is too hung up on her ex and a part of her for most of the book seems to not be able to let him go. I know that it is not easy to forget 12 years of marriage, but her ex cheated on her and it was obvious that he was sleeping with other women while trying to get back into her life, so I don't understand why she couldn't let go. Another thing I didn't like was the forgiveness part. I wanted Harper to forgive Tobias 100% on her own and not because someone pushed her to. It felt forced and Tobias deserved better. He is a man who deeply regretted his actions in the past and has spent a lot of time making up for them. He needed some love and affection. The best part of the book was the angst. A lot of time has passed since I got the chance to read a book with some good angst and this one did it for me! I swear I can almost cry from that alone since I have been trying to find something like this. My original rating for the book was three stars, but as I am writing this review, I came to the conclusion that an angst so good that the book deserves a better rating! Would I recommend the book? Yes and no. I am a little conflicted on this, so I guess a maybe will do. Some people want to know stuff like this, so I will add that neither had an extended love life (I cringed as I said that, but Amazon has some strict rules).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Somewhere between a 3 and 4 star read so I went with the higher score as usual in this situation. This is the story of Tobias whose story started in the book about his brother Unforgettable You. This one was much stronger. I was a little disappointed that the author went with the obvious by having the hero delay telling the heroine his secret too long and then of course just when he was getting ready to someone else spilled the beans. Of course. I liked Tobias and how he was so kind and gentle Somewhere between a 3 and 4 star read so I went with the higher score as usual in this situation. This is the story of Tobias whose story started in the book about his brother Unforgettable You. This one was much stronger. I was a little disappointed that the author went with the obvious by having the hero delay telling the heroine his secret too long and then of course just when he was getting ready to someone else spilled the beans. Of course. I liked Tobias and how he was so kind and gentle and unassuming but still a strong person. I liked how the author had the background story of the relationship between him and Atticus developing. the heroine could have been stronger. I felt like she didn't quite deserve him.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    Quite a sweet tale of romance between two saddened souls who found their safe harbor in each other. Tobias had served a prison sentence due to a mistake in his teens. Harper's rock star husband wanted to divorce her. And Silver Springs was the perfect backdrop for those hearts to meld together until the husband returned. My first book by author Brenda Novak, I was enticed by the story line. The author certainly kept the story going in most parts. The struggles of life were well depicted. Quite a sweet tale of romance between two saddened souls who found their safe harbor in each other. Tobias had served a prison sentence due to a mistake in his teens. Harper's rock star husband wanted to divorce her. And Silver Springs was the perfect backdrop for those hearts to meld together until the husband returned. My first book by author Brenda Novak, I was enticed by the story line. The author certainly kept the story going in most parts. The struggles of life were well depicted. Insecurity could hit any of us. I felt really sorry for Tobias who couldn't seem to forgive himself. The divorce had certainly messed up Harper's head. The entire story revolved around the ebb and flow of thoughts between the two main characters. The characters were broken and needed to heal themselves. The romance and love soon blossomed when they began to forgive themselves and realize a few truths. The writing certainly evoked the emotions. This was a story of second chances in life when forgiveness was abound. The book was a part of the series though could be read as a standalone. Overall, I would call it a sweet second chance romance.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Publisher, NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 3.5 hearts I am always happy to come back to Silver Springs . There is, however, an overall theme of people making some bad choices or being in bad situations and having to live with the consequences. The school is a key part of helping the very young be in a better place and have improved chances in the future. Their This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from Publisher, NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.   3.5 hearts   I am always happy to come back to Silver Springs .  There is, however, an overall theme of people making some bad choices or being in bad situations and having to live with the consequences.  The school is a key part of helping the very young be in a better place and have improved chances in the future.  Their part in the community also highlights the role of compassion and even forgiveness. The prejudice in Unforgettable You, which I found frustrating and heartbreaking, had characters developing in Christmas in Silver Springs. Tobias made a big mistake as a teenager and paid dearly for it. He regrets what happened, feels terrible and works very hard to always make good choices now.   It's one thing if those making mistakes have no regrets and keep making bad choices. It's another, if there is only one mistake when they were children.  A live & let live, and ignore policy, would be more appropriate than an active destroy their life agenda. If you are reading the series, some of the information, grudges and issues felt a bit repetitive but at least there was some character progression. Tobias and Atticus have become friends. Tobias is trying to do something exciting for Atticus' birthday which is very cool. Maddux and Jada get excited about it and help with the idea. This progress and development in the characters is one of the best things. Uriah's son, Carl comes back to town to get money, make trouble and continue to make bad choices. He's older than Tobias by about 10 years but not making any effort to work on improving his life. Tobias is worried about his friend and landlord but doesn't know what exactly he can do. The romance was not exactly believable. But it was beautiful how Tobias treated Harper with kindness and was truly interested in her happiness. There's a bit of a love triangle with her ex-husband (famous rock star) and that was just unpleasant.  Rock star was a total douche. I was sad Tobias was not more upfront with Harper about his past. My sense of the size of Silver Springs told me it was going to come up, even if Harper was only in town for a few weeks. These multiple story lines to provide an engaging read. We do get both Harper and Tobias' point of view.  The setting is at the Christmas holidays so there are some festivities and family gatherings. Both Maddux and Tobias are on vacation because of the school break which gives them more time to spend with family and friends. Narration: Veronica Worthington did a lovely job with the narration.  There seems to be more thoughts than dialogue, so the voices are limited.  I'm not sure I could differentiate who is speaking just by the voice.   The narration was clear and easy to understand at my usual 1.5x speed. Listen to a clip here: https://soundcloud.com/harperaudio_us...  

