I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.What We Find by Robyn Carr
Series: Sullivan's Crossing #1
Published by Mira on April 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance
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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.
Maggie Sullivan returns to her father’s place at Sullivan’s Crossing to recharge after an extremely stressful period. She’s a neurosurgeon who’s being sued, her practice is being dissolved and her boyfriend just walked away. What starts as a plan to spend a few days seeking respite turns into a much longer search for grounding and what’s really important.
I liked this story that seems to meander without purpose until it finds one. Maggie is an interesting character who, despite all her issues, never loses her footing. Cal Jones is a man of mystery who stays at the camp well beyond his planned few days and they seem to be on parallel paths in their separate journeys. I also liked this unique community and learned a lot about the lifestyle of a small Colorado mountain town.
This was a strong start to a new series with a collection of characters I grew to like and appreciate. Maggie and Cal were beautifully crafted and I especially liked how their relationship developed. The story dragged at times as there was more a bit more telling than doing. However, the series shows promise as it has the signature sense of community typically found in a Carr story.