Rating: 3 stars
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (June 25, 2013)
Synopsis: With humor and insight, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr looks at letting go of the past-and knowing when you’ve found something worth building your future on
Single dad and Thunder Point’s deputy sheriff “Mac” McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and 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-and not missed-ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. They’re wondering if their new feelings for each other can withstand the pressure…but they are not going down without a fight.
Step into the world of Thunder Point, a little town on the Oregon coast where newcomers are welcomed, hearts are broken and mended, and the dramas of everyday life keep the locals laughing, crying and falling in love.
Review: I had mixed feelings about this book, but I think I finally came to a decision about it. So here it goes.
I LOVE Robyn Carr’s writing and I enjoyed The Wanderer, the first book in the Thunder Point series, A LOT. Now here’s where my problem lies. When I read the blurb I was super excited to finally, finally read Mac and Gina’s whole story. However, I was thrown into a mix of stories — the great, the bad and the ugly. Now, don’t get me wrong. Carr’s writing is still outstanding, I just wished she would have omitted some things, elaborated on others and left well-enough alone for a bit.
I loved Mac and Gina’s story. I think their romance was realistic, with ups and downs and everything in between. I believe they made a great couple and I was happy to see them reach their goal of being together. I enjoyed how their past was brought into the story with the appearance of Mac’s ex-wife and Gina’s ex-boyfriend. It brought to light the obstacles and the reasons behind their initial doubts and hesitations before they got together. I would have appreciated to see more of this couple, like I got to see of Cooper and Sarah.
Like I said before, I enjoyed the previous book very much. Cooper and Sarah’s story was a treat to read, so why try to add conflict into it so soon? Yes, I admit I had me at the edge of my seat because I didn’t know how Sarah was going to decide, but why burst my bubble so soon? No, I did not appreciate that, especially since I ‘d become emotionally invested in Sarah and Cooper’s relationship.
I don’t think it was necessary for Ashley’s story to be told at such length. Mention it, yes. Show how her character grew and overcame it, of course. Delve into it and pick it apart, not so much. I do believe that it could have been expanded further in a novella type of story aside from this book and it would have been better for the overall flow of the story and for my enjoyment as well.
I did enjoy her new found friendship and relationship with her father and her reconnecting with Frank. THIS I wanted to read more about.
All in all, The Newcomer provided insight into Gina and Mac’s past, put Cooper and Sarah’s commitment to the test and recounted Ashley’s first heartbreak. It had its sweet moments, its frustrating moments and its sad moments. It felt just like real life, but this resembled reality too much for my taste.
I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.