Review: The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr

I have only recently discovered Robyn Carr’s books and so far I have really enjoyed the nice little escape they provide from day to day life.

Carr has written a number of different standalone books and various series, and clearly has a huge following of devoted fans! So far I have stuck with the Sullivan’s Crossing series but I have been interested in checking out some of her other novels.

She has been hugely successful and I can clearly see how experienced she is in her writing. Her books are often well written, believable, with interesting characters so when this book came up for review—a standalone—I was eager to try something a little different from this established author!

Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr delivers a poignant and powerful story about how one woman’s best intentions lead to the worst of situations and how the power of love helps her to heal and ultimately triumph.

From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy—a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything.

Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit—a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage.

But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves (summary from Goodreads). 

Review

I was a little surprised by this book. As I mentioned before, I have limited experience with her books, but the ones that I have read seem to be a little more light and positive. This book seemed to be a little darker than her usual stories. Perhaps I am wrong as I have only read two books by her, but from what I have read from other devoted fans, her books do run on the light side and this book seems to be the exception.

This book had some domestic abuse in it and that was a little troubling for me as a reader. When I pick up a book that I am hoping will be happy and romantic, and I get a book that’s a little darker and more serious, I feel disappointed and that’s kind of what happened with this one.

While it’s clear that Carr writes beautiful stories and has a refined and clear style from years of experience, this book just missed the mark for me in some ways. I was expecting one thing and got another.

The book wasn’t completely off putting, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I did enjoy the concept of starting over again after a break up. While I am not divorced, my parents are and I remember how hard that was for my mom to have to start over and rebuild a new life with two younger children. I think that was about the only thing that connected me to the characters in this book.

In the end, I went with a 3 star rating for this book. Carr’s writing style was still recognizable but I was surprised by the direction of the content in this novel. I picked it up thinking I was going to get something more light hearted and fun, but instead got a book that was on the darker more serious side. Others might enjoy it more than I did, but for me this one was just ok.

Book Info and Rating

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2019 by MIRA (first published April 30th 2019)
ASIN B077YN1X98
Free review copy provided by publisher, MIRA, in partnership with Little Bird Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way influenced.
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: contempo lit, women’s fiction

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