Estelle: The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

The Newcomer by Robyn CarrThe Newcomer by Robyn Carr ( web | tweet )
Part of Thunder Point Series.
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 368
Target audience: Adult romance
Keywords: small town, exes, heartbreak, extended families
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks also to Little Bird Publicity!)

Summary: So much happening in Thunder Point: Sarah has a secret about her job that could affect her brother, Landon, who is about to start his senior year in a good school (finally!). Mac’s ex-wife is back in town after 10 years since she abandoned their children. Gina’s daughter, Ashley, is dealing with heartbreak after a surprise breakup with her college boyfriend. Double the romance, secrets, and friendship!

When I reviewed The Wanderer back in March, I figured the multiple storylines served as an introduction to the series and that once Book 2 came out, Carr would follow the typical romance novel format and dedicate each book to one character. Instead The Newcomer followed its predecessor by jumping between the lives of those we met in Book 1. And you know what? I liked this a whole lot. Not only was it a bit more seamless in this book but, as a reader, you are able to grow more attached to the characters and that’s never a bad thing.

So now I can tell you what I loved so much about The Newcomer. There are a good amount of intertwining storylines but the standout for me was Ashley, a teenager dealing with an awful breakup with her college boyfriend. She’s totally blindsided because he was always so devoted and the series of events that followed were heartbreakingly authentic. I wanted to simultaneously punch her ex in the face, and hug her until it stopped hurting. One thing about Carr: she does not shy away from incorporating teens in her books. This is so refreshing, and a great reason for YA fans to try her out.

For all the drama (crazy exes, convict fathers, sexting), there is so much to enjoy about the Thunder Point gang (coolest hottest sex scene EVER, proposals, sweet surprises). By the second chapter, I felt like I was already hanging out with some old friends of mine. Can’t wait for book 3! (I quite literally can’t; I was screaming NOT YET! when I finished.)

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Psst. Feel free to read these books out of order.

9 thoughts on “Estelle: The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

  1. Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life says:

    I have actually heard very little about this series, which is strange, because it seems so different! I actually think it’s pretty cool how the timeline jumps around to other people, I don’t think I’ve read any other book that have done that successfully. This author doesn’t seem to shy away from anything, and the phenomenal characterization is so awesome as well! I love when you feel like the characters are real people (because they totally ARE, right?!).

    Anyways, gorgeous review, Estelle! I’m definitely going to be checking this series out.

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

  2. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader says:

    I’m shocked that this book is relatively unknown given its rather unusual approach to perspective and storytelling in the contemporary romance genre. I’ve become so used to reading each book in a contemporary romance series from a different character’s perspective that the idea of having multiple characters intersect throughout a single book gave me a little jolt and I was initially skeptical. While I’m not always the best at adjusting to change, I am intrigued by Carr’s approach and it does sound like something I would enjoy. There are few things I like more in a romance novel than small towns and big families, either biological or found.

    I’m happy to hear that Carr incorporates children and teens into her stories with a fair amount of success. I find they can often make or break a romance novel for me, and admittedly often dread the appearance of children because I find they’re very rarely well-drawn. Ashley’s story sounds particularly interesting and is one I would like to read more about.

    Thanks for the really informative review! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed The Newcomer and will likely add Carr’s Thunder Point series to my ever-growing TBR list 🙂

  3. Pagepassion (Katharina) says:

    Hey, I liked your review a lot and I’ll put the book on my wishlist 🙂 Sounds VERY good, especially the “intertwining storylines” and the “coolest hottest sex scene EVER” 😉 Greetings from Germany! Katharina

  4. Tara says:

    I picked up The Wanderer at BEA and can’t WAIT to read it. It’ll be my first Robyn Carr and I’ve got high hopes since so many people seem to enjoy her writing.

  5. Jamie says:

    Never heard of this series but I’m checking to see if my library has it! It sounds really good! Seems like a good crossover for those of us who started reading romance because of the YA genre but have no idea what the adult romance genre is all about! (like me!)

  6. Alexa Y. says:

    After we had such a… GOOD… discussion about certain things in this book, I really want to read it! I did enjoy The Wanderer, and meeting all the characters, so it’s kind of cool that they’ll all be back in this second installment. I’m definitely going to check it out!

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