Monday, June 19, 2017

{Review} ANY DAY NOW by Robyn Carr

Summary from Goodreads:

For Sierra Jones, Sullivan's Crossing is meant to be a brief stopover. She's put her troubled past behind her but the path forward isn't yet clear. A visit with her big brother Cal and his new bride, Maggie, seems to be the best option to help her get back on her feet.

Not wanting to burden or depend on anyone, Sierra is surprised to find the Crossing offers so much more than a place to rest her head. Cal and Maggie welcome her into their busy lives and she quickly finds herself bonding with Sully, the quirky campground owner who is the father figure she's always wanted. But when her past catches up with her, it's a special man and an adorable puppy who give her the strength to face the truth and fight for a brighter future. In Sullivan's Crossing Sierra learns to cherish the family you are given and the family you choose.

Mandy's Review:

I wanted to like this novel. I do enjoy a series of novels set in the same small-town setting with each novel focusing on one or two members of the town. And while there were things I did enjoy about Any Day Now there weren't enough to make me want to read the first novel in this series.

What did I enjoy? I enjoyed the idea of a campground in the middle of Colorado that is owned by on old man. A campground that soothes a troubled soul and helps people to find their way in life. I enjoyed the small-town feel where most everybody is there to support one another, where people give strangers a sense of familial belonging.

Sierra is one of those people. She came to Colorado to be near her older brother. Within a few days, she has a new job and her own place. With this new start, Sierra is hoping to be able to forget her past. Unfortunately, her past, like all of ours, has a way of catching up with her. It threatens her new peace, her new life, her new existence. She's scared to deal with it but Sierra knows that the only way to finally be rid of her past is to face it head-on.

Now, what I didn't like ... I didn't like how Sierra was written. I had other issues with the writing but Sierra is the main one. In the novel, the reader finds out Sierra is 30. The way she's written, though, makes her sounding and acting more like she's 20. Who she's supposed to be and who she actually is, in my head, don't jive. The two just don't mesh. I've been through A LOT of what Sierra has been through and, I can tell you, by the time I hit 30 I was more sure of who I was and who I wanted to be. Yes, I had some reservations and I was scared of certain things in a relationship but I found a way to deal with them and get (mostly) over them. I guess what I'm trying to say is that, by 30, a woman has reached her maturity and Sierra was written a little immaturely.

I feel like I'm talking in circles about Sierra so I hope you understand what I'm trying to convey about her. Overall, the novel is a quick read but not one that I'm interested to read again. It also doesn't interest me to read any more novels in this series. I'd say this is a 2.5 stars out of 5 for me, but don't let that stop you from giving it a whirl if this is your type of genre.

*A physical copy of the novel was provided by the publicist, Little Bird Publicity, in exchange for an honest review.

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