The Family Gathering

Mira: Harlequin. (Sullivan's Crossing). Apr. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780778330769. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488023552. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
At loose ends after leaving the army and then going walkabout for a month in Australia, Dakota Jones heads for Colorado to check in with his sister and brother before deciding on his next move. He doesn't intend to stay long, but the long-neglected family connections, welcoming townsfolk, and stunning surroundings—to say nothing of his interest in bartender Sid Shandon, the one woman in town who won't give him a chance—have him rethinking his plans. A footloose hero finds a place to put down roots and a brilliant heroine learns to trust again in this relationship-centered story that adds a plethora of old and new characters (Sister Mary Jacob is priceless) to the mix.
VERDICT A beautifully crafted plot with multiple story lines, relatable characters, and a setting that makes readers want to head for the Rockies add up to another solid title. Like many of Carr's books, it will appeal to romance and women's fiction fans alike. Carr (Any Day Now) lives in Henderson, NV. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/17.]

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