I’ve only recently discovered Robyn Carr but she has written an impressive amount of novels in her career. I have seen her books randomly, usually at airport bookstores or in the supermarket book displays.
Like many of her fans, I love a good romance and often a well written romance is such a refreshing break from real life when you get home and dinner still needs to be made and the baby is crying and your husband is late from work. Those are the times that a good romance are especially welcoming which is why I think I see her books (as well as others) at the supermarket checkout stand or end-cap display.
People want to believe in romance and something thats different from the day to day. This last month I’ve been slowly but surely making my way though a lengthy, heavy novel (Fire and Blood) and to e honest, I desperately needed a break from the carnage that is Westerosi history!
I intentionally scheduled this book on my review calendar for this reason—I should have been done with Fire and Blood before Christmas so I could start this one and I knew I would need a break—something relaxing and romantic. I’m not done with Fire and Blood yet, but I took a break from the tedious history and welcomed in the new year with this wonderfully written novel about romance that would warm my heart.
Dr. Leigh Culver loves practicing medicine in Timberlake, Colorado. It is a much-needed change of pace from her stressful life in Chicago. The only drawback is she misses her aunt Helen, the woman who raised her. But it’s time that Leigh has her independence, and she hopes the beauty of the Colorado wilderness will entice her aunt to visit often.
Helen Culver is an independent woman who lovingly raised her sister’s orphaned child. Now, with Leigh grown, it’s time for her to live life for herself. The retired teacher has become a successful mystery writer who loves to travel and intends to never experience winter again.
When Helen visits Leigh, she is surprised to find her niece still needs her, especially when it comes to sorting out her love life. But the biggest surprise comes when Leigh takes Helen out to Sullivan’s Crossing and Helen finds herself falling for the place and one special person. Helen and Leigh will each have to decide if they can open themselves up to love neither expected to find and seize the opportunity to live their best lives (summary from Goodreads).
I read the third book in this series back in April and while I thought it was a great read, there were clearly references to other plots and characters from other books in the series and I continued to see that in this book. It wasn’t awful or confusing, but it is noticeable and if you want to enjoy all the plot nuances then I would recommend starting with the first book in this series. They are quick reads so it shouldn’t take you too long if that’s your thing, but overall as a new reader to this series, I wasn’t completely lost, but I could tell I was missing out on other pieces of the larger story.
For example, Rob was introduced in the third book, so readers of the larger series will already know him and be familiar with him. Where as newer readers are meeting him for the first time. So that’s the kind of thing you might expect if you are new to the series. It’s not critical to read the others but be aware that there are things that you will enjoy more if you are familiar with the others.
This romance was so sweet and was everything that I would expect in a happily ever after. Rob was everything I would hope for in a love interest. He was sweet, a stand up guy, and knows who he is. I like that he wasn’t all moody and unsure of what he wanted. When he meets Leigh, it’s comical, endearing, and charming. I loved it!
I loved how the characters in the book helped Leigh work through her issues. There were times when I was annoyed with her but on the whole I felt that she was a solid heroine but for me Rob stole the show and my heart.
Carr is clearly a practiced and seasoned writer. It shows in her ability to discern what is important to the plot. She uses humor in her novels but it isn’t distracting. I can see why so many people love her books. You are getting what you are promised—-quality writing, well developed characters, a charming romance, and a happily ever after.
- Kindle Edition, 384 pages
- Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by MIRA
This book counts toward: NA
- Hosted by: NA
- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 4 out of 5
Genre: contempo lit, contempo romance, romance