I enjoy this new series. Other reviews have it correct that because she introduces so many characters it can occasionally be tough to follow along. ..Show More »A narrator with more vocal characterization range would have helped with that. I think the people are interesting and I'll look forward to more books in this series.
I liked this audiobook, however the book description was a little misleading. I expected more of a love story between Mac and Gina, along with how th..Show More »ey worked their families into a whole. This was not the case. This story is a continuation of Cooper and Sarah's romance and their issues, which might i say was great and excellent to listen to. I felt a lot more invested in them in this story. Having listened to the first in the series I now understand that it is going to be about the community of Thunder Point more than the romance of individual characters. Carr also brought teen love and heartache into this story. I actually cried for Ashley!!! I have children so for this to happen to one would be devastating. I really think Carr nailed it, the emotions, the out of control feelings of an adolescent. I have to add that if you are new to the Thunder Point series?, listen to The Wanderer (book 1) first as you will have a better understanding of the community and what Robyn Carr is trying to achieve in her novels. Lastly, and I know I always say this, but Therese Plummer is my favourite narrator, she is fantastic for this series and anything of hers I have listened to I have thought a better book due to her.
with audio you get the emotions that come with closing your eyes and seeing it played out. Sometimes I just love to read, and others, I just love to ..Show More »listen and put myself right inside the book.
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,..Show More » 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.
The over all story is good. The love story between Grace and Troy is good, and finding out who Grace really is, but the ending just left me cold. So..Show More »me might say it was okay, but I was left feeling like, that's it? Well ok. Maybe we'll learn more in the next book.
Therese Plummer, as always, does a masterful, utterly fabulous job of bringing the characters to life. There are few narrators..Show More » who are her equal.
Robyn Carr was in a very wordy mood when she wrote this - and that's my kindest assessment. There is lots and lots of "telling us; not showing us." We get a huge amount of exposition - most in the form of inner and outer "dialogue" by the two main characters (Ginger and Matt) and after a while it becomes predictable - something to get through in hopes that pretty soon something will happen.
Anyone who hasn't read the entire Thunder Point series will be very lost, very quickly.
There's not really much of a plot.
The Sue Lynn and Charlie thread seems to have been left hanging. Next book, I suppose.
I'm not sorry I listened to it, but it was disappointing.
This wasn't a bad novel, but Robyn did a lot of "telling" instead of "showing." There were lots of lectures and long descriptions of things like train..Show More »ing for triathlons and and caring for ALS patients. Lots of long, introspective internal conversations in breathy dialogue About the time, the story got going, she would interrupt the story with a long lecture or internal "conversation." She stopped so many great storylines to lecture and "tell."
There were moments of genuine humor and pathos which I appreciated. The four babies tied the various storylines about the non-central characters nicely together.
It's an OK read but it's just not up to Carr's usual wonderful storytelling standards (although, admittedly, she has set a very high bar of expectation over the years!)
Plummer, who is my all time favorite narrator, was a little gushy and breathless in this one. Still my favorite, however.