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.
This series is certainly fluff -- just enjoyable romance and a location that intrigues. You aren't going to learn anything when reading these books. But you may find yourself loving the people even if you want to dislike the book. I see that Ms. Carr's fans are very loyal and tend to rate her books much higher than I do. I understand their devotion because I have enjoyed the books I have read and tend to finish them in quick order. However, to me 5 stars means perfection -- literary perfection with characters you love, characters you hate, stories that enthrall, lessons that learn, twists and turns. These books provide me with much I enjoy but I don't learn from them and I am never surprised by them. The stories are predictable and the ending is never a twist I didn't see coming.
If you are looking for an escape into a simple locale with people you like then these books might fit the bill.
I will read more of her books, especially if there are sequels to Sunrise Point.
There are no surprises in the endings of her books.
Its not an essential read for the Virgin River series. Its more of an overlap than part of the time line. Not as good as the others and you don't miss anything by not reading it.
Wasn't as involving in the community as the other books but still a nice escape.
Believer in what you can't see
That two wounded people deal with their sorrow and find someone new to love.
Marcie was my favorite because she didn't give up on Ian or the love she had for her husband Bobby.
When Marcie has to stay with Ian because she gets sick and they end up learning about each other.
Yes, in fact it is one that I did listen to in one sitting.
There is a nice gesture in this series for the military.
Having just finished the fourth book in the Virgin River series, I cannot wait to get to book number five! The plot lines are believable. The characters are enjoyable and fully developed. Love the way there is humor and pathos in most situations. It has been a long time since a book has made me cry. It is easy to care about these characters. Every book in the series thus far has brought me to tears at some point in the story. The romance is presented without insipid dialogue or silly situations.
Kudos to Therese Plummer for a wonderful reading. Not really a reading so much as a extraordinary performance. So many books just have readers and not performers. Personally, I find those books very difficult to get through. Therese Plummer did a great job of separating characters and providing distinct voices for each of them. I will put Ms. Plummer in the same class as Davina Porter, Simon Prebble and Jim Dale.
Now....on to book number five, "Second Chance Pass!"
I was looking for something light with a holiday theme to listen to during my December commute and chose this based on the high reviews. I was hoping to enter a world similar to Mitford with a cast of characters and interesting relationships. Instead I was subjected to an insipid story where the heroine continually displays her weakness rather than her strength, and the male romantic lead is typically silent, carrying secrets that make him unaccessible. The romance is transparent even before it begins. Does anyone really doubt how the story will end? How boring! Does anyone really believe full grown adults are afraid of their sisters? Does anyone believe you can walk into a bar and become instantaneous friends with half the town? Nothing in the story is plausible except that small cars don't do well in snow.
The book doesn't even benefit from a quality performance. Marcie is whiny and weak. Ian, and all the other male characters, sound like grumpy old men. I might have enjoyed the book more had I not been so annoyed with Ian that if I had met him, I would have immediately walked the other direction.
Several times I thought about not finishing the book, but in the end I let it play out while doing Christmas crafts just to see if it would get better or end in some interesting way. That didn't happen.
My dislike of romance as a genre is reaffirmed.
Enjoyable Holiday Story
A nice story for the holidays, especially the part regarding several characters military experiences - very touching.
Towards the end when Ian sang at the Christmas tree...very nice!
Therese Plummer is awesome as the narrator! I love her voices!
I highly recommend this book, even if you have never read any of her books! I was skeptical to choose this book as it was part of the series and I didn't want to be confused. I can tell you listening to this book was easy and enjoyable, not the least bit confusing. It is listed as a Romance novel which also kind of alerted me, as I am not the Romance book type of person. This book is more like a Nicholas Sparks type romance, rather than a "Romance" novel. The reader is also amazing and does wonderful character voices. I just selected my second Robyn Carr book as I enjoyed this one so much!
Right on Top
Loved Them all. It is always exciting when a rough sort of man falls in love with a young girl. Even when he does not want too.
She is great with all of them
I guess not
It was realtively clean - and well read
The protagonist. She was irritating and fun
Yes, she does male and females voices very well.
This is the second audio book by Robyn Carr that I've purchased and I will look for more.
Yes, after 5 books in this series... this one reeled me back in. End is predictable, but story line is very different, but still keeping us up with old characters.
When Ian is singing at Christmas tree.
No, but I listen sporadically during my day anyway..
so worth it!! A feel good book, not just for Christmas time!