Hello Everyone,

So who else besides me loves series???? I love series but sometimes I miss characters that I have read about in previous books, of course a smart author lets them visit in cameos and update us on their lives. But I have recently read a series, Robyn Carr’s newest that goes beyond that and incorporates all the characters a lot in all the books. So it’s more like you are immersed in their lives as a whole instead of moving on to someone else’s story with each book, she is truly a master story-teller.

I am talking about Robyn’s newest series Thunder Point which is kinda a spinoff of her Virgin River series. thunderpoint

We first meet our hero Hank in The Virgin River series but I think Robyn herself sums it up nicely.  So here is what she has to say about Hank , taken from her website.

The Wanderer Book 1

Dear Reader:

Sometimes a man has to accept certain things about himself, and for Hank Cooper, his reality was that he’d never stayed in one place for long. In fact, since leaving home at the age of nineteen, his longest stint in one place was with the Army as a helicopter pilot, and that was saying something, given the fact that the brass in the Army seemed to stay up nights looking for excuses to transfer people. But Cooper never minded that—he usually felt restless about a week after getting to a new place. He wasn’t the settling down type; he even pulled a fifth wheel so his very life was lived on wheels.

Cooper liked being flexible and ready to roll. It’s with exactly that philosophy that he went to attend to the unfinished business of a recently deceased friend and found himself camping out on the ridge above a still, dark bay on the Oregon coast. From where he sat outside his trailer he could see a small, ordinary town, a long and peaceful beach, a little marina filled mostly with fishing boats and beyond the bay peppered with tall, haystack rock formations, the crashing, frothing Pacific ocean. Picturesque, but nothing spectacular. Until storms over the Pacific rolled into the bay, then it was like one of the seven wonders.

Cooper had traveled the world. He’d seen beauty in every corner, and it had only inspired him to look further. He was a rolling stone and had reached the age of thirty-seven without putting down roots. He had no bills or obligations and life was easy, just as he liked it.

Cooper met a deputy who was the law of the town, a man driven to keep a quiet place safe and peaceful. There was a young, single mother who served him his breakfast at a little diner, who knew everyone and how each one of them liked their eggs. A search and rescue pilot who looked more suited for a modeling career and a teenage boy who was too alone. The town, so ordinary and unaffected, was populated by people who seemed to fit together like the last two pieces of a puzzle. And something bizarre began to happen, something that had never happened to him before. They began to draw him in despite the fact that he was ready to move on.

Something snagged his heart, something he was more than ready to resist. A kind-hearted town, a beautiful woman, a fatherless boy. A heart-stopping view. Feelings of responsibility, feelings of desire. In his mind he heard, Run Cooper, run. And he thought—Tomorrow I leave.  He knew he couldn’t stay because he never had. But that little town and its people tugged at him.

The town is called Thunder Point, and you’d never know to look at it that dreams are built there.

See you there. Bring your dreams.

I loved Hank and how he just seemed to flow into his life in Thunder Point, and Robyn writes so well, that I didn’t even seem to notice that I was in a few chapters before the hero and heroine had any “real” contact. He truly proves in the end that he is a real man a woman can rely on forever and ever.

Next up is The Newcomer, now remember this is a different type of story telling and the book actually starts off with Hank and Sarah. Like I said you are incorporated into Thunder Point as a whole but overall I would have to say that Hank and Sarah are the main characters for the entire series.

I will admit that at first I thought we were going to meet a new character based on the title but once you see how most of the town has been lifelong residents I guess the Deputy Mac would still be considered the newcomer. I love what the women of Thunder Point have nick named him – Deputy Yummy Pants.  Mac has been betrayed and left behind in the worst way and is doing his best to raise his family in a new little town and thanks his lucky stars for his friend Gina. Gina is a single mom who was left holding the bag, or the baby is a better term and she is doing her damnedest to make sure her daughter learns from her mistakes and has a bright future.

For years Gina has had a crush on Mac and would like to take it to the next level and it looks like they are headed that way finally when Mac’s ex-wife shows up in town with her hat in her hand asking for a second chance.

Here is the little blurb for The Newcomer

Single dad and Thunder Point’s deputy sheriff “Mac” McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and 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—and not missed-ex—wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. They’re wondering if their new feelings for each other can withstand the pressure…but they are not going down without a fight.

The last book (so far, I hope there will be more) is The Hero

Oh the twists and turns and angst that are introduced in this book. I did a lot of nail-biting and crying, there are several story lines going on here, like I said you get immersed in the town as a whole. We have some very real to life drama for Mac and Gina with her daughter sinking into depression over a break up.

Our hero is Spencer Lawson who married Hank’s first fiancé and now after her death has moved to Thunder Point so that Hank can be closer to his son who they all thought was Spencer’s son until his wife came down with cancer. Oh I know what tangled webs she has made for us but you will love it, really. We get to see more of Reilly Hank’s cantankerous helper when he helps our heroine Devon and her child as they escape and are running from an encampment run by a cult. Here is the book blurb for this one. Sorry if I threw out a few spoilers there, didn’t mean too but really if you haven’t read these books you should!

Blurb for The Hero

In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister took her daughter and fled a place where they should have been safe and secure.  She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is pretty certain it can’t be worse than what they’ve left behind.  Her plan is to escape to somewhere she can be invisible.  Instead, an unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town with a willingness to help someone in need.

As the widowed father of a vulnerable young boy, Spencer Lawson knows something about needing friendship.  But he’s not looking for anything else.  Instead, he’s thrown his energy into his new role as Thunder Point’s high school football coach.  Tough and demanding to his team, off the field he’s gentle and kind…just the kind of man who could heal Devon’s wounded heart.

Devon thought she wanted to hide from the world.  But in THUNDER POINT, you find bravery where you least expect it…and sometimes, you find a hero.

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I don’t know how Robyn is able to do it but I hope there are many, many more stories set here in Thunder Point, after all we still have that hunky new doctor and a few other townspeople I want to watch and see what happens with them.

I would give this series 4.75 tail swishes.

Z Seawitch

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