#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr returns to Thunder Point with an uplifting story about overcoming loss and finding unexpected love
Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it’s time to move on from his loss. But as the town’s only doctor, the dating pool is limited. That is, until a stunning physician’s assistant applies for a job at his clinic.
Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She’s already been burned by a man with kids, and she’s come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. When Scott offers her a job, at a much lower salary than she’s used to, Peyton is surprisingly eager to accept…at least for now. She’s willing to stay for a three-month trial period while she explores other options.
Scott and Peyton know the arrangement is temporary—it isn’t enough time to build a real relationship, never mind anything with lasting commitment. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.
“Peyton, I’m not married and you’re not a lesbian. Think of the possibilities.”
Robyn Carr’s books are comfort reads, and as with the previous instalment in the series, this one has a strong romance to go with the small town atmosphere. However don’t start this series here. You won’t be hopelessly lost, but you’ll be missing out if you’re not familiar with the characters.
The Thunder Point series has a very, very loose connection to the earlier and hugely successful Virgin River series, but there are differences. Virgin River takes place in the forests of rural California and features largely ex-military characters. Thunder Point is in coastal Oregon and features people from all walks of life making their way in a largely low income town.
Both series have their pluses and minuses, but I’m really liking the greater diversity in Thunder Point. For example, in The Promise we have a Basque heroine with a proud and strong cultural heritage. We have a widower doctor who is working for a lot less than he could in a bigger place, but who honestly thinks he has made the right decision for his young children.
I’ve been waiting for this book, because our poor doctor has been on his own and lonely since the start of the series. I really liked how Peyton and Scott’s story worked out. They were great characters. I liked the kids. I liked pretty much everything about the story.
I know this new series isn’t for everyone, and Robyn Carr’s writing tends to meander around a bit, but she hooks me in and I really enjoy reading it. I don’t know, I guess that in a market totally saturated with cosy small town stories she is the one who stands out the most.
I don’t know what is going to happen with Thunder Point after this one, but I’m looking forward to further books.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.