Is Honesty Always the Best Policy? + Giveaway
by Brenda Novak, author of Come Home to Me
The Whiskey Creek series is basically a small-town version of the TV series Friends. Set in California’s picturesque Gold Country, these books center on a tight-knit group of men and women who’ve grown up together. In the first five stories, you’ve met some of these people. Come Home to Me features Aaron Amos. He and his four brothers are rugged, sexy, self-made men…but with a few rough edges. Years ago the townspeople nicknamed these troublemakers the Fearsome Five, but they’ve grown up a bit since then.
Aaron’s had a difficult past, and he’s still got quite a chip on his shoulder, but somehow that only adds to his appeal. Presley, the heroine, has been head over heels in love with him for years. But she’s never had much luck in love—or in much of anything—and he’s made it clear that he doesn’t return her feelings. That was the reason she left town two years before the story opens. She was pregnant with his baby, and she knew Aaron would not be happy to hear the news—so she didn’t tell him.
Once Presley decided to raise the child on her own, she had to get her life turned around, but she’s done that by the time she moves back. At this point, her son is two and she needs her sister, who’s her only family, to help with child care. Because she believes Aaron will soon be moving to Reno to open a franchise of the family auto body business, she feels her secret will be safe. She’ll just stay out of his way until he’s gone. It can’t be too hard to keep a secret from someone who doesn’t really want to know the truth.
But when Aaron learns Presley is back, he doesn’t understand why they can’t still be friends. In his mind, the casual relationship they once had fit them both perfectly. Maybe he owes her an apology for being a little gruff the night her mother died, but he’s never purposely mistreated her.
As Aaron starts coming around, wanting to spend time with the “new and improved” Presley, she’s faced with a dilemma. The man she left wasn’t ready for a child. But the man Aaron has become? He’s as different now as she is. Presley begins to wonder if she’s doing the right thing, keeping the truth from him, and yet she has no idea what he’ll do when he find out—and everything that matters to her hangs in the balance.
If you ask, most people will say that telling a lie is the wrong thing to do. But the more I study human behavior, the more I believe that “thou shalt not lie” is sort of like the laws of physics, which apply most of the time but not always in extreme cases. What if you were trying to protect someone or something you love? What if you were releasing someone from a responsibility he or she wouldn’t want, anyway? What if you were telling someone what he or she would rather hear?
Is there a situation in which you think it would be justifiable to bend the truth? Or is honestly always the best policy?
About Come Home to Me:
Home is where her heart is
When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to “home” she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family.
There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.
Giveaway! Do you think honesty is always the best policy? Let us know in the comments for a chance to win your own copy of Come Home to Me. Open to residents of US and Canada. Contest closes April 10, 11:59pm ET. One winner will be drawn from all eligible comments and announced on April 11. For full official rules, click here. Good Luck!
Update: This giveaway is now closed.