Review: The Promise (Thunder Point, Book 5) by Robyn Carr

the promiseReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Peyton Lacoumette stops in town not realizing that she’s looking for a job.  Dr. Scott Grant is looking for some help with his practice.  Ms. Carr has a way with words – you can feel the connection as it develops between Scott and Peyton.  She also catches the readers up on some of the characters that we met in previous books.  One thing that is constant in this series is how quaint the town is and how friendly everyone appears to be.

There’s one scene that ends with Peyton making me very jealous – she has a gallon of my favorite ice cream.  That makes it definite – I’m moving to Thunder Point.  Robyn has a way of creating a sense of community in this series it’s not all about a couple falling in love.  You come to care about the people she writes about.

Women aren’t the only ones that can find love the second time around.   This author makes Scott out to be a very romantic man who thinks about the woman he’s with.  He’s also a man who’s very understanding.  He also doesn’t try to stand in the way of Peyton doing what she wants.

This author takes great care in creating her scenes, which makes it very easy to picture what’s going on.  You can count on her to help you forget the stress that for some can almost be constant.  I’m able to just sit back, relax, and get lost in a town that you want to find and get to know the people there.

If you’re looking for a story that will make you smile – you’ve found a great choice.  There are a lot of pages, not as many as some, but you will get so lost in the story that you don’t realize how quickly they go by.  The disappointment comes when you realize that you’ve come to the end.  But then you realize that there’s another book just around the corner.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Review: The Chance (Thunder Point, Book 4) by Robyn Carr

chanceReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Laine Carrington has arrived in Thunder Point and she’s there to recuperate. Eric Gentry happened to be in the diner when she walked in. They seem to be two people who just might have something in common and they have an interesting first date.

With Eric’s job, cars become the star. Makes me wonder if this author is a car enthusiast or if she did a lot of research. Robyn always seems to take great care in making sure things sound accurate. This just enhances the readers experience and enjoyment – she just seems to have a way with her stories. She helps you forget your troubles, outside stresses, and allows you to sit back, relax, and dream.

The title is perfect because this seems to be a town that gives everyone a second chance – and sometimes that includes love. Laine is a woman who knows who she is and where she wants to go. She’s not afraid of getting involved with someone whose background is less than stellar.

If you’re a fan of the Animal Planet network, you may have watched their series “Pit Bulls and Parolees”. The woman in charge is named Tia Maria Torres and Laine reminds me of her. Eric has a friend, Al Michel, who comes to town. I’ll be interested to see if he appears somewhere else along the way.

This story shows the bond between parent and child but as we progress into adulthood sometimes those lines blur. And speaking from experience, roles sometimes end up being reversed. It may have you looking at your parents a little differently as they age. It’s a story that will tug at your heart and if you’ve lost a parent, or grandparent, you may find a few tears forming – keep some Kleenex handy.

This author has packed a lot between two covers. None of it will seem confusing but you will realize that not everything is going to end happily – but then nothing in real life ever does. This has been an enjoyable series so far and this is another book that just makes it that much more. You don’t have to read the other three books to enjoy this one but if you want to know more about the residents of Thunder Point, I would make sure to go back and read the ones you’ve missed. The next book in the series is titled The Promise, which came out this past June.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: The Chance: Book 4 of Thunder Point series

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Review: The Hero (Thunder Point, Book 3) by Robyn Carr

The HeroReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Devon McAllister is carrying her three-year-old daughter and then is lucky enough to catch a ride to Thunder Point. I hope if you’re reading this book that you’ve also read the other two in the series. You will continue getting to know about the town and some of its inhabitants. It will also leave you wanting to pack your bags and moving there.

In this story, we finally get to know the character named Rawley Goode. Rawley is a very caring soul and I wish there were more people like him in this world. Robyn makes me wonder if she has fashioned him after someone she knows.

Spencer Lawson is the new Athletic Director at the high school. He and his ten-year-old son, Austin, are staying at Cooper’s old place for now. He also has something in common with Devon.

While reading this book, in the beginning I kept thinking of Devon as a man – I have a nephew of the same name. The difference is that he spells his name with an “I” and she spells her name with an “O”. So now that I have that figured out, I don’t have that problem any more.

Robyn has put an interesting twist in this book – Devon has two men to choose from and both men have children. Scott is a doctor and Spencer is a coach – what an interesting dilemma. What a great reason to keep reading in order to find out who wins her heart.

This isn’t just Devon’s story. We get to see what’s happening with the other characters that we’ve come to love in the first two books. This book will have you smiling – our author knows exactly how to please her readers. She also creates a town where everyone cares about everyone else.

