Sunrise Point

Sunrise Point

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by Robyn Carr
     
 

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Former marine Tom Cavanaugh has come home to Virgin River, ready to take over his family's apple orchard and settle down. He knows just what the perfect woman will be like: sweet, decent, maybe a little naive. The marrying kind.

Nothing like Nora Crane. So why can't he keep his eyes off the striking single mother?

Nora may not

Overview



Former marine Tom Cavanaugh has come home to Virgin River, ready to take over his family's apple orchard and settle down. He knows just what the perfect woman will be like: sweet, decent, maybe a little naive. The marrying kind.

Nothing like Nora Crane. So why can't he keep his eyes off the striking single mother?

Nora may not have finished college, but she graduated with honors from the school of hard knocks. She's been through tough times and she'll do whatever it takes to support her family, including helping with harvest time at the Cavanaughs' orchard. She's always kept a single-minded focus on staying afloat…but suddenly her thoughts keep drifting back to rugged, opinionated Tom Cavanaugh.

Both Nora and Tom have their own ideas of what family means. But they're about to prove each other completely wrong.…

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459226920
Publisher:
MIRA
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Series:
Virgin River Series , #17
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
5,074
File size:
592 KB

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There was a small note on the bulletin board at the Virgin River Presbyterian Church. Apple harvest to begin at Cavanaugh Orchard. Apply in person.

Virgin River newcomer Nora Crane studied the board regularly and, when she saw the notice, asked Reverend Kincaid what he knew about the job. "Very little," he answered. "It's a fairly long harvesting season and the Cavanaughs like to add a few full-time workers to their staff. Not many, though. I hear they pay pretty well, it's very demanding work and it's all over in a few months."

Pay pretty well stuck. She was holding her two-year-old daughter's hand and carried nine-month-old Fay in her backpack.

"Can you give me directions to the orchard?" she asked.

He wrinkled his brow. "Nora, it's a few miles away. You don't have a car."

"I'll have to go there, find out what the pay and hours are. If it's a good job with good pay, I bet I can afford day care at the new school. That would be so good for Berry," she said of her two-year-old. "She's almost never with other children and needs socialization. She's so shy. And I'm not afraid of walking. I'm not afraid to hitch a ride around here, either—people are generous. And a few miles—that's really nothing. I'll get some exercise."

Noah Kincaid's frown just deepened. "Walking home could be tough after a long day of physical labor. Picking apples is hard work."

"So is being broke," she said with a smile. "I bet Adie would love a little babysitting money to add to her budget. She barely squeaks by. And she's so wonderful with the girls." Adie Clemens was Nora's neighbor and friend. Although Adie was elderly, she managed the girls very well because two-year-old Berry was so well behaved and Fay didn't get around much yet. Fay had just started crawling. Adie loved taking care of them, even though she couldn't take them on full-time.

"What about your job at the clinic?" Noah asked.

"I think Mel gave me that job more out of kindness than necessity, but of course I'll talk to her. Noah, there isn't that much work available. I have to try anything that comes along. Are you going to tell me how to get there?"

"I'm going to drive you," he said. "We're going to log the miles and get an accurate distance reading. I'm not sure this is a good idea."

"How long has that notice been up?" Nora asked.

"Tom Cavanaugh put it up this morning."

"Good! That means not too many people have seen it."

"Nora, think of the little girls," he said. "You don't want to be too tired to take care of them."

"Oh, Noah. It's nice of you to be concerned. I'll go ask Adie if she can watch them for a little while so I can go to the orchard to apply. She always says yes, she loves them so much. I'll be back in ten minutes. If you're sure you don't mind giving me a lift.. I don't want to take advantage."

He just shook his head and chuckled. "Bound and determined, aren't you? You remind me of someone…."

"Oh?"

"Someone just as unstoppable as you. I fell in love with her on the spot, I think."

"Ellie?" she asked. "Mrs. Kincaid?"

"Yes, Mrs. Kincaid," he said with a laugh. "You have no idea how much you two have in common. But we'll save that for another time. Hurry up and check in with Adie and I'll take you to the Cavanaugh orchard."

"Thanks!" she said with a wide smile, dashing out of the church and down the street as quickly as she could.

It would never occur to Nora that she had anything in common with the pastor's wife. Ellie Kincaid was so beautiful, so confident and the kindest person she'd ever known. And by the way Noah looked at his wife, he adored her. It was kind of fun to see the preacher was a regular man; he gazed at his wife with hunger in his eyes, as if he couldn't wait to get her alone. They weren't just a handsome couple, but also obviously a man and woman very deeply in love.

Nora went straight to Adie Clemens's door.

"Just bring me some diapers and formula," Adie said. "And good luck."

