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.