Robyn Carr is a familiar name on the bestseller lists and her latest series, which starts with The Wanderer, shows all the earmarks of why she’s so popular.
Henry “Coop” Cooper comes to Thunder Point, Oregon, to pay his respects to an old Army buddy, Ben, who died unexpectedly. Coop doesn’t expect to be the one to receive the estate, a surprising number of waterfront and forest acreage–along with a decrepit bait shop. Coop isn’t sure what Ben’s intent was for the land, so he decides to play it slow, fix up the shop, and talk to the people who knew Ben to get a better feel for his friend’s wishes.
Part of the appeal of the seaside town is Sarah Dupre, a Coast Guard pilot, and her younger brother, Landon. There is a nice blend of a budding romance between Coop and Sarah as well as a friendship with Landon, who is being bullied by the privileged kid in town.
I finished The Wanderer and picked up The Newcomer right away. The story continues with the same small town characters, this time spending more time exploring the relationship between single parents Sheriff “Mac” McCain and diner waitress Gina James. I’ll have to wait until September to see how all the plot lines resolve in The Hero.
This was my first time reading Robyn Carr. I thoroughly enjoyed the character development for the primary and secondary casts. I didn’t feel like I had to read the second book to complete the story, but it was a bonus that the plot with Sarah and Coop continues. I’d certainly agree the love story is the main appeal, but Carr adds enough meat to the overall arc that if you’re looking for something more than boy meets girl, you’ll find it here.
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