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The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,233 Ratings  ·  840 Reviews
From Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the popular Virgin River novels, comes Thunder Point-the highly anticipated new series that will make you laugh, make you sigh, and make you fall in love with a small town filled with people you'll never forget.Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspo ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA
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Mar 28, 2013 Auntee rated it it was amazing
How could anything compare to Virgin River? I don't know, but I think Robyn Carr did it with this first book in the Thunder Point series.

Former Army helicopter pilot (friend of Luke Riordan!) Hank Cooper is the new Jack; or maybe good guy single father (women refer to him as "Deputy Yummy Pants") Roger "Mac McCain is the Jack-like character? Anyway, you can see that newcomer (to Thunder Point, Oregon) Cooper and Mac are going to have a strong bond throughout the series, just like Jack and Preach
Mar 12, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Hank Cooper is notified that his old friend, Ben has died he travels from Virgin River to Thunder Point, Oregon. When he arrives he finds out that Ben has left him his bait shop and land. Sarah Dupre has only lived a short time in Thunder Point with her young brother, Landon but already feels at home and welcomed by the locals.

Robyn Carr is almost synonymous with smalltown romances. She has perfected the formula in the Virgin River series, transplanting the setting and stories from the moun
♡Karlyn P♡
Good news for Virgin River fans!! You will be happy to know we have not been abandoned, Robyn Carr has simply moved us to the rugged Oregon coastline and given us a new cast of characters to fall in love with, (and, of course, a few to hate). Best yet, anyone who hasn't read Virgin River series will have no problem jumping into this series without feeling lost.

Thunder Point is the fictional town near the very real areas of Bandon, Coos Bay, Coquille and North Bend. I was lucky enough to spend tw
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Robyn Carr is one of the truly great voices in contemporary romance, and fans of her Virgin River series are going to fall, and fall hard, for the people of Thunder Point.
From the cover:

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.

3.5 Stars! A strong beginning and then it 'wandered' off course and just rambled along!

Maybe it was just me, but this was somewhat of a disappointment. I get this is a new series, however I couldn’t help but compare it to Virgin River, and this is no Virgin River.

I enjoyed the first 50% of the book, as Cooper finds his way around Thunder Point, after that he lost me. The relationship he forms with Sarah held no appeal for me at all; I didn’t feel any chemistry between them, skimmed around their
Anne OK
Apr 13, 2013 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
I just finished the debut of Robyn Carr’s new “Thunder Point Series.” She never fails to take me places I love to go while introducing me to captivating characters every step along the way. When I’m looking for a comfortable and peaceful reading zone, her books come to my rescue. The ever popular Virgin River Series (and yes, I’ve read each and every book) always fulfilled my reading needs in every way possible. And now, I’m eager to set out on a new adventure along the coastline of Oregon in an ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series.
The Wanderer centres around Cooper and Sarah. After the death of an old friend from Army, Cooper travels to Thunder Point, Oregon to learn what happened to him. While there he learns that his friend has left him a large parcel of pristine beach front land, including a ramshackle bait shop. But Cooper is a wanderer and settling down isn't in the plan.

After her ex-husband's betrayal, Sarah doesn't trust men. And especially men like Cooper who freely admits to having commitment issues. But as Coop
3.5 Stars

I have been a fan of Robyn Carr for a long time. Long before I ever came on Goodreads,and before I had my one-click Kindle addiction! I had come across a series that took place in a small town called Virgin River. I fell in love with that town and the people in it. So when I heard that Ms. Carr had another series coming out, this time about a town called Thunder Point; I just had to give it a try! Then I won a giveaway for book #4 and decided it was time to begin the journey to Thunder
Hank ‘Coop’ Cooper is a man who hasn’t put down roots in quite awhile. He’s ex-Army and most of his jobs since leaving involve flying choppers. After learning of his good friend Ben’s sudden death, he decides to make a short visit to Ben’s home in Thunder Point and hopefully get more details about his accident. Upon arrival, he finds an old, dilapidated Bar/Bait Shop sitting on some of the most gorgeous beachfront property around. Imagine his surprise when he later learns Ben has left this littl ...more
Jackie Lane
Jan 13, 2014 Jackie Lane added it
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This new series by Carr did not disappoint. There was a lot of set up for future books, but I absolutely loved the character development and the story itself. It can be another VR series but in a different setting.

