Any Day Now by Robyn Carr – Book Review

ANY DAY NOW ! on sale: April 18th, 2017

THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE SULLIVAN’S CROSSING SERIES

#1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Robyn Carr is back with ANY DAY

NOW, the latest installment in her new, wildly popular Sullivan’s Crossing series. Return to the idyllic mountains and tranquil retreats of small-town Colorado, where Sierra Jones has just arrived off a bus from Iowa, for this story of self-discovery and second chances.

After years of wandering, toxic relationships, and struggles with addiction, Sierra has decided to follow her brother, Cal, to Sullivan’s Crossing in search of a fresh start. While Cal is busy preparing for a baby with his new wife, Maggie, Sierra is ready to put down some roots of her own, which means finding steady work, focusing on her sobriety, and, most importantly, avoiding men and all the problems they cause.

Sierra’s vow of chastity proves difficult to honor, however, when she meets Conrad Boyle, a local firefighter and kindred spirit who is recovering from heartbreak of his own. With his good heart, steady nature, and abs of steel, Connie will test Sierra’s resolve and force her to reconsider whether all men are worthless after all, and for the first time, she may have found someone she can finally trust and rely on. Above all, Connie seems more than ready to accept Sierra’s past and offer her a future full of the safety and stability that she’s always craved.

But for Sierra, her troubled past is still too close for comfort. Because while she’s trying to resist Connie’s ever-enticing charms, Sierra is also on the run from a dangerous man who could threaten everything in her new life she’s trying to protect. As long as that man is still at large, turning over a new leaf may be harder than Sierra ever imagined.

Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as well as highly praised women’s fiction titles such as Four Friends, What We Find, and The Life She Wants. Robyn has won a RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America, and in 2016 she was awarded RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the genre. Her novels have been translated into 19 languages in 30 countries.

Originally from Minnesota, Robyn now resides in Henderson, Nevada, with her aviator husband; they have two grown children. When she isn’t writing, Robyn puts her energy into community service: sh has mentored a seniors’ memoir-writing group, attends book club chats in and out-of-state whenever possible, and is working with her local library on the Carr Chat Series, a program centered on fundraising and visiting author events that bring writers, their books, and the community together.

PRAISE FOR ROBYN CARR

“Carr’s gift for writing lovably flawed heroes and heroines is evident on every page.”— Publishers Weekly

“A layered, well-paced plot and flawed, three-dimensional characters whom readers will care about make this a quick and entertaining read for those who relish contemporary family sagas with strong female characters.”— Library Journal on The Life She Wants

“Robyn Carr writes with heart and soul in her latest contemporary…. Readers will laugh and cry along with the four friends and sigh over the good men that come into their lives. A satisfying, sweet and sexy read.” — BookPage on A Summer in Sonoma

“Robyn Carr is a master of the small-town romance.” — New York Journal of Books

“Understanding what women do and say and want is something Carr has considered hard over her long career…. [She] taps into female emotions over and over in her books.”— The Miami Herald

My Review –

 If you’ve read Robyn Carr’s books before, you know you are going to find drop-dead gorgeous, perfectly flawed, lovable characters. Any Day Now is no exception. Robyn’s books are well-written and contained well-thought-out characters, that as a reader, you just can’t help but fall in love with. I loved the Thunder Point series. I loved getting to know the characters and the town and felt that in each book, I was back for a visit with friends. I expect no less from this series and cannot wait to visit with this little town and it’s lovely residents again and again. 

If you have not read any of Robyn Carr’s books, by all means, pick up this one. You’ll be hooked in no time!

 

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The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr – Review

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr brings together a poignant novel with a rich tapestry of characters. A moving story that will leave the reader laughing and crying, as two friends confront their pasts and move towards their futures.

In the aftermath of her financier husband’s suicide, Emma Shay Compton’s dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients’ life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband’s crimes. She is left with nothing.

Only one friend stands by her, a friend she’s known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn’t easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she’d rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan.

Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can’t escape her husband’s reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she’d ever ask for help—her former best friend. It’s an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they’ve made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.

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 Review –

I’ve read quite a few of Robyn Carr’s books. I enjoy her style of writing. The characters are always well-developed and the stories are interesting.

This book is part of a series and I have enjoyed re-visiting some of the characters as the series continues. In this particular book, I especially enjoyed the storyline. Two women who have grown up as best friends break up over a misunderstanding involving a boy. One stayed in town and the other went off to college and a new life across the country. When her life falls apart, she heads back to the one place where she feels at home and then finds that the past is very much still in the present. It is a story of forgiveness and redemption and love ever after. The story mimics real life, as most stories do, but something resonated with me and I found the story captivating.

