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Thunder Point #7: One Wish by Robyn Carr
Thunder Point #7: One Wish

The Literacy Advocate, April 20, 2015


Robyn Carr's books are "comfort food" for the romance reader. I have purchased every book that Robyn has published; of course, I have my favorites, so some are better than others for me. ONE WISH is a solid entry in the THUNDER POINT series and although I preferred The Chance and The Homecoming, I still thoroughly enjoyed this charming story of high school social studies teacher Troy Headly, on the rebound after being rejected by Iris McKinley, and Grace Dillon, the owner of a lovely little floral shop who has not told anyone in town about her past as a world-famous young Olympic figure skater.

Troy is a charismatic character; in fact, he's what any gal would love to bring home to mom and dad, despite his recent heartbreak. Grace, too, is an extremely likeable heroine, though she's vulnerable and carries a lot of emotional baggage caused by circumstances surrounding her decision to leave professional figure skating. Troy and Grace, strongly attracted to each other, gradually begin a relationship which morphs from friendship to "friends with benefits," and rather quickly turns into a deeper closeness than either of them expected to find so soon. Troy steps up to the plate with Grace very quickly; despite his former serious interest in Iris, as soon as he realizes that Grace's feelings for him are real, he gets over his former crush in lightning speed.

Miss Carr's strength lies in her ability to write characters who touch the hearts of her readers, and ONE WISH is no exception. Although the narrative relies too heavily on monologue to establish Troy and Grace's relationship and growing closeness (they spend a bit too much time giving lengthy descriptions of their pasts, their interests, and their intentions, and as I reader I'd have much preferred to see many of these speeches presented as action or plot rather than monologue), there is still no denying that I cared for these characters and was with them each step of the way as they made their way through more than one challenge (no spoilers here!) to find their way to each other and to their HEA. Was it predictable? Absolutely; even some of their crises were clichéd...but I don't care, because I have fallen in love with Thunder Point, just as I did with the Virgin River Series before it, and I look forward to every story. Thus, 4 stars for me.

What's to love in ONE WISH? The scenes with Al and Ray Anne; their romance is so heartfelt and so full of promise and appreciation that it made this book better for me. It's always a pleasure when Miss Carr brings back favorite characters in her series. We hear from Cooper and Sara, Scott and Peyton, Seth and Iris, and the "golden girls" of Thunder Point who gather for their occasional "wine and whine" session! We are also introduced to a new character whose story tugs at a reader's heart...Ray Anne's cousin's daughter Ginger, who has been through two crushing heartbreaks and is sent to Thunder Point by her distraught parents who are praying that "Aunt Ray Anne" can help Ginger find the will to live again. Ginger is one of the most compelling characters Carr has written, and I can't wait to see her journey. ONE WISH also includes a visit from Virgin River series characters Denny and Becca, and a mention of the other folks in Virgin River, as Troy talks about potentially travelling that way to see some acquaintances who share his love of outdoor activities and sports...dare we hope, Miss Carr? Finally, the end of the book takes us to a special wedding (we knew it was coming; not Troy/Grace) at which a number of our Thunder Point friends meet the extended family of one of our other beloved Thunder Point characters...which sets up the next story very nicely...but no hints here! I will say that I am truly looking forward to the next storyline; it sounds like it could be one of Carr's best. Robyn Carr is my #1 "feel-good" read!

AUDIOPHILES: I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook narration (I purchase the ones I want to re-"read" from Audible.com, but they are all also produced in audio CD versions carried by many public libraries). I've listened to each title in the series; they're narrated by the incomparable Therese Plummer, who brings every character to life. And if you haven't read the VIRGIN RIVER series, RUN to your book provider and find it! For a list of the correct Virgin River series reading order, please click on my name (above) and see my review of the first book, titled VIRGIN RIVER; for me, it's Miss Carr's finest book.

THUNDER POINT SERIES READING ORDER (this series is best read in order):
1. The Wanderer - retired Army pilot (Hank) Cooper & pilot Sara Dupre
2. The Newcomer -- Deputy Sheriff Mac McCain & waitress Gina James
3. The Hero -- coach Spencer Lawson & single mom Devon McAllister
4. The Chance -- auto mechanic Eric Gentry & FBI agent Laine Carrington
5. The Promise -- Dr. Scott Grant & PA Peyton Lacoumette
6. The Homecoming -- Deputy Sheriff Seth Sileski & HS guidance counselor Iris McKinley
7. One Wish -- HS teacher Troy Headly & florist Grace Dillon
8. A New Hope --(expectedly, Ginger's story) to be published 6/30/15
9. Wildest Dreams -- expected publication date 8/25/15

**I received a complimentary copy of ONE WISH from MIRA in exchange for my honest review, but I've already bought my own copy to put on my Robyn Carr shrine -- I mean-- shelf!**
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus

The Literacy Advocate, February 23, 2013

A lyrical, lush, and breathtaking treatment of the power of love and its ability to impact even the most determined destiny. Rarely have I lived inside two main characters the way I coexisted with Celia and Marco, as I clung to the hope that love might conquer all...absolutely magical.
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