Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Newcomer - Robin Carr

Title: The Newcomer
Author: Robin Carr
Format: Audiobook
Rating: 1 Star

With humor and insight, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr looks at letting go of the past-and knowing when you've found something worth building your future on 

Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves-suddenly they can't get enough of one another.

And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost-and not missed-ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. They're wondering if their new feelings for each other can withstand the pressure...but they are not going down without a fight.

Step into the world of Thunder Point, a little town on the Oregon coast where newcomers are welcomed, hearts are broken and mended, and the dramas of everyday life keep the locals laughing, crying and falling in love.


 According to the description of this novel, one would think that the book is about Mac and Gina, as well as the return of Mac's ex-wife, right?  Wrong.  Mac's ex-wife is hardly in the book, despite what the description would imply, so as a result, Mac and Gina don't really have to put up much of a fight.  Not only that, but Mac and Gina, despite the description, are hardly the primary characters in this novel.  There are multiple story lines, and this novel could have easily been separated into two or even three different books. 

In addition to the Mac and Gina (not fleshed out) story line, we also follow:

* Sarah and Cooper's Relationship
* Cooper finding out he has a biological son with his ex fiance.
* Ashley breaking up with her boyfriend (and then refusing to eat, refusing to bathe, and sinking into a deep depression and talking about suicide.)  Also, we follow Ashley and Frank, or Fred, or whatever the hell her friends name was (he really wasn't that memorable.) Despite the description of the book, the story did revolve a lot more around Ashley than you might believe. 
*  The return of Ashley's bio dad - Gina found him after Ashley's stay in the hospital.... (more on that in a minute.)  Then he decides to form a relationship with her.
* Ashley's ex boyfriend's steroid use and childish behavior towards Ashley.

I'm getting a headache just thinking about how many things are wrong with this book. Because there was so much going on in this book, none of the stories were really fleshed out enough.  I just didn't care about this book because there was too damn much going on!  The author needs to be taught how to pick ONE STORY and make it work. 

Not only was the story not well-rounded enough, but nothing of real substance happens with either of the two main relationships.  The description for the book says that Mac and Gina are searching out their new feelings for each other, but my understanding is that they were together in the first book of this series, and that they have been in love with each other for years.  If, at the point this story starts, they have already been together for 9 months, why are they still talking about their new feelings for each other. A long term relationship doesn't have the "new relationship feelings!" 

I also couldn't help but wonder if the author knows anything about teenagers and mental health issues at all.  Not only did Ashley not act and talk like a typical teenager, but the fact that she was so over the top dramatic about everything, including her breakup with Downy, just seemed far fetched.  Sure, I know that teens can be a bit dramatic about things, but not to the point that Ashley was. 

This book was barely worth the read, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else to save my life.


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