Thursday, January 9, 2020

Review: The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr

The Country Guesthouse
by Robyn Carr

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A summer rental, a new beginning…

Hannah Russell’s carefully crafted plans for her life have been upended without warning. When her best friend died suddenly, Hannah became guardian to a five-year-old named Noah. With no experience at motherhood, she’s terrified she’s not up to the challenge. She and Noah need time to get to know each other, so she decides to rent a country house with stunning views on a lake in rural Colorado.

When they arrive at the house, they are greeted by the owner, a handsome man who promises to stay out of their way. But his clumsy Great Dane, Romeo, has other ideas and Noah immediately bonds with the lovable dog. As Hannah learns to become a mother, Owen Abrams, who is recovering from his own grief, can’t help but be drawn out of his solitude by his guests.

But life throws more challenges at this unlikely trio and they are tested in ways they never thought possible. All three will discover their strengths and, despite their differences, they will fight to become a family. And the people of Sullivan’s Crossing will rally around them to offer all of the support they need.

Kritters Thoughts:  First let me say, I am huge Robyn Carr fan and I have read every book in this series and have enjoyed each one.  That is why I was surprised when this book didn't work for me at all.  Let me explain.

First, the way this book started out seemed abrupt and cheesy at the same time.  Hannah attending a corporate retreat at the lake and returning with her newly adopted son just seemed obvious.  Then the quick change from Hannah in corporate life to family life at the lake just seemed real quick.  

The realist in me also had problems with her lack of job and ease to take leave.  She talked about it often, but it still felt realistic and I kept wanting her to take an active role in Owen's business, I wanted this so much!  There were other moments like these where I wanted the character or the story to go a way and it didn't - I know I am not the author, but it felt so obvious it was frustrating.  I don't usually feel this way with Robyn Carr so I was sad to feel this way.    

I have loved the lake as a setting and the main characters who have stayed as a constant in each book, so I will read the next one, but wasn't satisfied with this one.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 61 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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