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Nora Crane’s father left when she was little, leaving her with an abusive mother. She ended up getting pregnant not once, but twice, before her boyfriend, a drug dealer, left her and their children stranded. He had ended up in prison, but fortunately for Nora, he had left her in the town of Virgin River, where everyone looks out for everyone else. With the help of her neighbors and the local reverend, Noah, she managed to get by. Needing money, she jumped at the chance to work at the local orchard. Even though it was temporary work, the pay was good. She would have to walk to work, more than three miles each way, but for her daughters, she was willing to do whatever it took. Nora has had a tough life and lived in some rough places, but she wants more for her daughters, no matter how hard she has to work. Romance is the last thing on her mind.
Former Marine Tom Cavanaugh was raised by his paternal grandmother, Maxie. His mother had given him to her when he was just an infant. Shortly after that, his father died. Tom had wanted to travel and see the world. So after college, he had joined the Marines and seen more than he wanted to. After getting out of the service, he had returned home to help his grandmother with the apple orchards. This was the life he loved and he is ready to settle down here. He knows just the type of woman he wants to share his life; a sweet, docile woman without baggage – the marrying kind.
At first, Tom had not wanted to hire Nora, feeling she would not be able to handle the strenuous job. But his grandmother had demanded that he hire her. Even in the beginning, Tom had been attracted to Nora, but she came with too much baggage. He even tried to turn his attentions to the widow of a fallen friend, Darla, who seemed interested in him, but he could not help comparing the two women and Nora always came out on top.
In the beginning, Tom seemed to be opinionated, as far as Nora was concerned. But as she is reunited with her father and shares the progress of that reunion with Tom on the drives to and from work, that Tom insisted on undertaking, she begins to develop a crush on him. However, her daughters come first and she doesn’t want to risk another bad relationship…once was enough.
As they spend time together, he finds himself wanting to be more than just friends with Nora. However, he is afraid to take things too fast. He loves the way that she takes nothing for granted and is thankful for every little thing that life brings her. But can he deal with a ready-made family, or should he stop things before they begin?
A heartwarming read, SUNRISE POINT, the nineteenth book in gifted author Robyn Carr’s VIRGIN RIVER series, is a touching, emotion-packed contemporary romance. Refreshingly, Tom and Nora do not fall right into each other’s arms. Instead, their relationship builds up slowly; first, as friends and later, as lovers. This book, like all of the books in the VIRGIN RIVER series, will leave readers wanting to move to a town just like this one. The secondary characters add a great deal of appeal to this story. With an interesting plot, well-drawn, realistic characters, witty repartee, humor, romance and true love, this story is unforgettable. Although this story is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. However, I recommend not missing one book in this amazing series. The only drawback to reading this series is waiting for the next book to come out. As I eagerly await the release of the next book in this series, MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS, due out in November, make sure to get your own copy of SUNRISE POINT. You will be glad you did!
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