The Family Gathering

The Family Gathering

Book - 2018
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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 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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Mira, [2018]
ISBN: 9780778330769
0778330761
Branch Call Number: RF CARR
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 24 cm

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Patricia_T
Jul 07, 2019

The third book in this series and although the previous books were good this was absolutely excellent just had to keep reading.

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 19, 2019

RATINGS: 4 STARS
​​2018; Mira/HarperCollins Canada
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I love Robyn Carr series and writing! I love the small-towns with realistic story lines and endearing characters. Even though each book focuses on a hero and heroine's journey, most of the characters
make appearances in other books. It gives us more of their stories. In the third instalment of Sullivan's Crossing we meet Cal and Sierra's brother, Dakota. He has come to Timberlake, Colorado to put down roots after his military career. As he figures out what he wants to do next he meet bartender, Syd and a few other women. All, but Syd, are ready to settle down with the handsome new comer even if he doesn't want to. I think Carr dealt with this quite well - the scariness felt very real.

All this novel we have Sierra and Connie grappling with parenthood...or rather if they should become parents and if they should adopt instead. All of this while still planning a wedding...and dealing with the fourth Jones sibling, Sedona. Sedona's need for perfection may be more of a disorder than her personality. When she disappears, Dakota decides it is his turn to step up. We also find out more about the Jones's family history. I really enjoyed this book, that I finished it quicker than I wanted, and I really like Therese Plummer's narration.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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DM_kcls
Apr 12, 2019

I tend not to read 'saga' stories, but I think these Sullivan's Crossing books are wonderful. They remind me very much of the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer.

'The Family Gathering' introduces us to 2 more siblings that come from a confused family background. All four deal with that in their own way and it catches up with all of them. Luckily they have a haven in Sullivan's Crossing.

You will enjoy all three of these tenderly written books.

5 stars, A- for some (a bit too much) abrupt subject/mood change conversations that drive me crazy when authors do it.

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pktab
Aug 14, 2018

Loved this story. It's also nice to read about people I've read about in prior books.

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lilyofthevalley3
Jul 11, 2018

Loved it!! Great love story in more ways than one. Robyn Carr never disappoints.

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newdog
Jun 05, 2018

Excellent as all the others in the series!

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thelibrarylush
Jan 22, 2018

There is use of the F word sporadically throughout, for those who may not want cursing in the books they read.

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