Spellbinding, suspenseful, thrilling!!!!
The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…
When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.
Every year I’m waiting impatiently for the the standalone hardcover by Nora Roberts. Every year the topic covers something new and different. This author excels at researching new themes to such a depth that I finish the book with a sense of accomplishment and enrichment.
Some of these books have been all time favorite novels and have earned a spot on my keeper shelf, others have been wonderfully entertaining – but every single one of them stood out because of the authors impeccable writing and unsurpassed storytelling.
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts was no exception.
This time the author took her novel to a Montana Dude Ranch/Resort. I’ve always wanted to go and spend a week at a Dude Ranch, so the topic couldn’t have been more perfect for me.
As it has been with many of her other books, the suspense kept me guessing until the very end. She has a talent of keeping the tension high and me on the edge of my seat. But the suspense alone wasn’t what kept me turning the pages like crazy. Come Sundown had an overflowing amount of fantastic characters. From close family to friends, employees and most of all an incredibly smart and well trained horse – the characters were the gems in this book. All of them were fantastic and lovable personalities that enriched my reading experience and left me wanting more. And even though the novel was 466 pages long, time flew by and I never once felt bored or wished it to be over – rather the opposite.
The only thing I would have changed was the amount of time that Bodine and Callen spent together – it wasn’t enough for my taste. Because of the all encompassing storyline that spanned generations, and truly had the feel of a saga, their relationship felt almost like an afterthought. I needed more Bo and Cal.
That was especially hard to swallow since I truly enjoyed both Bodine and Callen. Bodine was an incredibly strong woman. She ran the family resort with efficiency, dedication and devotion. I was in AWE!!!
And Callen was awesome in a very understated way. I loved his silent but strong demeanor and found his confidence sexy and incredibly attractive. And his way of standing behind a strong woman and supporting her in every way was unbelievably HOT!!!!
Add a truly amazing and spellbinding storyline and Come Sundown easily kept me glued to the pages and I had a hard time putting it down.
But that’s something that can be expected from a Nora Roberts novel. She is one of the only authors I can rely on to deliver thrilling and captivating novels again and again.