  14. 5 out of 5

    Renee (The B-Roll)

    This book is set in the small and picturesque town of Silver Springs in California just around the holiday season. Harper Devlin, wife of rockstar Axel Devlin has decided to come to the town after some marriage and family turmoil. In hopes of getting space and time away from her problems and her ex-husband, she seeks refuge at her sister's house but of course, as fate would have it, she meets Tobias and instantly feels a connection. Tobias doesn't have the cleanest history himself; he has just This book is set in the small and picturesque town of Silver Springs in California just around the holiday season.  Harper Devlin, wife of rockstar Axel Devlin has decided to come to the town after some marriage and family turmoil.  In hopes of getting space and time away from her problems and her ex-husband, she seeks refuge at her sister's house but of course, as fate would have it, she meets Tobias and instantly feels a connection.  Tobias doesn't have the cleanest history himself; he has just been released from prison after serving his 13-year sentence.  In a series of unfortunate events, Harper's ex-husband shows up in Silver Springs with knowledge of her new beau's past and hopes to rekindle the marriage he had already broken.  Tobias is left hoping that the magic of the Christmas season will grace his life, especially when it comes to Harper and his feelings for her. First of all, this book is part of a series of 6 books (soon to be 7 in 2020) that is set in Silver Springs and focuses on a slew of different characters in the town.  What is good about this book is that you don't have to have the previous 5 read before you get to this one, it could easily stand as its own as an individual story or be incorporated back in.  I like that it does have that stand-alone quality which helps make it a cute and cozy story for the holidays. Prior to this book, I don't think I have read anything by Brenda Novak but I certainly have a few of her books on my wishlist/TBR because I have heard good things about them.  I enjoyed her writing style a lot, especially the way she writes dialogue and how natural the story feels in terms of character engagement and interactions.  Having relatable and realistic character is a huge deal in writing for me, especially when I read romance books since they are normally my go-to genre.  This book, while I can't relate to a rockstar husband or serving a prison sentence, is a book that is easy to get into and easy to enjoy because it feels like real people.  I liked how Novak wasn't afraid of making her character dynamic with specific personalities and life paths, including prison and being disabled.  If feels like there is something for everyone in this book, especially if you like the holidays or want a good romance book to read around the season.  This is definitely an adult book as there are some graphic scenes, but I liked how Novak in those moments doesn't seem timid when writing about relationships and writes something that feels realistic or at least not as plastic and static as some romance novels make it feel.  And above all, there is almost a twinge of holiday magic throughout the entire story. This is definitely one of those books that I would recommend if you like to read romance novels or you are looking for something Christmasy for the holidays.  It also has a nice story about love and redemption and the importance of being honest with not just oneself but also others around you.  This was a fantastic book and I am so glad I read it for this holiday season!    