If you are a fan of Robyn Carr, you will enjoy this book. Her books stand alone, but once you begin meeting the characters, you really want to read them all.

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What We Find by Robyn Carr – Review

Join Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Virgin River and Thunder Point series, as she explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a brand-new story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman’s journey to finding the happiness she’s long been missing 

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she’s never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan’s Crossing.

Named for Maggie’s great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide Trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie’s eccentric father, Sully. When she shows up unannounced, he welcomes her with open arms, and she relishes the opportunity to indulge in his simple way of life.

But shortly after arriving, Maggie’s world is rocked once again and she must take on more responsibility than she’d planned. Though she’s relieved a quiet and serious-looking hiker, Cal Jones, is willing to lend a hand, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man’s eagerness to help—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation.

Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other.

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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com.

My Review –

Robyn Carr outdid herself in What We Find.  The book is full of poignant lessons.  There was chuckle-out-loud humor.

“Then can I go home?” “That’s a good question for the doctor, but it’s usually anywhere from three to eight days.” “I’ll do two,” he said without missing a beat. “That’s all I got.” “There’s recovery time involved after heart surgery, Dad,” Maggie said. “And what are you going to do?” “I’m going to stay with you. Take care of you.” He was quiet for a moment. “God help me,:” he whispered. We’re going to need a lot more drugs, Maggie thought.

There were lessons.

“It’s the way we don’t tell the most important people in our lives the most important things.” (like how much they mean to us)

“…Then I want you to find a beautiful place and dump my ashes on the ground. Let the wind take me away, Cal. And then I want you to let go of me. The only way you can honor my memory is with your happiness.”

“When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” Good things also happen to good people.

…she could do that thing Walter had long ago advised – find out how to make her personal and professional goals match…

There was the same love, expressed in different ways by different men.

Sometimes it seemed as if Walter saved himself for those important messages while Sully spit out weighty and sarcastic wisdom all day long.

“I’ve never once raised my voice to Maggie,” Walter told Sully. “Course not,” Sully said. “I do whenever I please, however, so she’s not being neglected in that area.”

The book was well researched and authentic about the hikers who hike the trails. I was already familiar with “tails of the trails”  (Continental Divide, etc.) and how they treat each other with respect, passing along helpful information. They also map out their destinations and mail packages to towns and campgrounds along the way. I enjoyed the way the author incorporated all the little things into the life-in-the-campground part of the story.

When you finish reading the book, you feel as though you have vacationed in the campground in the mountains of Colorado, along with all the odd characters who wander in along with Maggie’s very prim and proper mother, Phoebe.

There was laughter.

There was a loud burst of laughter somewhere in the campground and Maggie looked around. A man wearing a backpack but no clothes was coming down the trail. He had excellent hiking boots on his feet, a straw hat on his head and that all. His thing was blowing in the breeze. Maggie hadn’t seen something like this in a long time. She covered her mouth to keep from bursting into laughter. “Oh my hell,” Sully swore, slamming down the beer and jumping to his feet. “I should shoot his pecker off! Doesn’t that idiot know this is a family place?” And he charged down the steps toward the naked man. Maggie started to laugh and slid down in her chair. “Dear God,” Phoebe said. “Maggie, you can’t stay here! This is why I took you away. This is the bowels of hell!”

I enjoyed sitting out on the porch swing devouring this book. I am giving What We Find five stars. Along with a little suspense, you get lots of romance, laughter, and love.

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One Wish, A Thunder Point Novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Robyn Carr – Review

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr delivers another smart, funny, emotional novel about the complexities of life in the small Oregon town of Thunder Point

Grace Dillon was a champion figure skater until she moved to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. And though she’s proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she’s created running a successful flower shop, she knows something is missing. Her life could use a little excitement.

In a community where there are few eligible singles, high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace’s fun coach. When he suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, Grace is eager to take him up on his offer, and the two enjoy…getting to know each other.

But things get complicated when Grace’s past catches up with her, and she knows that’s not what Troy signed up for. Faced with losing her, Troy realizes Grace is more than just a friend with benefits. He’s determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for but never believed she could have—and maybe they can find real love along the way.

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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 Review –

As in each book in the Thunder Point series, Robyn Carr draws the reader into the little town and captivates with the residents living there. Her stories have you wanting to pull out map and mark the route there for a visit.

Each book builds on the previous one and you won’t want to miss any of them. The stories are heartwarming and fun to read.

I am not only giving One Wish five stars, but the entire series. It is one that I have enjoyed immensely, and I think you will too.

