The first book in Robyn Carr’s new Thunder Point series provided the enjoyable reading experience that I expect from this author.
Summary via Goodreads:
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.
I’m often not sure how to categorize Robyn Carr’s books, because they don’t quite fit into the romance genre for me. The focus is usually on someone’s life, and it is consistent that there is a romance subplot, but mostly, the story is about someone making a life for themselves.
The Wanderer falls squarely into that camp for me. The main character’s romance plot could be a friendship plot without a major change to the story.
I’m not saying the romance didn’t work– I liked it quite a bit. I enjoyed both characters and how they established a relationship with each other. There was chemistry and attraction and genuine like of each other before (although not MUCH before) love dominated the scene.
But even more than that, there were other relationships that were built– friendships, a mentoring relationship with a teen. Hank reexamined what he wanted from his own life, and made changes accordingly.
I really liked how Hank saw Landon being harassed by other teens, and took action– first stepping in very subtly to let the other boys know they were being watched, then building a relationship with him to help him develop the tools he needed on an ongoing basis, and being involved when the situation escalated. That this relationship provided the launching point for Hank’s romance is a side bonus, but it was clear it was never Hank’s motivation with Landon.
Thunder Point is going to be like Virgin River in many ways. It’s a small town, with interesting, mostly good-hearted people. The overall feel is that of a nice place, and making for a very enjoyable read. I’m looking forward to reading further books and getting to know more of the people.
Thank you to Little Bird Publicity for sending me this book to review.