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The Newcomer (Thunder Point #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,978 Ratings  ·  549 Reviews
With humor and insight, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr explores letting go of the past--and finding something worth building a future on.

Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep his town safe and his daughter happy. Now he's found his own happines with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challen
ebook, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Harlequin Mira (first published June 12th 2013)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

The Newcomer is the second book in Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series. I really enjoyed this installment, but the title is more than a bit deceiving because the “newcomer” doesn't even visit Thunder Point until close to the end of the book. In fact, the decision to become a “newcomer” didn’t happen until the very end.

This story is actually the continuation of two romances, Cooper and Sarah’s, and Mac and Gina’s. The story takes place nine months after The Wanderer and I enjoyed seeing where the
May 07, 2013 Auntee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary romance; fans of the Virgin River series
Full review closer to release date but here are some highlights...

* This book reads not like a new story, but more like a continuation of The Wanderer. A couple of new characters are introduced, and one will be the hero of the next book in the series.

*I'd say a third of the book is YA, which is okay, but I'd rather read about the adult relationships. It touches on lots of teen topics like heartbreak, depression, bullying on social networks, a pregnancy scare, and has lots of teen angst. After al
♡Karlyn P♡
DNF. I made it a few chapters in and found myself wondering WTF am I reading? I really enjoyed book 1 (the Wanderer) and I thought this book was going to move on from Coop and Sarah's story to focus on a new romance. But it dove right back into a continuation of Coop and Sarah's relationship and added some new drama for them. Then we got a heavy dose of a teenage angst romance that went bad and her first broken heart. Where was the new romance in this book?

So I decided to read a few reviews by t
Jul 14, 2013 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment this book turned out to be. I had absolutely loved the first book of this new Thunder Point series and was more than happy to visit again with some great characters. Don't get me wrong, the characters were still there, true to how they were pictured in book 1. Yet this wasn't a happy reunion, to say the least.
Mostly The Newcomer (terrible title by the way, in no way related to the book itself) was centered around Ashley and Downy's break-up and all the depressing stuff resu
To describe The Newcomer as a disappointment is possibly the biggest understatement of 2015 (thus far). The first book in Carr’s Thunder Point series, The Wanderer, was easily my favorite contemporary romance of all time. I was pumped for this sequel, ready for more small-town antics and a down-to-earth homey vibe and some fun, yet understated, romance. That is not at all what happened in this book. Not even close.

Phew, there’s just so much to unpack. I suppose the biggest problem with The Newco
Lover of Romance
Sep 20, 2015 Lover of Romance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review

The Newcomer is the second in the Thunder Point series, and what we have here is pretty much a continuation of the first book. At the end of the first book, we had all four couples admit their feelings for each other. In The Newcomer its been seven months, and we see them together. Technically the story is surrounding Mac and Gina. But there is also focus on Cooper and Sara and a bit on our Teenage romance with Landon and Evie. This story
ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
4.5 stars.
This story was even better than book 1. It was a "tying up of loose ends" or dealing with unfinished business kind of book.
Couple 1: Sarah and Cooper were still in the "not fully committed" category thanks to Sarah's trust issues. Pressures at work and a blast from Cooper's past forced the couple to confront their issues and finally define their relationship. It was definitely surprising to see the man in the relationship asking the "is it me? Why won't you commit to me?" kind of ques
Jun 26, 2013 Julianna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Small-Town Romance; Family Drama; Virgin River
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The Newcomer was another thoroughly enjoyable read from Robyn Carr's new Thunder Point series. I only have one small complaint which I'll get out of the way right here at the start. I wish that the cover blurber had found a better way to synopsize these first two books in the series. Readers are left with the impression that The Wanderer is Cooper and Sarah's story, while The Newcomer is Mac and Gina's story, but this really wasn't the case at all. Both books are more lik
Like Grace Valley, Thunder Point is an ongoing romance saga about the town and its residents. Well written but for me this had a bit too much teenage angst, I appreciate the teenagers are part of this town but felt too much time/pages devoted to it....Not what I expect from an adult romance.
I am starting to really love this town!! Review to come!
4.5 stars

Oh, I do love Robyn Carr's books. She writes books that simply make me feel good reading them, without resorting to sugary sweetness that can annoys me to no end. As I probably mentioned in my review of The Wanderer, I was a bit hesitant about starting a new series. After all, Virgin River is one of my favorite series, but Ms. Carr managed to pull it off.

