The Hero (Thunder Point) Mass Market Paperback – August 27, 2013
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- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 379 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0778314596
- ISBN-13 : 978-0778314592
- Product Dimensions : 4.11 x 1 x 6.65 inches
- Publisher : MIRA; 1st Edition (August 27, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #178,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book #1 (The Wanderer) and book #2 (The Newcomer) set the stage for me and mapped out all the locals and their intertwined lives. I had already read #4 and #5 so this was pivotal in helping those make sense. What I enjoyed most was the deepening relationships and sense of community that this book fosters. The commune/cult storyline and rescue did not do much for me and took away from my series enjoyment. However, I love the Laine character so much that it was worth it to get her whole backstory.
This is probably the best romance series I've ever read. That doesn't mean they are all 5 star reads but the series as a whole is fantastic, warm and earthbound. You can't go wrong if you are a genre fan.
Robyn Carr has been one of my all time top 5 authors, because I know I can pick up any one of her books and I will never worry about being disappointed, and that's true in the book, too.
I can't even begin to tell you how intense this book was. Yes, there were lots laughs, a sweet budding romance, trust issues to solve, acceptance of new people and even acceptance for the ones that fell off the rail in the past. And it was great to see such comradery between Connor, Spenser, and Rawley. But the suspense was out of this world. I lost so much sleep last night, because this book had me so on edge, I couldn't even put it down long enough to go to the bathroom. And even after I was finished, I was still so wound up, it took me hours to try to calm down enough to finally get to sleep.
I loved the 'Virgin River Series' and I was so heart broken when Robyn Carr decided to move on into another series. I thought that no other series could ever compete with that one, but I'm happy to say I was so, so wrong! These characters are winning over my heart in leaps and bounds, just like all the beloved characters in 'Virgin River' did.
I have fallen in love with all the character in this series so far-- but in this book-- Rawley totally surprised me. It was like a light bulb went on, and he came out of his shell in a way that no one ever expected, not even Connor who has gotten to know him pretty well. The way he took Devon and Mercy in when she had no place to go. Their private little heart felt talks, the way he went out of his way to make things better for her and Mercy, the way he bonded with little Mercy.....it just melted my heart. But the way he jumped into action when thing took a wrong turn, showed me what a strong determined man he really was. Oh and the little house talk between Conner, Spenser, and Rawley was so hysterical.
I love the way Robyn Carr always manages to weave the people we've all come to know & love in the past, and mix them all in with the new people involved in the new books. That's the biggest reasons I loved 'Virgin River' so much, too. Oh... and I also love the fact that all of her characters are just your average everyday people. They have the same kind of problems we've all had to deal with in our everyday lives. The people seem so real, the small quaint towns they reside in feels so real, and all the situations they incur along the way feels so real, as well.
I am so curious as to what happens to all the women and children that got away, and whether or not Laney comes into town and joins the gang at Thunder Point. I also wonder whether or not 'Doc" will ever find his true love match. I'm curious as to what will happen when Eric buys the shop in town. But most of all, I wonder if Connor will make it through the birth of his baby, with his mind still intact.
There is so much to look forward too-- in the up coming books, and I can't wait!
Would I recommend this book? Yes I would, in a heart beat!
Rawley knows someone who is down and needs help and he gets most of her story from Devon, he offers to help her until she can decide what to do and tells her about Thunder Point where he works as a handy man for Hank Cooper. Devon accepts Rawley's aid and is eventually able to get a job in Thunder Point.
Like all of Robyn Carr's characters, Devon has a story and a hurdle to cross. Hers is more difficult than most but she is determined and willing to work hard to support her daughter and herself. With help from the people of Thunder Point, she is slowly making her way back to taking charge of her life.
Meeting Spencer Lawson is great and she is surprised at the interest he shows in becoming more than friends. Spencer is recovering from the death of his wife and he has taken on the position of coach of the high school football and athletic department. With the move from Texas to Thunder Point his life has changed in many ways. But he is lonely and sees something in Devon that he has missed.
I loved this story and I love the developing life in Thunder Point along with the characters. Learning about how the lives of characters from previous books are growing and changing is always interesting, Robyn Carr doesn't just tell a story, she builds a community. Love it!
Devon McAllister takes her three year old daughter, Mercy, and escapes (with some help) from The Fellowship - a commune/cult she has lived in for a few years. She is picked up by Rawley Goode, the curmudgeonly helper at Ben and Cooper's bar in Thunder Point, Oregon. NOTE: I enjoyed learning more about Rawley's background and reading of his interactions with Devon and Mercy.
Devon settles in nicely at Thunder Point, getting a job, making a home for her daughter and getting to know the new football coach/athletic director Spencer Lawson and his son, Austin.
I love author Carr's style of writing, the fully developed characters, the humor, the romance, the thrills, the dream locations she creates that I end up wanting to visit.
Top reviews from other countries
All very nice, sweet & vanilla flavoured except for the cult theme that introduces Spencer's new love interest. Just a bit boring & long winded with too much description in some places and not enough in others. May still buy book 4 in the hope it's better than this.
The main characters; Devon and Spencer didn’t have that special connection the author tried to infuse. I didn’t believe in their attraction. Their coming together simply wasn’t credible. They both lacked the charisma of the earlier protagonists in this series.
Sure, I was happy to be reacquainted with this wonderful coastal Oregon town and their inhabitants Mac, Gina, Cooper and Sarah, Lou, Rae Anne, Carrie, Rawley, and wish they would have been even more present on the pages of this instalment. Especially Mac and Gina – those two I believe in. On a good note, I liked that old Rawley started to come out of his shell, being more communicative, revealing more of his past. I can only imagine he's the HERO the author attributed the title to - I don't really see who else?
I’m actually very curious if Robyn Carr will be able to bring back more credibility to her lead characters and her stories for the next Thunder Point books?
Getting to know the families and their hopes and fears is lovely. I am now looking forward to reading four