Set in Oregon, Cooper's friend dies and leaves him his falling down place and the land. Cooper comes to Oregon in his fifth wheel and m
Lisa (Fic Talk)

4.5 Stars

I completely adored this story. Robyn Carr is such a fantastic author and I'm already in love with this new series that has been introduced to us for 2013.


There’s been no word on whether there will be any more Virgin River books – and that makes me very sad! – but I’m happy to say that Robyn Carr has given me another new series to fall in love with! Before even starting this book I knew that this would be yet ano
Lover of Romance
The Wanderer is so different than anything I have read in the longest time. This is my first-time experience Robyn Carr and I can tell you that this will not be my last. I adored everything about this one, and I honestly wasn’t sure what I would think of it since the main couple here doesn’t even meet really until about half way through the book. But we see other sub plots with three other couples develop so it still had the romance I was looking for. From what I can gather after reading The Wan ...more
Dale Harcombe
May 24, 2015 Dale Harcombe rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.After the death of his friend and army buddy Ben, Hank Cooper finds makes his way to Thunder Point to pay his last respects and also to find out what happened. Something about Ben’s death doesn’t sit right with him. Hank, better known as Cooper, is shocked to find Ben has left his waterfront property and rundown home, bar and bait shop to him. Hank’s first idea is to sell it all but there are a few complications, not the least of which is the state of the property and the ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Keri rated it it was ok
It was ok and didn't quite have the same punch that the first book in Virgin River. The world building took forever and Cooper and Susan didn't even connect until almost page 200. So the romance seemed rushed and disconnected to me and the ending was rushed. Maybe I am bit burned out on this type of small town romance.
Aug 29, 2014 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a huge fan of Carr’s Virgin River series and was disappointed to learn it’s on hiatus for now. But, this new series is off to a very good start with The Wanderer.

Quick summary
Hank Cooper (he goes by Cooper in this story) received a strange call that an old Army buddy of his had died and he needed to come to Thunder Point. Cooper is very much a wanderer, not really having settled anywhere for years. He travels with everything he needs, which includes a toy hauler and a Rhino. It was his inte
Michelle [Helen Geek]
02/17/2013 --

Overall Rating = 3 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb = 3 / 3 = 3 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 3.5 Stars
Character Development = 4 Stars
Story Appreciation = 3.5 Stars
Worth the Chili = 2 Stars [received an ARC, but will about be $7.99 when released in May]

When you read Robyn Carr you must be patient. Her story unfolds like a mild Peyton Place with multiple characters drawn by a master. This reader isn't the most patient person, so this sticks for me a bit. Let me outline those things that worked f
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The Wanderer is a contemporary adult romance novel and the beginning of a new series, Thunder Point. This is a solid funny book, a good escape and left me with a sweet and satisfied feeling. Fans of author Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series will feel at home reading Thunder Point. At least one character was introduced in the Virgin River series, but that is where the association ends. There is no need to read Virgin River before
4.5 stars

When I first saw that Robyn Carr has a new book I was thrilled - another Virgin River book - YAY! But then I noticed that it was another series. I have to admit I was disappointed. Although I really like how Ms. Carr writes, I still prefer the VR series. But, I shook of the disappointment, and started this book. And I LOVED it.

Ms. Carr managed to create another town that will burrow its way into readers' hearts. Thunder Point and it's residents are no less enchanting than those of Virgi
Jan 20, 2013 Emma rated it it was amazing
This book was not at all what I expected but it turned out fine nonetheless.
The description is very VERY misleading I think. It leads the reader to believe that this book is centered around Cooper (the wanderer) and his romance with Sarah... when it actually isn't, not at all.

This book could have been called An Introduction to Thunder Point. I feel like every single character was important. There were three actual romances in it and I didn't feel like the one between Hank and Sarah was the main

4 stars...

In The Wanderer Hank Cooper is drawn to Thunder Point, Oregon by the death of his dear friend Ben. You see, Cooper knew ben back in his military days and because Ben was his friend Hank wanted to make sure that Bens affairs were put in order. What Coop does not expect is the find so many fascinating people in Thunder Point. His short trip takes longer than expected with many surprises along the way. This is a perfect start to another wonderful series.

