What We Find by Robyn Carr – Review

Join Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as she explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a brand-new story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman’s journey to finding the happiness she’s long been missing 

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she’s never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan’s Crossing.

Named for Maggie’s great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide Trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie’s eccentric father, Sully. When she shows up unannounced, he welcomes her with open arms, and she relishes the opportunity to indulge in his simple way of life.

But shortly after arriving, Maggie’s world is rocked once again and she must take on more responsibility than she’d planned. Though she’s relieved a quiet and serious-looking hiker, Cal Jones, is willing to lend a hand, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man’s eagerness to help—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation.

Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other.

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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com.

My Review –

Robyn Carr outdid herself in What We Find.  The book is full of poignant lessons.  There was chuckle-out-loud humor.

“Then can I go home?” “That’s a good question for the doctor, but it’s usually anywhere from three to eight days.” “I’ll do two,” he said without missing a beat. “That’s all I got.” “There’s recovery time involved after heart surgery, Dad,” Maggie said. “And what are you going to do?” “I’m going to stay with you. Take care of you.” He was quiet for a moment. “God help me,:” he whispered. We’re going to need a lot more drugs, Maggie thought.

There were lessons.

“It’s the way we don’t tell the most important people in our lives the most important things.” (like how much they mean to us)

“…Then I want you to find a beautiful place and dump my ashes on the ground. Let the wind take me away, Cal. And then I want you to let go of me. The only way you can honor my memory is with your happiness.”

“When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” Good things also happen to good people.

…she could do that thing Walter had long ago advised – find out how to make her personal and professional goals match…

There was the same love, expressed in different ways by different men.

Sometimes it seemed as if Walter saved himself for those important messages while Sully spit out weighty and sarcastic wisdom all day long.

“I’ve never once raised my voice to Maggie,” Walter told Sully. “Course not,” Sully said. “I do whenever I please, however, so she’s not being neglected in that area.”

The book was well researched and authentic about the hikers who hike the trails. I was already familiar with “tails of the trails”  (Continental Divide, etc.) and how they treat each other with respect, passing along helpful information. They also map out their destinations and mail packages to towns and campgrounds along the way. I enjoyed the way the author incorporated all the little things into the life-in-the-campground part of the story.

When you finish reading the book, you feel as though you have vacationed in the campground in the mountains of Colorado, along with all the odd characters who wander in along with Maggie’s very prim and proper mother, Phoebe.

There was laughter.

There was a loud burst of laughter somewhere in the campground and Maggie looked around. A man wearing a backpack but no clothes was coming down the trail. He had excellent hiking boots on his feet, a straw hat on his head and that all. His thing was blowing in the breeze. Maggie hadn’t seen something like this in a long time. She covered her mouth to keep from bursting into laughter. “Oh my hell,” Sully swore, slamming down the beer and jumping to his feet. “I should shoot his pecker off! Doesn’t that idiot know this is a family place?” And he charged down the steps toward the naked man. Maggie started to laugh and slid down in her chair. “Dear God,” Phoebe said. “Maggie, you can’t stay here! This is why I took you away. This is the bowels of hell!”

I enjoyed sitting out on the porch swing devouring this book. I am giving What We Find five stars. Along with a little suspense, you get lots of romance, laughter, and love.

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