What We Find by Robyn Carr
You can’t go home again. – Thomas Wolfe
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.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
I was a little hesitant to read this book. I haven’t read a Robyn Carr book since the last book of the Virgin River Series a few years ago. I can easily say that the Virgin River books are some of my all-time favorite reads. I know I will go back to that series during different times of my life and reread all of them. There is a timeless quality about them.
I knew that my brain would automatically compare any new books to her previous successes which is why I chose to wait with her Thunder Point Series. I know I will read them one day but I needed time. It may sound silly to some that a person could have such a connection to a series of books, but the real readers out there know what it’s like to say goodbye to fictional people that have become very real to you. So I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure I could give What We Find a fair chance.
I felt the first third of the book to be a little disjointed and I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters. I could see the story that she was trying to create but it just wasn’t happening in a smooth way. But as the story progressed, the problems began to work themselves out. I felt the characters begin to develop a life and some depth. Halfway through, the book sucked me in and didn’t let go.
Overall, I enjoyed the story but it didn’t knock my socks off. I do remember that I had a difficult time with the first Virgin River book so I will save overall judgement of this series until I have a chance to read a few.
0 paws – Nell wasn’t the only one that Ruby Lee left at home when she ran off to Canada. She left me alone with Izzy, the happiest cat on the planet. She gave me directions to read this book but I decided Izzy and a romance book were too many things for me to handle. There is only so much one cat can take without having to start burying bodies in the backyard.
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