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An Excerpt –

Grace Dillon’s flower shop was very quiet on the day after Christmas. She had no orders to fill, no deliveries to make, and she’d be very surprised if her shop phone rang at all. Most people were trying to recover from Christmas; many families were away for the holidays or had company to entertain.

Grace drove to North Bend to grab an early skate before the rink got busy. Figure skating classes were suspended over Christmas break and people, mostly kids who wanted to try out their new skates, would dominate the rink later in the day. Grace loved these secret early morning skates. She had a deal with Jake Galbraith, the rink owner. She could call him and if it was convenient, he’d let her skate for an hour or two while they were getting ready to open. He didn’t want to charge her, but she paid him fifty dollars an hour anyway. It was a point of pride.

He smiled at her when she came in and told her to have a good skate.

She stretched and then stepped onto the deserted ice, closely following the Zamboni ice resurfacer that had just finished. She warmed up with forward and backward crossovers, backward half swizzle pumps, figure eights, scratch spins and axels. She noticed Jake was watching, leaning his forearms on the boards. She performed a forward spiral and a leaning tower spiral. She executed a perfect sit spin next. She circled the ice a few times, adding a jump here and there. She had been famous for her straddle split jump, touching her toes with her fingers. When she looked for Jake again, he had disappeared.

Suddenly, the music started, filling the rink with the strains of “Rhapsody in Blue.” She glided into an arabesque, arms stretched, fingers pointed, wrists flexible. She saw that Jake had returned, was watching her every move. She went for a double axel and fell on her ass. She got up, laughing to herself. She glided around the rink a few times, tried the jump again and landed it, but it wasn’t pretty. The music changed to another Gershwin tune. She’d practiced to this music as a little girl; it was familiar and comfortable. Her earliest memories of skating always filled her with nostalgia and comfort. That was before the competition got really fierce.

She’d been on the ice for an hour when the music segued into Alicia Keys’s “Girl on Fire” and it lit her up. Her signature music. She was on fire! She skated like she was competing. When she was fifteen, stronger but lighter and more flexible, she could really catch the air. She noticed other people watching—a guy leaned on his broom and gazed at her, a couple of teenage girls who worked in the skate rental shop had stopped working to watch, the Zamboni driver leaned a shoulder against the rink glass, hands in his pockets. Two hours slid by effortlessly. She slowed and got off the ice when she heard the sounds of people arriving to skate.

“Beautiful,” Jake said. “It’s been a while since I’ve seen you.”

“Holidays are busy at the shop,” she said. She tried to get to the rink on Sunday mornings, but the past month had been frantic—wreaths, centerpieces, two weddings and increased day-to-day traffic in the shop.

“You should spend more time on the ice. I have a long list of people looking for a good coach.”

She shook her head. “I don’t think I’d be a good coach. I don’t have time for one thing. And I’d never go back on the circuit, even with students. I left that world.”

“I thought the day would come that you might be interested in going back, maybe not in competition for yourself, but coaching. I think on name alone you’d make a fortune.”

“I left the name behind, too,” she reminded him with a smile. “We have an agreement.”

“I haven’t said a word. People ask me, who is that girl, but I just say you’re training and asked not to be identified. Some of them guess and would show up to watch you if they had any idea when you would be skating. The ice misses you. Watching you skate is like seeing music.”

“Nice try. I don’t train anymore. I spent as much time on my ass as on my blades. I look like crap.”

“Your worst is better than a lot of bests I see. I’ve missed you. Maybe you’ll have more time in the new year.”

“We’ll see.”

She took off her skates and pulled on her Ugg boots. Sometimes she questioned her decision to leave it all behind, because being on the ice made her so happy. Then she’d remind herself that while a couple of hours felt great, the difficult routine of a competitive figure skater was grueling, exhausting. As a coach she’d never be able to push young girls the way she’d been pushed.

She pulled out a hundred dollars in cash for her two hours alone on the rink. Jake had told her he put the money in a special scholarship fund for young wannabe Olympians who couldn’t otherwise afford lessons. She told him however he wanted to spend it was fine with her. As long as he didn’t sell her out.

As she left the rink she reflected that her life in Thunder Point was so much more peaceful than it had been in competition and her freedom was hard-won. She had friends now, even if they didn’t know who she had been before. At least no one thought of her as tragic or complicated or as one of the saddest yet most triumphant stories told on the competitive skating circuit. No one was threatened by her, hated her, feared or resented her. No one called her a rich bitch or a dirty liar.

