Leigh Culver is a 34-year old doctor who left a successful city career in search of a higher quality of life in Timberlake, Colorado running the town clinic. It’s been a year and she’s settled in, now a part of the community. When widower and pub owner Rob Shandon shows up with one of his injured teenage sons in tow, it’s the beginning of a relationship that neither had anticipated nor like any other experienced before. Leigh was raised by her aunt Helen, a retired teacher and best-selling author, who’s now come for an extended visit and is spending lots of time on the porch at Sullivan’s Crossing with Sully, the owner of the campsite and store.
No one writes small town fiction like Carr. I know when I begin one of her books it’s going to be so satisfying and this one is no exception. This story doesn’t have lots of drama or one big moment, more like lots of interesting, heartwarming and sometimes challenging moments and events chronicling the natural evolution of two relationships. Interwoven in their romances are real life events that help you (and the characters) learn so much about them. Leigh and Rob’s romance was just lovely and I enjoyed how they worked through issues, even when they faced a pretty huge hurdle. Helen’s relationship with Sully was quite a surprise and I loved having a senior romance featured so prominently and not as a minor secondary storyline. They had their own considerations, issues and obstacles.
Obviously I loved this story for all the reasons already outlined. The strong sense of community and the extended family members from previous stories helped make this an exceptional reading experience. The characters are well designed and authentic, people you can imagine knowing and wanting to have as friends. It was great being back at Sullivan’s Crossing.
- Release Date: January 8, 2019
- Series: Sullivan’s Crossing #4
- Page Numbers: 336
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(I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review)