Review: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

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The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1) by Robyn Carr Gone with the Words Review

4 Stars

I’m so happy I finally got to read a Robyn Carr book, you guys! Robyn Carr has another series, Virgin River, with tons of books already in it that I’ve always wanted to start…from the beginning because I’m weird like that. But of course, there never seemed to be the right time. Well, I was very excited to learn this was a new series and I could finally something by her.

The Wanderer is a great set-up novel where I got to meet and really like a lot of characters. First of all, the setting was described beautifully and it really made me want to live on the Oregon coast. Maybe I can swing a visit someday. I love reading about small towns and how involved the community is, but the difference is that this one was quiet and they love their high school football team. It reminded me of towns I’ve driven by my whole life here in Texas. Another thing is that, while I did meet a lot of townsfolk in this book, I wasn’t overwhelmed or felt like it was overly populated with either residents or tourists.

Our wanderer, Cooper, was probably one of the most satisfying heroes I’ve read about in a while. While his main issue might be that he’s never settled down with anyone and he moves around a lot, he actually isn’t a bad guy or a player. He just doesn’t know that it will all come to him when he meets the right person at the right time. Enter Sarah, who has a lot in common with Cooper, except she’s been open to love and has been crushed severely. So now their roles are kind of reversed and their fun romance begins to turn into a relationship with great potential, but you never really know what they’ll do until the end. Their romance is not the focus of this novel, which I didn’t really mind because I felt that what we did see of it was enough.

There were other side stories going on, especially Landon’s, Sarah’s teen brother, and also Mac and Gina’s, the characters from the next book. I loved getting to know all of them. I especially loved all of their humor. All of them were fun and witty and I loved that. There’s also a little mystery happening in the background that added some intrigue to this story.

I’ll definitely continue on with this series. And I can now see why Robyn Carr is loved by many. I can’t wait to read more. :)

Book Info

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #1
Published by Mira
Pub Date: March 26th 2013
Pages: 377
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point – the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you’ll never forget.

Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land’s unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he’s been left an old friend’s entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community’s destiny in his hands.

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Kimba the “Caffeinated Book Reviewer” – “This was a delightful intro to the series, and Carr did an excellent job of introducing us to the characters and town.

Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “If you are looking to dive into a new romance series with a side of mystery, Thunder Point is just the ticket.

Diana @ Book of Secrets – “THE WANDERER laid a strong foundation for the Thunder Point series, and I really enjoyed it.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

8 Responses to “Review: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr”

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    Ooh, Jess! I’ve been wanting to start reading more contemporary romance, and I haven’t heard of this author. Thanks to your review, I’m going to add this book to my TBR. It’s a little less daunting, thinking of starting this series, then it is diving into her other, longer series.

    Cooper sounds like an awesome guy, and I’m glad the author took time to develop the side characters.

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    Alexa Y.

    I just finished this one the other day, and have to write up my review too! But I did like the setting and the characters a whole lot; it’s definitely an interesting start to the series, and I’m curious to see who she focuses on next.

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    I like the sound of Cooper. I’m all about the good guy lately lol

    I haven’t read anything by Carr either but I’ve been wanting to.

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    Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley)

    I want to read this so much! I’m on the waitlist at the library and will be thrilled when that email comes to me saying it’s ready for download. Those are always such pleasant surprises! I like that this one is the beginning of a series too. As you may remember, I just finished the first Fool’s Gold book by Susan Mallery the other day and LOVED it, and my first Kristan Higgins is waiting for me at the library right now. So I’m LOVING the adult contemporary romance recommendations I’m getting from your blog. I think I’ve found a new genre to love along with you (you know, along with the Brothers, haha).

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      YAYYYYY! It makes me so excited that you’ve found you love contemporary romance! They’re my go-to make me smile books. Make sure you also add Jill Shalvis and Shannon Stacey to that list! :)

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