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The Country Guesthouse

(Sullivan's Crossing #5)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  940 ratings  ·  148 reviews
A summer rental, a new beginning…

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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Mira Books
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Donna Hines
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Moral of the story there's nobody whose perfect so don't die trying!
I love this book and the characters so much that I think we should all go in search of finding Sullivan's Crossing...Whose with me?
The dilemma is such that you feel every heart pounding action when Hannah is faced with caring for a friends young son Noah after her sudden passing.
She always said she should anything happen this would be the result so no going back now.
Now, ladies there's another heart stopper in form of Owen who
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carr mixed in an oversized dog, a heart-wounded man, a sweet boy and an overwhelmed yet strong heroine.

Then Carr placed them in Sullivan’s Crossing and let things unfold. She gave us laughter, suspense, tender moments and all the feels. Even though I felt the romance was subdued in this story, yet I still felt the relationship grow and connected with the characters.

It was great to back in Sullivan’s Corner. I love Sully, and all the folks who call it home. When trouble threatens the young child,
The Country Guesthouse is the fifth book in Robyn Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series, and as with all the books in the series it works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. Although you get to see characters from the prior books in this one, it is not necessary to have read their stories to enjoy this one – it’s simply an added bonus.

Although I did enjoy The Country Guesthouse, I’m going to be honest and say it’s not my favourite in the series. I powered through it in a single sitting, as I do
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

I usually like small town romance. Recently I enjoyed Securing Zoey by Susan Strokes. I was looking forward with The Country Guesthouse. At about 60%, I give up. What does not work for me is the pace of the story. It is so dragging. Too slow and too boring. I even fall asleep listening to the audiobook.

I hate to shelved book under DNF. Only with a book that is really bad or does not fit my taste, I have to shelved it with DNF.

2 stars
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

It has been my experience that bosses who LOVE sending their staff on lots of “team building” retreats have other bad habits. Especially the ones who send the “team” but not themselves. Hannah’s boss seems to be the exception that proves the rule – lucky for her!

In the end, the only important thing about that team-building retreat is its location. Because it’s held in photographer Owen Abrams’ beautiful house across the lake from Sullivan’s Crossing. And as
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: priority, con-rom, 0120
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Sweet romance. Tender moments. The unwavering love of family and close friends. This and so much more made The Country Guesthouse a heartwarming book that is definitely indicative of Robyn Carr’s lovely writing style.

I’ve enjoyed Robyn Carr’s work for probably close to fifteen years now and with every new story she puts out, she continues to warm my heart with her insight into friendship, love, and family. This particular romance was a slow burn as it tended
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

This is the fifth book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series but you could definitely read it as a standalone. Each book follows a new couple with reappearances from the characters in the previous books since they’re all set in the same quaint town. I wasn’t sure who this one would be about at first and I was pleasantly surprised that both the hero and heroine were fairly unknown characters making it even easier if you want to just jump in here.

Having read quite a few of Carr’s books now the
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet small-town romance meets women's fiction, The Country Guesthouse is another great installment in the Sullivan's Crossing series. Hannah Russell is in her mid-30's when her life changes suddenly. Not long after breaking off her engagement, her best friend dies, leaving her as the guardian of a 5-year-old boy with disabilities. Grieving, they go on vacation and stay in the guesthouse of a kind, quiet photographer in his early 40's named Owen who lives with a Great Dane named Romeo. As they ...more
Bree Hill
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-s-2020
DNF-The Country House started out really strong for me. The heroine goes through the wringer in the beginning and I admired her strength to pull through. She finds herself unexpectedly as a new Mom (surprise kid, but not in the sense you're thinking) and I was rooting for her.
Honestly I got just a few pages shy of 200 pages in and couldn't do it anymore. The story just felt like a drag for me. All of the big things had happened. Breakup in the beginning, loss of someone close to her, new
Jennie  Veazey
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 5 of Sullivan’s Crossing was awesome! I listened to the audible version of this book and loved it! Robyn Carr is a master at her craft. The characters she has created are so real and lovable. I love settling into her books and meeting new friends. Thank you for another beautiful installment in this series!
joyce w. laudon
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Robyn Carr is a prolific writer of women's fiction. Her Virgin River novels are now a series on Netflix. The Country Guesthouse is one of the author's Sullivan's Crossing books. These stories take part in Colorado and are interconnected although they do not have to be read in order.

This title is primarily about Owen, Hannah and Noah. They face challenges although readers of this author know that usually things end well. Owen is a world traveler and a photographer who had a significant tragedy in
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Country Guesthouse A Sullivan's Crossing Novel by Robyn Carr. I want to move to Sullivan's Crossing....anyone have a map as how to get there? Loved the new residents, Hannah and Noah. Owen and Romeo have become new favorites also. Interesting backgrounds, well defined characters, descriptive landscapes come together in very good edition to the Sullivan's Crossing series.

Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley.

A compelling story about loss, grief, and second chances, THE COUNTRY GUESTHOUSE by Robyn Carr is the kind of story that tugs on your heartstrings and makes you feel emotionally connected to the characters in a very real way.

When Hannah Russell arrives home early from a work retreat she catches her fiancé cheating on her with her assistant, so she decides that it is definitely time for a change. But when her best friend suddenly dies, Hannah's
Charlotte Lynn
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read many Robyn Carr books but this one is my favorite so far. I loved the characters, the setting, and most of all the story. A mother dies leaving her son with her best friend. The best friend has very little experience with children, but she opens her heart, loves, and protects the little boy. There was never any doubt that Hannah would become an amazing mother to Noah.