Of course, the weight of her secrets sometimes wore on her. Jake Galbraith had recognized her at once. All she had to do was ask the cost of a private rink for a couple of hours and he knew immediately who she was. She hadn’t confided in anyone in Thunder Point.

When she got into the van she saw that she had a message on her cell phone. She listened to it before leaving the parking lot. It was Mikhail, her old coach. He still kept tabs on her. They stayed in touch. Often, they left each other a series of brief messages because he could be anywhere in the world. “I am wishing you happy Christmas,” the Russian said. “I think I am day late. If so, you will understand.”

Grace waited until she was back in her tiny apartment above the flower shop before returning the call. “I thought you had forgotten all about me,” she said to his voice mail. “It was a happy Christmas. I was a maid of honor for my friend Iris yesterday—that’s how I spent the day. I’ve never been in a wedding before. It was small and intimate, a beautiful experience. And this morning I went skating. I fell three times.” Then she mimicked his accent. “What can I say? I am clumsy oaf with no training.” Then she laughed, wished him the best New Year ever and said goodbye.

Grace’s beloved father and coach died rather suddenly when she was only fourteen and he was sixty. Her mother, once a competitive and professional figure skater, responded by hiring an even better coach, a very short Russian of huge reputation who could take Grace all the way. There was no time for grieving, they had work to do. Mikhail Petrov was a tough, brilliant coach and they were together for nine years. He had been very unhappy with her decision to leave competition and for a couple of years he pestered her to return to the sport. “Before you forget everything I taught you!”

Her mother, Winnie Dillon Banks, who had herself been a teenage skating wonder, was worse than devastated. She was furious. “If you quit now, after all I’ve invested in you, you are dead to me.” After the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Grace walked away from everything and everyone. All she’d ever wished for was to be like everyone else. To not be constantly judged every time she took a breath. She wanted to be normal.

In the afternoon, when Grace was just about to ruin her dinner with a big bowl of popcorn while looking through various online floral arrangements on her laptop, there was a light tapping at her back door. She pulled the curtain to peek out through the window in the door and was shocked to see Iris. She opened the door.

“Don’t newlyweds lay around in bed for several days after the wedding? Doing it until their parts give out?” Grace asked, only half teasing.

“Maybe when one of the newlyweds isn’t the town deputy,” Iris said. “We did eat breakfast in bed and Seth didn’t go to the office until about one. I cleaned the house, thawed something for dinner and…” She paused. “I called Troy to tell him.”

“You didn’t tell him before, huh?” Grace asked.

Iris shook her head.

Troy Headly, high school history teacher and the fantasy of all the high school girls, had had a very big crush on Iris. They had dated for only a few months last spring when Iris told him theirs would have to be a friendship-only relationship. She was the high school guidance counselor and before getting involved with a teacher in the same school, she had to be powerfully sure. And she hadn’t been. But Troy had pursued Iris right up until Seth was in the picture. Even then, it was pretty obvious he still had a serious thing for Iris and wouldn’t mind if Seth fell off the face of the earth.

“How’d he take it?” Grace asked.

“Like a man,” Iris said. “Is it too early for wine?”

“Certainly not!” Grace pulled a bottle of Napa Cellars sauvignon blanc from her little refrigerator and opened it. “Was it awful?”

“Nah, it was fine. Good, really. He was surprised we got married so soon, but then so was everyone. So were we, when you get down to it. He congratulated me and said he hoped I’d be very happy—all the right things. Then I asked him if he was going to be all right and he laughed, but he didn’t sound amused. He said he was surprised to find himself disappointed an old girlfriend got married. It’s hard for me to think of myself as his girlfriend—it was never that serious. Even Troy admits he’s not looking for a wife! Not now. He likes the single life.”

Grace poured the wine and put the bowl of popcorn between them. “A gourmet treat,” she said. “Or maybe dinner. So, is it different? Being married?”

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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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A New Hope (Thunderpoint) by Robyn Carr – Review

Starting over is never easy, but in Thunder Point, where newcomers are welcome and friends become family, it’s possible to find yourself again. #1New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr takes us on a moving and rewarding journey as a young woman finds new hope.

After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she’s excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.

In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger is swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride’s brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her to flee the scene in embarrassment.

But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.

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My Review – 

Robyn Carr is a favorite author of mine and I’ve really enjoyed her Thunder Point series. This is yet another installment and it definitely lives up to all of the previous titles.

A New Hope is a wonderful story about love and healing and moving forward and when you learn to do that in Thunder Point, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lots of people who love you.

I am giving A New Hope five stars and I highly recommend it. It is a great summer/fall read.

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