- Series: Thunder Point (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 377 pages
- Publisher: MIRA; 1st edition (March 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0778314472
- ISBN-13: 978-0778314479
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,190 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 novel presents a sensitive approach to families and their love and support of each other while bringing the problems and issues they face. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the town of Thunder Point while feeling for characters who are shown working through their problems to find love and personal satisfaction.
The story centers around a little nook of a town in Oregon. It seems as if this series is a spin-off of Robyn Carr's popular and highly rated Virgin River series. I have not read that series, but I could tell that there were moments that tied back to that other series, things that would have been more significant if I had read it. But it is not necessary to have read that series to jump right into this one. Hank Cooper, or Coop as he is known through the book, has just inherited a valuable spot of beachfront property on the Oregon coast from his friend, Ben. No one knows exactly why Ben gives it to Coop, and no one ever really figures this out by the end of the book. Coop decides that the least he can do is to fix the place up nicely before he sells it. But then maybe he doesn't really want to sell it. This is a big part of the book ... and yet it is not a big part of the book. That is kind of how this story reads. There are tons of intriguing questions and ideas that are thrown out, but the story never really digs very deep. The themes are just there without any true resolution.
After half the book is finished Coop meets Sarah, a fellow helicopter pilot who has just gone through a horrible divorce and wants nothing to do with men ... or at least she does not want a relationship with men that could end up hurting her. That could have been an interesting story line as well, but I never felt as if it was explored nearly enough. Their relationship seemed to steam along at breakneck speed. Even Coop, with his wandering nature, seemed super quick to throw that all away after a few encounters with Sarah. Sarah was hesitant to form an attachment to Coop ... until she wasn't. Even by the end of the book I felt as if I hadn't really gotten the chance to really work through these issues with these characters. Like a TV episode, it seemed as if the book ended abruptly with a "until next week" sort of ending.
To be honest, I thought that the relationship between Mac and Gina was way more interesting. Two great friends brought together because their daughters are friends. Two people who made bad choices when they were teenagers and are unable to move on with their lives because of those mistakes. I was happy when their story took center stage, but it was disappointing that they were only a segment of the story. Because the author kept jumping back and forth between story lines I could never get fully invested in the people I was coming to find interesting. Even the "villain" family in this story was cheated out of an interesting story. They could have been written as much more interesting, but they were relegated to almost a cardboard villain cutout part of the story. It made them boring, and they seemed to be more of a plot device to bring tension (sort of) to the story.
Perhaps all of these issues would not be a problem when the entire series is read as a whole. Maybe, like a television series, the characters and story lines just get better and better as you spend more time with them. Maybe that is the way that her previous series worked as well, and many, many people loved that one. I just found that I didn't enjoy this way of story telling myself. But this is a nice story with good characters, so you might feel differently. For me ... three stars.
Good emotion, deeply crafted characterization and enough going on to keep the story moving.
I'll return to Thunder Bay, Oregon, reading the rest of these books.
The Oregon coast is stunning and the people are friendly.
Man dies and his friend comes to town to find out why only to find out that everything was left to him.
Sister with custody of her high school brother comes to a town that she thinks will be a good landing place for them to find out that the quaint little town has a bully that has his eyes on her brother.
But no fear, it all works out in the end.
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