"The best just got better."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted April 28, 2018
Robyn Carr is a national treasure and THE FAMILY GATHERING
is a perfect example of the magic between the covers of any
of her books.
We finally get to meet the elusive Dakota Jones -- sibling
to Sierra, Sedona, and Cal and just as wonderful. In THE
FAMILY GATHERING we are once again back with Sully and
Maggie who we've met before in this Sullivan's
series by Robyn Carr. If you're looking to smile and be
entertained, then look no more. THE FAMILY GATHERING is part
amazing series written by an author who easily dredges up
smiles and warmth with her flawed wonderful characters.
I've never met a Robyn Carr character that I didn't love.
My smile began as soon as Sully's name was mentioned at the
beginning of THE FAMILY GATHERING. I realized in a flash
that I was so happy to be reunited with these people.
Dakota has been roaming all these years. He needed space
from his rather odd parents, but he did try to keep up
communications with his siblings. Dakota knows family is
important but looked for community in other ways. In the
army he found a new kind of family, but discovered taking
orders that put this family in harm's way wasn't something
he could live with. So let's just say Dakota parted ways
with the military.
He winds up in Sullivan's Crossing and is immediately
welcomed, drawn in and included in his family -- old and
new. And surprising himself, Dakota sees less of an urgency
to continue roaming. He's going to try some slow and less
aggressive life for a change. And Sidney -- Sid -- has caught
Sid doesn't want any of Dakota's attention or
attentiveness. She is still in cocoon mode after a
disastrous divorce. But as Dakota points out -- there are no
happy songs about divorce. That's Dakota. That's what makes
Sid laugh and smile. But Sid is still very fragile.
So Dakota is going to have to be really careful about how
he handles his attraction to Sid. Careful maneuvers are in
order. Lucky for us all Dakota is as smart as he is good
Best line in book that absolutely made me laugh out loud
was during a conversation between Dakota and Sid where he
is treading slowly in his attempt to get -- gun shy -- Sid to
do on a date. Date being a really dirty word for Sid. As
Dakota bites into a yummy burger he says "Your brother
likes me." I just cracked up, but I guess you had to be
there. Well you can. THE FAMILY GATHERING is on
the shelves. Do not miss it or any other books in this
amazing series. Enjoy.
An exceptional storyteller, #1
New York Times
bestselling author Robyn Carr beautifully captures the
emotionally charged, complex dynamics that come with being
part of any family. Readers will laugh and shed a few tears
as they discover what it means to be loved, supported and
accepted by the people who mean the most.
Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in
his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily
settled in Sullivanâ€™s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear
his head before moving on to his next adventure. But, like
every visitor to the Crossing, heâ€™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 everyoneâ€™s radarâ€”especially the
single women in town. While he enjoys the attention at
first, heâ€™s really only attracted to the one woman who isnâ€™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 heâ€™s always wanted.
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