Monday, March 18, 2013

The Wanderer: My Review

About the Book:
Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands. 

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful. 

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

My Comments:
I guess Robyn Carr figured she'd moved about as many ex-military guys to the small town of Virgin River as she could plausibly do, so she moved the show down the road a ways, to coastal Oregon.  Cooper is a friend of one of the guys in Virgin River and he heads to Thunder Point when he inherits some land (from an ex-military buddy) that includes a bar/grill/ bait shop etc.  Though his original thought is to put the property on the market and move on with life, life catches up with him.  He makes connections and not just romantic ones.  

Speaking of romance, the book had plenty--romance between high school students, romance between those approaching middle age and romance between those who are almost ready to say goodbye to middle age.  Yes, the adults ended up in bed, and the adults talked about the kids ending up having sex but the scenes were not the most explicit out there.  

I guess Cooper's place is going to end up like Jack's place in the Virgin River books, and there are a few people left to marry off in Thunder Point so I look forward to reading more books in this series.  Like the Virgin River books, this one is more light read than thought-provoking, but it does deal with the subject of teen bullying.  

The story includes a mystery, and frankly it all wraps up a little too neatly, but I can't say I expected anything else.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley  Grade:  B

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