Love the book, loved the love story love how we keep in contact with all Characters. But was very mad at the behavior of vanny and Paul towards Joe. But worked through it. Love this series.
This book was so much fun! Not only was it a satisfying resolution to the torture of waiting for Vanessa Rutledge and Paul Haggerty’s to express their feelings for each other, it was a delightful and substantial reunion with all of the friends we have come to know and love in Virgin River.
We spend substantial quality time with Mel and Jack, even getting to be present for the birth of their second child. We get to be there as Preacher paces the room during Paige’s long labor with their first. We are there when Tom and Brenda seal the deal. We get to visit with Rick and Lizzie while Ricky is home on leave, and we get to be part of the celebration as Jack’s band of Marine brothers toast the young recruit before he ships out to Iraq. We even get to enjoy seeing a spark in the General’s eye as Walt starts keeping company with his new neighbor, a movie star named Muriel St. Claire.
We get briefer visits with other old friends like Doc Mullins, Jack’s sister Brie and her new husband Mike Valenzuela, architect and former Marine Joe Benson – and even Shady Brady.
The characters are multi-dimensional and engaging, the storytelling has layers and texture, and the arks in the tale weave together naturally and with interest.
Theresa Plummer’s narration is as solid and involving as it has been throughout the series. She succeeds in creating distinct characters, her men are as good as her women and her timing and inflection succeed in building the excitement as the action unfolds.
Again, my favorite of the series.
The other books in the series were way better. Now Im not sure if I want to continue with the series
better story line
none but I thought the heroines brother was super annoying and not believable
Id just pass on this story altogether
I really want to live in this little town :-) The stories are always wonderful, exciting, heart-warming! And I love love love Therese Plummer's narrations! She bring characters alive and does such a great job with male voices! She is the whole reason I found the Virgin River series!
I liked this book a lot. I like all of the Virgin River books, but this and "Virgin River Christmas" are my two favorites in the VR series. I'm not sure what it is about Paige and Preacher and their story that captivated me, but they truly did. Preacher Middleton (John) is a archetype - well, pretty much all Carr's VR characters are! But he's a skillfully drawn archetype - the gentle giant who falls for the tiny helpless woman and rescues her.
But, of course, this is VR, so the women are rarely actually helpless or stand idly by being rescued. Paige's courage and strength also rescue Preacher from the aloneness that suited him -- until it didn't.
Yes, it's a romance, but Carr doesn't write just love and lust. She also writes as much as possible about real people in real situations and how they meet their challenges.
And along the way you'll meet more of Virgin River's quirky cast of residents and fall a little bit more in love with the little town. The book carries Jack and Melinda's story forward as well because, of course, it all starts with them.
It must also be said that Therese Plummer is as much a part of Virgin River as Jack's Bar. She doesn't have a wide range of voices, but something about her narration takes me into the characters in a way that just reading cannot do. I have read several of them, and they just don't "come alive" for me the way Plummer brings them to life when I listen to her read them.
This isn't heavy reading, but it's great story-telling. Enjoy.
I have read not only this Virgin River series, but all her other related series as well. You can't go wrong with a Robyn Carr story. Keep hoping for a continuation of the tales begun in Virgin River. What became of the families that began with second chances for love. How is Jack's group of fellow Marines now lifelong friends doing?
The love Mel and Jack have for one another that spans out to include every one they come in contact with ... Jack almost losing Mel after childbirth and Jack showing up after every one thinking he had been lost in the big fire. The whole series brings me from laughter to tears several times within the same book
For me she is part of the story. When I hear her narrate anything else the character in this series come to mind.
Don't give up on love especially if you live in or near Virigin River or know one of the Marines in Jack's band of brothers.
Need more stories from and about Virgin River.
Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I don't know. They are easy to read/listen to. But each book feels less compelling and less character driven than the last. I won't keep investing my money in books if I can predict the ending -- the complete story -- from page one.