Just Lovely! A New Hope by Robyn Carr

Posted June 30, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Just Lovely! A New Hope by Robyn CarrA New Hope by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #8
Published by Harlequin MIRA on June 30, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, and with the help of her cousin Ray Anne, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to start her first big assignment, assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.

In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger finds herself swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride's brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own recent divorce, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself and Ginger when he tries to make a pass at her, forcing Ginger to flee the scene in embarrassment.

But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Discovering they have a lot in common, they form a solid friendship, though everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.



Ginger Dysart is slowly recovering from the loss of her child on top of the disintegration of her ill-advised marriage. Working in the Thunder Point flower shop and being around a network of interesting and supportive women has raised her from a dark abyss. When she “meets” Matt Lacoumette at his sister’s wedding reception, it’s an unlikely encounter between two people rebounding from painful life events.


I loved this story for several reasons.

First, Ginger’s descent into severe depression was understandable, presenting a very realistic response to the loss of a child. When her cousin, Ray Anne, steps in and moves her to Thunder Point, it begins an extraordinary healing process that exemplifies the best the community has to offer. The town embraces Ginger without pity, just giving her a reason to get up each day and breathe.


Next, when Matt comes to Thunder Point to try and make amends to Ginger for his boorish behavior at the wedding reception, we’re introduced to one of the most unconventional, intense characters I’ve come across. He’s passionate, unpredictable and charming but his behavior can also border on oddness at times. Though he’s got some serious issues stemming from his first marriage, his romance with Ginger is a delight.


Lastly, family is again a strong theme and both Ginger and Matt are surrounded by caring members who are an important part of their lives. They’re a major aspect of the story and make a very big difference.

The books in this series always provide me with a reliable reading experience. I can count on a strong sense of community and family, heartwarming moments and likable characters. I loved everything about Ginger and Matt’s romance and rise from despair. It was a lovely return to Thunder Point.

About Robyn Carr

After thirty-plus years of hard work, life is very, very good for the Las Vegas author who began writing when her two children were babies.

Robyn’s Virgin River and Thunder Point series, like her earlier Grace Valley books, are a blend of romance and women’s fiction—books that not only entertain but also address sensitive issues, such as domestic violence, health risks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anything that can compromise a woman’s happiness because she’s female. And there’s no denying that Robyn has a way with words. Her voice is unique and takes her readers into the hearts and minds of the brave men and women who have served in the military, into the families left behind, and into those who confront challenges head-in in their search for love and fulfillment.

After writing twenty Virgin River stories, Robyn is now taking her readers into another fictional community, a picturesque coastal town on the Oregon coast she calls Thunder Point. Like her Virgin River novels, the Thunder Point books will make readers laugh, sigh, and fall in love: with a small town filled with people they’ll never forget. In addition to 2013’s The Wanderer, The Newcomer and The Hero, Thunder Point novels on Robyn’s schedule are three 2014 titles, The Chance (March), The Promise (July), and The Homecoming (September).

Robyn and her husband enjoy traveling, often taking research trips together. Their son and daughter are grown. Robyn says that, in addition to reading her novels and making snide remarks about how she’s used family scenarios to her advantage, they have made her a happy grandmother.

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2 responses to “Just Lovely! A New Hope by Robyn Carr

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      Same here! I still want to move to Virgin River and Thunder Pointhas a strong pull:)