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Wildest Dreams. Robyn Carr

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Wildest Dreams
Robyn Carr
Published: MIRA
Date: 25th August 2015
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley & Little Bird Publicity
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Wildest Dreams is #9 in the Thunder Point series.  This one is the story of Lin Su and her son Charlie.  It also continues the story of Winnie, Grace and their family.  Blake Smiley is the triathlete who has arrived next door, we met him briefly in the previous book. Now he is in Thunder Point permanently.

Lin Su is the nurse to Winnie and an excellent one.  She is a great mother to Charlie, but just somewhat over protective and controlling. He is fourteen and beginning to want a little more independence. Charlie was a character I loved, he was so caring and respectful towards his mother, but also ready to spread his wings a little. Lin Su has had a very challenging time since she became pregnant with Charlie. She is gritty and feisty, but a little proud and unbending. I loved all the growth and development for Lin Su as the story evolved.

Blake is a talented athlete and he and Charlie bond, Charlie admires him and they form a very understanding relationship. However Lin Su sees some of this as interference and she is vocal when she disapproves.  Blake himself has not come from an easy background, growing up in a very poor area. He loves to help out youth from poor areas and help them to rise above and go places they never thought they could.

We also catch up with some other inhabitants of this small town and its a time when there are three babies due just before Christmas.  I love seeing into their lives as they live out their ‘happily ever after’!  All is not going too well in the Sileski household, Seth’s parents are still not getting on and one of them is threatening divorce.

I loved this book as much as the others, once I started reading I was pretty much engrossed and immersed again in the lives of these people. The romance is low key and beautiful, it is part of the package but doesn’t provide the whole focus. If you like that, then you’ll enjoy this, if you like romance to be more to the front, maybe this book isn’t for you.

I thought perhaps events at the end were too quickly wrapped up.  Personally I thought the new arrivals in various forms could have  made a very nice Christmas novella!

4.5 stars
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A New Hope. Robyn Carr

A New Hope
Robyn Carr
Published: Harlequin
Date: 30th June 2015
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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A New Hope is #8 in the Thunder Point series.  It takes up the story of Ginger Dysart, who has been staying with Ray Ann and healing from a broken marriage and losing a child.  She has found a job working for Grace in the local florist shop.

The book opens at the Lacoumette farm where the wedding of Scott and Payton is taking place.  One of Payton’s brothers – Matt, makes a nuisance of himself with Ginger and she floors him! He too is recovering from a broken marriage and something else which has led him to not being his usual self.  When he realises what he has done he seeks out Ginger at Thunder Point and apologises.  And the romance develops from there.

Ginger is a wonderful character, she has grown through her grief and her eyes are wide open.  She is learning to be direct and speak her mind. Loved that about her.  She still is dealing with her ex as well as the anger that Matt is carrying, and she is not prepared to just put up with it. Matt to give him his credit is a very likeable character, a little henpecked by his sister if he allowed it, and ready as time goes by to engage in a new relationship.  I thought Robyn Carr took an excellent line with this character, it was great to witness.  I won’t give anything away because I don’t want to spoil the journey for other readers.

While Ginger and Matt are the two main characters in focus, I love how we are given glimpses of some of the other characters.  Another marriage takes place, so continuing the story of two previous characters. I especially enjoyed Winnie’s story (the mother of Grace who has come to live with her) and her nurse Lin Su and her son Charlie. The next book is going to track their story and I just can’t wait because I just know its going to be good.

I so love these stories because they are more than romance.  They include a wide range of characters, young and old, each with a story and challenges of their own.  The books have substance.

4.5 stars