The talent of the reader was incredible. So many voices.
Mel, I too am a widow and can identify with her feelings and struggles.
Preacher. The voice she consistently used for him was great.
Happiness in the Mountains
A great book, a great series and Therese Plummer is GREAT.
The narration was good, the story was not bad but everyone in this town was pregnant. I do like pregnancy as a theme and that is why I purchased this book but it just goes over the top with it.
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Was my first reaction because I had NEVER heard of her or the series. I loved the idea of a simple romantic read and thats what I got. This the first in the series will ALways be one of my favourite reads something to curl up with on a cold night, after a break up accompanied by a tub of ice cream or on your vacation. Sweet with wonderful male leads who most women (myself included) would kill to meet.
I liked the story and I appreciated the sub plots that were setting up further stories in a series. It was easy to listen to but still kept you hooked.
A few days after finishing it I keep running the characters through my head speculating on future stories.
I like Therese's accent. I've heard better jobs of differentiating between characters and a woman handling men's voice but she's easy to listen to and enhances the listening experience.
I am sorry, I know this book gets good-great reviews, but I could not make it past the 5th chapter. Every character was the ultimate example of their character. I think that the food produced in the country kitchen says it all. Coffee was the best she had ever tasted. Omelet was the best omelet - it melted in her mouth. Second omelet the next day (a western omelet) was even better than the first. Meatloaf was unbelievably good. All these from the cook in a cafe in a non tourist town of 600 population. I could probably have tolerated the hyperbole about the cooking, but all of the characters are treated the same way. Each one in his/her turn is the perfect embodiment of that character type, from the rugged, handsome ex-marine who knows how to hold and feed a newborn baby to the crotchety old local doctor who is really a sweetheart under his gruff demeanor.
I do not stop listening to many books that I purchase, but I had to let this one go.
What I liked was the description of the place. The characters: not very real,and that is being nice. The story is predictable.
What bother me most was that everything and everybody is just too perfect. As I said not real
Still, I finished it!
The narrative seemed a little strange, almost stilted, at times. I'm wondering if it's the writing or the reader. Ms. Plummer seems to me not to have actually read the book prior to narrating it. I have a pet peeve about pronunciation and I get irritated when a narrator mispronounces fairly commonplace words (the word "pitocin" is pronounced "pi-TOH-sin", not "PI-to-sin"). Some of the dialogue is completely unbelievable; not the way real people communicate regardless of their level of education. The author overuses the words "awesome", "excellent" and "perfect" and I wish I had a dollar for each time someone said "oh, God!". The town of Virgin River and everyone in it is "perfect", but oddly enough, the main characters are one-dimensional. There is such little character development for the two protagonists that I really didn't care much about them. I felt that the minor characters were much more interesting. Melinda (Mel), the female lead is a bit of a whiner and it seems like she's always crying about something. I realize that her husband was murdered and she's having a difficult time coping with that, but really, enough already. Jack, her love interest, has only one thing on his mind: sex. And, of course, he's the stereotypical, small-town guy: jeans, plaid, flannel shirt, and boots. When he's not running his bar he's either fly-fishing, working on a handyman project, or chopping wood. I'm not kidding! Mel's sister, Joey, describes him as a "hunk" (I loathe the use of that word). He's a 40-year-old ex-Marine who's never been in love, never even had a serious relationship, but one look at Mel and her "perfect little body" and he's hooked. Um, okay......He uses a condom with his "casual sex partner" from another town (who he then drops like a hot potato - what a guy!), but doesn't bother to use one with the woman he's supposedly in love with. Mel is a Nurse Practitioner/Midwife who knows all about Jack's prior "casual sex partner", but doesn't insist he use a condom either. She states quite often that she's "seen it all working in a busy Los Angeles-area hospital ER", but hasn't she ever seen someone with a nasty STD from unprotected sex? The love scenes are so poorly written and banal that I had to fast forward through them so my eyes wouldn't roll completely out of my head. The story just drags on and on. There are a few interesting characters, like Hope, Doc, Preacher, Connie and Joy, Ricky and Liz, but they're supporting characters and don't get much airtime (maybe they figure more prominently throughout the series???). I really wanted to like this book, but sadly, I did not. It's another timeworn romance; nothing interesting at all. I finished it only because I paid for it and am considering listening to further books in the series. But only if the writing gets better and someone else reads them.
A friend recommended Robyn Carr's books to me and was I ever glad. Ms. Carr has to be my very favorite author. Her characters are so believable and the story lines are so lifelike. Virgin River was a book I couldn't stop listening to! Mel is a hoot and Jack is my dream man!
This is first in the series and I have them all. I very much enjoyed this and Therese Plummer is well suited for these stories. They make you laugh and they make you cry. I liked all of the charaters and they were well developed. Just a real Feel Good story.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
Very romantic and interesting. Also, the narrator is one of the best! I willk definitely get the whole series.