"If I get the job and have to work full-time, do you think you can help me out a little bit?"

"I'll do whatever I can," Adie said. "Maybe between me, Martha Hutchkins and other neighbors, we can get you covered."

"I hate to ask everyone around here to take care of me…." But, hate it or not, she didn't have many choices. She'd landed here with the girls and hardly any belongings right before last Christmas—just one old couch, a mattress that sat on the floor and the clothes on their backs. It was Adie who alerted Reverend Kin-caid that Nora and her family were in need, and the first gesture of help came in the form of a Christmas food basket. Through the generosity of her neighbors and the town, a few necessary items had been added to their household—an old refrigerator, a rug for the floor, sheets and towels, clothes for the children. The church had regular rummage sales and Mrs. Kincaid skimmed the used clothing to help dress Nora, as well. Her neighbor three doors down, Leslie, invited Nora to use her washer and dryer while she was at work and Martha offered her laundry, as well. She'd never be able to repay all these kindnesses, but at least she could work to make her own way.

Picking apples? Well, as she'd told Noah, she'd do just about anything.

Noah drove a beat-up old pickup truck that Nora thought might be older than she was, and it definitely didn't have much in the way of shocks. As they bounced along the road out to highway 36, Nora had the thought that walking probably wouldn't be as hard on her spine. But as they trundled along, she became increasingly intimidated by the distance, farther than she expected. She wasn't sure how long it might take to walk it. She'd have to get the mile count from Noah once they arrived. If the odometer actually worked in this old heap of tin.

They turned off 36 and drove down a road, through a gate that stood open and down a tree-lined lane. Nora became distracted by the sheer beauty. There was something so pure and homespun about row after row of perfectly spaced apple trees, the fruit in various stages of ripening hanging from the boughs, some still small-apple-green while others wore a slight blush of red. And at the end of what seemed a long driveway through the orchard stood a big house—a white fairy-tale house with red shutters and a red front door and a wonderful wraparound porch with chairs separated by small tables. She couldn't even imagine the luxury of relaxing on such a porch at the end of a long day. At wide spaces in the road there were large bins, probably for collecting apples. They passed by a forklift tucked into a row of trees and a bit farther down the road, a tractor.

As the house grew closer Nora noticed that there were two large buildings behind it—either barns or very large storage sheds or… Ah, the housing for machinery and farm equipment, she realized, looking into some large open doors. One of the buildings bore the sign Cavanaugh Apples.

For a girl who grew up in a small house on a busy street in Berkeley, she looked at this house, land and operation in both fascination and envy. A person would be very lucky to grow up in such a place.

There was a collection of pickup trucks and four men standing outside a door at the end of one of the buildings.

"Nora?"

She turned toward Reverend Kincaid's voice.

"You probably should get going. While you go talk to Tom Cavanaugh, I'm going to pay a visit to Maxie, the lady of the house. She's almost always in the kitchen or on the porch."

"Where should I go?" she asked, suddenly far less sure of herself.

He pointed toward the short line of men. "Looks like that's the place."

"Right," she said. She got out of the truck, jumped down, but before she closed the door she peered back inside. "Reverend Kincaid, if I need a recommendation, will you give me one?"

She saw him frown again; she knew he was worried about how in the world she'd manage a job like this. Then his frown melted into a smile and he said, "Of course, Nora."

Noah pulled away from her to park on the drive near the house and she went to stand with the men. "Are you applying for the picking job?" she asked.

All four turned toward her. Only one nodded. Feeling a sense of competition, she assessed them. One was an old guy, and old was relative—he was balding, what was left of his hair was wispy and thin, but he stood straight and tall and appeared to have wide, strong shoulders. One was a teenager, around sixteen years old, good-looking and buff. One was a short Mexican man in his twenties, healthy and hearty, and the fourth looked as if he could be his father. "Am I in the right place to apply?"

The older man frowned, the teenager grinned, the older Mexican man looked her up and down and gave her the impression he was merely judging her ability by her size, which was small. And the man who could be his son said, "This is the place. You ever pick before?"

She shook her head.

"Want some advice? Maybe you should tell him you have."

"Why? Is it hard to learn?"

The men chuckled together. "Hard to do," the teenager said. "I'll show you the ropes if you get hired." Then he looked her over from her head to her feet, but his appraisal was a little more personal. "You sure you're up to it?"

She sucked in a breath. She'd do anything to take care of her girls. Mel Sheridan and Reverend Kin-caid had helped her get some county assistance—food stamps and Medicaid—but that wasn't enough to live on. She'd been getting by on that plus part-time jobs at the clinic and the new school's summer program, but it was very part-time, given her small children.

She wanted to earn her own money. There just hadn't been much opportunity.

