©2007 Robyn Carr; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
Second book in the Virgin River Series and even better than the first. I so wanted to know more about Mel and Jack, and what happened to Liz and Rick and of course Preacher! And its all there is this second book! Once more narrator Therese Plummer brings the charactures alive! I really enjoy listening to her read a book!
Countin the days till i can purchase no 3!!!!
Too many "he said, she said." Short sentence structures and shallow content. Some good information on abuse.
I enjoyed Shelter Mountain. The topic of domestic abuse is handled very well by Carr here. And the love story between Faith and Preacher evolved slowly, sweetly. And we get to hear more about characters from book 1 as well as get introduced to a new character. And this is why I only gave the book 3 stars. While I do enjoy the feeling of community you get when reading a Robyn Carr novel, I thought she tackled a bit too much in book 2. I would have preferred the book to focus mostly on Faith and Preacher. But I don't want to undersell this book. This is a sweet, feel good love story.
All the characters are wonderfully alive in this #2 Virgin River series. Robyn's sense of a fair-minded woman reminds me of the type of woman I should be and how I should respond when tough situations find their way into my life. The characters' comical dialogues and inward thoughts that make me laugh out loud. While there are a few predictable outcomes woven into the story line,it doesn't detract from the fun of the novel.
To the author: Robyn, I can get around the mild profanity you insert in your stories, which really isn't necessary, but I wish you would cool it on taking the Lord's name in vain. That is not cool and doesn't add value to the story. Would you please consider that?
After my third Robyn Carr novel it seemed that I was listening to the sane story over and over, Man meets woman, they fall head in heels in love, marry and live happily ever after. Next generation and different names, same story. I was so looking forward to listening to all of her books too. Now I'm just disappointed.
Believer in what you can't see
How the big tough Preacher (nickname) is a big, cuddly teddy bear, but when needed he is the big bad bear too.
When Paige starts to fall in love with Preacher and he doesn't know what to do. He has never had a relationship so he is a little awkward, but so sweet.
I like everything about Therese Plummer's performance. she really made Virgin River a place of love and joining.
Safety is in the least likely place.
This is a very enjoyable series. Very contemporary, everyone has their challenges and everyone finds love. It unfortunately that the series has ended.
I love all of her books, and this one, not surprisingly, did not disappoint. Her characters are real and become friends I don't want to loose touch with.
I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!
It seems that readers are often embarrassed to admit they like novels that aren't deep and thought provoking. Maybe they inhale mysteries, or romance novels. But they don't want to admit it.
I am one of those readers. I love books that teach me things or books that make me think. But I also enjoy a book that is just fun to read. It is similar to a romantic comedy. I don't want to only see movies that might be nominated for oscars. I also love to see a movie that is sweet and funny and makes me feel good.
Robyn Carr's books are like that. They just make you feel good about the world. The women are sweet and kind and loyal. The men are strong and protective and true. The books don't make me think; I don't learn anything new. But I do enjoy getting to know the characters and I feel things.
I liked this book better than the first in the series. But I also read Sunrise Point and liked that one much better than either of these two.
In the process of beginning a new chapter of my life and strengthening connections with my daughter.
This is not my usual listen. I was drawn to this book by Preacher and in part I wasn't disappointed. In the end though, I saw the men in this selection as the creation of a female author's fantasy males. They come complete with the physiques of The Rock, the fighting skills of Seal Team Six, and the sensitivity of a woman. Paige was the epitome of change; a tower of strength one moment; unable to cope with life the next. The teenage pregnancy narrative seemed thrown in to fill out a few pages, or minutes as it were.
If all this seems too negative let me say it wasn't a bad selection. I enjoyed the majority of both the book and the characters within. Robyn Carr is a master at creating sympathetic characters; you cannot help relating to, and hoping for the best for them. In fact, if she had toned down the over the top elements of the book I would have a few more of them on my wish list now. Instead I'll make this a partial recommendation.
If you're a big fan of romance. Even to the extent that you don't mind characters that seem too good to be true. Or in the case of the villain too bad to be true; you'll love this book.
I was so looking forward to the John Preacher story and was really disappointed to see the character take a back seat to the first book couple. Its an enjoyable listen still but I really hope that its not a sign of the books to come. Jack and Mel are awesome but, not why I chose this book.
Therese is by far one of the best Narrators out there though. Beautiful clear voice that really gives life to the characters and story.
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