When Owen comes into the story, I knew where it was headed. He was amazing with Noah and sweet with Hannah. The
Shelley Lawrence
I just adore the Sullivan’s Crossing series and The Country Guesthouse was no different. Overall it was a sweet, suspenseful, interesting and endearing story about second chances at love, after heartache and tragedy. It was about enduring friendship and the lengths those who love you will go to for your sake.

I was impressed with Hannah and her honorable and positive attitude as she suddenly stepped into motherhood on the wake of a tragic loss. She behaved admirably as her life was totally
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. — Abraham Lincoln

I have read every one of author Robyn Carr's books. My favorite is the Virgin River series, now a show on Netflix, but this Sullivan's Crossing series is a close second.

This book is the 5th in that series. Hannah Russell works in sales for a distributor that sells hospital equipment. She likes her job and the benefits. Then one of Hannah's best friends dies unexpectedly and leaves her 5 year-old son, Noah, who has
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr-shelf
I was so excited to dive back into the Sullivan’s Crossing series! It’s such a fun series and I carry a little extra love for it because its set in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. That place really does have a piece of my heart. Sadly though, I didn’t love this one as much as the past four books. In my opinion, THE COUNTRY GUESTHOUSE felt rushed in several places (especially the end) and I had two reservations about the story… I don’t want to give away any spoilers here so if you’ve read it and ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contrary to the Virgin River series, the Sullivan's Crossing series seem to maintain a higher standard in quality of story-telling, as well as in characterization, as the series is now in its 5th book, and it's as good as the first one. In any case, plots are more compelling, and overall, it's clear that these Sullivan's Crossing books don't go the route of crossed lovers, which, I genuinely admit, is so tedious. I like this clarity between two adults, who like each other and aren't playing ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Country Guesthouse is the fifth instalment in Sullivan's Crossing series, but it can read as a standalone. This is a small-town, women's fiction and romance series.

Hannah Russell’s life is not perfect at the moment because of frustrating colleagues and a cheating ex-fiance, but all her problems dissipate when life throws a curveball at her. Her best friend suddenly dies, leaving her the custody of her five-year-old son, Noah. Hannah needs to figure her life and Noah's life out. She ends up
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robyn Carr has created another hit with the latest in Sullivan's Crossing series. She has a way of showing that family is what you make of it. The listener will be held captive until the end because of all the characters interactions. I always look forward to the next book.

Narrated by: Therese Plummer, who brings this book to life.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always with Ms. Carr’s stories there are so many facets! A photographer living in Colorado, going through the paces of his life, after a tragedy that changed him forever. His life is now traveling to exotic places and amazing photographs.
A young woman fighting past a cheating fiancé, loses one of her closest friends, and becomes her young son’s guardian. So much change and disruption to one little boy. In a hope to protect Noah, and learn to be a Mom, she heads to a cozy rental property in
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Quick Thoughts:

Sweet and lovable characters (for the most part), a couple who deserves a HEA ending and a little boy who will remind you that life is what you make of it and to have a positive attitude.

The romance is kinda meh. No real conflict really. They like each other they get together.

The plot that surrounds them is what makes the book really interesting, largely driven by the custody of one little boy.

As usual Therese Plummer's narration is superb.
Jo Ann
Huge RC fan so its disappointing to say this book is just "meh". First 20% is a massive info dump. The majority of the book is tell not show. Never felt the attraction between the Hannah and Owen. Interesting storylines that could have been so much more.
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Contemporary Romance, Family Life Fiction, Small Town & Rural Fiction, Contemporary Women's Fiction
Sullivan's Crossing (Book #5)
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was excellent, I loved it. Although there were some characters from Sullivan’s Crossing in the book, they were not the main focus and the story stands on its own.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

A summer rental, a new beginning…

Hannah Russell’s carefully crafted plans
Scherry  at The Novel Lady
Not sure why someone would leave a one-star review. This book was 5 stars all the way for me!

Gotta say... I was thrilled when I saw this ARC was available on NetGalley. Read it in one day. Could not put it down.

THE COUNTRY GUESTHOUSE is Book #5 in the Sullivan's Crossing series, but it can certainly be read as a stand-alone. Reading the previous books in this series, however, may enhance your enjoyment because many of our favorite characters are brought back to life.

It seems like each time I
Nate Brightman
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Country Guest House is the fifth book in Robyn Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. It can easily be read as a standalone but since the author brings many of her characters from previous stories in this series into her current books I for one find it more enjoyable having read the previous stories. I’m a Robyn Carr fan and this book did nothing to lessen my appreciation for this author’s talents. What I found fascinating with this story is that as good as it was, the relationship between our ...more
As usual with Robyn Carr’s stories, The Country Guesthouse sucked me right in from the first chapter.

Hannah’s life is turned upside down in more ways than one when her best friend, Erin, dies unexpectedly and she’s named as the guardian to her five-year-old son, Noah. Erin and Hannah had been best friends since college, bonding over shared goals and horrible mothers. Of course, when Hannah agreed to take care of any of Erin’s future offspring should something happen, Hannah never dreamed she’d
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Robyn Carr is a RITA Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The fourth novel, THE BEST OF US, in her fan-favorite Sullivan's Crossing Series was released in Jan. 2019. Robyn's new women's fiction novel THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND, released in April 2019, deputed on four bestseller lists: The ...more

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