- Title: The Newcomer (Thunder Point series #2)
- Author: Robyn Carr
- Genre: Contemporary Romance
- Published: June 2013 – Harlequin
- Source: Publisher
Synopsis (publisher): Single dad and Thunder Point’s deputy sheriff “Mac” McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and happy. Now he’s found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they’re feeling like teenagers themselves-suddenly they can’t get enough of one another.
And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac’s long-lost ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. Mac and Gina know they’re meant to be together, but can their newfound love withstand the pressure?
My take: 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 (from the first book The Wanderer). Changes out of their control threaten their relationship and test their ability to trust. The two couples aside, the emphasis of this book seemed to be on the children involved. I like that aspect and hope it continues with each book.
After enjoying the Virgin River series for years I’m now fully on board with the people of Thunder Point and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.