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A New Hope

A New Hope

Geschrieben von Robyn Carr

Erzählt von Thérèse Plummer


A New Hope

Geschrieben von Robyn Carr

Erzählt von Thérèse Plummer

Bewertungen:
4/5 (16 Bewertungen)
Länge:
9 Stunden
Freigegeben:
Jun 30, 2015
ISBN:
9781490684178
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

Starting over is never easy, but in Thunder Point, where newcomers are welcome and friends become family, it's possible to find yourself again. #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr takes us on a moving and rewarding journey as a young woman finds new hope.
After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.
In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger is swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride's brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her to flee the scene in embarrassment.
But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.
Freigegeben:
Jun 30, 2015
ISBN:
9781490684178
Format:
Hörbuch


Über den Autor

Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including highly praised women's fiction such as Four Friends and The View From Alameda Island and the critically acclaimed Virgin River, Thunder Point and Sullivan's Crossing series. Virgin River is now a Netflix Original series. Robyn lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit her website at www.RobynCarr.com.

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  • (2/5)
    Ginger and Matt get together in this book. Both grieving souls, they find themselves able to open up to each other. We also see how Grace and Troy are making out with the new house and getting her mother settled in to a new life.
  • (3/5)
    If you haven't read previous books in this series, you'll wonder who all the characters are. Perhaps Ginger and Matt's story wasn't enough to carry a whole book?
  • (5/5)
    Good read likable characters not hard to follow. Made you want to want to know their various stories. Interesting descriptions of different types of countryside.As my sister used to say about books she liked, ‘it ended right.’
  • (4/5)
    This book was pretty cute. Two lost, grieving souls looking to make their lives right again find safety and love in each others' arms. Both divorced, both have lost a child (granted she knew hers for longer than he did, that does not change that both needed to grieve), and together they find the answers they need to move on. Lovely story. Hopefully, in the next book we see them wed and with a bun in the oven, if you get my drift. There must be something in that Thunder Point water, as all of our characters are getting barefoot and pregnant. So cute and, at times, rather funny. Anywho I can't wait to learn about Lin Su and her son Charlie and their relationship to Grace's family. As well as how Ginger fit sin with her new farm family, I bet she gets on just fine!

