by Robyn Carr
Series: Sullivan's Crossing #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Join Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as she explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a brand-new story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman’s journey to finding the happiness she’s long been missing. Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency, high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a malpractice lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she’s never faced before. It’s in this desperate moment that Maggie’s boyfriend decides he can’t handle her emotional baggage, and she’s left alone, exhausted and unsure of what her future holds. One thing is certain, though: she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan’s Crossing. Named for Maggie’s great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie’s estranged father, Sully. Though raised by her mother and stepfather after her parents divorced, Maggie has always adored Sully—despite his hands-off approach to fatherhood. When she shows up unannounced in Sullivan’s Crossing, he welcomes her with opens arms, and she relishes the opportunity to rebuild their relationship. But when Sully has a sudden heart attack, Maggie’s world is rocked once again. Consumed with his care, she’s relieved to find that Cal Jones, a quiet and serious-looking camper, has been taking over many of Sully’s responsibilities as he recuperates. Still, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man’s eagerness to help—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation. Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other.
What We Find by Robyn Carr is the first novel in the Sullivan’s Crossing series. Carr delivered a beautiful novel about love, family, loss and finding one’s self. Set against the trails of Colorado I quickly became wrapped up in the characters. What We Find had characters and banter that reminded me of early Virgin River books.
We begin the story in Denver where we meet Maggie Sullivan a thirty-seven year old neurosurgeon who has had a rough year. She is emotionally drained and financially strained. When her Doctor and co-worker tell her to take a leave, she packs up her bags and heads to her father’s place in Sullivan’s Crossing.
Sullivan’ Crossing hosts a general store and campground set along the Continental Divide trails in Colorado. It is owned by Maggie’s father Sully. Right away, I loved the setting for What We Find. The campground sits on the edge of a lake and is surrounded by woods and trails. I love small-town settings and was drawn to the characters we meet, including Maggie’s father, Sully.
Maggie is suffering on so many fronts, and Carr takes great care in fleshing her out. Underneath the hurt is a compassionate, bright, witty character I came to respect. Cal Jones a camper soon befriends her after Sully has a heart attack. A short break turns into an extended leave as Maggie spends the summer helping her father and reevaluating her life. Carr brought the daily life of this small camp town to life making me long to pack my bags and touch nature.
The friendship between Cal and Maggie slowly simmers into something more. The relationship began with snark and witty quips but evolved into something beautiful. Cal is a bit of a mystery and Maggie questions his aid. He refuses to say what Cal stands for, and of course, Maggie tries to find out by calling him Calvin, Clyde, Clinton and more it was hilarious. Their friendship soon turns to sweet kisses and I enjoyed watching it all unfold. Carr gives us Cal’s story and it touched me. She writes genuine characters and allows the reader to connect giving the stories and townsfolk depth. The interaction between Maggie and Cal felt genuine and comfortable like a perfect summer night.
What We Find ended up being a tale that made me laugh one minute and shed tears the next. The setting was perfect, and I am looking forward to getting to know more of the secondary characters.