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The Newcomer

(Thunder Point #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  12,724 ratings  ·  739 reviews
With humor and insight, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr looks at letting go of the past-and knowing when you've found something worth building your 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 happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have alwa
Mass Market Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 25th 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
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
♡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
Jacob Proffitt
This is second in a series. Or rather, an extension of a story started in another book. Indeed, I'm having a hard time deciding why this book exists as there aren't any new relationships and the established ones don't really progress.

You might note that I haven't tagged this as a romance. Because it's not. Frankly, I'm not sure what this book is trying for. It's another couple months in the life of Thunder Point. Sort of. To get the requisite drama for revisiting the characters, Carr had to rese
I am starting to really love this town!! Review to come!
Lover of Romance
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 sto
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
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Both this and the first book start out soooooo slow. In my younger days that would have totally turned me off, but if you push through you start to enjoy the slow pace of Thunder Point and the multiple story lines. The teenage storyline in this one was definitely the best.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Small-Town Romance; Family Drama; Virgin River
Reviewed for THC Reviews
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
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! Great story!! Can't wait to read the next book in the series!! Love this author's books!! ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good series!
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
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 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
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.
Tina "IRead2Escape"
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
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You guys all know that I love Robyn Carr, and I am so enjoying her new Thunder Point series.

In the Newcomer we get the continuation of Mac and Gina’s story. We also get more of Cooper and Sarah from the first book The Wanderer. As I have said before, one of the things I love most about this series are the teenagers and their story lines. In the Newcomer we get more of the blossoming relationship
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 think what
Pam Nelson
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 The Newcomer Stars

YES! I loved this book; I was invested in Mac and Gina from book 1 and was elated to get more of their story in this book.

Phew this book has some heavy issues, and it’s hard to listen to from someone how kind of went through depression at a young age. So I connected a lot with Ashely in this book. But what I loved the most was how her mom stood by her, noticed something was wrong and fought tooth and nail to see her through.

These books Robyn writes are for entertainment sur
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jul-14
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
This book was not quite what I expected but still it was such a pleasure to read. Each couple in the book are having their ups and downs. Sarah is looking at a move within the Coast Guard. Cooper finds out that he has a son called Austin. Cee Jay is back. Gina and Mac get it together. It was well written with a lot of depth to it. I can't wait to hear Spencer's story. Thunder Point is easily becoming one of my favourite series. ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book made me really excited to continue with this series. It felt like an episodic TV show, where each character continues into this book where they left off in the last, and there were so many character developments amongst teens and adults alike. I'm looking forward to spending more time with all of these characters! ...more
Romancing the Book
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Aubrey
Book provided by NetGalley

I really liked the second book in the series. The title not so much. Mac had been in Thunder Point for four years. To me I didn’t quite understand how he was still considered a newcomer. As well the description on the book was not accurate to me. I did not find the conflict between Mac and his ex-wife to be all that much of a conflict nor it something that would break up Mac and Gina up.
I’m usually not one to complain about a title or book blurb but th
I thoroughly enjoy Robyn Carr's books and I am quickly becoming a fan of the town and people of Thunder Point, Oregon. In this installment, we get more involved in the lives of Copper and Sarah along with Mac and Gina. There was an interesting plot line involving cyberbullying (pretty nasty) as well as a previously unknown family member being introduced. I didn't really get who the "Newcomer" was it might possibly be more of an introduction to the next book in the series. Quick listen and, as al ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
One of the problems when one chooses to read books in a series back to back some things that really don't work are more easily seen. I posted an I totally love this book review with regards to the first book in this series, The Wanderer (Thunder Point). The book really did remind me of the best of the Virgin River series that I started to read a few years back. I really hoped that Ms. Carr would manage to keep up the momentum and have a second book that would either meet or exceed my expectation ...more
Rebecca I'm addicted to another Robyn Carr series. Carr has improved in her ability to transition plots and multiple characters. I especially enjoyed Ashley's struggles and the spotlight on teenage mental health.

I find myself looking for things to clean, just so I can listen. On to book 3.
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
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
Nancy Crocker
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The fourth novel, THE BEST OF US, in her fan-favorite Sullivan's Crossing Series was released in Jan. 2019. Robyn's new women's fiction novel THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND, released in April 2019, deputed on four bestseller lists: The ...more

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  • The Chance (Thunder Point, #4)
  • The Promise (Thunder Point, #5)
  • The Homecoming (Thunder Point, #6)
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  • A New Hope (Thunder Point, #8)
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