Review: Any Day Now

Review: Any Day NowAny Day Now (Sullivan's Crossing, #2) by Robyn Carr
Series: Sullivan's Crossing #2
Published by Mira Books on April 18th 2017
Genres: Commentary
Pages: 384
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four-stars

FINAL DECISION:  Serious but not dark look at a woman who is trying to rebuild her life and the man she meets who helps her look to the future.  Enjoyable and soul enriching story that focuses on hope and redemption.

THE STORY:  Sierra Jones has come to Sullivan’s Crossing as part of the beginning of her new life.  She comes to be close to her brother (Cal from WHAT WE FIND) as she works on her recovery from addiction.  As she moves day to day in building a new life, she finds herself becoming part of the community and meeting Conrad (Connie) Boyle, a local firefighter with whom she begins spending time.  But even as the future begins to unfold, darkness from Sierra’s part threatens her future.

OPINION:  This is a serious and thoughtful look at a woman who is struggling to rebuild her life and the sweet man who doesn’t want complicated, but can’t help but be attracted to it.

Sierra is a woman who is working hard to recover from her addiction.  This book is unflinching in its portrayal but this isn’t a downer book.  Indeed, this book is about triumph and recovery and hope.  I liked her as a person and I admired her determination to overcome her illness.  I also admire this book for giving Sierra an addiction where there is still stigma.  I can’t help but cringe at reviews which complain about having a main romance character with an addiction — as if such people are not deserving of a happy ending.  I enjoyed flawed characters making their journey through the world.  This book is serious, but not dark.

I great deal of the lightness in this book surrounds Connie who is a gentle, giving soul.  He is an uncomplicated man in that he just wants a happy ending and a family.  Of course, Sierra upends those dreams but he is a good contrast to her and a great support.  (Plus who can resist a sexy firefighter?)

WORTH MENTIONING:  This book takes a serious look at addiction and recovery.

CONNECTED BOOKS:  ANY DAY NOW is the second book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series.  While there are overlapping characters, this book reads as a complete standalone.

STAR RATING:  I give this book 4 stars.

four-stars

Review: Backward Glance

Backward Glance
Backward Glance by Robyn Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sweet Little Romance IF You Can Get Past the Heroine’s Secret

FINAL DECISION: I liked this story but had to put aside my dislike for the heroine’s past actions and secrets. Carr always writes such good stories about small towns and the personalities that inhabit them.

THE STORY: Leigh Bracken, a genius scientist, has come home to care for her mother who claims to be ill but ends up running into her old flame, John McElroy instead. John has a handyman business and is doing work for Leigh’s mother. Five years ago, the two had a relationship that ended badly with Leigh’s inability to communicate on a social level and John’s feelings of intellectual inferiority.

OPINION: This novella is at times sweet and funny as the two opposites have such a strong connection and so many misunderstandings. Leigh’s mother and her friends are also a hoot as they try to bring Leigh and John together.

My complaint about the novella is a spoiler:

Leigh had twins by John after their affair and yet she doesn’t tell him in the intervening years nor does she tell him when the two renew their relationship. I have a real moral problem with that. The redeeming part is that John and Leigh end up specifically addressing the issue.

I really enjoy the small town characters that Carr includes in her stories and this novella has fun characters in funny situations.

WORTH MENTIONING: BACKWARD GLANCE was originally published as part of the anthology TO MOTHER WITH LOVE.

CONNECTED BOOKS: BACKWARD GLANCE is a standalone.

STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.