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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunrise Point - Robyn Carr



Released April 24, 2012

Robyn Carr
Harlequin

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

I fell in love with Virgin River after reading Redwood Bend. This seemed like the ideal town to call home, a place full of friendly faces and helpful neighbors. One of the minor characters really caught my interest. Tom Cavanaugh, a former Marine, left me hoping he'd find the perfect woman. In Sunrise Point, he certain meets his match.

Tom and his grandmother run an apple orchard, and autumn is definitely one of the busiest times of the year. Tom's in the middle of hiring his seasonal crew when a young single mom, Nora Crane, appears looking for a job. He knows she's not up to the hard labor, but his grandmother insists that he give Nora a chance. Tom knows that his ideal wife is not going to come with baggage, and Nora knows that marriages never last. Yet, both of them realize they're falling head over heels with the person they'd least expect.

I've only read a couple Virgin River Novels, but this one is by far my favorite. The setting is charming, but Tom and Nora are the perfect couple, even though it seems to take them far too long to realize it. The real gem in this story is Tom's grandmother. She's a great matchmaker, even though she does is so subtly that the characters don't have a clue. I loved her and would love to see her appear in future novels.

If you desire a character driven romance packed with sizzle, Sunrise Point is the perfect choice. I can't wait to see if Nora and Tom appear in future novels.  I also can't wait to see whose story is next.

1 comment:

  1. I loved that the story departed from its focus on the main couple much less than in previous books. I am one of the exceptions who, with the other books, appreciated the opportunity to visit with old characters but frequently felt like Robyn Carr attempted to incorporate too much of that, to the detriment of the main story (which often didn't FEEL like the main story because of that tendency). Secondly, I've always heard other reviewers rave about Carr's gift for dialogue but never really got why they felt that way until this book. In earlier stories, I actually cringed throughout a lot of the exchanges between characters because I just couldn't imagine a group of ex-marines sitting around, chattering to one another about the joys of pregnancy and child-rearing. This book featured mostly the back-and-forth between the main characters, Tom and Nora, and a handful of secondary characters like Tom's wonderful grandmother, Maxie - I found that dialogue to be believable, charming, and at times, very funny. Finally, as others may have already mentioned, Mel's presence in this book is much reduced, and accordingly there was none of the odd, distracting, and often judgmental focus on things like women's health and breastfeeding.

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