on April 5th 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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Join Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as she explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a brand-new story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman's journey to finding the happiness she's long been missing
Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit--and experiencing levels of anxiety she's never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan's Crossing.
Named for Maggie's great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide Trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie's eccentric father, Sully. When she shows up unannounced, he welcomes her with open arms, and she relishes the opportunity to indulge in his simple way of life.
But shortly after arriving, Maggie's world is rocked once again and she must take on more responsibility than she'd planned. Though she's relieved a quiet and serious-looking hiker, Cal Jones, is willing to lend a hand, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man's eagerness to help--until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation.
Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon...if only they can learn to find peace and healing--and perhaps love--with each other.
4 Stars! A nice start to this new series!
This is what I like to refer to as quiet read, not much in the way of a wow factor or too exciting, but a nice way to spend an afternoon with a good book.
The story focuses on two people dealing with life-changing events that have affected them both personally and professionally. They are both taking a break and contemplating what route they should take next. Their paths cross in a surprising place, a campground, and a setting I really enjoyed.
The two central characters, Cal and Maggie, were a good fit. They were both professionals their late 30’s, smart, caring and kind. The romance element was perfectly paced and once their relationship moved forward and they were comfortable with each other, it was also very amusing. They teased, were playful, and the reader could sense how much they enjoyed each other’s company. They also snuck around like two teens trying to hide their attraction and trysts from the watchful eyes of Maggie’s dad, Sully. A wonderful couple who were fun to read about!
There were quite a few interesting secondary characters but Sully and Walter, Maggie’s step-dad, were my favorites. They had an interesting relationship and held no animosity toward one another and only wanted what was best for Maggie. Two very different men, but both smart with good hearts!
The storyline was side tracked by one melodramatic event that I found to be totally unnecessary and it felt like filler. However towards the end of the read, a near disastrous event takes place that was essential for one of the main protagonists and helps them realize their true calling. I’m also hoping the author writes a story for the character who was hurt and his father. I would love that, they were both characters that caught my attention and would make for interesting reading.
Not a lot of angst but a good deal of reflective thoughts and pondering, heavy on the narrative, maybe a little too much for my taste. I might be somewhat unfair with my rating as I can’t help to compare everything this author writes to her Virgin River series, one of my all-time favorites! Unlike her Thunder Point series, where the first book didn’t draw me in nor was I endeared to the characters, Sullivan’s Crossing has potential. I enjoyed the campground setting and Cal has some “Jack” traits, which I loved about him. I can see him being the “go-to” guy as the series moves forward. He’s got promise, as do Maggie, Sully and many of the other characters we met along the way.
The story took a little while to click with me but once it did, it settled in nicely and I’m looking forward to going back to Sullivan’s Crossing!