Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board and connect back to Renee’s blog.
This week, I am showcasing a book recommended to me by Susan at SusanLovesBooks.
Published April 5th 2016 by MIRA
After watching the first season of Virgin River, I didn’t want to read the series, but was told that I should read Sullivan’s Crossing instead. Well, that was good advice, as I really enjoyed this story. With it being published several years ago, it was easy to find at the local library and I even got the Large Print Version, Woo Hoo!
Maggie Sullivan is dealing with way too much in her life. She has recently had a miscarriage, her partners in her medical practice are being indicted, she is being sued and she needs a break. She heads off to Sullivan’s Crossing, Colorado, the campground and store owned by her father, Sully. Her parents divorced when she was very young and she lived with her mother and step-father, so she is getting to know her dad, who is now in her 70s. Sullivan’s Crossing might seem to be a quiet place, but there is more than enough going on to keep Maggie hopping and to prolong her 2 week break.
I loved the characters in this wonderful story. Sully is a cantankerous yet kindhearted guy who is used to doing everything with little help, Maggie is a strong, independent young woman with a soft side that is easily hurt, Cal the camper who is so much more than he appears on the surface and all the other secondary characters that populate their lives. I liked learning about the hikers who walk the Continental Divide and how they plan for this. This book is an introduction to the setting and the characters, so it was an easy read, with some twists and exciting scenes. I enjoyed the easy romance that happens with Maggie and Cal. There is some humour, especially when Maggie is trying to figure out Cal’s full name. There are several themes in this story that are a bit heavier than you might expect. There is grief with some explanations about Scleroderma, discussion about a parent with Schizophrenia and how that affects a family, Medical lawsuits and how they affect both the physician and the plaintiffs and miscarriage. Robyn Carr deals with all these subjects in a caring way, yet allows the reader to feel the pain that these things cause. This is a great start to a new series and I am looking forward to working my way through the rest of the books.