Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Publication Date: 3/26/13
Source: Received from publisher for review.
From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point-the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget.
Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.
Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.
With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.
Though I read a lot of adult contemporary romance novels in my teens and early 20s, I had never heard of Robyn Carr until I saw a review for one of her Virgin Creeks books on another blog, several months ago. The reviewer had so much respect and passion for Carr's work, which instantly grabbed my attention. So when I was approached about reviewing the first book in Carr's new Thunder Point series, I was excited for the opportunity. And now I can consider myself a big Carr fan as well.
Based on the synopsis, The Wanderer seems like a pretty straightforward story. Hank "Coop" Cooper heads to the Oregon coast to learn what happened to his recently deceased best friend, and finds he has inherited the property. As a man who has never settled down in one place too long, Coop just wants to find out exactly what happened, take care of the property in a way that respects his friend's wishes, and move on. But, Coop quickly becomes acclimated to the small town of Thunder Point, becomes involved the lives of the residents, and finds that his wandering ways may be coming to an end. Along the way, Coop becomes friends with the local deputy sheriff, Mac. He befriends a talented and bright teenage boy, Landon, and becomes involved with his sister Sarah.
What really made The Wanderer special to me was that the story was so much bigger than Coop and his realization that life in Thunder Point, Oregon, and with Sarah, suits him. The story revolves around so many people. There's Mac, a single father and best friend to Gina, a single mother. I found their friendship and hidden romantic feelings to be so sweet and heartwarming. And there's Mac's daughter Eva who falls for Sarah's brother Landon. Mac's aunt Lou even has a spicy romance going on. These stories, in addition to Coop and Sarah's reluctant romance pulled me in, and made me fall in love with the characters. Carr made this town, the entire area so appealing that I found myself wishing I could just up and move to the Oregon coast.
Robyn Carr has such a charming and heartfelt writing style. I can't wait to read the next two books in the Thunder Point series, The Newcomer and The Hero. I can now safely consider myself a big fan.
"I have to go," Cooper said. "I'm going to meet Sarah at my place.
"I don't need to know that."
"Sometimes she's tired from her jog and needs to lie down awhile."
"Really, you can keep it to yourself, asshole."
"Hamlet likes to watch."
"You're a sick f*cker, you know that?"
"I'm kidding, all right? I have Gatorade." ~pg 307
Thunder Point Series
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The cover just makes me want to travel. So bad actually. Ugh.. I can't stare at it any longer. SO.. your review? The thing that captures me about your review is the feeling of unity and belonging. I adore these type of stories and I can't wait to discover this author myself. The covers kinda remind me of Susan Mallery's books but I think they're published under Mira too so maybe it's that. Anyhow, I love the sound of this and I'm definitely going to explore this author:-)ReplyDelete
Btw, the title LOL :D The Host. 'Nuff said.
I love books and movies about people who go to small towns and end up loving it. This sounds like it is really good in that way! I love the small town vibe, everyone knowing eachothers business and what not. It's neat to me because I have always been a city girl. I need to read more adult contemporary in my life! Great review!ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed that the story was bigger than just Coop, it is always nice to have layersReplyDelete
I've never heard of this one, but it sounds like a great read! I love when a story have multiple elements and layers. Great review!ReplyDelete
I have never heard of this author, but this book sound really good. I love stories like this!! Awesome review babe!!ReplyDelete
I haven't heard of this author before, but the book sounds good and I really enjoy these types of stories. Wonderful review!ReplyDelete
I've read one Robin Carr book and really liked it. I'll have to check this out.ReplyDelete
I've read minded reviews for this one but I've meaning to try a Robin Carr book.ReplyDelete
You cannot see me but girl I am dancing..I <3 Robyn Carr and am so excited that you enjoyed this!! Fantastic review!!ReplyDelete
I have this one to review still. Not sure how to fit it in my schedule you make it sound worth the effort.ReplyDelete
This really sounds good. I love when an author can sweep there readers away, and make a book or setting as realistic as possible. Lovely review, hun!ReplyDelete