The Homecoming by Robyn Carr
Release Date - September 2014
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Robyn Carr's latest Thunder Point novel, The Homecoming, introduces Seth Sileski, a man who made a bad decision after leaving Thunder Point and changed a number of lives, and Iris McKinley, a woman who was once close to Seth until one night. Let it be noted that this is the first book I've read in the Thunder Point series, and that may have been a mistake on my part. The books do stand alone, but I didn't have the connection to the town that other readers may have.
Years ago, Seth made a poor choice right when his professional football career was taking off. Now he's back in Thunder Point, serving as the new sheriff and ready to prove he's changed his ways, especially to his father. Iris McKinley was once Seth's best friend, and he'd like to be friends again, but Iris wants little to do with him. Even he doesn't know how badly he broke her heart years ago. He's ready to show her he's not the same guy.
I don't know what it was about The Homecoming, but I just didn't connect with the characters. It may be that the town was new to me, but nothing really clicked. I guess I couldn't understand why Iris was lingering on something that happened in high school so badly, and Seth's insistence on getting to be Iris's friend came off as pushy to me. I love Ms. Carr's Virgin River series, so I was kind of surprised I didn't connect as well with The Homecoming, but it just ended up falling flat for me. That makes me think it might be one of those books where you simply need to have started the series at the beginning.