Monday, August 12, 2013

The Hero - A Thunder Point Novel by Robyn Carr (Review)

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With warmth and sensitivity, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr shows readers that falling in love can be the bravest act of all. 

In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees 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.

Robyn Carr

Now that Robyn Carr has earned the #1 slot on the New York Times list many times, the creator of the wildly popular Virgin River and Thunder Point series laughs when someone refers to her as an overnight success.

“The truth is, I was first published in 1978, and it took me thirty years to make it to The New York Times bestseller List,” she pointed out, referring to 2007’s A Virgin River Christmas.
But once Robyn became that popular, she stayed that popular. WhenBring Me Home for Christmas, the 16th Virgin River novel, was released in November 2011, it debuted in the #1 slot not just on the New York Timesroster, but also on the Barnes & Noble and Publishers Weekly lists as well. Her last five novels, including the April 2013 launch title in her newThunder Point seriesThe Newcomer, have all earned the coveted #1New York Times slot the first week on sale.

After thirty-plus years of hard work, life is very, very good for the Las Vegas author who began writing when her two children were babies.

Those who try to explain Robyn’s “sudden” success might say it was because she was on the leading edge of a trend toward small-town romances. The truth is, Robyn’s Virgin River and Thunder Point series, like her earlier Grace Valley books, are a blend of romance and women’s fiction—books that not only entertain but also address sensitive issues, such as domestic violence, health risks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anything that can compromise a woman’s happiness because she’s female. And there’s no denying that Robyn has a way with words. Her voice is unique and takes her readers into the hearts and minds of the brave men and women who have served in the military, into the families left behind, and into those who confront challenges head-in in their search for love and fulfillment.

Surprisingly, Robyn didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. She had planned to become a nurse. She married her high school sweetheart four weeks before he left for Air Force Officer’s Training School at the peak of the Vietnam War. Because she found herself following Jim from base to base, Robyn never had a chance to pursue nursing. Her husband worked long hours and often traveled. To pass the time Robyn read. When doctors instructed her to stay down and keep her feet up during a complicated pregnancy, her neighbor began bringing her ten paperbacks a week.

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My Review

Robyn Carr successfully brings the Thunder Point Trilogy to a conclusion with her latest book, THE HERO.  I became hooked on the Thunder Point Trilogy with Cooper's story in The Wanderer. I enjoyed the second book in the triology, The Newcomer; so I was especially excited when I was contacted to review the third and final book in the triology, THE HERO

If you have been following the trilogy, you are familiar with Cooper and Spencer co-parenting young Austin. The story continues with the final book. As her style, Robyn Carr interjects humor throughout the book in dialogue between the characters, and this book is no exception. 

"They'd been sharing a bedroom since moving into Cooper's RV but sleeping with Austin was like sleeping with the entire fourth grade."

"If you could train someone to wipe his great big ten-year-old feet, you could beat that problem. Have you noticed how big his feet are? Is that normal?" Cooper asked. "Well, it's normal on St. Bernard puppies," Spencer said.

"...the boys are going to want to give you a bachelor party." She (Sarah) glanced down at herself. "I know it's not immediately apparent in this flight suit, but I'm actually a girl."

"I hope you've been taking your vitamins." (Austin's grandfather to Cooper) Cooper laughed. "Good visit?" "You bet. And I think I've aged ten years. His grandmother is in a coma."

(Cooper and Austin) Cooper texted (Spencer) The package has been delivered...Cooper's phone chimed and he looked at the response, Tell the package I'm ready for him to be home. "I think your dad missed you," Cooper said with a laugh. "He said he's ready for you to be home." "I think maybe three weeks is too long," Austin said. "They need naps." "Everyone who hangs out with you seems to need a nap. What do you suppose the common denominator is there?"

In THE HERO, we are introduced to a new character, Devon, a runaway from a cult, who forms an attachment to Rawley, the Vietnam vet, who gives Devon and her daughter a special place in his life and his heart.  As in the two books before it, THE HERO shows how the town of Thunder Point rescues its own and the richness of friendships in the little town.

"He adores me," Lou said. Ray Ann leaned an elbow on the bar and put her head in her hand. "Why can't I have some stud sneak into my bed around midnight?" ..."Because you have sinned and you must repent."..."Now who's going to the game with me?"..."I can stay for the game," Ray Anne said. "And for your information, I'm not sure I've sinned enough."

And, as Robyn is known to do, she uses her character's vulnerabilities to teach them much needed lessons. Sarah and Cooper work out their issues and make plans to marry. Spencer, after losing a wife to a long battle with cancer, learns how to open his heart to new love. Devon works past her insecurities and learns to trust. New friendships are formed and old ones rekindled as Robyn brings the Thunder Point Trilogy to a wonderful close.

Before I give this book five stars, I have one more quote I want to share. You'll see why once you've read it! It captures more of Robyn Carr's knack for humor. 

"Oh," she (Mrs. Bledsoe) said, smiling. "Don't worry too much about that, lovey. Men have an enduring reputation for things like that." "Asking for think time?" "No. For being stupid." 

Release date of The Hero -  
The Hero (Thunder Point) on Amazon

About Thunder Point Trilogy (from the author's website)

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.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. Only my review expresses the opinions of this blog.
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