Sunrise Point by Robyn Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance
Book description from Goodreads: Tom Cavanaugh may think he wants a traditional woman, but in Virgin River, the greatest tradition is falling in love unexpectedly....
Former Marine Tom Cavanaugh’s 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 have a formal education, 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 Cavanaugh’s 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...
My thoughts: I really enjoyed that the story has very imperfect people as the main characters. Nora is a single mother of two adorable children, she has never been married and is destitute. In desperation she applies for a job at an apple orchard.
Tom doesn't want to hire her. She is too cute and doesn't look cut out for the demanding rigors of apple picking. His wonderful grandmother hires her instead. Let me just say, that his grandmother was one of the main highlights of the story. She is so spunky and wise that I couldn't help not liking her.
The story deals with preconceived notions and how often they get in the way of life. Tom doesn't want to fall for Nora because of her past. He thinks he needs someone sophisticated and classy, not down on her luck and just an all around good person. They both need to come to terms with the concept of self-worth and what truly makes a person worthy.
There were a few scenes that left me puzzled and I wasn't sure how they fit in the story. This is book #19 in a series dedicated Virgin River setting. I am wondering if they are set up for another book in the series?
I liked this story. It doesn't fall within the "clean romance" that I usually read. Toward the end they both release some of their inhibitions. I only recommend this book to adults.
The kindle edition of this book is only $3.99!