Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What We Find by Robyn Carr

Title: What We Find
Author: Robyn Carr
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Sullivan's Crossing #1
Main Characters: Maggie and Cal
Release Date: April 2016
Publisher: Mira
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
Over the last couple of series, Robyn Carr has developed a very distinctive writing style and I'll be honest, I really can't decide if I like it or not...LOL. Her writing meanders quite a bit and it feels like so much of the story is happening off the page, which I should hate, but for some reason it works. Her stories always captivate my interest and I keep turning the page. 

This is the first book in a new series and I do really like the setting for this new series. It's set on the Continental Divide Trail at Sullivan's Crossing...a campground owned by Maggie's father that's a crossroads of sort for both hikers and campers in Colorado. Sullivan's Crossing is a general store that also serves a bit of food and coffee to the hikers passing through. It's a place of respite. 

Both Cal and Maggie are at a crossroads in their lives...both kind of floundering and looking for a moment away to regroup from their respective careers. For Maggie, everything has come to a head all at once and she finally broke. She's a highly intelligent multi-tasker, which is how she came to be at the top of her field as a neurosurgeon. But she's reached a wall and needs a break...both physically and mentally, so she escapes to her father's place...where things immediately get more stressful when Sully has a heart attack within 24 hours of her arrival. Suddenly Maggie doesn't see an end in sight for her visit...but that's okay with her. She's enjoying her time with her dad and eventually with Cal. 

Cal is living in the campground when Sully has his heart attack and he steps up to offer help, although Maggie doesn't trust him at all. It takes a while for Cal's full story to come out, but with each little bit I became more and more interested in him. He's an unexpected character and I really liked him. 

The story and the romance is compelling. Like I said at the beginning, I'm still not really sold in Ms. Carr's style of writing these stories, but the details are so good, I keep coming back for more. She knows how to create incredible, captivating characters and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for this really interesting campground and store. The setting offers for some amazing possible stories and I'm anxious to read more. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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