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms

    *I received a free copy of Christmas in Silver Springs. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.* 2.5 stars I don't really know what to say about this novel, other than I didn't connect with anything in this one. Which made me sad, as I was really looking forward to finally getting Tobias' story. I didn't find anything here original, it was like some names were changed away, and the tension was very similar to the tension in other Silver Springs novels. Some *I received a free copy of Christmas in Silver Springs. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.* 2.5 stars I don't really know what to say about this novel, other than I didn't connect with anything in this one. Which made me sad, as I was really looking forward to finally getting Tobias' story. I didn't find anything here original, it was like some names were changed away, and the tension was very similar to the tension in other Silver Springs novels. Some of the problems Tobias and Elle had weren't fully resolved, but kind of just disappeared which was a bit frustrating.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars See the full review at HarlequinJunkie Christmas in Silver Springs was everything you could wish for in a holiday-themed story–and everything wonderful I would expect from Brenda Novak. Full of healing, redemption, triumph and love, this romance will surely warm your heart. Since the first book I picked up by Brenda Novak, I’ve always thought she has a clear, genuine writing voice that focuses equally on the characters and emotions without losing anything in the plot. That Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars See the full review at HarlequinJunkie Christmas in Silver Springs was everything you could wish for in a holiday-themed story–and everything wonderful I would expect from Brenda Novak. Full of healing, redemption, triumph and love, this romance will surely warm your heart. Since the first book I picked up by Brenda Novak, I’ve always thought she has a clear, genuine writing voice that focuses equally on the characters and emotions without losing anything in the plot. That was quite evident in Christmas in Silver Springs. We had three POVs: Harper, Tobias, and Axel, which for me covered all the bases and showed every side to the confusing mess they found themselves in. Read More

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie

    Another wonderful story by Brenda Novak. I could hardly put this books down long enough to eat, get dressed or do anything! Tobias broke my heart with all that had happened to him, but I was so glad that his family and friends rallied around him. Harper was between a rock and a hard place trying to decide what was right and wrong for her and her two girls, as well as her attraction to Tobias and dealing with her rock star ex. Silver Springs is another wonderful fictional place that I love to Another wonderful story by Brenda Novak. I could hardly put this books down long enough to eat, get dressed or do anything! Tobias broke my heart with all that had happened to him, but I was so glad that his family and friends rallied around him. Harper was between a rock and a hard place trying to decide what was right and wrong for her and her two girls, as well as her attraction to Tobias and dealing with her rock star ex. Silver Springs is another wonderful fictional place that I love to visit with these books. I hope it lives on.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Lazaridou