    Got to say that Mikael is one of the funniest Russian men that I have had the opportunity to read about, his wise cracks and limited English always manage to make me smile through the duration of this series.
  • (4/5)
    A New Hope by Robyn Carr#8 Thunder Point seriesGinger Dysart & Matt Lacoumette. Ginger is starting to recover after abandonment by her husband and the loss of her baby to SIDS. She's working in the little flower shop in Thunder Point, starting to heal, making friends, getting back into the land of the living. She attends a big Basque wedding for Peyton Lacoumette, helping to provide flowers for the occasion. During the after party, she is approached by a handsome but very intoxicated man, who rudely propositions her and gropes her. She shoves him away, causing him to stumble and hit his head and then pass out. She learns he is the bride's younger brother, Matt Lacoumette.She eventually meets him again when he shows up at the flower shop to apologize. He talks her into going out for an "apology dinner" where they hit it off right away...as friends. They are both gun shy after previous marriages and determine neither one is ready for a romantic relationship yet. So they develop a true friendship; talking for hours on the phone, sometimes meeting for lunch or dinner, etc. They both realize they are perfect for each other, as she loves his family farm, loves all things domestic, etc., so she would be a perfect fit with his big family and farm life. She is sincere, sweet, honest, genuine, and very different from his ex-wife. They both fall in love with each other but are slow to admit it to each other or themselves. Ginger is smart this time around and isn't going to be pushed around or get into a one-sided relationship. She's good at nudging Matt to do the right thing by forgiving his ex and leaving the past in the past. This was an easy pairing between the two; their only obstacle was to heal and make peace with their pasts. There was a lot of time spent on secondary characters which is a lovely thing about this series. You get really attached to all the people in the town. We get to know a single mother, Lin Su, and her brilliant 14yo son, Charlie. Lin Su is the in-home nurse for Winnie Banks, who has recently moved to Thunder Point after learning of her diagnosis of ALS, to be closer to her daughter, Grace (the owner of the flower shop). Grace's former ice skating coach, Mikhail, is also living with them to help care for Winnie. He's already making himself known in town, developing friendships of his own, etc. He and Winnie have a touching friendship. They spar with each other all the time but it is evident there is deep affection and devotion there.This is another great addition to the Thunder Point series. A lot of funny one-liners throughout. Robyn Carr is a pro. I love her Virgin River series as well, and she brilliantly ties the two series together on occasion.
  • (5/5)
    Very good book. Ginger was introduced in the previous book (One Wish). She came to Thunder Point to get away from the memories of her failed marriage and the child she lost to SIDS. Her Aunt Ray Anne helped Ginger out of her depression and to the point where she was starting to live life again. Ginger got a job helping Grace in her flower shop and has learned to let go of the past. When this book opens, Ginger is helping Grace with the flowers at Peyton and Scott's wedding when she encounters Peyton's brother Matt. Matt is quite drunk and makes a pass at Ginger that results in her shoving him away and him falling and hitting his head and being knocked out cold. Matt also has a failed marriage in his past, one that has made him angry and bitter. He copes with the memories raised by his sister's wedding by getting smashed and accosting one of the guests. Once he has sobered up he is ashamed of what he did and determined to apologize to Ginger. He heads to Thunder Point to make his apology in person, and discovers that he'd actually like to get to know her better.I really enjoyed this encounter. Matt is completely honest with Ginger, telling her that he is truly sorry and that he really has no excuse for how he behaved. Originally he planned to apologize and leave, but he finds himself intrigued by Ginger and asks her to dinner as part of his apology. They are honest with each other, agreeing that neither is ready for a new relationship, but perhaps they can be friends. As friends they find themselves talking on the phone every night, sharing what happened during their day, and getting to know each other on a deeper level.I loved seeing the way that Ginger and Matt were so much alike. Both had had marriages that fell apart mostly because they had simply married the wrong person for them. Ginger had an idealized vision of her husband, and ignored the parts where he told her that he wasn't what she thought he was. She showed a lot of growth as she came to realize that much of the problem was caused by her unrealistic views. Matt had a similar problem, in that he married a woman he was attracted to, but she hated his life as a farmer. They fought a lot, and then she did something he considered such a betrayal that he could no longer tolerate being married to her. He still harbors a lot of anger toward her. As Ginger and Matt get to know each other better, the relationship starts to change. Matt gets a bit spooked at one point by the strength of what he's feeling and his worry that he might be making another mistake, and he pulls back. This creates a bit of conflict between the two, but they do manage to work it out. I loved the fact that they are mature enough to actually talk to each other, though sometimes it takes a bit of extra prodding to do so. One of the best things was that they were able to be themselves with each other. Neither one felt the need to try to change themselves or the other person. I loved Ginger's visits to the farm and how she was so different from his ex that he finally stopped trying to compare the two. Their relationship progresses quite well, but there are still some lingering issues from their previous marriages that they have to overcome before they can move on together. Ginger's face off with her ex went really well. I loved her logical look at what was going on and how she stood up for her own desires. Mick's complete self-centered attitude made it hard for him to accept that she wanted nothing more to do with him. I