Release date: January 7, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A summer rental, a new beginning…
Hannah Russell’s carefully crafted plans for her life have been upended without warning. When her best friend died suddenly, Hannah became guardian to a five-year-old named Noah. With no experience at motherhood, she’s terrified she’s not up to the challenge. She and Noah need time to get to know each other, so she decides to rent a country house with stunning views on a lake in rural Colorado.
When they arrive at the house, they are greeted by the owner, a handsome man who promises to stay out of their way. But his clumsy Great Dane, Romeo, has other ideas and Noah immediately bonds with the lovable dog. As Hannah learns to become a mother, Owen Abrams, who is recovering from his own grief, can’t help but be drawn out of his solitude by his guests.
But life throws more challenges at this unlikely trio and they are tested in ways they never thought possible. All three will discover their strengths and, despite their differences, they will fight to become a family. And the people of Sullivan’s Crossing will rally around them to offer all of the support they need.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr delivers an emotional and triumphant novel about the fierce power of a mother’s love.
This is the fifth book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series but you could definitely read it as a standalone. Each book follows a new couple with reappearances from the characters in the previous books since they’re all set in the same quaint town. I wasn’t sure who this one would be about at first and I was pleasantly surprised that both the hero and heroine were fairly unknown characters making it even easier if you want to just jump in here.
Having read quite a few of Carr’s books now the one thing that I think really sets her apart from other authors is the authentic and messy characters she creates. Hannah and Owen both have a lot on their plates, Hannah with the sudden custody of a five year old boy with special needs and then Owen has a tragic history of his own. There is nothing easy for these people and I always find myself rooting SO hard for these kind of characters, it’s a nice change of pace from romance novels filled with perfect sounding characters, that’s for sure.
This one had it all for me, romance, family drama and strife, an adorable kid and a charming town with even more charming residents. Having only missed one book in this series I think it’s safe to say that this one was my favorite, they seem to be getting better with each installment and I’m excited to see what happens next.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.