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Finding Our Forever

(Silver Springs #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,201 ratings  ·  539 reviews

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes readers to the town of Silver Springs, where surprises wait around every corner! 

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 the ranch's owner that she's really her daughter? That task is daunting. Especially with Elijah Turn

Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Harlequin Special Edition
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Always Pouting
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cora gets a job at New Horizon ranch, a boarding school for boys with behavioral problems after tracking down her birth mother, Aiyana, and finding out she runs it there and that there is a position open for an art teacher. Things get even more complicated when she can't seem to stay away from Aiyana's adopted son Eli, who comes with plenty of baggage of his own. I don't have much to say, nothing was really bad about this book. I was into it and enjoyed it, and it's a solid romance book, just wh ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it

Sad day! My first disappointing read by Brenda Novak :( Her writing style is still fabulous, but geez, I sure missed the romantic storyline she is so well known for, and always has me coming back for more.

Art teacher Cora Kelly accepts a position at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for the sole purpose of getting to know the director, Aiyana Turner, who happens to be her biological mother. Cora hasn't told her adopted family nor Aiyana of her discovery. She has her reasons but things start to get complicated when she and Elijah Turner, Aiyana's adopted grown son, become "involved."

It's an interesting story as Cora tries to figure out who Aiyana is and why she gave her up when she later adopted so many
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with the authors Whiskey Creek novels and have been a faithful reader ever since. Her books are usually about small town life, where her characters often start fresh and get a second chance and a HEA. I really like that formula. Low drama, wonderful endearing characters, and a quirky town with equally quirky characters.

Finding Our Forever delivered.
Finding Our Forever was the first book in a brand spanking new series that is located in Southern California, east of Santa Barbara, i
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4 Stars *****

Finding Our Forever is a story about a young woman trying to discover her past. After spending a lot of time and effort to find her biological mother, Cora learns that her mother owns a school for troubled boys.

Hoping that she could form a relationship with her mother, Cora accepts a job as an art teacher at the school. She wants to know how and why this wonderful woman gave up her baby daughter.

During the time at Silver Springs, Cora also develops a romantic relationship w
I feel like I have not read such a low-stress, low-drama romance book in such a long time.

There are conflicts in this book, but everything is handled quite efficiently. I am not a fan of the “extended secrecy” trope, but it actually works out here because all the characters are so mature about everything.

Like, I’m not even annoyed at a main or side character. This is such a weird feeling for me. LOL.

Cora – I find everything she has said and done to be in the realm of “it makes sense.” There is
Cora was given up for adoption as a baby. Now after years of searching she has managed to find her birth mother working as the head mistress at a school for boys with behavioral issues. She applies for a job at the school as their new art teacher hoping to find some answers but keeping her secrets proves very difficult with her growing attraction to Elijah, her mother's adopted son.

So this is a romance about a woman who was abandoned as a child, a man who suffered horrendous abuse as a child (w
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Finding Our Forever

Brenda Novak

Received from Netgalley

FINDING OUR FOREVER is book one in the new series, Silver Springs by Brenda Novak. It is the story of Cora who is searching for her birth mother. Not because her adoptive parents were mean to her or anything like that. She always felt loved and wanted growing up. But she has always felt something was missing, a piece of her heart maybe. When she hires a private detective to find her mother, she learns that her mother runs a school for trouble
There is so much good about this book. First and foremost the wonderful writing that is always evident in a Brenda Novak offering. Every book I have ever read of hers feels real and never allows the usual (and often expected and predictable) to enter the storyline. There is always a wonderful and sensitive feel. In this story it is particularly evident in the adoption storyline. I kept assuming the usual huge conflict that hovered on the horizon would happen. I should have know better! One can n ...more
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Cora has just moved to the town of Silver Springs California, hoping to start a new life with a new job teaching art. She's teaching a a school for troubled boys called, New Horizons and Cora is really drawn to its founder Aiyana. Besides the teaching job, Cora has other reasons to be in Silver Springs. Will she be able to find the answers she is looking for, or will the decisions she makes along the way hinder her ability to discover the truth about herself?

While I have many Brenda Novak books
Julie Kirby
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Arc received in return for an honest review.

I thoroughly have been entertained whilst reading Finding Our FOrever, by Brenda Novak. She has a way of enrapturing you into the story, getting to know the main characters along with the others within the story.

As with her other stories, once you open the book you NEED to know what happens next. Whether its a small town romance, or dark thriller. You get taken on an emotional journey, as you discover the unfolding story.

I loved Cora and Elijah, they b
Thanks to Brenda Novak for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I am happy to say that Brenda Novak has another great series started with a cast of potential characters for books to come. Cora Kelly has had a great life with her adopted parents and adopted brother. But she has always wondered who her mother was and why she did not keep her. After researching and hiring a private detective, she was able to find her mother. Aiyana Turner has devoted her life to New Horizons Boys Ranch, a ranch
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
3.5 stars

Finding Our Forever is a romance, yes, but it’s also a story of overcoming the worst of the worst and learning to trust someone else with your heart. It’s a story of letting your past refine you, rather than define you. And it’s a story about the difference we can make in even just one person that feels truly loved.

