Review: Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Any Day Now by Robyn Carr
Series:  Sullivan’s Crossing (# 2)
Release Date:  May 3, 2017
Publisher:  MIRA Books
Pages:  336
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

The highly anticipated sequel to #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr’s What We Find transports readers back to Sullivan’s Crossing. The rustic campground at the crossroads of the Colorado and Continental Divide trails welcomes everyone–whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or a whole new lease on life. It’s a wonderful place where good people face their challenges with humor, strength and love.

For Sierra Jones, Sullivan’s Crossing is meant to be a brief stopover. She’s put her troubled past behind her but the path forward isn’t yet clear. A visit with her big brother Cal and his new bride, Maggie, seems to be the best option to help her get back on her feet.

Not wanting to burden or depend on anyone, Sierra is surprised to find the Crossing offers so much more than a place to rest her head. Cal and Maggie welcome her into their busy lives and she quickly finds herself bonding with Sully, the quirky campground owner who is the father figure she’s always wanted. But when her past catches up with her, it’s a special man and an adorable puppy who give her the strength to face the truth and fight for a brighter future. In Sullivan’s Crossing Sierra learns to cherish the family you are given and the family you choose.

 

Review:   Any Day Now was not at all what I was expecting.  There were so many stories going on at once that intertwined seamlessly but there were also a few loose ends that I hope are resolved in the next book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series,  The characters were complex and we learned about them a little at a time as their layers were drawn back.  The story flowed smoothly and had a nice pace to it with some intrigue along with romance and love.  Set in  Sullivan’s Crossing,and the small towns of Timberlake and Leadville, Colorado, we learn about the campgrounds, the mountains and hiking trails along with the small towns surrounding Sullivan’s Crossing.

This is Sierra’s story but also the story of many whom become a part of her life  – her brother Cal and his wife, Maggie, her love interest Conrad better known as Connie, Maggie’s dad, Sully, the townspeople and the dogs, Molly and Beau.  Sierra is running away from Detroit after being in rehab and then a group home or safe house but it’s who and what led her there in the first place that is truly frightening.  The recollections by Sierra as she reveals her encounters with and connection to Derek Cox gave me goosebumps and an uncomfortable feeling.  She attends AA meetings and has a sponsor back where she ran from but needs someone nearby too. As she starts her new life and learns to open up to others we see how scared, hurt and lost she really is.  One thing she does seem to have good control of is her sobriety which makes others around her proud.  Having Molly at her side, even given the unusual manner in which she acquired her dog,  often gives her the strength she needs.  Having Connie as part of her life is good for her but also for him.  The characters exes leave a lot to be desired!

The descriptions of the lands and views along with Cal and Maggie’s home being renovated from a barn, the businesses and the people were vivid and made me feel that I was there.  The mishaps that Sierra gets into and the support she receives from others was eyeopening.  There are heartwarming and heartfelt moments between the characters but some heartbreaking ones too.  How her new “friend” Neely fits in is never truly explained but I know there’s got to be a dark side there.  There are family and friends, secrets, truths revealed, work, kindness, helpfulness, homes, traditions being made, anger, hurt, sadness, tears, evil, family dynamics, crimes, happiness, laughter, loving and love.  There are several happily ever afters and closure along with hints for what might be involved in the next book in the series.

Carr is a fairly new to me author since A Summer in Sonoma is the only other book I’ve read by her and that was three years ago!  At that time I said I had missed her books along the way but hoped to rectify it.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t in all that time.  I hope to do better now since both books received five star ratings from me and Any Day Now is the second book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series.  I plan to read the first book, What We Find, and hope there are many more books in the series.  I’m glad that I reconnected with Carr and enjoyed this book as much as her first one that I read.


joanne