The Family Gathering
By Robyn Carr
April 2018. Mira Books
Review Copy Courtesy of Little Bird Publicity
Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan’s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. But, like every visitor to the Crossing, he’s immediately drawn to the down-to-earth people and the seemingly simple way of life.
Dakota is unprepared for how quickly things get complicated. As a newcomer, he is on everyone’s radar—especially the single women in town. While he enjoys the attention at first, he’s really only attracted to the one woman who isn’t interested. And spending quality time with his siblings is eye-opening. As he gets to know them, he also gets to know himself and what he truly wants.
When all the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people who see you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted. Goodreads Synopsis
This isn’t my first Robyn Carr book, however, it was the first one I have read in the Sullivan’s Crossing series. While this is technically book three, it was very much a standalone book. I didn’t feel a disconnect with the characters or feel confused at all. In fact,it was rather the opposite. It was a very busy time for me and I used this book as a perfect escape.
You couldn’t help but root for Dakota and want him to create roots with his family. In this world family is everything and you crave that happy ending for the Jones family in this book.
Thank you to Little Bird Publicity for sending me a copy for my review. I look forward to purchasing the rest of the books in the Sullivan’s Crossing series and to read more about the Jones Family!