Summer in Sonoma by Robyn Carr
Length: Full (408 pages)
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia
Professionally successful, but romantically a “loser”, Cassie is lonely and her biological clock is ticking. She wants the husband she pictures in her mind and actively looks for him. However, her courage and determination wane after an assault and near-rape that is thwarted by a big, hairy biker with a naked woman tattoo on his arm. She abandons her search for a husband and considers having a baby using a sperm bank.
A good listener and easy-going, Walt ,the biker, eases into a friendly relationship with Cassie when she comes by the Harley place to thank him for rescuing her from that bad situation. After meeting for coffee and talk and finally a dinner, he takes Cassie on her first of many motorcycle rides into the beautiful Sonoma area. A new, exciting, non-threatening, fun friendship grows between them while Cassie comes to realize that his intimidating physical appearance belies his nurturing, trustworthy nature. The reader gets to share a courtship that touches the heart and soul.
While Cassie and Walt’s story is never far from the reader’s attention, the stories of Cassie’s friends, Julie, Marty, and Beth intertwine to create a story replete with struggles, heartaches, fears, and loves — loves that withstand lots of hard knocks. The reader is pulled into this circle of friends and the men in their lives as these four young women give each other unfailing support in good and bad times.
Robyn Carr creates vibrant characters that bring to the fore conflicts and issues that plague modern society. The reader is privy to the traumas and the struggles to work through life-changing events that the characters experience as they face their fears and brave the possibilities of rejection as they strive to resolve conflicts, solve problems, and overcome tremendous odds. Trust, patience, and communication bring fantastic results.
Summer in Sonoma is a journey from loneliness to feeling worshipped for Cassie. For Julie, it is a journey from despair and hopelessness to hope, confidence, and reaffirmed love. For Marty, it is a journey from fear of failure to understanding and rekindled love and for Beth, it is a journey from fear of death alone to a joy for life with a man who loves and wants her just like she is. This is a heartwarming story that is beautifully told by Robyn Carr.