Thursday, August 6, 2015

[Pat's Review]: "A New Hope"

A New Hope by Robyn Carr
Publisher: MIRA (July 1, 2015)
Series: Thunder Point, 8
Genre: 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. In this brand-new story, #1 New 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, 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. 

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Pat's Review:

Ginger Dysart would like to forget the last year of her life.  Her marriage to a rock star ended and she lost her four month old baby to SIDS. After grieving for a time, she realized she needed a new start and moved to Thunder Point, living with her Aunt Ray Anne. She had a job she loved in a florist shop, was good friends with her boss Grace who had a large boisterous family and she was actually starting to heal. Grace's sister Peyton and her fiancĂ© Scott were getting married and Ginger and Grace provided the flower arrangements and Ginger was invited to the wedding. It was huge, with lots of wine, food and family. An obviously drunk very handsome man sidled up to her and asked her to dance, she declined politely, but he wouldn't give up. Next thing she knew he was grabbing for her and actually got a handful of breast. Grace pushed him and he fell, cracking his head on the floor and not moving, she was mortified. The whole Lecoumette family descended on them and the echo of "Mad Matt" and drunk again was all around her.

Matt Lecoumette has an agricultural degree, and works on his Dad's farm. He has a reason for being mad, and drinking. He was divorced after a very short marriage to a woman he thought he loved. Natalie become very unhappy when he spent so much time on the farm, came home late and dirty, left early and he wouldn't go clubbing and partying with her. She hated gatherings with his large family and they had dinner with the family every Sunday.  She did something he could never forgive her for and he was done. The fiasco at the wedding made him realize he had to get his life under control. First to apologize to the victim of his drunken hands. Ginger accepted his apology and even agreed to dinner. Talking they realized how broken they both were, and perhaps maybe, if careful, they could be friends?

Ms. Carr's novels are always filled with families, small town characters and sweet love stories. These two people, starting as friends become closer and closer. Both afraid from their past mistakes. This romance will pull at your heartstrings.  I am a fan of Ms. Carr's many books and have read the Virgin River Series multiple times. This novel will not disappoint her fans.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! :) 

Which reminds me: I need to read at least one Carr novel...

Do you have a favorite Robyn Carr book?


Until Next Time,


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