Friday, July 5, 2013

Review: The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
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?

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: 

It's a given to know that when you're in the mood for a good contemporary romance with equal the heavy moments as well as the light, Robyn Carr is the perfect choice. So when I found myself in that kind of mood the other day, I picked up The Newcomer, the second book in Robyn's new Thunder Point series, and instantly fell in love with the new world she has created within this small town.

One aspect that I always enjoy about Robyn's books is the characters she introduces, and the ones that were featured in The Newcomer proved this point further. I especially liked how she switched between multiple characters, young as well as old, as it allowed for more depth as well as for a more exciting reading experience. It was hard to have an absolute favorite character, because the majority introduced where incredibly likable as well as relatable. From Gina to Mac to Cooper to Sarah to their respective families,  I was charmed each one from the start. I loved seeing Gina and Mac's relationship as well as Cooper and Sarah's unfold within the pages, and I was continually rooting for them to find their happily ever afters, especially when the going got incredibly difficult. I also liked how Robyn focused heavily on the teens in this one. They were not only great kids, but it allowed for so much more development as well as fun secondary events to occur.

While the majority of the plot in this is the standard happily ever type romance, Robyn Carr still managed to have me on the edge of my seat at times within The Newcomer, especially with some of the particularly devilish twists she introduced. I hadn't read the first in the series prior to this one, but it didn't hinder my reading experience one bit, because just as with her past books, Robyn makes it very easy to jump right in at any moment. What I especially loved about the plot in this one, though, was how she perfectly weaved in the setting right along with the story line. I love seaside towns, and Thunder Point was no different. Robyn made the town jump right of the page and come to life with the descriptions, and I can't wait to see more of this town and its residents in the future.

In all, The Newcomer by Robyn Carr is the perfect summer read. It contains romance, friendship, and family along with a beautiful setting, and honestly, what's not to love about that?

Grade: B+

The Newcomer (Amazon, BN, Goodreads) is now out!

Source: Publicist at Little Bird Publicity 

1 comment:

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