Review: Under an Adirondack Sky by Karen Rock

Under an Adirondack Sky by Karen Rock
Series: A Walsh Family Story (# 3)
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by the author for review



After raising his siblings and running the family pub for more than a decade, Aiden Walsh has set his own dreams aside. Until the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen stumbles into his bar, and his arms. Too bad Rebecca Day is the school psychologist in charge of his brother’s future. Who’s he kidding? He doesn’t have room in his full life for romance anyway. But forced to join Rebecca and her group of troubled teens on an Adirondack retreat, he realizes keeping his family afloat isn’t enough for him…not by a long shot.


Review: I found this to be a very real story filled with family values and of warmth that touched my soul. Ms. Rock gave us characters that were so real that it felt as if I were listening to the people in the neighborhood talk about their families, friends…

Sometimes we find that are dreams are replaced or put on hold. At times out of our reach…but yet they are always there. Sometimes we are given other dreams. They may not be the ones we started with but fate has a way of stepping in.

Aiden had dreams of going to college to become and engineer instead life handed him another path; raising his four brothers and two sisters while keeping the family bar profitable to be able to pay the bills. His mom has Alzheimer’s and dad has died leaving him in charge. His brother Conner is in trouble at school on the verge on being kicked out. In steps Rebecca the school psychologist.

Ms. Rock took these characters to another level. They were easy to believe in…they interacted with each other and the other characters in a very realistic way that made it easy to relate to them. The dialogue between them was believable even when they walked away or couldn’t decide whether to meet up with the other person. These are things that happen every day. Reminding his sister that his mom needed to look at wedding pictures on this day and that the family pictures were another day…this is something that a lot of people deal with. Or since the older kids have moved out and on…you have come to depend on your brother in High School thus the problems, (very real and another thing that is happening every day), or your younger sister wetting the bed. Most of us live our lives and don’t realize this happens but Ms. Rock brought it to our attention that sometimes troubles at school are related to problems within the home. This added depth to the story and gave me a background that I can relate to.

Rebecca’s way of trying to fix the families and the problems, took me outside the box. (This is where I tend to be most of the time.) A trip to the Adirondacks for some alone time to learn to talk, share, trust and learn to put your faith in others worked in adding depth to the story. It brought out emotions, strength, love, lost communication, dependability and so much more. I think this is an exercise that would be good for a lot of families. Put the cell phones away and enjoy time together. Nature at its finest, I felt like I was right there on the mountain with them…Nature at its best and not so best. The descriptions made it come alive.

When it came to Aiden and Rebecca they started out on rocky ground but just as the others needed to learn to depend on each other and put trust in one another so did these two. Ms. Rock gave us a romance that worked well not only with the story but also with the characters. It was not hurried but rather slow. It was a nice change of pace.

I loved the complexity and depth to the interaction between the characters. I found that Ms. Rock gave us a well-balanced story with just the right amount of well…everything.

What an enjoyable very entertaining heartwarming story…grab you glass and settle in for a fast paced story that you won’t want to put down. Perfect for the beach…or just to relax with.


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