After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, and with the help of her cousin Ray Anne, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she’s excited to start her first big assignment, assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.
In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger finds herself 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 recent divorce, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself and Ginger when he tries to make a pass at her, forcing Ginger 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. Discovering they have a lot in common, they form a solid friendship, though 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.
This is not a series you pick up anywhere. It meanders along from book one, picking up characters along the way. You could read A New Hope out of order, but you wouldn’t get the same satisfaction from it, especially as the characters from the last book get almost as much page time as the hero and heroine of this one.
What Robyn Carr does better than almost any author is actually show her characters falling in love. These are realistic relationships about people you believe really exist. I think Carr has got even better at this recently, with her characters having a few more flaws and screwing up occasionally. They’re likeable but they’re not perfect.
The Thunder Point series is not the same at the Virgin River series, but each has its merits. I do sometimes get the Thunder Point characters a little mixed up, but the series is interesting in other ways. I like that there’s more ethnic diversity in this series, though see my complaint below!
Mostly, I like how this is the real world. It’s interesting, and it’s fun to read, but these characters aren’t romance stereotypes.
I could have done without the secondary plot about the mother of the last book’s heroine and the Russian coach. Not only did this Ukrainian not want to read it, but these are characters who were out of place in this book!
Additionally, I REALLY could have done without the slur on Ukrainian food (yes, authors, borscht might be eaten in Russia but it is actually of Ukrainian origin, the same way pasta, pizza and sweet and sour pork might be eaten in the US but they’re not American foods!). When that part came along I gave up on reading the Russian coach subplot entirely.
A five star read for the main romance, but if I have to pick an overall rating, it has to go lower than that.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.