In my opinion this is a series that would be a good fit for the Hallmark Channel. Yes, there’s some violence but that is part of where Devon came from so it needs to be there. It also makes me wonder as to the type of research Robyn needed to do in order for the storyline to at least appear accurate. She also knows when to add something that will have the reader on the edge of their seats and holding our breaths until we know that everything is all right.

A great author knows how to create believable characters. It makes me wonder if she questioned any males to find out how they would behave during certain situations – this would include both civilians and men in the military. Or does she just instinctively know how to get these characters right? You will be happy to know that the next book in the series, titled The Chance, is due out in March 2014.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: The Hero (Thunder Point)

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Review: The Newcomer (Thunder Point, Book 2) by Robyn Carr

newcomerReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This story picks up right where The Wanderer left off. We see that Hank Cooper is watching his girlfriend, Sarah Dupre, paddleboard. What a perfect read to take to the beach. It has you wishing that you could sit on that beach, have Robyn handy, and watch the boats or even someone on a board as you read about some of the inhabitants of Thunder Point.

Another couple that we met in book one is Mac McCain and Gina James. They’ve both been friends for years, have been married before, and both have children. Robyn reminds her readers how tough first and second love can be. When the kids are that young, boys and girls think differently – girls think of forever after and we all know what boys think about. Then we sometimes have parents that are totally clueless when it comes to their children. And then when the parents find love the second time around, job and family can get in the way.

One thing that I love about Robyn’s books is that she writes about characters that a reader can connect with. In this book it was Gina’s daughter, Ashley. I live in the state where a young woman killed herself because of bullying. But what Robyn doesn’t do is let this subject overtake the whole story. It is a very important subject but it sits in the background because otherwise the love story would get lost. But it also leaves me hoping that at some point we’ll see Ashley’s story so that I know that everything turned out all right for her.

Family is at the center of this story too. Robyn shows how strong a family can be in the face of adversity. As a member of a family, we need to make sure we pay attention to the people around us – recognize the signs of people needing help. You are also reminded that when you’re feeling down, or can’t stand yourself, remember your friends (your true friends) are there no matter what – and if you’re down, they will lift you up. A good song to think of is Wind Beneath My Wings. I always thought of this as a great “friend” song.

The Newcomer is a great follow up to book one. It also builds the anticipation as to what Robyn will have in store for her readers in book three. And the great thing is that The Hero will be coming out in September – I can’t wait.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: The Newcomer (Thunder Point)

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Review: The Wanderer (Thunder Point, Book 1) by Robyn Carr

the wandererReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Hank Cooper is driving along the coast from California into Oregon. There’s just something so peaceful when you’re driving along a coastal road. Cooper has just moved to Thunder Point, Oregon – the name is perfect for a coastal town. It reminds me of a place that I used to go for summer vacations – Brant Rock Massachusetts. It was a great place to enjoy the beach, visit the local candy shop where they made their own taffy, and the little store had penny candy (sorry I’m dating myself).

If you liked the people of Virgin River, I think you’ll find the people of Thunder Point almost the same – it’s a place you would love to move to. It’s a place where everyone cares about each other. And a place that brings back childhood memories. I’m looking forward to falling in love with the characters in this newest series.

Sarah Dupre has lived in Thunder Point for only a short while. She’s trying to make a life for herself and her brother, Landon. He appears to be the typical high school newbie. She has a job that not too long ago a woman would not have been able to have.

What I love about this new book of Robyn’s is that Cooper and Sarah don’t meet right away. She builds Cooper’s story first, then he meets Landon, and then he connects with Sarah. And it was a very interesting first meeting.

Make sure that you pay attention to the second time that Cooper and Sarah have a “date”. It was very interesting, had me chuckling (which wasn’t good since I was at a bus stop), and it made me hungry. That wasn’t a good thing either because I hadn’t had my breakfast yet.

Robyn has also included a secondary “couple” that I found to be very interesting. Gina is a woman who knows what she wants and Mac hasn’t a clue. They are just one more reason to keep reading and see if it goes anywhere.

The reader will get the perfect ending. There is an HEA – kinda sorta – with just enough to use your imagination as to what you want the ending to be. And then again, maybe they will make an appearance in another book so that we know if we gave them the correct ending.

You will also be happy to know that book two titled The Newcomer will be out toward the end of June. It gives you time to enjoy this book and if you feel so inclined, you can go back and finish up the Virgin River Series. It’s a great way to get your list of summer reads ready. You will also be able to add book three to your list since The Hero will be out toward the end of August.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Buy: The Wanderer (Thunder Point)

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