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The Country Guesthouse

(Sullivan's Crossing #5)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  8,323 ratings  ·  662 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
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by MIRA
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Binnie Braunstein I got the impression that Linda, Noah's former babysitter, might have somehow have given Virginia Addison information about Noah and the custody arran…moreI got the impression that Linda, Noah's former babysitter, might have somehow have given Virginia Addison information about Noah and the custody arrangement after his mother's death. Or maybe it's just me... (less)

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Hannah Russell is a successful sales manager living in Minneapolis. While her career is on track, her love life hasn’t been all that shiny and recently took a major nose dive. As she plans to take some time off and return to Colorado, the lovely site of her last business trip, one of her best friends dies suddenly, leaving 5-year son, Noah, in her care. Hannah decides to keep the planned trip intact so she and Noah can have a chance to bond and grieve. She’d booked the house owned by freelance p ...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
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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,
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I am such a huge fan of Carr's. I can't put her books down once I start reading them. This one was no different. I love the drama and the ending was to die for. You are going to fall in love with the three main characters.
I am on pins and needles waiting for Carr's next book.
This can be read as a stand alone.
Donna Hines
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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 h
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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 wi
Erin Cataldi
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, 2020
I was looking for some fluff to listen to and boy was this some fluff. When Hannah Russell comes back early from a work trip to find her fiance in bed with one of her employees - her world comes crashing down. It gets even worse when she discovers that her best friend has unexpectedly died and she now has custody of her 5 year old child with special needs. Talk about a curve-ball. She's trying to bond with Noah so she decides to rent a nice guesthouse in the mountains for a couple weekend so the ...more
Jackie Lane
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This 5th book in this series was my absolute favorite book. It pulled me in like when I was reading the Virgin River series. I am loving the characters more and more with each book and the addition of Noah, Hannah and Owen along with the big clumsy but loveable Romeo were such great characters.

The story begins with Hannah going to a beautiful home with her team for a team building exercise. Hannah feels as thought she gets nothing out of this team building and leaves. As she is heading out, she
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Robyn Carr's books. They are full of heart, but not overly so. And she knows how to build a community like and extended family. This book was very good. I really liked the plotline with the orphaned boy and the nasty grandma. It really gave the book an extra pep along with the new mom and romance. Can't wait for her next book!! ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Series: Sullivan's Crossing, book #5

Hannah Russell (35) returns home early from a corporate retreat and finds her fiancé in bed with another woman. This put an end to her second engagement. But there are more bad news for her -- her best friend Erin unexpectantly dies due to pneumonia-caused complications and leaves behind a 5-year-old son Noah. As Erin was a single mother and estranged from her mother, then she named Hannah as her son's guardian. Hannah has no experience with motherhood but she
Laura (Kyahgirl)
This is one of those books that there is nothing really wrong with but for some reason it bored me to tears. I left if for a while and never could get the gumption to finish it.
The Lit Bitch
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Robyn Carr was a new to my author a couple of years ago but once I picked up one of her books, I could immediately see why so many people enjoy her novels!

Picking this book up in the dead of winter was a little depressing though, because I could practically feel the sun on my skin with this glowing beach style read!

Even though the setting is in Colorado, it still reminded me of a fun read on a sunny summer day while I was passing some time at the beach, this is the sort of book that you want to
Bree Hill
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
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 mother
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 on
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story

Robyn Carr, in this book, has created wonderful characters and a hard-to-put down story line. Characters from previous Sullivan’s Crossing books also make appearances.
Once again I read a book without realizing it's part of a series until I was way into it. And of course, I didn't start with the first book of the series but oh well!

I really liked this book. Yes, it's like reading a fairy-tale with the right dose of anguish, trials, the evil grandmother, the broken hero, the damsel - not so in distress - the golden child... But you know what? It was great, just what the doctor ordered in these trying times. Reading this book is like being cocooned in a fluffy b
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Sooo just sooo unrealistic in every single page. The author just threw in every single sad and frustrating life experience in the story. And then it felt like the story was just rushed! I found myself just rolling my eyes the entire book instead of melting into the story. Got half way through and just couldn't finish. ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: con-rom, priority, 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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 30plus-romance
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 g ...more
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The Country Guest House is the fifth installment of Robyn Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. This one follows Hannah and Owen, two new characters who haven’t been introduced before. Hannah and her best friend, Erin, bonded years ago over their respective family troubles that resulted in both of them feeling like they had no one else to turn to. As a result, they made a pact as young women that if anything ever happened to either of them, they would become a guardian for a
joyce w. laudon
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 trage
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. ...more
Kate Douglas
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a voracious reader, but I have a policy of only writing a review if I can honestly give a book five stars. Point being, I read a lot more books than I actually review, though I don’t always have time to get reviews up for even some of the ones I love.

But this book...Wow! Have you ever had a really rough week, sat down with a book just to take your mind off things and realized that it was exactly the book you really needed/wanted/loved at this particular point in time? Granted, I’m a huge fa
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Country Guesthouse is a amazing read.

Hannah Russell is a single woman with a great job and in the blink of an eye, she becomes an instant mother when her best friend, who is like a sister, dies and gives her guardianship of her only child Noah. Noah is 5 yrs old and has special needs and Hannah panics that she can’t be the guardian that he needs. To help her and Noah bond more than they did before his mother’s passing, Hannah decides to take him to a rental house in Colorado that she had p
Jennie  Veazey
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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!
Kate Olson
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-reads
These are my “my brain hurts, I need a soft landing” reads and this one did the trick. It was fine and I like returning to Sullivan’s Landing because it reminds me of where my mom lives in CO.
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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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