Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Origins: From Publicist for Review
Synopsis: After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, and with the help of her cousin Ray Anne, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to start her first big assignment, assisting with the Lacoumette wedding.
In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger finds herself 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 recent divorce, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself and Ginger when he tries to make a pass at her, forcing Ginger 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. Discovering they have a lot in common, they form a solid friendship, though 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.
Review: A NEW HOPE, the eighth book in the Thunder Point series, features Ginger Dysart and Matt Lacoumette. Both Ginger and Matt have been on the losing end of things for a while – Ginger losing her baby to SIDS and Matt’s marriage going up in flames. A NEW HOPE is a sweet story of friendship, love, and moving on. After Matt made a huge disaster of their first meeting, I was pleased he stepped up to find Ginger and apologize for his behavior. I also thought it was nice Ginger gave Matt a second chance and enjoyed watching their friendship grow into something strong and stable. While they have their issues with each other, it was good to see them help each other through their grieving process. I truly believe with the right partner, you can overcome any obstacle which is embodied by Matt and Ginger’s story. A NEW HOPE fits right in with the rest of the Thunder Point series, which are best read in order.