Sullivan's ALWAYS EMILY, BOOK 4 in THE ACCORD, COLORADO SERIES, was engaging and had wonderfully written characters, scenery and backdrops for the story. The characters were multifaceted and didn't let go without a fight. The Jordans were a respected family and Emily was always welcomed back to the fold whenever she returned from her work as an archaeologist across the world. The Pearces were on the verge of being a fractured family but Emily pulled them back together. She and Salem had a history but due to their age difference of six years which was huge when they met when she was twelve and he eighteen always seemed to keep them apart. They had chemistry and were good together but were always at different stages in their lives that nothing came to fruition. Little by little we were shown their deepest fears, regrets, family life and acts that molded them. There were family, friends, angst, anger, secrets, fear, regrets, sadness, crimes committed, mysteries to be solved and dealt with, hurts, tears, happiness, some laughter and ultimately a happily ever after. There was always an undercurrent of sadness on many levels due to the behaviors of others towards either Emily or the Pearces, or both. Having Emily find herself and realize what was important in her life was heartwarming as well as her caring attitude towards and for others. The descriptions of the different locations were vivid and I could feel myself in the heat of Sudan as well as the coolness of Colorado. There was wonderful closure that left me wanting more but tied up all the loose ends nicely.
Sullivan is a new to me author. Although I have not read other books in this series I didn't feel I was missing any of what had come before. I look forward to reading her other books in this series as well as the additional books she has penned.