Review: Robyn Carr "The Newcomer"

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

ISBN: 9780778314523

My rating: 4/5 

Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves-suddenly they can't get enough of one another.

And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost-and not missed-ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. They're wondering if their new feelings for each other can withstand the pressure...but they are not going down without a fight.

Step into the world of Thunder Point, a little town on the Oregon coast where newcomers are welcomed, hearts are broken and mended, and the dramas of everyday life keep the locals laughing, crying and falling in love.

My rating
I think I've previously added a description of a page turner according to Wikipedia ... this one was another one for me.
For anybody wanting to read this book, I'd say it's not a light summer read, but a crash course in psychology. Teenage heartache, bullying, gambling, grieving ... the book has it all.
Cooper, "The Wanderer" in book one has settled in Thunder Point and is now "The Newcomer" in town. This book starts where it left off in the first book - the relationship between him and Sarah.
The rest of the book is like a rollercoaster ride - Cooper gets news from his former girlfriend who is dying, Sarah has decisions to make regarding her job, Mac's ex-wife comes back to town, while Gina deals with her daughter's teenage heartache.
No doubt, the story is well written and although all the above topics are sensitive ones, Robyn Carr dealt with each issue with a lot of respect. I have to admit, at times it was a bit too much and overwhelming, but the careful approach of the problems moved the story along smoothly.
If you're prepared for the somewhat "heavier" storyline, this is a great read!

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