Characters are real. I love seeing a mom who would do anything for her kids.
Therese Plummer has such a pleasing voice you can really get lost in the stories she is reading.
As usual Robyn Carr has written another great book.
All of the characters are my favorite! I have listened to as many books as possible from Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. Can't wait for the next one. Each character in the books are like old friends and then comes a new one. Therese Plummer, what can I say, you are the voice of Virgin River! Wonderfully done.
Robyn Carr is my favorite!
Nothing at all!
More of Virgin River, please! ;)
We all have comfort foods. Foods the evoke a happy time, a feeling of peace. Foods that soothe. Usually these are foods we first ate as a child. Comfort foods, while usually caloric, are not a synonym for bland. One of mine, a green chili (New Mexico's Hatch) chicken burrito, enchilada style, is certainly not.
So too I find with my books. I read a lot but very rarely want to return to a book, no matter how wonderful it was, how cheering or insightful or meaningful. A select few books merit rereading. Paddle to the Sea and Charlotte's Web are two from my childhood; I recently tried to reread Robinson Crusoe and it didn't stand up to my memory. The Hobbit and Citizen of the Galaxy from my YA period; Sandra Dallas' Prayers for Sale and David Weber's The Honor of the Queen are two modern books I've reread and may still be rereading in a dozen years.
Sunrise Point is the first recorded book that may become a comfort book. I came back to it yesterday after a gamble on a new-to-me author's book which sounded intriguing failed. Plus, I'd had a bad day at work.
Sunrise Point is not too sweet, not too much penuche. The several characters are given lots of (not at all boring or slow) time to develop, their backstories are well shown and there are enough emotional Alps, Grand Canyons and loop de loops lo to satisfy.
Plus, in appropriate books, I like to learn something real along the way. Here, it is running an orchard.
All of the above comfort books are ones I've had to repurchase several times over the years, or enjoyed in different formats, such as a movie or on audio. I have little doubt that when (not if) Audible or my digital device fail to cough it up, I will willing purchase Sunrise Point again. Whether it will be as satisfying in another format - that is, without Therese Plummer's narration - I don't know.
PS My disclaimer: I bought the book; I wasn't asked to review it. I won't benefit in any way by its success or failure. I'm writing for the pleasure of passing along a tip about a listen I enjoyed.
I listened to all 17 Virgin River books. I know they are predictable stories, but they are fun to listen too. Just enough romance, a little excitement here and there and a few laughs.
These are lightweights and easy to listen too. Sometimes that's just what I need. This story with Nora and Tom's beginning their relationship in Tom's Apple Orchard is really a good story. Lots of romance and laughs. Robyn Carr's Thunder Point series was just as good as this one and now onto Grace Valley. I think I'll miss Therese Plummer's narration most when I finish all of Robyn's books. She is fantastic.
I enjoyed the story of Nora and Tom. The side story of Coop I couldn't figure out the point . I feel there was no reason for Coop to be a part if the book.. I though Nora and Coop would cross paths or something? Coop's ending left you looking for more?
The ending seemed quite abrupt and overly simplified. Also, the characters had potential, but they were often flat and any interesting parts of their personalities seemed skimmed over.
The storyline was a bit complicated, but because Carr didn't go into any depth it lacked richness. I was drawn to the plot because it wasn't a typical love story, but all the aspects that made this story unique were easily boxed up and moved out of the way. For example, she was living in a house that was being foreclosed on and boom, she got married and that was the end of the little problem.
I liked the scenes featuring Maxi.
No. I felt like the challenges the protaganistic faced were not authentically represented.
I did enjoy this book. The storyline was compelling and the characters were well drawn and likable. Therese Plummer is a very good narrator. She has moments of brilliance that floor me. But there are a few things which could ruin a story for some people, and were a bit sour for me. Spoilers here, I will keep to a minimum:
A bear is shot and killed, and it was kind of a super gratuitous plot point. It was really sad but weirdly unacknowledged. (I'm enjoying that this is a literal trigger warning).
Hero spends a lot of time kissing another woman. (Hate this)
Subplot that went right over my head. I finally started playing these parts at double speed. (Yes I know it's just a bad thing and not a trigger warning).
Definitely, it is such a wonderful read, sweet, endearing just never wanted it to end.
Nora, Maxi & Tom! Also the relationship with Nora's new found father & girlfriend.
Therese is amazing, best narrator ever
Please write more I've listened to all the Thunder Point & Virgin River books & now I may just go into a depression without my characters / family. Great Job.
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 fell in love with this locale. I wanted to move into the farm house with the big porch and inviting kitchen. I wanted to climb the ladder and pick one of every variety apple and do a taste comparison. I enjoyed this story far more than I expected. I don't generally go for the romance genre. I detest so many of those books. They feel inane and often make me a bit uncomfortable. But this story was different the book was about developing the characters of Nora, Tom, Maxie, and the character of the orchard itself. I love when I really get to explore the natures of a person in a book. I love when an author makes me angry, confused, sad, joyous, surprised. There was a scene in this book when Nora was talking to Maxie and they were sharing their tales of motherhood and I found I was teary eyed. It brought my own immense and intense motherly love right to the surface. And then there was a scene where Nora's life was at risk and of course Tom was able to be the hero. Sometimes those scenes offend me because they often imply that a woman is helpless and cannot save herself. But this scene made me laugh at its familiar tone -- and the odd risks of life when you live in an area where bears roam.
Yep, this tale was of romance, but it was also a story of motherhood, friendship, hopefullness, and having a joyous attitude. It made me really happy.
I loved the scenes that took place when the orchard was open to the public. That was the moment that I decided I needed to live there. In that town. in that home. With those people.