Thursday, March 05, 2015

Review & Author Q&A: One Wish by Robyn Carr (with Giveaway!!!- CLOSED)

Title: One Wish   
Author: Robyn Carr    
Series: Thunder Point, #     
Published:  February 2015, MIRA
Format: ARC e-copy, 400 pages   
Source: Netgalley via Little Bird Publicity  


Grace Dillon was a champion figure skater until she moved to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. And though she's proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she's created running a successful flower shop, she knows something is missing. Her life could use a little excitement.

In a community where there are few eligible singles, high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace's fun coach. When he suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, Grace is eager to take him up on his offer, and the two enjoy…getting to know each other.

But things get complicated when Grace's past catches up with her, and she knows that's not what Troy signed up for. Faced with losing her, Troy realizes Grace is more than just a friend with benefits. He's determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for but never believed she could have—and maybe they can find real love along the way.

My thoughts: This is the 7th book in Robyn Carr's Thunder Point series and once again I find myself falling in love with this small town much like I did with her Virgin River series. But, it has such a different feel to it than the Virgin River series and I am loving that!

I really loved this storyline. It had a little bit of everything thrown in - a romance that was sweet but not without it's bumps and problems along the way, a little mystery and a serious illness to contend with. And it was all handled in stride, never feeling as though there was too much going on or anything was too contrived. Though I will say about that mystery - I kinda had it figured out pretty quickly. It didn't detract from my enjoyment, though and added a nice change of pace to the usual storyline.

I loved Grace and Troy's story. We met them both in the previous book and while he had set his eyes on someone else at first, it was apparent that there was something between him and Grace, if only he would give them a chance. The problem is that she needs to learn to trust him. She has quite a few secrets in her past, secrets that could change the way he views her. Is she willing to put it all out there in order to get her HEA? 
 
A lot of familiar faces also make appearances in this book, including a couple from Virgin River! I love that we get little updates on those couples and friends that we have met along the way in this series. A few storylines are also set up for the next book or two and I am quite anxious to get to those as I think they will be just as good!


Books in this series: 

  1. The Wanderer                   7.  One Wish
  2. The Newcomer                  8.  A New Hope - due out Jun 2015
  3. The Hero                             9.  Wildest Dreams - due out Aug 2015               
  4. The Chance 
  5. The Promise
  6. The Homecoming
  
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Robyn Carr has put together a mini Q&A for you about this book and a preview of the next...enjoy!!!

In ONE WISH, Grace moves to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. You live a pretty quiet, humble lifestyle but you are still a #1 New York Times bestseller! Have you ever been in Grace’s position and wish you could escape and start a whole new life?
I love my life – it’s exactly the life I want.  That being said, I sometimes feel a bit over-exposed.  And I’m continually surprised that people would treat me differently now than they did 10 years ago.  I’m flabbergasted when I meet a reader and she cries because a book or books has meant so much to her.  A couple of readers brought husbands to a signing and they made a big deal worshiping me for bringing romance back into their lives – that was so much fun, I can’t tell you.  And there have been so many readers who have thanked me for getting them through personal loss or hard time – I am so grateful.  But run away?  Never.  I chose my life and I chose very well.  

I write about that a lot - you can live whatever life you choose. Maybe you can't decide how much money you'll have or whether you'll always be healthy, but you can choose where you live, what kinds of friends you'll have, how you'll spend your time, what you dream of, how or if you worship, what your priorities will be - that's how you live an authentic life. My characters do that. My readers like that.   

We fell in love with Mikhail, Grace’s no-nonsense former figure skating coach. Do you think he’ll stay and find a life in Thunder Point? (Please say yes!) 
Oh, I don’t think Mikhail is going anywhere.  He seems to be settling in.  Grace and her mother are his only family now. 

If you had ONE WISH what would it be? 
What a loaded question!  If I had one wish for today it would be that I wish I wasn’t having this back spasm or whatever it is – but I’m not falling into that trap of having one wish.  I’ve heard all those genie jokes.  A million bucks turns into a million male elk roaming suburbia.  Remember, I am a disciple of It’s A Wonderful Life – the smallest act can produce an avalanche of goodness or riptide of despair.  I wish to do my best every day, remember right from wrong, love well and honestly and laugh repeatedly.  And live to be a healthy 126. 

But Grace Dillon is another story – that’s the heroine in One Wish.  She’s spent her whole life being part of a the isolating and high-pressure world of competitive figure skating.  She gave it everything she had, she did well and now, living a completely different kind of life, one of quiet, self-sufficiency she’s happy to finally be like everyone else.  But then she meets someone special, someone she never dared hoped to have in her life.  Now she has one secret wish.  And she’s doing all she can to make it come true.  

ONE WISH has some elements of mystery in the plot. How often do you add suspense to your novels and do you do any research to prepare to write a murder? 
I’m not a suspense or mystery writer, but sometimes it seems to be what the story calls for.  Sometimes I can’t even recall where the mystery came from.  I was researching young athletes and stumbles across the great number of them pestered or stalked or injured.  I recalled the attack on Nancy Kerrigan just as she was preparing to compete in the Olympic trials.  All that came together and I began thinking What If?  That’s the thing about these books – sometimes it’s a crime, a mystery, a deep emotional problem, a challenge…  See how fun my days are?  Never a dull moment.  

What do you want new readers to know as they start A NEW HOPE? 
Just when you think life is nothing but pain and agony, you could meet people who remind you that there is so much good and hope in the world.  Ginger, who you will first meet in One Wish, finds a whole new life in Thunder Point.  All she had to do was be open to it. 


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GIVEAWAY DETAILS - (Continental US only)  
Thanks to Katie at Little Bird Publicity, one reader can win a copy of One Wish by Robyn Carr. To enter the giveaway, please fill out the form by March 12th.

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This giveaway is open to Continental US residents only and ends March 12th.

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3 comments

  1. I have the first one in this series (that you very sweetly sent me) on my stack to read this month. I can't wait to get to know these characters!

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  2. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I enjoyed the "Q & A" a lot.

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  3. I enjoyed the Q&A. Thanks for the chance to win!

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