A Silver Springs Novel
by Brenda Novak
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.
(While this technically picks up after Finding Our Forever, it really is more of a stand alone story. Dawson’s story was vaguely brought up in the first book and a few of the characters make another appearance, but No One But You really is self-contained.)
I really enjoyed the bit of mystery and danger that Novak brings into play here. She’s also a writer of suspense books so you get that darker feel but it is an underplay to the emotions which are so very important.
Sadie’s got problems with her ex and is trying very hard to find a way to support herself and her son … even if it means working for a man accused of killing his adoptive parents. But once she meets Dawson she starts to think that things may not be as everyone believes. His big heart and strength of character calls to her.
Dawson knows he;s innocent and now that he’s been acquitted by the court he just wants to make a home so he can get his sister back. He needs help and that help turns out to be Sadie. She may look like life has gotten the best of her but she’s got so much heart and determination that he has to admire her for it.
As these two begin to get to know each other, they slowly become friends and each other’s champions. But with her wily ex and the townsfolk who aren’t so quick to forget what he supposedly did, it won’t be easy. As their feelings grow into something more they take on more and more for each other, working to find a way to have a future together.
While there were parts in No One But You that had me holding my breath to find out what happened next, it is the layers of emotion and the people that Novak skillfully develops that keep me coming back for more of her stories.