Dr. Leigh Culver loves practicing medicine in Timberlake, Colorado. It is a much-needed change of pace from her stressful life in Chicago. The only drawback is she misses her aunt Helen, the woman who raised her. But it’s time that Leigh has her independence, and she hopes the beauty of the Colorado wilderness will entice her aunt to visit often.

Helen Culver is an independent woman who lovingly raised her sister’s orphaned child. Now, with Leigh grown, it’s time for her to live life for herself. The retired teacher has become a successful mystery writer who loves to travel and intends to never experience winter again.

When Helen visits Leigh, she is surprised to find her niece still needs her, especially when it comes to sorting out her love life. But the biggest surprise comes when Leigh takes Helen out to Sullivan’s Crossing and Helen finds herself falling for the place and one special person. Helen and Leigh will each have to decide if they can open themselves up to love neither expected to find and seize the opportunity to live their best lives.


My Thoughts: From the very beginning of The Best of Us, I was caught up in the town of Sullivan’s Crossing and the village of Timberlake, enjoying the recurring characters from previous novels, and meeting new ones.

Leigh was one of the new ones to me, and when she met Rob Shandon, the handsome guy who owned the local pub, she thought going out with him would be pleasant. What she didn’t expect was to fall for him. Just when she thinks everything has settled in nicely, though, something happens that changes their lives and forces them to make plans. Plans that will have to take into account Rob’s teenage sons, Leigh’s aunt, and the unexpected logistics of their combined lives.

What will they realize about how the plans they already had were not necessarily the best ones for them, and that they can find joy in unexpected places? A delightful read that reunited me with old friends in a lovely setting. There were predictable moments, but I enjoyed them all. 4.5 stars.