The Country Guesthouse

The Country Guesthouse

Book - 2020
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Hannah Russell's carefully crafted plans for her life have been upended without warning. When her best friend died suddenly, Hannah became guardian to a five-year-old named Noah. With no experience at motherhood, she's terrified she's not up to the challenge. She and Noah need time to get to know each other, so she decides to rent a country house with stunning views on a lake in rural Colorado. When they arrive at the house, they are greeted by the owner, a handsome man who promises to stay out of their way. But his clumsy Great Dane, Romeo, has other ideas and Noah immediately bonds with the lovable dog. As Hannah learns to become a mother, Owen Abrams, who is recovering from his own grief, can't help but be drawn out of his solitude by his guests. But life throws more challenges at this unlikely trio and they are tested in ways they never thought possible. All three will discover their strengths and, despite their differences, they will fight to become a family. And the people of Sullivan's Crossing will rally around them to offer all of the support they need.
Publisher: Toronto : Mira, ©2020.
ISBN: 9780778310143
Characteristics: 328 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jun 27, 2020

Hannah stays at a beautiful guesthouse with her coworkers. After one has sex with the conference leader, she breaks into the cupboard for her electronics and leaves for home early--to find her fiancé in bed with her administrative assistant. THEN her friend dies and she ends up with a five-year-old. In her attempt to bond with Noah, she ends up taking him back to the guesthouse, and they meet the guesthouse owner and his dog, Romeo. It is love all around after that. I really wondered if there was going to be any kind of bumpy road, any stress in this story, but there finally was a grifter grandmother to deal with.

Apparently this book is part of a series. I doubt I will read any more of the books. This one was predictable and close to dull.

daniellevk_0 Apr 21, 2020

This is my first Robyn Carr read and it was a fun, light, and happy book filled with images of a lake house that was a dream cottage set in the mountains of Colorado. Hannah found this Air-bnb and fell in love with it. She had just gotten custody of her friends 5 year old and took a leave of absence for work to spend the summer there with him to start a new beginning and bond with him. When she got there she found more than just the cottage and bonding with her new son but also found love and friendship. This light- hearted read will leave you believing in second chances and happy endings. I really enjoyed the setting in this particular book. There is also an obstacle they all have to come over that will leave you holding your breath before they can have that happy ever after and new beginning.

Apr 15, 2020

In my opinion, the best Sullivan's Crossing novel is 'The Family Gathering'.

Robyn Carr's lastest installment, 'The Country Guesthouse', was . . . OK. It suffers from being slow and far too repetitive, which I have found seems to be an unpleasant trait of Carr's books lately.

'The Country Guesthouse' is a good, interesting story line that could have been so, so much better. I reads and feels like whomever wrote the first half of the book was not the same person who wrote the more interesting second half.

The dialogue in the early part of the book is horrendous. It's stilted and dry. It's like mentally hearing to a bored, monotone person reading a badly written script. But again, it gets more somewhat more authentic, more alive in the second half of the book.

I think Noah is quite a cute kid and I think he rescues the book. However, there are times he sounds more like a pretentious high school sophomore than a 5 year old little boy:

"You can sit down on the bed to get into your pajamas. I can help you if you want me too."
"I can do this," he said. "but I'll take a ride. Romeo and Owen just about wrecked me today!"
"Are you too tired to read for a while?" she asked.
He yawned. "Maybe But I have a little listening left."

Just, no. A too polite conversation with a 5 year old and too adultish response from the 5 year old. "Need some help with those pj's? Nope, I got it.", sounds more realistic and definitely more like all six boys in my family at that age.

Don't get me started on the "just about wrecked me" . . . Good grief.

A disappointed 2.5 Stars

Mar 15, 2020

Good continuation for Sullivan's Crossing. While the story does move slowly I really liked Hannah and Owen. As always we meet Sully and all the previous connected characters.

There's uncertainty and drama along with meeting the delightful Noah and learning lots
about cerebral palsy. This book may not make you stay up late to finish it but it has the expected satisfying HEA.

Mar 02, 2020

A good read but for a Robyn Carr it took a long time to get into the "real" story. She took too long getting into the story and I almost quit reading. Characters were good and likeable and was good to see some of the favourites we have met before.

Feb 07, 2020

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