Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

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.

Generally speaking, romance novels focus more on the thoughts and actions of the heroine than on those of the hero, a trope that is completely reversed in this novel. In fact, the heroine doesn't make a meaningful appearance until page 167 of this book! That said, it was a rather refreshing change of pace to learn so much about Coop to better understand his attraction to Sarah. I also loved his involvement with Sarah's brother and his efforts to help him deal with a violent bullying situation. I would have given it five stars if Sarah had been equally well-fleshed out, but she simply wasn't making it harder for me to make a connection to her. Nevertheless, I liked the supporting cast of characters and will read more of this series.

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