    Christmas in Silver Springs is the sixth book in the Silver Springs series by Brenda Novak. The main characters are Tobias and Elle. While each book in the series is a stand-alone, I believe that if you read/have read Unforgettable You (book 5 in the series) before you pick this one you will have a better understanding of Tobias as a character and what drives him to act and think as he does. Elle has been divorced for less than a year and she is still trying to get used to her new life. When Christmas in Silver Springs is the sixth book in the Silver Springs series by Brenda Novak. The main characters are Tobias and Elle. While each book in the series is a stand-alone, I believe that if you read/have read Unforgettable You (book 5 in the series) before you pick this one you will have a better understanding of Tobias as a character and what drives him to act and think as he does. Elle has been divorced for less than a year and she is still trying to get used to her new life. When your ex-husband is a rockstar is hard to keep some distance. She is visiting her sister with her 2 daughters in Silver Springs and she is not supposed to stay permanentely, but fate has other plans for her. I would have loved this book if it wasn't for one not so little thing. Elle is too hung up on her ex and a part of her for most of the book seems to not be able to let him go. I know that it is not easy to forget 12 years of marriage, but her ex cheated on her and it was obvious that he was sleeping with other women while trying to get back into her life, so I don't understand why she couldn't let go. Another thing I didn't like was the forgiveness part. I wanted Elle to forgive Tobias 100% on her own and not because someone pushed her to. It felt forced and Tobias deserved better. He is a man who deeply regretted his actions in the past and has spent a lot of time making up for them. He needed some love and affection. The best part of the book was the angst. A lot of time has passed since I got the chance to read a book with some good angst and this one did it for me! I swear I can almost cry from that alone since I have been trying to find something like this. My original rating for the book was three stars, but as I am writing this review, I came to the conclusion that an angst so good that the book deserves a better rating! Would I recommend the book? Yes and no. I am a little conflicted on this, so I guess a maybe will do. Some people want to know stuff like this, so I will add that neither had an extended love life (I cringed as I said that, but Amazon has some strict rules).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    4 star review of Christmas in Silver Springs (Silver Springs #6) by Brenda Novak I love any story that is centred around Christmas; it’s a time for family and friends to get together, celebrate and reflect. This was a fun, at times heart wrenching read and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked Brenda Novak’s style of writing and felt as though I was a part of the magic of Silver Springs. I really liked Elle Devlin and Tobias Richardson they were easy to relate to and the secondary characters were 4 star review of Christmas in Silver Springs (Silver Springs #6) by Brenda Novak I love any story that is centred around Christmas; it’s a time for family and friends to get together, celebrate and reflect. This was a fun, at times heart wrenching read and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked Brenda Novak’s style of writing and felt as though I was a part of the magic of Silver Springs. I really liked Elle Devlin and Tobias Richardson they were easy to relate to and the secondary characters were just as entertaining . Will the magic of the holiday season bring happiness for Elle and Tobias or will Elle’s ex husband destroy their chance of happiness? Silver Springs sounds like a beautiful place to live or visit and I found this story to be full of hope, love and forgiveness. A festive and sweet story that will get you in the mood for the holiday season. I received a copy of this book through the publisher via Netgalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    It was cute but it's not a Christmas story. Part of the story is set at Christmas.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karol

    WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW and WOW!!! Great job Brenda on another awesome book. Keep them coming.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?

