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.
I love small town reads, and this one is no exception. Although this is book 8 of the series, the book has it all. The supporting characters have important roles, although the story centers on Matt and Ginger. Ginger has suffered through tragedy, but she is not portrayed as a helpless or weak female. She is extremely strong and wants to be happy. She has found that new happiness in Thunder Point.
With the help of Ray Ann (Ginger’s cousin), who has given her a place to stay and Grace offering her a job at the flower shop, Ginger is on the mend to recovery. A heroine can’t be without a hero, and so we meet Matt. Matt has demons of his own and never wants to commit to a relationship.
I found this book to be refreshing and have quickly come to love Ms. Carr’s writing style. The narrator is the same one that is used in Virgin River (another series), and I love how she so easily changes her voice and tone to mimic the characters. I don’t like to read a book out of series order. However, without meaning to, I read this one before book 1. I was never lost so I can safely say that this could also be read as a stand-alone or read out of order. I am going back and starting this series from the beginning – it is that good!
If you have not read any books by Robyn Carr, I strongly encourage that you do so!