Book Review: What We Find (Sullivan’s Crossing #1) by Robyn Carr

Posted July 5, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 17 Comments

Book Review: What We Find (Sullivan’s Crossing #1) by Robyn CarrTitle: What We Find
Series: Sullivan's Crossing #1
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin, Mira
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 344 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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My Rating:

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.

Book Excerpt

He put his hands on either side of her face, on her cheeks. “Listen to me, Maggie. I’m going to explore this summer. But I won’t leave you without saying goodbye. We’ll make love, we’ll laugh, we’ll play and when the weather is warm enough so I’m not caught in some damn avalanche, I’m going up the trail to the divide. I’ve been dying for two things. You and that trail. You most.”

“You promise?”

“Yes. Even though I have a bad track record with promises.”

“You break them?” she asked.

“They usually break me,” he said.

My Thoughts

Unfortunately I don’t have a whole lot to say about What We Find…the 1st book in Robyn Carr’s new Sullivan’s Crossing series.

I think this is definitely a case of “It’s not you, it’s me.”

I find that some authors really resonate with some readers and others with different readers…especially when it comes to romance. This was my second Carr read and I felt pretty much the same about this one as I did my first: Redwood Bend.

I can’t really pinpoint one single fault with this book. I enjoyed the characters and the setting was quite lovely. It just never fully captured my interest or spoke to my emotions.

Maggie was definitely quite the character and Cal, with his brooding good looks and secrets, kept things interesting. Sully (Maggie’s Dad) really was the stand out character in this one.

The pacing was fairly slow and it took quite a while for us to really get to know Maggie and Cal and their backstories which I found to be interesting but not compelling. Maybe that simply had to do with the slow pace of the exposition.

There is something about small town romance that usually just tugs at my heartstrings as I am reading and I just didn’t find that here.

That said What We Find was a pleasant and enjoyable read…it just wasn’t a stand out in any way for me. I think I’ll cross Robyn Carr off my list….

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About Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series.

Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada and enjoy traveling, often taking research trips together. Their children are grown—her son is an Army surgeon; her daughter, a police detective/hostage negotiator. Robyn says that, in addition to reading her novels and making snide remarks about how she’s used family scenarios to her advantage, they have made her a happy grandmother.

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17 responses to “Book Review: What We Find (Sullivan’s Crossing #1) by Robyn Carr

  1. I’ve had this author on my TBR for a while, but I’ve never felt compelled to pick up her books. I’m sorry her books aren’t for you. Sometimes, a beloved author just doesn’t work for us. It definitely sounds like there was a spark missing here.

    • Melissa

      Sounds like A Virgin River Christmas is the one to try! lol I don’t know if I’ll give her a 3rd go or not…

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