Eli suffered horrible abuse at the hands of the people who were supposed to love him, so naturally his heart stays pretty closed off to being vulnerable. Cora is on a quest t
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Starting off to be a good series!
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

Starting a new series by a author that you really enjoy their prior series is hard. It might be easier if I was caught up in with that other series but of course I'm not. I really shouldn't have started this one yet until I was done with her prior series but....I couldn't help myself. I waited this long so that has to count for something.

Finding Our Forever is the start to her new series and I have to tell you when
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Finding Our Forever is Book 1 in Brenda Novak's new Silver Springs series. This book was superb. It was one of those that you want to hurry up and finish because you are so engrossed in the story that you have to know how it all plays out but yet it was just so good that you never want it to end. I loved the banter between Cora and Eli and also with his brothers.

There is a lot of emotion in this book and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. I'd love to see a story for each of the broth
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book. Cora was adopted, and though she never doubted that she was loved, she always felt that something was missing. As an adult, she put time and effort into finding out who her birth mother was. Though not yet ready to reveal the truth, Cora took a job as an art teacher at the boys school that Aiyana founded and runs. That gives her the chance to get to know her mother. What she didn't count on was the irresistible Elijah.

Elijah is the oldest of Aiyana's adopted sons. He came to New Horiz
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silver Springs is the beginning of a new series and promises to be as enthralling as the Dundee and Whiskey Creek series that have captivated us before. It has all the warm fuzzies, fabulous characters and page 'turnability' we've come to love in a Novak read.

Cora has a loving family - but she longs to meet her biological mother. She finds her mother owns and runs a school for troubled boys. Cora finds herself accepting a position as the new art teacher to get to know the woman who gave her away
Jan Coad
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FINDING OUR FOREVER is the first book in a new series by Brenda Novak. Like her Whiskey Creek series it takes place in a fictitious town in California.

New Horizons Boys Ranch, located on the outskirts of town, is a boarding school for troubled teens that Aiyana Turner founded. Aiyana works to do all she can to heal the troubled boys and she even adopted eight of them.

Cora Kelly is the heroine of FiNDING OUR FOREVER. Cora comes to New Horizon as a teacher hoping to get to know Aiyana, who she dis
Vania Nunes
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The old question that lives in the mind of almost every adopted young person: why my father/mother didn't keep me?
Cora had this question, despite being happy with her adoptive family.
That's why she leaves to meet her biological mother, Aiyana.

After hiring a detective, Cora decides to leave without telling her adoptive family what her plan was
She also broke up with her boyfriend.

Upon arriving at the New Horizon Boys Ranch, she is applying for the position of Art teacher.
In addition to coming to u
Mary Mooney
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brenda Novak has done it again with the beginning of a new series, Finding Our Forever starts with Cora finding her birth mother who runs a ranch for troubled boys. Cora had a good childhood but felt something was missing, so she sets out to find her birth mother to find out why she was put up for adoption. When she finds her mother, she doesn't tell her who she is because she wants to get to know her before she tells her she is her daughter. Cora ends up as the art teacher at the ranch and find ...more
Beth Lechman
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brenda Novak has done it again. The characters and their problems reach out and grab you from the beginning all the way through until the end. This one is a winner and will leave you waiting anxiously for the next book in the series.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, 2017, kindle
I really wanted to love Finding Our Forever. I loved the idea of the ranch and the school for wayward boys. I was also wanted to love the romance. There is always something about 2 broken people finding love that melts my heart. I was interested enough in the romance between Cora and Elijah to finish out the story. But in the end, I was a bit disappointed.I did like Cora and Elijah together. I loved how she helped him open himself up to love again. But I didn't feel like I got enough of Elijah t ...more
Sue Galuska
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cora Kelly knows she was adopted, and loves her life, but was always curious about her birth parents. Now as an adult she has decided to hire someone to help her investigate who they are. The search uncovers that Aiyana Turner, owner of the New Horizons Boys Ranch is her birth mom and they just happen to have a position for a new art teacher open. Cora applies and gets the job. Now she can interact with her birth mom. What she didn't expect to find was Aiyana's adopted son, Eli. Wow, these two w ...more
I received a digital copy of this book from the author for the purposes of providing an honest review.

I loved the characters, the way none of them were perfect, and they were each imperfect in ways I could recognize and empathize with. The insight into the emotional struggles of an adoptee was illuminating.

I loved the way Cora's reticence to ask Elijah questions about his past actually worked to help him feel more able to share with him - she wasn't pushy, and he liked it. The progression of Co
Vikki Vaught
I enjoyed this first book in Brenda Novak's new series. I liked the characters and the plot is unique. Definitely, a worthwhile read. Happy reading!
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
Finding Our Forever is the first book set in Silver Springs and features Cora - she is on a quest for her birth mother and doesn't expect to find love along the way. I enjoyed this story a lot. It was very easy to get sucked into the story and feel like I wanted to visit Silver Springs.

A bit of mystery and a happily-ever-after.

I read this ebook from the library Overdrive system and am sharing my honest review.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brenda Novak has gifted us with another masterpiece. I think this series is going to be just as great as her other ones. One of my favorite things about her books is that she never side-steps difficult topics and situations. She faces them head-on, and does it very well. While Cora's plan to get to know her biological mother seemed kind of deceptive, she had my full support, and it made a fantastic story. This is the kind of thing I love about Novak's writing. She sometimes blurs the lines and p ...more
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“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a

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