Thunder Point, Book 2
From the publisher:
With humor and insight, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr explores letting go of the past—and finding something worth building a future on
Single dad and Thunder Point’s deputy sheriff “Mac” McCain has worked hard to keep his town safe and his daughter happy. Now he’s found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they’re feeling like teenagers themselves—suddenly they can’t get enough of one another.
And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac’s long-lost ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. Mac and Gina know they’re meant to be together, but can their newfound love withstand the pressure?
I am ripping through this series, per usual with anything Carr writes. And looking at the reviews on Goodreads, I’m not alone. There are literally thousands of 4-5 star reviews.
The main characters in this romance, Mac and Gina, were the subplot of the first book in the series but here they take center stage. Carr also likes to include a bit of suspense in her love stories, and the mystery here is why Mac’s ex-wife has shown up ten years after abandoning her children and her husband. She had signed away all her custody rights but Mac understands that the children are curious about their mother. Especially the younger ones, who barely remember her. On the other hand, Eve is a teenager now and she definitely remembers her mother and has some very understandable anger issues. But there is more to this story than this surface tension, and it takes an interesting and somewhat suspenseful twist.
The second romance here is about Cooper, who is the newcomer to Thunder Point, and Sarah, a Coast Guard helicopter pilot who is single-handedly raising her teenage brother after the deaths of their parents. Sarah always has the problem of being reassigned hanging over her head, she has had to move along with her brother several times. And now that he is happy and settled in Thunder Point and the star of the football team in time for his senior year, along with the scholarship opportunities that represents, a rumor surfaces that she may be transferred yet again. Cooper knows something is going on with her, but she isn’t talking.
Another heart-wrenching subplot is about Ashley, Gina’s teenage daughter, who is suffering the effects of a broken heart and even worse, digital bullying which truly adds to the turmoil. Despite that, I’m really enjoying getting to know the people in Thunder Point. It is a mostly idyllic town filled with kind, generous people that I wish were my neighbors.
I finished this book and immediately picked up book three in the series. I know have a bunch of other books to read, new books that I’ve been waiting for, but I can’t seem to help myself! This series probably needs to be read in order. I know as I read on I get more and more invested in these characters and that always makes for a better book. So start with book one, The Wanderer. The next book in the series is The Hero and I’ve already started it. Review forthcoming.
3/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
THE NEWCOMER by Robyn Carr. MIRA; 1st edition (June 25, 2013). ISBN 978-0778314523. 360p.
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