Title: Come Sundown
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
For Bodine Longbow, family is everything. For many generations the Longbow family has owned and operated what is now the Bodine Ranch and Resort in Montana. It’s an idyllic getaway for vacationers, while also being a working ranch. With business good, Bodine hires on Callen Skinner, an old family friend who recently returned from L.A., to help out. What the family doesn’t talk about is Alice, Bodine’s Aunt who ran away to L.A. years ago and never returned. While the family assumes she’s dead and would rather leave the past buried to ease family tension, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Recent murders in the area of Bodine Ranch have Bodine and Callen teaming up to keep things running smoothly…while also reigniting an old flame between them. But when Alice suddenly reappears the family is forced to face the difficult truth that sometimes the past isn’t always in the past and their bonds of family will be tested.
True to her nature, Roberts transported me straight to Montana with this book and had me questioning whether maybe I’ve been living in the wrong state all these years. For someone who’s really not a fan of the cold, that is saying something. Roberts is so prolific at bringing stories, and particularly the scenery, to life, that you can’t help but feel part of the area and family. In another true to Roberts moment, family is everything in this book, family of both blood and choosing.
While some authors try to be overly descriptive when they write for whatever reason, I find that I usually end up lost on the page, skimming the words, since I don’t feel the need to read the same description five different ways. Roberts is succinct and yet knows exactly what to say to make the words come to life on your page. That being said, sometimes that means it’s a little too alive. Some of the scenes featuring Alice were tough to read, yet I couldn’t but the story down. I can always rely on Roberts to give me a feel good ending to a wonderful story featuring mystery, romance, geography lessons and history. The makings of a great escape.