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Series: Thunder Point #8
Published by HQN Books on June 30, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Starting over is never easy, but in Thunder Point, where newcomers are welcome and friends become family, it's possible to find yourself again. #1New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr takes us on a moving and rewarding journey as a young woman finds new hope.
After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.
In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger is 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, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her 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. 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.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series, but I have to admit I was a bit hesitant about this one. We’ve met Ginger before and knew her story. She lost a baby to SIDS. (And as a Mom? I wasn’t sure I could read this one, I’ll be honest.) But holy cow! Robyn Carr did a phenomenal job with this heart wrenching subject!
Matt is Peyton’s sister (remember Peyton, she married amazing Dr Grant?) and he is pretty bitter. He’s divorced, and he’s not quite over it. (In fact, we meet him at Peyton’s wedding when he tries to seduce Ginger in a drunken stupor!) But he is so beautifully flawed, this story is fantastic.
I love how slow and normal their relationship is. And how Ginger isn’t afraid to call him out. But more than that? I love that we get to follow the story of Grace and Troy a bit farther, with Grace’s mom Winnie being a bigger character in this one. (So yes, you need to at least have read the previous book, One Wish, before you start this one.) I love where that story-line goes, it’s pretty fantastic!
By book #8 a lot of series are showing their age, but Robyn Carr keeps hitting them out of the park with her Thunder Point series! A New Hope is just the next in a long line of wonderful stories, and I can’t wait to see what’s coming next!