Robyn Carr with a new series

                The Wanderer by Robyn Carr 

I have read all the Virgin River books. I loved them so I was in a hurry to start this new series from Robyn Carr. So far I am not disappointed.

The Thunder Point books are set in Thunder Point, Oregon. A beautiful community. Just from reading some of the descriptions, I want to visit there. Describing the community took up quite a bit of the book, but as the starting point, that was a wise choice in my opinion.

Hank Cooper comes to this small community after his friend Ben dies and he finds out he was left Ben's shack. When he shows up in town he has a lot of questions surrounding Ben's death. He makes friends with the deputy sheriff and together they investigate what happened to Ben. Hank doesn't believe it was an accident.

What a mess he walks into when he goes to check out the property! The place smells of sewage and other things. So far the only good thing he sees out of this is the beautiful beach front. He has crews come in and clean up the place, to get it back in business, so he can leave.

Hank meets Landon, a teenage boy having some trouble with a bully. Through Landon, Hank meets Sarah, Landon's sister and guardian, whom is a divorced coast guard helicopter pilot. There is a strong attraction that Sarah tries to fight as best she can. Sarah was burned by her husband and doesn't trust men. How can she trust Hank Cooper?

Just like in the Virgin River series, there is more than just the two main characters. There are other romances in bloom. The secondary characters do not take away from Sarah and Hank at all.

I liked this book because it was more than just a romance. There is a little mystery in the mix also. What happened to cause Ben's death? Will they ever find out? Will Sarah and Hank be together? What will happen between the other couples?

I am ready to read the next book (The Newcomer)that comes out June 2013

I was given a digital copy of this book in return for my honest opinion. That in no way influenced my review.

1 comment:

John Michael Cummings said...

Dear Tammy,

Will you please consider my attached new novel DON’T FORGET ME, BRO, to be published later this year by Stephen F. Austin State University Press?

DON’T FORGET ME, BRO deals with themes of childhood abuse, mental illness, and alienated families. (See synopsis below.)

My award-winning debut novel THE NIGHT I FREED JOHN BROWN (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009) won The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and was one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY. For more info: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/john-michael-cummings/the-night-i-freed-john-brown/

In addition I've published a collection of short stories, UGLY TO START WITH (West Virginia University Press) Here’s a link to some information about my collection: http://www.amazon.com/Ugly-Start-With-Michael-Cummings/dp/193597808X

My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including The Iowa Review, North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

My email is johnmcummings@aol.com

Thank you very much.


John Michael Cummings

P.S. Could you kindly give me a reply back to let me know you received this email?

Synopsis of DON’T FORGET ME, BRO

DON’T FORGET ME, BRO deals with themes of childhood abuse, mental illness, and alienated families. The book opens with the main character, forty-two-year-old Mark Barr, who has returned home from New York to West Virginia after eleven years for his older brother Steve’s funeral. Steve, having died of a heart attack at forty-five, was mentally ill most of his adult life, though Mark has always questioned what was "mentally ill" and what was the result of their father’s verbal and physical abuse during their childhood.

The book unfolds into an odyssey for Mark to discover love for his brother posthumously in a loveless family.

DON’T FORGET ME, BRO is a portrait of an oldest brother’s supposed mental illness and unfulfilled life, as well as a redeeming tale of a youngest brother’s alienation from his family and his guilt for abandoning them.

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