The Best of Us – ARC review

The Best of Us
By Robyn Carr
Release Date:  January 8, 2019
Publisher:  MIRA
Book #4 of the Sullivan’s Crossing series
Number of pages:  384
Kindle Edition
Source: ARC from Net Galley
Contemporary Fiction M/F
Rating: R
Read 12/29/18 to 12/30/18

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.

I cannot tell you how sweet it is to read about Sully finding romance.  While he’s an older gentleman and has had many experiences in his life, he’s also been quite sheltered living in a rural area of Colorado.  That gives his part of this story a somewhat innocent feel.  I appreciate that Sully and Aunt Helen are so different yet seem to fit together like puzzle pieces.

Leigh and Rob also have a sort of innocence about them at first.  Sure, they’re grown adults, but neither of them have had anything more than one long/serious relationship their whole life.  But once they allow themselves to admit they want to try to date, the fireworks are there.  Leigh has allowed a bad relationship experience when she was young color her social/dating life ever since.  In part because she had never found the right guy for her, but also because she no longer trusted her judgment.  As the relationship between Leigh and Rob heats up and get serious faster than either of them anticipated, she trusts that judgment less and less.  This causes her to act in ways that really had me irritated with her, even getting to the point of disliking her attitude and her decision-making skills. I was afraid Aunt Helen would end up enabling her.  The confrontation Leigh and Aunt Helen eventually have is probably the most emotionally taxing part of this whole book to me.

Speaking of emotionally taxing…the relationship between Rob’s son, Finn, and his girlfriend Maia is wrought with emotions.  Not only did I feel for the couple and understand their actions, I could also understand Rob’s fear of where it was all going to lead.  As much as he agrees that Maia is a wonderful girl, he still can’t help but want to make sure his son is not biting off more than he can chew.  Or more than he’ll want to chew in the future. 

I feel as if this series still has more story to tell.  In other ways I feel like it’s come to a natural conclusion.  If there is more story there, I’ll be here to read it!

4 stars

** I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the Net Galley and the publisher.  All opinions expressed in my review are my own and given freely. **

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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