    Harper Devlin isn't from Silver Springs. She's in town to be with her family since it seems like her life is imploding at the moment. Her husband has become a famous rock star and now wants a divorce. She helped him get to where he is today and she can't believe this is happening. When Tobias sees Harper sitting all alone at The Eatery one night, he can see the sadness in her eyes and knows she is out of his league, but still hates to see someone in pain. Tobias has only been out of prison for Harper Devlin isn't from Silver Springs. She's in town to be with her family since it seems like her life is imploding at the moment. Her husband has become a famous rock star and now wants a divorce. She helped him get to where he is today and she can't believe this is happening. When Tobias sees Harper sitting all alone at The Eatery one night, he can see the sadness in her eyes and knows she is out of his league, but still hates to see someone in pain. Tobias has only been out of prison for five months. The last thing he needs is to be involved with a woman like Harper. But sometimes in life, you have to go for things or else how else will you know your true worth. Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book as a part of the Harlequin Holiday Blog Tour. Christmas romance has never really been a genre that I have been in to. This book really grabbed my attention at the beginning, but slowed down toward the middle. The ending picked up again to finish the book off nicely. I hope I never have to experience a divorce. It can be a very nasty and devastating process. The hurt you feel not to mention other emotions. Finding someone during that time who can make you feel loved. Harper wasn't looking to find a connection with Tobias and looking for love was the farthest thing on Tobias's radar. But when they are together, they bring out the best in each other. The thing is, Tobias is keeping a big secret and he knows as soon as Harper finds out, she is going to want to have nothing to do with him. Even though he has paid the price for his crimes and the person he hurt is now one of his closest friends, it's hard for people to understand his past actions. This book is part of Brenda Novak's Silver Springs Series, but can be read as a stand alone. Silver Springs is a small town. Everyone knows everyone else's business. I like in a town called Silver Spring. It's not a small town, but I am from a small town, so I know how that can be. Growing up for the first 10 years of my life, my neighbors were my aunts and uncles. If you haven't read a book by Brenda Novak, this series is a good one to start with.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do . Come home to Silver Springs for the holidays, where broken hearts learn to love again…together. So much for Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Come home to Silver Springs for the holidays, where broken hearts learn to love again…together. So much for forever. When Harper Devlin’s rock star husband ditches her on his way to the top, she takes her two daughters to her sister’s place in Silver Springs for the holidays, hoping that family can heal her broken heart. But comfort comes in unexpected places when she crosses paths with local Tobias Richardson. The moment Tobias spots Harper, he recognizes a sadness he knows all too well. After spending thirteen years in prison paying for his regretful past, Tobias is ready to make amends, and maybe helping Harper is the way to do it. But offering her a shoulder to cry on ignites a powerful attraction and a desire neither saw coming. Fearing her reaction, Tobias doesn’t reveal his checkered past. He’s falling hard, and if Harper finds out, he’ll lose her for good, especially because her famous ex is now trying to win her back. Secrets have a way of coming out, but maybe this Christmas will bring Tobias the forgiveness—and the love—he deserves. I am not a huge fan of Christmas and its commercialism but I do love a good clean-ish Christmas novel - the story has some engaging characters and despite the character's sadness, he book was not dragged down with it. (I don't need to be depressed when reading a Christmas book - I leave that to the Scandinavian Noir crime novels!) I truly enjoyed the book - Brenda Novak is a wonderful writer who excels at her craft and this book is a prime example. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter..get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ilean

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Christmas in Silver Springs “ by Brenda Novak. I’ve now read books 4,5,6. I need to find books 1,2,3 to read. I highly recommend this series to all romance readers.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked reading more about Tobias and how he has begun to repair his relationship with Atticus. And also attempting to build one with Harper.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Two-haiku review: He's out of prison She's ex of major rock star Now ex wants her back Very nice romance Forgot how good Novak is Next: rest of series

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emilie Davis

    Another outstanding book in the Silver Springs series! Silver Springs always seems to be a town of hope and redemption. Belief in the goodness of mankind is rampant here. Forgiveness for past misdeeds is usually the norm. Add a recently divorced mother with 2 kids and one ex-con and the mixture is volatile. Tobias and Harper both need healing. The story is told with humor and understanding. This is one of Brenda Novak's best books. You will enjoy the story!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Conklin

    Better than Broadway! Once again, Brenda Novak has proven that she is a Master of her craft, with CHRISTMAS IN SILVER SPRINGS! Brenda reels you in with her descriptions and makes you feel as if the characters are putting on a magnificent play, right before your eyes! You'll want to turn the lights down low and put on your comfy clothes to read this one by a warm and crackling fire! Don't forget to grab a tissue or two...

  29. 4 out of 5

    A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog

    This is my first Brenda Novak book and it definitely will not be my last. This book is part of a series and I feel the need to read them all after reading this one. Christmas stories are my favorite. Tobias won my heart from the very beginning and Harper balances him out perfectly. This book is an emotional roller-coaster but once I started, I could not put it down. This is a must-read this holiday season! Reviewed by: Brianne M.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brianne Maffett

    Reviewed for A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile This is my first Brenda Novak book and it definitely will not be my last. This book is part of a series and I feel the need to read them all after reading this one. Christmas stories are my favorite. Tobias won my heart from the very beginning and Harper balances him out perfectly. This book is an emotional rollercoaster but once I started, I could not put it down. This is a must-read this holiday season!

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