The Family Gathering – book review

The Family Gathering
By Robyn Carr
Release Date:  April 17, 2018
Publisher:  MIRA
Book #3 of the Sullivan’s Crossing series
Number of pages:  352
Kindle Edition
Source: MCL
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating: R
Read 9/30/18 to 10/1/18

This story is so much more than Dakota’s story.  As with the other books in this series, the whole community is involved.  We get a bit more of Cal and Maggie from What We Find.  Quite a bit of Sierra and Connie, and their part of this story is just amazingly touching.  We don’t see tons of Sully, but he’s in there.  There are some old friends whose romance has been woven through all these books, and some old foes who aren’t to be trusted.  This book just meanders along, touching on one story for a while and darting off to another as needed.  It ends up a beautiful narrative.

There is no other word to describe the beginning of the friendship between Dakota and Sid other than sweet.  It’s so innocent and lovely and true.  They both had some bad experiences, especially Sid, but they clicked.  Although Sid wasn’t looking for any sort of romantic attachment, she couldn’t help but be Dakota’s friend.

I wouldn’t consider this story “preachy” in any way, but there are so many timely issues that are addressed.  What is considered stalking? Why isn’t assault reported? Can you “just get over it” if you have issues with anxiety?  So many things going on here, yet the author does a wonderful job of keeping the prose from getting bogged down.

If you’re a Robyn Carr fan, you’ll enjoy this story.  Even with some big issues being addressed, it was like a visiting with an old friend on the front porch with a glass of lemonade.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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