Anyway, The Newcomer mostly continues the storyline from the Wanderer. It deals with two couples Gina and Max (the single mother who i
2 stars...

Sitting here thinking about Newcomer, i've come to the conclusion that Ms. Carr just wrote a very long novella or filler book for this new series. Lots of things happen but ultimately the story between Gina & Mac and Cooper & Sarah does not progress until the last quarter of the book. We spend 200+ pages focused on the younger kids, Ashley, Eve, Landon and Frank. Not that I minded, I liked their experiences but in the end I was left wondering who the "Newcomer" really was?

I thi
To write that his book was disappointing is an understatement. It took me reading about 30% of the story for it to get even remotely interesting, but then the interesting parts were buried and sandwiched in between a whole of excess writing that went nowhere. This book should have been significantly edited and probably combined with the first book in the series. Newcomer lacks a climax, has too many tension points and a bizarre ending. I have only been disapointed by Robyn Carr one other time Re ...more
Jun 26, 2013 Dee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to say was a bit disappointed in this one - I really liked The Wanderer (book 1) in the series, and was looking forward to this one, but it was a bit of a let down. the main couple - Mac/Gina - got over-shadowed through-out the entire book with the storyline basically being a continuation of book 1...and who the heck was the Newcomer...I've yet to actually figure that out...but the blurb from the next book intrigued me, so maybe i'll check it out
Jul 06, 2015 Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. I found the story and the romance pretty lukewarm.

First based on the two books released in Thunder Point, I really having a difficult time with this series. It seems very much a re-hash of Virgin River,-- just a different setting.

Part of the problem with the book is Cooper seems just like Jack Sheridan from Virgin River. Jack has a bar/restaurant. Cooper has the same (although it sandwiches --he doesn't have a "Preacher" to cook) Jack's place turned into a
Kindle Gal
So here's the thing I've figured out about this series: it's not contemporary romance. The Thunder Point books are women's fiction.

If you're looking for a story with the typical contemporary romance format—boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy woos girl, they live happily ever after—you're going to be disappointed with the Thunder Point series. I think that was me when I'd read The Wanderer (Book 1). In my mind, the story and pacing was all over the place, with too many characters and too m
May 16, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've told you guys how in love I am with Robyn Carr's Virgin River series...she's so amazing at her characterization!

You pity some of them, your heart breaks for others, and she can make me DESPISE some.

And she's not dissapointing me on that front with this series ~ BUT I'm not thrilled with the hero/heroine relationships in this one. I wouldn't dream of telling an author what to write, but I've come to expect that when I read one of Robyn Carr's books I'm going to get a full relationship sto
May 27, 2013 Jonetta rated it it was amazing
I hadn't planned to read this for at least another three weeks but I just couldn't wait. My instincts were so right!

The Setup
This isn't a series where each story has one central conflict and one significant romance that wraps neatly at the end of the book. There a quite a few characters whose lives are connected either by familial ties, friendship or through the relationships of their children. Most are single parents or are filling that role and are trying to manage a romance while dealing wit
May 19, 2013 Darcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am finding myself loving this book so much more than the first. I think the reason is because things are set, we know the main players and the community.

I really liked that while this book seemed to focus and Mac and Gina, there was a lot of Cooper and Sarah, as well as the kids.

Mac and Gina are so cute, I was so happy that they finally got together at the end of the last book. I wasn't sure why we needed this book for, they are together, but Carr doesn't let us down. Just when things look goo
This book reminded me of a meandering visit among relatives. It was done more out of obligation than interest.
The book wasn't bad, just rather slow, sometimes boring, and dealt with so much teenage angst! I thought at some points I was reading a YA book with all of the teen drama and none of Carr's romantic heat.
And as much as I liked Book #1, The Wanderer, I was so sick of Sarah and her keeping secrets and being grumpy! I'm here for Gina and Mac - Sarah, you've had your turn!
I'm guessing the ti
May 21, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Many of our friends at Thunder Point are about to face unexpected challenges and The Newcomer gives us a front row seat.

