by Robyn Carr
Series: Sullivan's Crossing #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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.
The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr is the third book in her small-town contemporary romance series, Sullivan’s Crossing. Dakota Jones has left the military and comes to spend time near his siblings before heading off on another adventure. Family weddings, crisis, and unconditional love find their way into this delightful, heartfelt tale.
Once again, Carr brings the romance, characters and small town to life. I would love to spend the summer in one the cabins on the lake. I could see myself having a meal in the quaint Colorado town and taking long hikes with my husband. This is one of the things that draws me to Carr’s small-town series. Like the Virgin River series, Sullivans Crossing shares siblings, newcomers, and townsfolks making the reader feel as if they are returning for a visit.
With Dakota’s story comes some interesting threads. Carr added some suspense which brought back a familiar character that stalked Dakota. Dakota takes an interest in a relationship-shy bartender. I enjoyed the friendship that developed from volunteer work to personal growth. It was fun seeing it slowly turn into more. The suspense angle could have complicated this fragile relationship, and I love that Carr didn’t go there. Instead, she gave us level-headed, mature characters.
Of course, we spend times with the Jones and their significant others. We even get to attend a wedding. The Jones children had an unusual childhood with a mentally ill parent, and all of them worry about falling prey to the disease. Carr did an excellent job of showcases mental illness as she highlights symptoms and treatments. She did this while allowing us to experience the effects on self and family. It was well done and carefully researched.
A situation with Connie and Sid had me in tears, but I trusted Carr to take care of them. Sierra has a central part in The Family Gathering that allowed all of the Jones to grow and has our hero longing to connect with family again and to change his long-term outlook.
For me, The Family Gathering was the strongest book of the series to date as we traversed from storyline to storyline. Carr had me wanted to pack my bags and head to Sullivan’s Crossing. Each of the books in this series will work as a standalone. Carr does a great job of filling in the backstory. However, I recommend reading them in order of release.Suspenseful, romantic and heartwarming, The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr will have you longing to spend time in Sullivan's Crossing. #NewRelease #mustread Click To Tweet
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