Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating pool is limited. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic.
Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She's already been burned by a man with kids, and she's come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. When Scott offers her a job, at a much lower salary than she's used to, Peyton is surprisingly eager to accept… at least for now. She's willing to stay for a three-month trial period while she explores other options. Scott and Peyton know the arrangement is temporary - it isn't enough time to build a real relationship, never mind anything with lasting commitment. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.
©2014 Robyn Carr (P)2014 Recorded Books
I am an unabashed fan of Robyn Carr despite the fact that she writes romances [and women's fiction] and I'm male. She often writes about real issues, both complicated relationships and non-romance life issues, she teaches me a little bit about the world around me (she does her research) that adds to my knowledge of how our world works, and she builds imaginary worlds with depth and plenty of detail. There are things that I learn from her fiction and use to improve my relationships with the women (wife, mother-in-law, daughter and lots of female friends) I cherish.
In other words, most of her books are not the stereotypical 'pretty girl or hunk has a bad relationship and isn't open to love until she (he) unexpected encounters ... the hunk or the sexy chick hiding in plain sight or out of their history.'
This book is pretty much that story. This is a trope and that's ok, is just isn't my preference. (The word trope is used to describe commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices - motifs.)
Why read this book? Thunder Point, the little costal town, is a worthwhile place to visit. The people there have lives with depth. The Promise fills in the canvas. But ... please don't start the series with this book. Start with The Wanderer, book one. You will enjoy the town coming alive as you learn more about the townspeople you meet in one story after another. I recommend The Promise to anyone who has read and enjoyed a couple of Thunder Point novels already.
I just hope that her next Thunder Point books have more heft to them. If you have never read any books by Ms. Carr, start with a book labeled by the publisher "women's fiction:" The House on Olive Street. Excellent in every way.
Ms. Carr, you had an opportunity here to let your readers learn much more about real life on a farm. For one tiny example, you had Peyton kill a chicken for a special meal. You could have let my fellow readers know how hard it is to get pin feathers plucked, a chore I never mastered as a boy. I'd love to know how she got them out that quickly, without leaving a stubble. To give you credit, you did talk about the smell of 'money' ... which is an entirely normal part of life on a farm.
Ms. Plummer: Thank you for making my drives to work and to visit clients and friends more enjoyable, as always.
My standard disclaimer: I didn't receive a free copy, I wasn't asked to review it, and I don't personally know Ms. Carr or Ms. Plummer or anyone connected with the book.
Busy mom and "Nana" so love the audiobooks so I can keep hands free for multi-tasking. Originally from So. Calif., living in Montana.
I will try one more but I do wish there was a different narrator. Her male voices are horrible and sound so much alike.
I'll try one more from this series, but it will have to be much better.
Her voices were awful and she had a drawn out lilt like she was reading bad poetry. Her tone of voice was pleasant but the way she read and the voices were off-putting.
No. No plot, no suspense at all. Just a simple romance.
The lead woman character was very unlikeable and spent the first 5 or 6 chapters bemoaning the loss of her former lover. Everything was about her past relationship and it got really old.
If you are familiar with Carr's work, this fits in. It is a sweet love story with likable characters. It is the only book of Carr's that was a love story, only, with no plot. It is still worth the purchase just to see the town and characters progress.
The other Thunder Point books were delightful but this one felt like the author was working against a deadline. She made the lead character seem self-centered and unlikable. As I listened to the first hour of the book, I kept wondering if Robyn was depressed or angry at the world as she wrote this. She had all of the typical Thunder Point material at her disposal and could have made this one as delightfully light and easy listening as the others in the series. I stopped listening about half-way through--felt like a waste of time.
I am not giving up on Robyn Carr. I will wait for the next one and buy it.
Give me a Hot Sexy Book, with a good story to listen to, have that "OH MY" sigh, Love most of what I have, but want more. Tell me it ALL!
I like both, I buy the book and listen to on line
I am going to have to say Scott, Another hero in Thunder Point,
Therese Plummer's performance are top rate, she can do men's voices, children s, of course all the women's. She's one of the best.
I love The Promise, it was all she it would be, I cannot not wait for the next book.. I started listening to Robyn book with Thunder Point, and will be so saddened when they end. I want to live in this make believe town. In my mind when I listen or read, I live in Thunder Point and love everyone who move there.
Once again another great book from Robyn Karr, it is magnificent, great to listen to.. Now waiting on the next one. Scott and Payton have two things in common. the love of medicine. They fell in love, and it was a sweet sensual love. Kudo's to Robyn for writing this and introducing us to Scott and to others along the way.It's worth the credit, buy it if you must but read the Promise, it's wonderful.
I was disappointed with the first 7 Chapters of this book. It was nothing but "woe is me. I just got out of a bad relationship" from Payton, the P.A., who according to the info blurb, is supposed to be falling for the local doc. This doesn't even start, with a BAD pickup line :), until Chapter 8. From then on things happen according to what we are expecting and it becomes a nice story.
Good Books Don't Promote Violence
I thought Peyton, the new P.A. in Thunder Point, was too pathetic to be interesting. She moved to town after a 3 year relationship with a self-centered doctor who allowed his spoiled children to treat her like dirt.
Since I couldn't relate to a smart professional woman with such incredibly low self-esteem, the plot didn't hold my interest. It was nice hearing how the other townsfolk were doing, but I didn't think The Promise was worth a credit.
This really is another great story and so well narrated. Loved it! Looking forward to the next one already downloaded!
I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. They seemed varied and 3 dimensional, although at times Scott felt a little too perfect. The story almost didn't have enough drama, but there was enough to keep my interest. Like Scott, the town sometimes also seemed a bit too perfect, however this was probably part of why I enjoyed the book! Things don't always go perfectly, however, and it was good to see how Peyton dealt with the past and how events unfolded.
Occasionally I was unsure of who was speaking, perhaps clearer narration would have prevented this, however it wasn't too common. Apart from that the narration was good and unobtrusive.
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