The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
The Wanderer (Thunder Point)
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.
The Wanderer is the first book by Robyn Carr I have read. It has been on my to read list for a while, but I just now got around to it. It surprised me how good it was. Not just because it could have just been a cheesy romance, but because there were multiple main story lines. I usually don't like multiple stories in one book. I usually only like the one main story, with the other people in the background not a focus. Somehow the author wrote the story in such a way that I wanted to know what happened to everyone, not just the main people.
When the book opened it was a little tedious and I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it. There was way too much description of things, and it felt very clinical in the way the things were described. Once I got into the story though it didn't bother me as much. The beginning conversations and everything was a bit off, but again once you got into the story it was better.
Cooper is in town to see about his friends death, which was ruled an accident but the crazy guy says was not. His friend, for some unknown reason, left him his land and business, though in great need of repair. Cooper decides to at least fix up the building to then sell. Sarah has been hurt by love before. Her ex-husband cheated on her since they met, she just didn't want to acknowledge it until her ex-bff told her it was definitely happening. She is raising her younger brother since their parents died when he was young, and so she never want to be in that situation again. She never wants to fall in love again.
Of course once Sarah and Cooper meet, they are drawn to each other. Sarah tries to keep herself emotionally unavailable, something Cooper has always been with his partners in the past. Of course he is now all in, but he understands Sarah hesitancy to be emotionally involved. They work out an arrangement and they are pretty great together.
Besides these two there is also the story of Mac and Gina, two people who have been friends since their daughters became good friends. Gina finally has enough of the just friends and tries to move on. Mac realizes that if he doesn't do something he will lose her.
We also have Sarah's brother, Landon, and how he gets bullied for outshining the bully quarterback. He also gets asked out by Mac's daughter who he really likes. Everything comes together at the end in a great way. The end with Sarah and Cooper is just amazing. I loved it. I can't wait to read the next book to see what else happens in Thunder Point.