"I'm stronger than I look," she informed him. "I am. I can't lie about my experience, though. I have this…" This deal I made with God, she thought dismally. Nora was trying so hard to rectify past mistakes, she wasn't about to make more along the way. "When I make a commitment, I'm good for it. I'll take any advice I can get, though. Did you guys see the notice in the church?"

"We pick every year," the teenager said. "I've been picking since junior high. Jerome has been picking for a hundred years," he said, indicating the older man. "Eduardo and Juan live down in the valley and the apples here pay better than the vegetables. Juan's wife has her own little business—they're doing pretty good these days, right, Juan?"

The older Mexican gentleman nodded solemnly. Proudly.

"Tom usually works around the grove—it's usually Mrs. Cavanaugh and her foreman, Junior, who handle the hiring." The boy put out his hand. "I'm Buddy Holson, by the way."

She took the hand with a smile. "Nora," she said. "Nice to meet you."

The latch to the door finally unlocked; the door opened a crack. Jerome went in first. He came out just a moment later and then Eduardo and Juan entered together. They were out in a second.

"We've all worked here before," Buddy explained. "Everything is on file for the regulars. Good luck."

"Thanks," she said. "Hope to see you around."

"You bet. Me, too," he said, giving his hat a little touch. And Nora realized, he probably thought she was much younger than she was. It would never occur to him she was actually a single mother. "You must live around here."

"Virgin River," she said.

"I'm in Clear River. I better go in—see you around." And he disappeared inside, but was back out in just seconds, slipping a piece of paper into his pocket. With a handsome parting smile and another touch to his hat, he headed for the last pickup parked there.

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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com.

