Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Homecoming by Robyn Carr

Title:  The Homecoming
Series:  Thunder Point #6
Author:  Robyn Carr
Published:  August 26/14 by Harlequin Mira
Length:  400pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In a small town, reputation is everything. In her latest novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr explores the burden placed on a young man returning home to face his mistakes—the first step in claiming the life he was meant to live ...

At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. The people in his hometown have never forgotten what might have been.

Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he's been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he's become a better, humbler version of his former self.

Winning over his father isn't the only challenge. Seth must also find a way to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart. With his homecoming, will Seth be able to convince the town, his family and especially Iris that he's finally ready to be the man who will make them all proud?

My Review:

Welcome back to Thunder Point. After reading this, I swear I’m moving here.

Carr brings this fantastic world to life in the most complete way. One can easily picture Thunder Point and its surroundings through her intricate yet natural descriptions. The storyline was captivating. Carr combines past heartbreak with present healing to take you on a very emotional ride. Throw in a dash of heat and some unexpected trouble and you have a winner. Carr also tackles some very difficult and touchy subjects that most of us try not to think about in our everyday lives. She does so with tact, but definitely packs a punch.

The history between the characters was heartbreaking. Seeing them go from what was & what might have been to what is was profoundly enriching. I could easily put myself in both the main characters’ shoes. Carr develops them in such a manner that you not only get to know them but can also identify with them. It brings this story to a whole new emotional level.

This is one of those novels that could be read as a standalone or as part of the series. Carr gives you all of the background on the main characters and tells their complete story in this novel. That said, for a deeper context and a more well-rounded view of Thunder Point and its inhabitants, I would suggest reading the series in order.

This is a heart-warming, heartbreaking, healing story. It’s the perfect tale to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea (or glass of wine) and enjoy. I definitely did.

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