Review: Sunrise Crossing by Jodi Thomas

Sunrise Crossing by Jodi Thomas
Series: Ransom Canyon (# 4)
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Return to peaceful Crossroads, Texas, where community comes first and love thrives in the unlikeliest places… 

Yancy Grey is slowly putting his life back together after serving time for petty theft. As he rebuilds an old house, he finally has a sense of stability, but he can’t stop thinking of himself as just an ex-con. Until one night, he finds a mysterious dark-haired beauty hiding in his loft. But who is she, and what secret is she protecting?

The art gallery Parker Lacey manages is her life—she has no time for friends, and certainly not lovers. But when her star artist begs Parker for help, she finds herself in a pickup truck, headed for the sleepy town of Crossroads. A truck driven by a strong, silent cowboy…

Gabe Snow has been a drifter since he left Crossroads at seventeen after a violent incident. When he accepts a job in his hometown, he’ll have to decide whether he can put the worst night of his life behind him and build a future in the community that raised him.

 

Review: It was nice to be back in Ransom Canyon even if I’ve only read the novella which is the series prequel, Winter’s Camp, plus the third book in the series, Lone Heart Pass.  I need to go back and read the first two books in the series, Ransom Canyon and Rustler’s Moon, respectively.  I, for one, hope there are more books in the series since it seems to me there is more story to tell.

The story progressed at a nice pace with lots of twists and turns and I didn’t want to put the book down but kept turning the pages late in the night to finish one more chapter, then another, and another, etc.  The characters were multifaceted and Tori and Parker seemed out of their big city girl comfort zones when they were in Crossroads, Texas.  Tori was running away from her life that her stepdad and mom handled.  She was an artist with lots of talent but her parents didn’t want to lose their gravy train and held the purse strings.  Parker, a gallery owner in Dallas, stepped up to the plate and told her she would help her disappear after finding her crying in the Los Angeles airport. They knew each other through the art world and Parker let her hide out in her farmhouse in Crossroads, Texas.  Tori kept taking a lot of chances walking outdoors and it was just a matter of time before she was noticed especially with a reward for her return, dead or alive.  The relationships between Tori and Yancy and Parker and her Crossroads neighbor Clint were evolving but they weren’t always on the same page!  It was fun to watch them get to know each other and be there for each other even when they didn’t realize what was happening between them.

There was some intrigue involved since Tori was considered by her family to be  a missing person and a danger to herself.  She was a gifted artist and her art was raised to the next level when she was living at the farmhouse.  Gabe who was staying at the B&B wasn’t what he seemed and it was fun to watch that part of the story unfold.  The deputy, Fifth, and Madison, a pilot helping on a case had strong vibes between them and a very quirky relationship.  There were family and friends, hurt, anger, injuries, illness, fear, crimes, happiness, warmth, secrets, loving and love.  There was some closure but also loose ends.  There was the potential for several happily ever afters in the offing but none that came to fruition.

Favorite Quote:  “Good idea, but you might have to strip again because after two years of living with the Franklin sisters I can tell you for a fact that Rose is to going to be happy that Daisy saw something she missed.”

joanne