Tuesday, April 17, 2018

#BookReview - The Family Gathering (Sullivan's Crossing - Book 3 of 3 by Robyn Carr

Title:  The Family Gathering (Sullivan's Crossing - Book 3)
Author:  Robyn Carr
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction, Military
Publisher:  MIRA
Release Date:  April 18, 2018

About the Book:

An exceptional storyteller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr beautifully captures the emotionally charged, complex dynamics that come with being part of any family. Readers will laugh and shed a few tears as they discover what it means to be loved, supported and accepted by the people who mean the most.

Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan’s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. But, like every visitor to the Crossing, he’s immediately drawn to the down-to-earth people and the seemingly simple way of life.

Dakota is unprepared for how quickly things get complicated. As a newcomer, he is on everyone’s radar—especially the single women in town. While he enjoys the attention at first, he’s really only attracted to the one woman who isn’t interested. And spending quality time with his siblings is eye-opening. As he gets to know them, he also gets to know himself and what he truly wants.

When all the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people who see you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted.
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My Review:

Although this is Book #3 of the Sullivan's Crossing series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  Reading the first two books in the series is a plus, however, because it gives you more insight into the lives of the fabulous characters in this series. The Family Gathering highlights the inclusion of Dakota into the family circle in Timberlake, Colorado and although the story mainly revolves around the developing romance between Dakota and Sid, we are brought up to date on what is happening in the lives of the other characters in this series, including Sedona.  

Dakota, after leaving the military, is somewhat lost in what he wants out of life. He had not stayed in close touch with his family over the past several years, but seeing them and how their lives had grown in Sullivan's Crossing warmed his heart and made him realize how important family can be.  His attraction to Sid, the one single female in town who is not throwing herself at him, flourishes. It's a sweet romance that turns intense. I love these two together!

Not to give away any spoilers here, but a situation arises with Sierra and Connie that brought tears to my eyes.  And we see more of the sweet romance between Tom and Lola and how that turns out. Oh! The excitement and suspense of a female stalker who develops a crazy attachment to Dakota kept me on the edge of my seat.

Robyn Carr creates multi-dimensional characters who warm your heart and make you feel like you are part of the story.  This book definitely did not disappoint me.  Great series from an author I have grown to love!

*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.

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About the Author:
Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The third novel (THE FAMILY GATHERING) in her fan-favorite new series, Sullivan's Crossing, will be released in April 2018. Robyn is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and in 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at www.RobynCarr.com


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