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Reviewed by A.D. Cole

Hank Cooper, helicopter pilot currently between jobs, travels to Thunder Point, Oregon, in order to look into the circumstances of an old Army buddy’s death. When he arrives, he finds that he has inherited all of Ben Bailey’s worldly possessions. Which doesn’t look like much until he finds out that the run down bait shop and bar is sitting on a piece of land that could be worth millions.

But Cooper is a wanderer. An unattached man. Not likely to settle or commit. So out of respect to his friend who, for reasons Cooper can’t fathom, left him this property, he sets out to renovate it in order to keep it from being razed. Once he gets it fixed up, his intentions are to sell it and move on. But then he meets Mac, the friendly Deputy who lives with his spunky Aunt Lou and his three kids; Gina the snarky diner waitress; Landon Dupre, the sixteen-year-old quarterback with a bully problem; and Landon’s sister and guardian, Sarah, the Coast Guard rescue pilot.

The great thing about Sarah is that she’s determined not to commit to a man. Ever. Which makes her the perfect hookup for Cooper, since he intends to cut out at the first available opportunity. Except that he slowly finds himself being taken in by this small town. And even more startling, finds himself losing his heart to Sarah. Now he must wrestle with understanding himself, who he is, what he wants, and whether to continue wandering; or consider the unprecedented possibility of staying.

The Wanderer is the first in bestselling author Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series. It’s also my first experience with Carr’s writing and I definitely enjoyed it. As a romance, it takes quite a long time before hero meets heroine. But the relationships Cooper develops leading up to that point and the small town drama are compelling and definitely kept my interest. Thunder Point is one of those towns you just wish you could live in. Not without its flaws, but tight with a multi-generational community and school spirit. It’s a nice world to escape into with characters you’re glad to know and read about. And a way to relive, through fiction, the joy and turmoil of first loves, finding home, and discovering family in surprising places.

I can’t think of why not to read this book. It’s a good beach read or easing into bedtime book. Fans of Debbie Macomber and other small-town-drama authors should thoroughly enjoy this. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Newcomer.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A.D. Cole is a homeschooling mother and aspiring romance novelist. She lives in the Ozark foothills and spends her free time reading, writing, baking and pondering life’s little mysteries.

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