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The Wanderer: Book 1 of Thunder Point series [Kindle Edition]

Robyn Carr
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Book Description

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.



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The first book in Carr’s new Thunder Point series brings with it all the attributes that made her Virgin River series resonate with readers. It features a quietly heroic military veteran, an independent young woman, a talented but troubled teen, and a community of genuinely nice folks with a few bad apples. Thunder Point, on Oregon’s rocky coast, has its charms, but Hank Cooper just wants to find out how his old friend Ben Bailey died and then get out of town. That is, until he learns that he’s inherited Ben’s “bait shop”—basically a rundown bar—along with a good stretch of undeveloped waterfront property that is not in any shape to be sold; additionally, Hank doesn’t really believe that Ben’s death was accidental. When Landon Dupre, high-school quarterback and new kid in town, is bullied on Ben’s beach, Hank steps in and meets his sister, Sarah, a Coast Guard helicopter pilot. Carr has created another community where readers will want to spend time getting to know its inhabitants. --Diana Tixier Herald

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"This book is an utter delight."

-RT Book Reviews on Moonlight Road

"Strong conflict, humor and well-written characters are Carr's calling cards, and they're all present here.... You won't want to put this one down."

-RT Book Reviews on Angel's Peak

"This story has everything: a courageous, outspoken heroine, a to-die-for hero and a plot that will touch readers' hearts on several different levels. Truly excellent."

-RT Book Reviews on Forbidden Falls

"An intensely satisfying read. By turns humorous and gut-wrenchingly emotional, it won't soon be forgotten."

-RT Book Reviews on Paradise Valley

"Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."

-Library Journal on the Virgin River series

"The Virgin River books are so compelling-I connected instantly with the characters and just wanted more and more and more."

-#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber


Product Details

  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (March 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALTVIHO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful start to Carr's new series March 26, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've recently read the first couple of books from Robyn Carr's Virgin River series and absolutely loved them, so I was excited to get started with her new series on the ground floor. It did not disappoint! Once again, Ms. Carr delivers strong characters who draw you into the story with their depth and emotion, and an amazing small-town setting that is an engaging character in and of itself.

The story takes place in Thunder Point, a remote community on the rocky coast of Oregon. Hank Cooper comes to town after his friend Ben dies and leaves him an old run-down bar/bait shack and a huge chunk of beachfront property. I enjoyed how the book started out with a mystery - even though there was no evidence found, Cooper suspects there was foul play involved in Ben's death. He befriends Mac McCain, the town's deputy sheriff, and together they look for clues as to what really happened to Ben.

Cooper is a loner-type who doesn't like to stay in one place long, but he owes it to Ben to fix up his place and decide what's best for the property. Along the way he meets Sarah, a Coast Guard helicopter pilot raising her teenage brother, Landon. There is a strong attraction between Cooper and Sarah, but Sarah's been burned by men in the past, and doesn't want to risk she and Landon being abandoned again. How can an emotionally unavailable man and an emotionally scarred woman overcome their hurdles and make it work?

This book seems to have set the foundation for the series, and much like Virgin River, the secondary characters in Thunder Point have their own stories too. There's Mac, the deputy sheriff, and Gina, a single mom and waitress pursuing a Social Work degree. There's also Landon and Eve, Mac's 16-year old daughter.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Robyn Carr's since I first read The House on Olive Street many years ago. And then I fell in love with her Virgin River series (I still want to move there).

Carr is a master raconteur. She has a talent for bringing characters alive and describing small-town life so well.

She has started a new series about the small coastal town of Thunder Point, Oregon, and allows us readers to peek into the lives of a few of its residents.

Cooper drives into town pulling his fifth wheel toy hauler. He is following up on a call that says his old friend Ben has died under mysterious circumstances. And he finds that Ben has left him a beat-up bar/bait shop/multi-purpose falling-down facility and 200 acres of prime beachfront property.

Sarah is a rescue helicopter pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard, has fairly recently gone through a nasty divorce, and has been raising her younger brother for years.

And these are just two of the fully developed characters that Carr lets us get to know intimately. Deputy Yummy Pants with kids of his own, Gina who works at the diner and who is raising a daughter, a new doctor in town, some slimeball teenage bullies...and more.

There are a few times that Virgin River is mentioned and the Riordan family and I was afraid I'd miss my old friends there but Carr has given us a new community to enjoy with a full cast of delightful characters inhabiting it. It is great fun and I am already looking forward to reading The Newcomer (Thunder Point) coming out in June 2013 and The Hero (Thunder Point) coming out in August 2013.
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60 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK March 29, 2013
By JM
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was just OK. I've read a number of books by this author, including the Virgin River series which has apparently given rise to this new Thunder Point series. Robyn Carr usually writes a pretty coherent and engaging story. This one isn't so great - perhaps it's because it's the first in a new series and she spends a lot of time building the setting and the large cast of characters. To be honest, most novels should stand alone, and I don't typically like having so many story lines and irrelevant characters that you feel like a pin ball zinging around inside of a machine.

The primary male lead, Cooper, is the "Wanderer". Never commits. Never settles in one place. Lives in a towable trailer and likes it that way. He ends up in Thunder Point to settle the estate of an old Army buddy. I never really warmed up to him. The female lead, Sarah, is a Coast Guard helicopter pilot, raising her teen-age brother, and recently divorced from a philandering husband. She's actually pretty likeable, but she scarcely appears in the story until well into the book. Then they connect with the intention of having a short-lived affair since Cooper plans to depart within a month or two. It never really develops. Since this is a romance novel, you know they aren't just going to part in the end, and so they don't. But, you also don't get the feeling that there's much there.

A lot of the dialogue just seemed to drag on and on, without adding much to the story. The plot is okay, but also a bit disjonted.

The most interesting characters, and the ones who are apparently going to be central to the ongoing series, are the Deputy Sherriff, Mac, and the waitress from the diner, Gina.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars so The Wanderer was like a reintroduction into that particular genre -...
I haven't read a lot of contemporary adult romances lately, so The Wanderer was like a reintroduction into that particular genre - and I liked it! Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Love this series! Can get cheesy but it is a great girl read. I can't seem to stop reading the series.
Published 2 days ago by McKenna J.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
enjoyed it and going to read the next book in the series.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it, can't wait to read the next!!
Published 2 days ago by Meredith Butters
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book and start of an awesome series.
This is a great book and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Every character is believable and it sounds like a small town where I would love to live.
Published 3 days ago by Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Interesting characters and good story development. Not sure of the order this deities was written but this book can stand alone. I really enjoyed it.
Published 3 days ago by jilly
4.0 out of 5 stars The wanderer
This was an Easy read. Enjoyed enough to read the rest of the series. On to book 2 of the Thunder Point series.
Published 4 days ago by julie taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars good first book Ina series with a slow start
First book in a series and it shows. This is really two love stories in one, Cooper and Sarah and Mac and Gina. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Rose O'Toole
4.0 out of 5 stars Some books are hard to put down, this is one of them
This is the first in a series of 8 books. The one thing I enjoyed was that the author did not leave you hanging when things were getting serious. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Cinde Caruso
4.0 out of 5 stars Definite Page turner
This series is a wonderful display of love. This first book grabs you and makes you want to go on to the next book, then the next and so on. Read more
Published 5 days ago by DesertFox
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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at www.RobynCarr.com.

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