Wildest Dreams (Thunderpoint) by Robyn Carr – Review

With Thunder Point, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr has created a town where hard work and determination are all it takes to make dreams come true 

Blake Smiley searched the country for just the right place to call home. The professional triathlete has traveled the world, but Thunder Point has what he needs to put down the roots he’s never had. In the quiet coastal town, he can focus on his training without distractions. Until he meets his new neighbors and everything changes.

Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son, Charlie, are fixtures at Winnie Banks’s house as Lin Su nurses Winnie through the realities of ALS. A single mother, Lin Su is proud of taking charge and never showing weakness. But she has her hands full coping with a job, debt and Charlie’s health issues. And Charlie is asking questions about his family history—questions she doesn’t want to answer.

When Charlie enlists Blake’s help to escape his overprotective mother, Lin Su resents the interference in her life. But Blake is certain he can break through her barriers and be the man she and Charlie need. When faced with a terrible situation, Blake comes to the rescue, and Lin Su realizes he just might be the man of her dreams. Together, they recognize that family is who you choose it to be.

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Author 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.

My Assessment – 

You may just get tired of hearing me say this, but I loved this installment. Each book in the Thunderpoint series builds on the previous one, but you actually could read them independently. In Wildest Dreams, we get to read about Lin Su and Blakes romance, while catching up on the birth of all the babies in town.

I do not read very many series. The stories really have to grab me and reel me in for me to read more than one book in a series. The Thunderpoint series does that. The books are well-written and flow at a nice pace. I found quite a bit of humor in this book which I enjoyed. You feel like you are a resident of Thunderpoint and know the characters.

I am giving Wildest Dreams five stars. Unfortunately, I read Wildest Dreams and One Wish out of sequence. I am wondering who the next couple will be.

(Charlie) He was grinning like a fool. ‘You almost made it,’ he said. ‘Almost made it through the whole lecture without getting your Mama on.’ Lin Su sighed wearily. She wondered if she’d survive his teenage years. The onset of testosterone was seriously impacting his sweetness.

‘Now that surprised me,’ Seth admitted. ‘You could’ve gone for four days or even a week, but you took on the whole ten days.’ He whistled. ‘That’s quite a plunge,’ he said. ‘No pun intended.’ Norm shrugged. ‘I hope she don’t have any high ideas of dance parties and shuffleboard. Could be bears, though. And there’s a glacier. You don’t even have to get off the boat.’ ‘I hear the food is good.’ ‘Food’s good right here,’ he said. ‘I’m sure you’ll have a great time,’ Seth said. ‘I’m sure I’ll throw myself overboard after the second day,’ Norm said. ‘That’s it,’ Seth said. ‘Attitude is everything.’

She took a deep breath. ‘The scenery was very nice. Colder than you think.’ ‘Gwen, what’s wrong? You’re angry.’ ‘Did you see the pictures?’ she asked. ‘I saw a lot of his pictures. He was pretty taken with the food.’ ‘The food? He was taken with the widows!’ ‘The widows?’ ‘That boat was full of widows! They loved Norm! They couldn’t shut up, comparing him to their dead husbands, asking him questions about his company. It wasn’t a company–it was a gas station! Helping him fill his plate. I thought one of ’em was going to cut his meat! It was disgusting.’  ‘Those women?’ Iris asked. “Widows,’ she said. ‘You didn’t like them?’ ‘What’s to like? They hardly gave me any notice. It was like he was in a damn kissing booth!’

‘I’ll set a place for you if you’ll stay, Blake,’ she said. ‘Tonight I’d like to stay,’ he said. Winnie looked up in surprise. ‘You don’t have to indulge in our blue-collar food just because I twisted my ankle.’ she said. ‘We won’t be offended if you want to go home to your tree bark, lawn clippings and yak livers.’ He grinned at her. ‘I’ll take extra vitamins.’

“Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you have to be poor in spirit. Just because you’ve lost faith doesn’t mean you can’t learn to trust again. Just because you’re afraid doesn’t mean you’re doomed. Just because you’re angry doesn’t mean you have to live in rage. Just because you’ve been wronged doesn’t mean you can’t forgive, often forgiving yourself first. Just because you’re hurt doesn’t mean you won’t heal. Just because you fell back a few steps doesn’t mean your next step can’t move you forward again. Just because it’s very dark doesn’t mean there is no light ahead. And just because you’ve been let down and disappointed doesn’t mean you won’t find love. The kind of love that is safe, enduring and powerful.

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