on January 8, 2019
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In Sullivan’s Crossing, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr has created a place where good people, powerful emotions, great humor and a healthy dose of common sense are the key ingredients to a happy life. Sullivan’s Crossing brings out the best in people. It’s a place you’ll want to visit again and again.
Dr. Leigh Culver loves practicing medicine in Timberlake, Colorado. It is a much-needed change of pace from her stressful life in Chicago. The only drawback is she misses her aunt Helen, the woman who raised her. But it’s time that Leigh has her independence, and she hopes the beauty of the Colorado wilderness will entice her aunt to visit often.
Helen Culver is an independent woman who lovingly raised her sister’s orphaned child. Now, with Leigh grown, it’s time for her to live life for herself. The retired teacher has become a successful mystery writer who loves to travel and intends to never experience winter again.
When Helen visits Leigh, she is surprised to find her niece still needs her, especially when it comes to sorting out her love life. But the biggest surprise comes when Leigh takes Helen out to Sullivan’s Crossing and Helen finds herself falling for the place and one special person. Helen and Leigh will each have to decide if they can open themselves up to love neither expected to find and seize the opportunity to live their best lives.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to read THE BEST OF US by Robyn Carr, the fourth novel in her Sullivan’s Crossing series. I have never read one of her books before, but I had heard good things about her. I also liked the description of the book, but in the end, did I like the book? I’m not sure.
I liked Timberlake, CO, the small fictional mountain town that served as the setting for the book. As a life-long Colorado resident, I know many small towns that could have been Timberlake. It seemed very real, as did the campground run by Sully, one of the book’s most colorful characters. I did not like that the author did not really seem familiar with Colorado geography. Some of the places that the characters went for different services did not seem logical. Debating between going out for dinner in Aurora or Colorado Springs? Really? Very distracting for any locals that may be reading.
I liked the hero, Rob Shandon, who owned the local pub. He was a widower with two teenagers, and he was kind, thoughtful and caring. I didn’t particularly like the heroine, Leigh Culver, who I felt was a bit selfish and immature. I’ll give her credit for being a doctor, but at age 34 she is still allowing a failed high school romance to control her life. I also really didn’t like a certain plot twist that, well, let’s just say shouldn’t have happened to a 34-year-old doctor.
I liked the secondary romance between Helen and Sully. I also liked the secondary romance of Maia and Finn, but I didn’t like that Maia seemed to drop off the planet about half-way through the book after I was very invested in her story.
If I add up the likes and dislikes, it appears to be a toss-up so I will give THE BEST OF US three stars. I’ll give this author another chance with her next book, but if it’s in this same series, I’m hoping she studies a Colorado map before it’s published!
I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and the views expressed are my honest opinions.