had a little bit of a problem with Ginger when she shut Matt out of the anniversary of her baby's death. It said a lot about how his feelings for her that he figured out what was going on and that he was there for her anyway. But if they were going to be able to have a life together, Matt still had to face his feelings for his ex and get rid of the anger. I loved the way that Ginger tried to make him see the importance of it. When he finally did it, the emotional consequences were intense, but he finally saw what Ginger had been trying to tell him. Their final scene shows what is possible for them now that their baggage has been unloaded.Throughout the book there are also scenes with previous characters. Matt's sister Peyton makes several appearances, especially as Matt is trying to get her to stop interfering in his life. There are a couple pretty amusing scenes when she is called out for the habit. I also loved Matt's family with their support of him, even when his behavior causes trouble. Their acceptance of Ginger was pretty sweet. There is also a fair amount of time spent with Grace and Troy as they get their house built, Grace's mother moved in, and their wedding planned and carried out. Her mother has definitely been mellowing in her attempts to repair her relationship with Grace. Two new characters, the nurse Lin Su and her son Charlie, are introduced. Charlie had health issues as a child though now are mostly under control, but Lin Su is extremely overprotective. I liked seeing Winnie's friendship with him, and how that friendship encourages her to interfere a little bit in their lives. I'm looking forward to seeing what is in store for them.
  • (4/5)
    "New Hope" by Robyn Carr is the 8th novel in the Thunder Point series. I got hooked on Robyn Carr's books when I read the Virgin River series. The Thunder Point series is a spin off from the Virgin River series. The books can be read as a standalone book but I think you get more out of the books if you read them in order. "New Hope" is about hope, renewal, and second chances. I loved catching up with the other characters from the other books in the Thunder Point series. Ginger and Matt's romance was sweet. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow and learn to forgive and move on. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. If you haven't read any of the Virgin River or Thunder Point series, I recommend that you do. These are two great series!
  • (3/5)
    A New Hope is the 8th entry in the Thunder Point series by best selling author Robyn Carr.I don't read a lot of romance, but a co-worker mentioned that she had enjoyed quite a few Robyn Carr titles. I was looking for an easy, feel good read, so A New Hope seemed like a good bet.Ginger Dysart has suffered great personal loss. Still grieving, she moves to the small town of Thunder Point, Oregon, to help out her cousin. Carr quickly introduces us to the many residents of the town, each with their own story and personality. I must admit to feeling slightly overwhelmed in the beginning, with the sheer number of story lines and connections.Ginger is a likable character, as are most of the players. Thunder Point is that mythical little town, where everyone knows your name (and your business) the neighbours pitch in and help is always just around the corner. Idyllic and a perfect setting.At a local wedding, Ginger is hit on by a drunken Matt Lacoumette, who has also suffered loss. Sober, he comes by to apologize to Ginger and.....well, you can see it coming can't you? No surprise - - their relationship grows from no thanks, to friends and onward. Carr grows this relationship nicely, with more than a few truths and some thoughtful introspection along the way.My only complaint would be the inclusion of what I viewed as somewhat gratuitous sex scenes. No, it's not me being prudish. I just thought they felt forced, or injected into the story as a prerequisite element. I was enjoying the story without these insertions.What I did really enjoy was that caring town and its residents. Carr has included a wide variety of characters, from young to old, each with their own story. It's easy to see why readers get hooked on such series. It's lovely to imagine such a place as Thunder Point might exist.The growing relationship between Ginger and Matt is of course a given, despite the setbacks thrown in their paths. But that's why we read romance isn't it? For that happy ever after. Readers will find that ending in A New Hope.
  • (3/5)
    I've read and enjoyed all the Thunder Point books but this one was kind of uninteresting. Part of the problem for me was neither Ginger nor Matt had a backstory that made me sympathize with them and understand why they got together now. Ginger married a wanna-be rock star with a huge ego and Matt married a wanna-be model who just wants to party. Both marriages end in divorce which one would expect except these weren't teenage marriages, they were both in their late twenties. Ginger goes from a hot mess to some type of Yoda dispensing wisdom and kindness while Mad Matt (I hated that name) finally learns to forgive. And that's after they meet where he's drunk and gropes her and she pushes him away and he falls down and knocks himself out.I was much more interested in all the other folks who appeared in the story from previous books. I would have like to hear more about them. One of the reasons I like Ms. Carr's books is that she incorporates the whole town, weaving in several stories, but in A New Hope I felt she concentrated on the main couple too much. Charlie and his mother were introduced as new members of the town but not enough happened with them. The writing was a little abrupt and the sex scenes seemed off. There were times when I thought Matt didn't have to just grab Ginger and take her to bed, they could have a little conversation first. I like this series and I'll continue to read but I was disappointed with this one.
  • (4/5)
    Carr takes her readers on another visit to Thunder Point. This time the focus is on Ginger, a young woman who has recently lost a child to SIDS, and Matt, a Basque farmer from the Portland area, characters introduced in a previous book in the series. Carr is a gifted storyteller, allowing the characters' relationships to develop at a good pace and continuing the stories of people readers may have met in previous books in the series. An enjoyable read.