The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

March 25th, 2013 Kimberly Review 53 Comments

25th Mar
The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
The Wanderer
by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
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From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point-the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget. 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

Robyn Carr is the author of one of my favorite small town romance series Virgin River and when it came to an end after twenty books and five years I was deeply sadden. I worried that her new series Thunder Point would not give me the same warm and fuzzy feeling that Jack and the folks of Virgin River gave me. The Wanderer blasted those fears out of the park, and I am in love with a small beach town nestled on the Oregon coast line and the folks who live there.

The tale begins as Hank Cooper is making his way to Thunder Point after a message that his fellow military buddy has died and left him something. We met Hank previously in Virgin River. He is retired military and a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot. He has been working odd jobs as a civilian pilot and living out of his trailer. His plan is to find out what happen to his buddy before moving on to the next job. What he finds may just have him rethinking his nomad, no strings life.

Cooper as his friends like to call him is rugged, tall and oh so smexy. He’s been told he has intimacy issues and he would agree. I really liked this noble, stand up guy and he quickly stole my heart. We meet the townsfolk and learn some of their stories. Mac, thirty-six is the police chief and father of three. He married young after his high school sweetheart got pregnant and while he was in for the long haul she was not. He lives with his kids and his hilarious Aunt. Gina is a single mom working at the local diner and putting herself through college. She and Mac are best buddies and she secretly wishes it was more. Sarah is a Coast Guard Rescue pilot and is raising her sixteen year old brother. This strong woman was seriously damaged by her rocky, emotional marriage and is not looking for commitment. We meet other unique characters and I cannot wait to go back. The character interaction, witty banter and romantic moments are all things I adore in Carr’s small-town series.

This was a delightful intro to the series, and Carr did an excellent job of introducing us to the characters and town. There were several threads and a few romances in this quaint little seaside town. This was really Sarah and Coopers romance, and things did not really develop between them until about half way through the book. While the wait was killer the romance was sweet, hot, delicious, and heartwarming. There was bully, a murder and other town drama that kept me completely immersed and of course sold me on this little town. While I can seem similarities in friendships, and settings I think Thunder Point will hold its own against my beloved Virgin River.

Fans of small-towns, romance and endearing characters will love The Wanderer. I am looking forward to The Newcomer the second book in the series scheduled to release on June 25, 2013.

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53 Responses to “The Wanderer by Robyn Carr”

  1. thegeekyblogger

    Christi told me I need to try Robyn Carr. I thought she would be to “sweet” for me (I admit I like a little “romance” in my romance books) but I think I need to give her a whirl.

  2. Lauren

    I adore small town settings, and the writing sounds beautiful. I’ve never read Robyn Carr, but this seems like a good book to start with. Sigh….I need about five weekends in a row to catch up on all my reading. So many books I want to read! Thanks for introducing me to this one, and great review!

  3. Andrea

    I took this for review b/c I knew how much you love Carr’s writing. I’m so happy to see The Wanderer lived up to expectations. Great review!

  4. Christy (Love of Books)

    Ha. I just had to check to see if Thunder Point is a real place, my friend and her family recently moved to a small town on the Oregon coast. I wanted to know if it was near it. lol.. But I guess it’s not real. This book sounds good, though!

  5. kindlemom1

    I love Robyn Carr! I am so glad this new series is good too, not that I should have doubted that by any means but it is nice to hear none the less.

    So glad you liked this one!!

  6. Diana Leigh

    The town of Thunder Point sounds amazing, doesn’t it? I think I could split my time between there and Virgin River. 🙂 Loved Cooper… P.S. I sent you an e-mail today!

  7. thegeekyblogger

    I liked the Shannon Stacey series and I like Susan Mallery 🙂 Most of my Cowboy romances are small town (I think they would qualify). I am iffy about contemporary romances but I do love them when done right

  8. Candace's Book Blog

    This does sound great! I especially love that it’s a small town on the Oregon Coast. We are very close to the Oregon coast and visit it a couple times a year and the small towns are just so quaint! I would love to read a book that takes place there!

  9. Giselle Cormier

    Great review, Kimba! I know it’s far off but for some reason it reminded me of PS I Love You. >.< Sounds like a good book I never read anything by this author before.

  10. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    A new series by Robyn Carr?! I totally failed with Virgin River, by the time I wanted to read it, there were already so many installments that I felt too intimidated to even start. But a new series from an author you love so much is a must read for me.
    I’ll go order a copy right away.

  11. Lily B

    Interesting, I never read Carr’s books but I heard good things about them. I love the whole small town feel, so it’s pretty exciting that she has a brand new series coming out! The characters and the storyline sounds great, kind of a kick back book by the sound of it for me, something to enjoy. Plus I totally love small town romances <3 the characters can be heartwarming.

  12. kimbacaffeinate

    I have read all of her books Sam, you always get a feel good, heartwarming story and the VR series the characters felt like family.

  13. Anna

    Alright I think I might have to give this one a try. I’ve really loved some of Carr’s books but the last one was rough for me so I haven’t been back yet. Gonna change that though. The heroine in this one sound amazing!

  14. Anna

    LOL a horrid case of author ADD and one book having 12 storylines. 12 Kimberly. 12! lol I don’t mind a couple secondary storylines but it was just a bit much. They were all well done but you just didn’t get a chance to really care about any of them or get invested because half a page later you were in another thread. And 3/4ths of a page later in yet another.

    I’ll definitely read her again but whew had to take a break after that last one. Now Virgin River Christmas? One of my all time favorite reads. Loved that book but it didn’t have the author ADD going on in it and really just focused on the main couple which I loved.

  15. Lark

    Great review, Kimba. I’m so glad this lives up to the Virgin River books, and can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  16. GRgenius

    Despite being a newbie to this genre (and only keeping my feet wet, not fully immersing mind you), I certainly recognize this author’s name. Her covers are always serene with a touch of beauty. Sounds like even though its a new series, you weren;t disappointed. Woo-hoo, right?! ^_^ Happy reading and thanks for the great share!

  17. Lark

    I could tell when he wandered into Virgin River in the last book that he was destined for his own series, but I couldn’t quite fit him into Virgin River. I just bought the ebook, but darn it all, I have to get through several ARCs and at least two books that have to go back to the library, first!

  18. Lark

    Yes, I already have 5 or 6 ARCs and review copies to work on between now and August — most of them for April or May and one of them by Sunday. Eep. And I don’t have a lot of reviews already written, so I’m scrambling a bit to get caught up. But I love getting all these new books, especially when they are books I really want to read anyway!

  19. kimbacaffeinate

    Aww, I know the feeling my next 5 books need to be ARC’s after all this TBR pile madness in March..LOL but I have reviews posted all over the place for the next three months.

  20. Lark

    Sounds good. I’ve just added the first Kowalski book to my Goodreads to-read list — I liked your review.

  21. Sam

    Rugged, tall and oh so smexy? That’s all I need to hear! 😉

    I’m glad you liked this, Kimba. I haven’t heard of this author’s first series, but I’ll definitely have to jump on board with this one before it’s too late. I love the thought of a story set in a small seaside town. Great review!

  22. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Oh sometimes I do love a book like this. I have the author on my need to read list and I swear you have moved her up the list. It may be this book b/c I love the way this town sounds! Okay, I also love the way Cooper sounds. 😉

  23. Barbara Walker

    I started the Virgin River series so late that I’ve only managed to read four of the latest ones so far, but I’m so glad you say this new series is just as good. I can finally start one from the beginning! Except..horror: my mom will want to do a tandem read since she likes Robyn Carr. *screams* 😉

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