Sunrise Point - Virgin River, Bk 19 Author:Robyn Carr Former marine Tom Cavanaugh has come home to Virgin River, ready to take over his family's apple orchard and settle down. He knows just what the perfect woman will be like: sweet, decent, maybe a little naive. The marrying kind. — Nothing like Nora Crane. So why can't he keep his eyes off the striking single mother? — Nora may not h... more »ave finished college, but she graduated with honors from the school of hard knocks. She's been through tough times and she'll do whatever it takes to support her family, including helping with harvest time at the Cavanaughs' orchard. She's always kept a single-minded focus on staying afloat…but suddenly her thoughts keep drifting back to rugged, opinionated Tom Cavanaugh.
Both Nora and Tom have their own ideas of what family means. But they're about to prove each other completely wrong.…« less
If you had to look up the word "jacka@@" in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Tom. Seriously having two kids like Nora I wouldn't take kindly to a guy telling me he just wants to full around without being serious. If I was without kids, then it's a different story. But that's the beauty of Carr novels. She can write these characters that grate me the wrong way but I still love to read the story.
Nora saved the book for me. I loved her attitude and resiliency. I wished she stood up to Tom more often but given her background I can see how her self-esteem would let him step all over her. I also loved the way she mirrored Maxie (Tom's grandmother).
It was an easy, quick read. I think Nora could do better than Tom but at least she is getting her dream house and awesome grandmother-in-law at the end.
As with all Robyn Carr' s Virgin River series, I found this book wonderful. It is an easy read with the right amount of excitement, love , humor, and character development. The author makes the reader want to live in Virgin River for the delightful way of life depicted.
When Nora Crane saw the posted job notice for apple pickers at Cavanaugh Farms she was very excited. This was her chance to finally have a decent paying job. Nora had been struggling with two part-time jobs and the help of various community members to support her two daughters. But Tom Cavanaugh takes one look at Nora and figured she will be a distraction for the farm workers. His grandmother, owner of the farm, overrules him and hires Nora. Soon Tom discovers that Nora is a hard worker and the only person she is distracting is him.
Another excellent addition to the Virgin River series. Nora is an incredible character who has known adversity most of her life. We get to see her gain confidence in her new job and her relationship with her estranged father. Tom is a nice guy who is ready to settle down on the family farm. He begins seeing Darla, the wife of a marine buddy who was killed in the war. Darla makes it clear that she is ready to get on with her life and she has picked Tom. It was very interesting to see Tom comparing Darla with Nora. It didn't take him long to make the right choice.
In the middle of the book, a new character, Hank Cooper, is introduced. I'm not sure if there was a point to his story, unless it was to bring some of our favorite Virgin River characters into the series. I subtracted one-half point from my rating because Coop's chapters seemed so random in an otherwise excellent book. My rating: 4.5 Stars.