Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book Review: Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Title:  Any Day Now
Author:  Robyn Carr
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  MIRA
Release Date:  April 18, 2017

About the Book:

The highly anticipated sequel to #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr's What We Find transports readers back to Sullivan's Crossing. The rustic campground at the crossroads of the Colorado and Continental Divide trails welcomes everyone—whether you're looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or a whole new lease on life. It's a wonderful place where good people face their challenges with humor, strength and love. 
For Sierra Jones, Sullivan's Crossing is meant to be a brief stopover. She's put her troubled past behind her but the path forward isn't yet clear. A visit with her big brother Cal and his new bride, Maggie, seems to be the best option to help her get back on her feet. 
Not wanting to burden or depend on anyone, Sierra is surprised to find the Crossing offers so much more than a place to rest her head. Cal and Maggie welcome her into their busy lives and she quickly finds herself bonding with Sully, the quirky campground owner who is the father figure she's always wanted. But when her past catches up with her, it's a special man and an adorable puppy who give her the strength to face the truth and fight for a brighter future. In Sullivan's Crossing Sierra learns to cherish the family you are given and the family you choose.

Available for Pre-Order - Release Date is April 18, 2017

Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

Life can be a struggle, especially for Sierra Jones who has had to struggle from the time she was a little girl, living with a father with a mental illness, and seeing her brother, her protector, the one who cared for her, her best friend, leave home when she was only ten years old.  Things go from bad to worse as she deals with alcoholism and a man who stalks her and abuses her in the worse way imaginable.

But after going into rehab, joining AA and staying sober for 9 months, she joins her brother and his pregnant wife in Colorado.  In Sullivan's Crossing she finds the family she always wanted, including a substitute father in Sully and a hot fireman boyfriend, Connie.  She even rescues a puppy from its abusive owner.

Robyn Carr creates multi-dimensional characters who warm your heart and make you feel like you are part of the story.  Sierra was a strong-willed woman learning to be independent.  Conrad (called Connie) was a sweet and sensitive and strong man that I couldn't help falling in love with (Yes, another book boyfriend).  And Sully was a straight forward lovable old coot!  Even the supporting characters were well developed.  Tom and Lola (now THAT was a sweet romance), Cal and Maggie, and many more.

The story starts off slow.  Very slow.  I have to admit that I put the book down a few times because not much seemed to be happening except for a lot of dialogue being repeated over and over.  But midway through the book the romance between Sierra and Connie heated up and there were lots of tingles leading up to the heavy stuff.  And oh how I love tingles!

The real action didn't occur until the last 25 to 30 per cent of the book when everything fell together.

Generally, I prefer a book that hooks me and reels me in within the first few pages.  This book did not do that but I'm glad I stuck with it because it definitely got better as it progressed.

*Disclosure:  I received a complimentary advance copy from NetGalley and the author in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts, comments and opinions are my own.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as well as highly praised women’s fiction titles such as Four Friends, What We Find, and The Life She Wants.

Robyn has won a RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America, and in 2016 she was awarded RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the genre. Her novels have been translated into 19 languages in 30 countries. Originally from Minnesota, Robyn now resides in Henderson, Nevada, with her aviator husband; they have two grown children. When she isn’t writing, Robyn puts her energy into community service: she has mentored a seniors’ memoir-writing group, attends book club chats in and out of state whenever possible, and is working with her local library on the Carr Chat Series, a program centered on fundraising and visiting author events that bring writers, their books, and the community together.


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