Author Robyn Carr takes readers on a detour from Virgin River in her newest novel, A Summer in Sonoma. She introduces us to a quartet of women, friends since childhood, who each have their own crisis and need to lean on their support system.
Cassie, nearing thirty, wonders if she will ever find Mr. Right. When a promising date goes horribly wrong, an unlikely hero shows her just how far off base she has been searching. All her preconceived notions must be set aside if she is going to accept the gift that Fate has laid at her feet.
Julie, married and still in love with her high school sweetheart, juggles too many children, and too many bills. Sometimes love just isn't enough to keep a family together. Julie and Billy will have to take drastic steps to stay together.
Marty, fed up with her slovenly spouse, runs into an old flame and wonders if the grass is greener somewhere else. Is it just a fantasy or something dangerous?
Beth, just starting to enjoy her medical career, receives a devastating diagnosis. Retreating from her friends, she hopes to shield them from pain, but they stand with her.
With her trademark skill, Ms Carr gives each of these women the time and voice they need. No one story thread is shortchanged, and are woven together so neatly that the transitions go unnoticed. Equally important to each story is the male partner and they are given equal time. I found plenty of scenarios that I could relate to and enjoyed each individual segment as well as the overall book. It is a great book for the beach or escape from the sweltering summer heat.