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Sunrise Point 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 205 reviews.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
Sunrise Point by Robin Carr takes us back to the wooded hills of Virgin River. This is the nineteenth book in the Virgin River series. If you follow my reviews you know this is one of my favorite small-town contemporary romance series. I was delighted that Carr brought us Nora Crane’s story. Carr delivers a heart-felt romance built on friendship and trust. We first met Nora and her two small children in the novel Bring Me Home for Christmas. She and her girls had been left in an old abandon home without any means of supporting themselves. That Christmas the people of Virgin Rivers reached out providing food and support. Slowly with their help Nora has gotten back on her feet. She is a great mom and determined to be independent and someday give back. When she spots an ad for apple pickers for the Cavanaugh farm she is eager to apply. When she interviews with handsome, Tom Cavanaugh he takes one look at this petite, pretty mother of two and turns her down for the job. He doesn’t think she can handle it and he’s fearful of the attraction he immediately feels for her. Maxine, Tom’s beloved grandmother has other plans. She sees herself in Nora and informs them both that Nora is hired. The tale that unfolds is absolutely delightful as Nora and Tom figure out what is important in life. The romance is slow and bittersweet and grows from friendship. Tom Cavanaugh is a likable guy. He is an ex-marine who has returned to the family farm to help run it with his grandmother Maxine. His war experiences and loss of his fellow soldiers have given him an appreciation of all that Virgin River and his family farm have to offer. The only thing missing is a woman in his life. He knows exactly what he wants and that’s someone who is smart and respectable like his grandmother. What he feels for Nora is confusing because she is nothing like his grandmother. Or is she? When the widow of one of his old units shows up, he thinks he may have found the perfect woman. Oh how I hated Darla. This woman has an agenda and Tom is at the top of her list. Watching Tom figure it all out hand me rapidly turning the pages. I consumed this novel in one afternoon. Carr’s tales of this small town and its people capture me every time. If Virgin River was a real town, I would want to live there. She has created characters that feel like family and call you home again and again. We didn’t see a lot of the townspeople, but we do get a story about Jack and an ex-pilot named Hank Copper. This side-tale wasn’t very exciting, but if I know Carr she is preparing us for his story. For my delicate readers, this romance offers some hot and heavy kisses and hand-holding. There is one love scene that is mostly implied. It complements the tale and felt genuine and sweet. I want to thank netGalley and Mira publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This one just didn't do it for me. A big part of it was the dialog (and good heavens, this one has a lot of dialog! At times it seemed that's all this book was, one conversation after another sprinkled here and there with internal musings)--it just didn't read to me as real conversations that normal people would have. Even the internal dialog just didn't ring true. The romance--such as it was--was extremely slow to develop, up until the last ten pages or so, when it went into hyperdrive. It almost felt as if Carr suddenly realized she had to wrap it up, and wrap it up darn quick. Overall, it was extremely predictable, which isn't necessarily a bad thing (nor unexpected, in the romance genre), but a few surprises--with the writing if not with the plot--here or there would be nice. Once again a seemingly unrelated and random plot line was inserted--and yes, it's obviously in order to give the new character, Coop, his own book in the future, I get that--but it really didn't increase my interest in either this story or the future one; instead it just made this one seem even longer than it already was. Eternal optimist that I am, I'm still going ahead with the series--I just hope the next installment has more going for it than this one, which just seemed to be resting on the series' laurels a bit too much.
Avid_ReaderLL More than 1 year ago
I was not given this book in exchange for an honest review...so here is an honest review! As far as Virgin River books go, this was one of my least favorites. This was supposed to be the love story of Tom and Nora, but it seemed more like the friendship of Tom and Nora and then in the last 30 pages, they decided to have a love story. Very slow build-up between the two to have a very rushed ending. It was so rushed, I had a hard time really believing the feelings the characters supposedly have for each other. Not typical of a VR novel at all. I had really hoped we would get more interaction between Tom and Nora after they decided to pursue a relationship - a lot of stuff was hinted at, but never pursued. One example - Tom's military experiences and emotional scars he may have come home with. I assume the side story and introduction of Coop was used to set up a future book, but not much to talk about there. As much as I love this series and love to catch up with characters (not as much in this book as previous ones), I was disappointed in this book. If you love the series, then read it just to stay current. If you want to just read a stand alone book, there are better VR books for that (Virgin River, Temptation Ridge, Whispering Rock, Second Chance Pass).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't really enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had only read Roybn Carr as part of of a three author X-mas book and decided to check this book out, I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it. I was a little confused when another sort of story came into play but now I'm hoping that there's more to come with that. Loved it and was sorry when it was over. I will check out more of her books.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this continuing saga of the people of virgin river just gets better and better. i keep hoping it will go on forever. in this story which concerns nora, an unwed mother of two girls, and her story of hard luck. she first appeared in another of virgin river's stories. she finds a job in an apple orchard owned by tom cavanaugh. there are side stories that i'm sure will be in another story of themselves, but this one revolves around nora and tom, and their discovery of each other, and what they expect in their lives. the characters have become almost like family to any reader, i'm sure, as we travel through virgin river with robyn carr. if you haven't dicovered this place yet, you should, virgin river is a place you wish was real. maybe it is somewhere, i'd like to think so. read and enjoy.
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lorettaFL More than 1 year ago
love reading her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
she has to continue this series. all the characters are all so typical of a small town that is growing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wood like to know tlo know I.ike to know what number# 12 book is I the virgin river series. I just i finished #11. moonligbt road but do know what book number is. Please let me know
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read! I loved all 20 books in the Virgin River series
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Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Nora Crane's made some bad decisions in life, which lead to her now living in Virgin River, squatting in a tiny abandoned house with two small daughters, while her ex-minor-league ballplayer turned meth-head ex-boyfriend rots in jail. Who would want to take on THAT mess? Not Tom Cavanaugh, former Marine and current boss of the family apple orchard. He knows what he wants in a woman, and Nora's not it; he doesn't even want to give her a seasonal job picking apples. But his grandmother insists and the scrappy single mother makes a go of it, impressing him despite himself. As the local counselor/pastor helps her to discover, Nora is not entirely alone in the world, after all; her father did not abandon her willingly, but gave up in the face of repeated rebuffs by her mother, and when he seemed to be making life worse for the little girl. My one quibble with this book is when Jed talks about how Nora's mother might have had borderline personality disorder, but how she wasn't REALLY mentally ill. There's a lot we don't understand about mental illness, and I don't have the credentials to diagnose anyone, let alone a fictional character. But the "personality" disorders - borderline, OCPD, narcissistic personality disorder are as real mental illnesses as anything else in the last two editions of the DSM, and those who have them, as well as those who are involved in family, love, or work relationships with someone so disordered, officially diagnosed or not, are well-advised to get qualified professional help. The damaging impacts can last a lifetime, especially if they are brushed off as not "real mental illness." It's potentially as harmful to grow up in a household with a disordered person as it is to grow up in a household where there is alcohol or drug addiction. [Climbing down off soapbox now.] These discussions only takes up a little of the book, but having such a mother and an absent father helps us understand why Nora made such bad decisions re: the boyfriend, and admire her all the more for her determination to make something of herself and for her girls. The heat between Tom - who is trying desperately to become attracted to a lovely woman with less emotional, if not literal, baggage, and Nora is slow to develop. She's attracted to him all the way through, but isn't going to hit on her boss, especially one who's dating another woman. Loved Maxie, the grandmother, the town events as described, and the way other characters make an appearance, here and there, but this book too works as a stand-alone.
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I love this series, as well as other's Robyn Carr has written. Following the lives of these characters makes for a more satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The thing is that even though the books are all so much alike you just can't wait to read the next one!! Why is that ?
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Like all the rest of her Virgin River series, this was an awesome read. Hated for it to end.
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