Sarah is up for transfer and wonders how she will be able to transplant Landon in his senior year of high school or leave Cooper. Cooper has a life altering circumstance to face and his decision will effect his life forever.

Mac and Gina are in love but they are about to face old demons from the past and situations beyond their control.

First loves will be tested, some will m
Nancy Crocker
Jun 26, 2013 Nancy Crocker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Newcomer by Robyn Carr is the second book in the Thunder Point series. The first being The Wanderer. And for this reader it is another Hit. Instead of focusing on one couple like most Romance novels do. This one continues to follow the relationships of a number of couples. And all of these relationships will be tested in one way or another.

While Mac and Gina's relationship moves steadily along, they both have family emergencies that need to be addressed. Mac's ex has arrived in town after ab
Tina "coffee and books"
The Newcomer by Robyn Carr is the continuation of the story of the wonderful seaside town of Thunder Point. Essentially this story is that of Mac and Gina, but we get so much more on all the townspeople.

Sherriff Mac McCain has always put his children first. That’s more than he can say for his ex-wife. It turns out having three young children and a husband working so much he’s never home was not as fun as she thought it would be. When the baby was still in diapers she upped and left them all sig
Jul 29, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Robyn Carr's one of my all-time favorite authors and her Virgin River series I could read over and over again.
Small-town romance is this author's specialty and in the Thunder Point series she takes us to the coast of Oregon.
In "The Newcomer" we get to revisit, laugh and cry with all of the beloved characters introduced to us in "The Wanderer", the first book in this series (as well as a few new characters too).
Ms. Carr exposes us to a wide array of things her characters experience such as young
Sep 11, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robyn Carr put family dynamics right at the forefront in the second book of the Thunder Point series. It was easy to relate to the difficulties of raising a family in the 21st century. There are several types of family units in this book and I thought they were depicted honestly and believably. Issues concerning hormonal teenagers, cyber bullying, the uncertainty of family stability are just a few of the themes.

Mac and Gina are the main characters but running a close second are Cooper and Sarah
Nichole ~Bookaholic~
I enjoyed the second book in the Thunder Point series. Where I found the first book to be a bit slow this one was pretty fast, there was so much going on it seemed like one thing after another was happening.

I was very happy that Mac and Gina finally got together at the end of the first book and I like that we get more on Sara and Cooper. There was quite a bit of drama for the kids and I felt bad for what Ashley had to go through. The adult drama is in the form of someone from Mac’s past who show
Sep 09, 2014 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I absolutely loved this one! Gina James and Mac McCain are friends, and both shoulder large responsibilities. Gina became a single mother at a very young age and has raised her teenaged daughter. Mac's wife left him and their children behind, and his aunt has helped with his children while he takes care of his duties as a deputy sheriff. The two good friends, Gina and Mac, begin to develop a romantic relationship when Mac's ex waltzes back into town and wants back in Mac's life.

This one has eve
May 02, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a direction continuation from the last book. Once I realized that this wasn't primarily a romance like the VR series, but more of a book about several families lives within the town of Thunder Point then I was more able to enjoy the book. To me this just has threads of romance and is more about the impact of various things that happen within the families. It comes off to me of more of fiction. I am looking forward to Spencer's story, but she has us set up for several books in the future ...more
Zwart Raafje
Sep 21, 2014 Zwart Raafje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Op basis van deze samenvattende tekst die de cover van ‘Een nieuwe start’ siert, zou je als lezer verwachten dat dit tweede boek vooral rond Deputy Mac McCain en Gina zou draaien. Niets is echter minder waar. Net als bij het eerste deel uit de Thunder Point-reeks ligt de focus niet enkel op de hoofdpersonages.

‘Een nieuwe start’ neemt immers de draad terug op, kort na het einde van ‘Vaste grond’ en volgt opnieuw de bewoners van het havenstadje Thunder Point terwijl de geest uit het verleden (jaja
Feb 08, 2015 Trea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is a book I was on the fence about, but after reading it, I've made my decision about the series. To me, this book focuses too much on the relationship from the previous book than the relationship that should have been its focus: Mac and Gina's. It was very confusing to me and I kept having to flip flop through chapters to pick up the thread of what happened with each couple when something good was happening! There is a lot of emotional angst and drama in this book, and I think the book suf ...more
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