A smile tugged at his lips. She ha
Feb 08, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new series by Robyn Carr and I have to say that I'm surprised I like it. That must sound bizarre, but I really went into it thinking this will NOT be as good as her Virgin River series. And yet I was completely wrong. I'm convinced this is going to be a wonderful new series I can fawn over. Awesome!

Hank Cooper (friends with Luke from VR series), arrives in Thunder Point, Oregon looking to settle his deceased friend Ben's belongings. Coop's a little late to the party a
Apr 04, 2013 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming, Small-Town Romances; the Virgin River Series
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"4.5 stars" Thunder Point is the new Virgin River. I have to admit that I was a little sad at the prospect of Robyn Carr leaving Virgin River behind to start fresh in a new small town. Even though I haven't finished the Virgin River series yet, I have a feeling that when I do get to the end, I'll have a hard time saying good-bye to the characters who have become like family to me. But I can now console myself with a new “family” in the residents of Thunder Point, and The
I always look forward to a book by this author. When I read the description I instantly realized that Cooper was Luke's friend from Sunrise Point, I was really excited to read the book. Then when I realized it was a new series, I started to scratch my head. I figured that with Cooper and Jack clearing the air, it set things up for him to settle in Virgin River. But apparently that was not in the cards, instead we get this new charming seaside community.

I won't say that I could stop the compariso
Kindle Gal
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This is my first Robyn Carr read, so I have no idea how The Wanderer compares to books in her Virgin River series. In a way, I’m glad I was able to evaluate this book on its own merits; however, not knowing what to expect, I came away from this read a little surprised…

First, I expected a typical romance: guy meets girl, girl resists guy, guy enjoys the chase until he realizes he has deeper feelings for girl, etc. Would it surprise you to
Feb 14, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
The Wanderer is the first book in a brand new series, Thunder Point, by Robyn Carr. As a huge fan of the Virgin River series, (Yes, I read them all) I found The Wanderer is fabulous, sweet, home town romance story and another Robyn Carr series that I will be pre-ordering and marking my calendar with the next release dates.

Hank Cooper, a friend to Luke Riordian (Virgin River), has come to this small coastal town in Oregon to find out what happened in the untimely death of his friend Ben. Ben was
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Apr 26, 2013 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of a good romance book
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Netgalley and the publisher
Although I am not a huge fan of romances, I actually found The Wanderer by Robyn Carr quite engaging. Really, my experiences with romance books consists mainly of Nora Roberts, and over the years I have come to enjoy the mystery and life stories that she uses to showcase her romances. I found this same situation in The Wanderer. Hank "Coop" Cooper takes a trip to Thunder Point, Oregon, which is on the Oregon Coast, ostendibly to get some closure on the death of his best friend, Ben. Ben is a lon ...more
Jonel Boyko
Jan 31, 2014 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was brilliant. Carr takes to the field with the same brilliantly developed and intriguingly captivating writing style that we’ve come to know and love. Carr took everyday life and gives you an amazing tale of love, families, adventure, & even a little suspense. No one is rich or famous. The entire cast is fantastically down to earth.

As a whole, I loved this book (but I’d recommend the print copy over the audiobook). It was a brilliant follow up to Carr’s Virgin River series, but i
ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
. Every engaging audiobook. What a great kindle book deal for $1.99.

A nice contemporary romance, in the vein as Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis. Normally, I like for action to happen fast, but the pace of this story was appropriate for the foundation the author wanted to lay. It wasn't angsty but there was definite sexual tension and feelings of anticipation. A good dose of humor kept me smiling through the book. I really rooted for all the characters trying to find love in this small town. I can't
May 10, 2013 bessie rated it liked it
I have about 2 chapters left but I figured if my feelings haven't changed by now, it won't by the end of the book.

The Wanderer was...ok. It's my first Robyn Carr book and while there was nothing wrong with it, I could easily put it down without feeling tormented. I loved the small town, and all the characters but nothing really grabbed me. When I'm reading, I like to be taken for a ride. I want to LOOOOOVE a character like Im ready to leave my husband or HATE a character so much I'm willing to
Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audiobook.) I liked Therese Plummer's narration, but she doesn't differentiate the voices - at all! She didn't bother me, and her enunciation and pacing are great, she just didn't kick this one up a notch and so, even though I increased it to X1.25 speed, I found myself easily switching to the eBook format to speed things along and to find out what happens...then going back to the audio afterwards.

Also, the story is really more of a "Contemporary" novel, not a Contempor
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