©2007 Robyn Carr; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
Robyn Carr is such a masterful storyteller! She makes you feel like you know each character individually. These stories are well-written, funny, touching and believable, with just enough spicy romance to top it off. I sincerely hope Audible gets the rest of this series because they are truly wonderful. I suggest starting with the first book (Virgin River). Oh, and the narrator is EXCELLENT!
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
If you've read my review of the first book in this series, Virgin River, you'll know why I like this author so much. Her ability to tell a compelling love story while keeping a smile on your face is only matched by Nora Roberts (at least as far as I've discovered- let me know who else I should try).She never uses demeaning language nor snarky comments to get a quick laugh and avoids graphic descriptions of violence. In this book, you learn more about the gruff "Preacher" and how tender he is on the inside. Paige is a battered wife looking for a new life and Preacher helps her find it. The descriptions of how Preacher helps her fight to get back her sense of self and safety are rich and help the reader to understand the plight of an abused woman a little better. The scene where Paige teaches Preacher to be a loving partner in bed is just beautiful. No wonder Robyn Carr is a best-selling author!
I would love more like this ,,I have so enjoyed this book ,I don't usually go for this type of book ,,but it had a review that sold me on it. I am so glad users take the time to write a review,I might have missed this one and that would have been sad for me. So here you go, I say go for it!
Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired
I love this series thank God for early retirement I believe I listen to every book in the same week...sleep who needs to sleep with these hunks heating up my iPad. You will not be sorry all of the story enhance the previous story excellent character building I've decide to listen to them all again, awesome job Robynn and Therese great team.
The Virgin River series has been awesome and has not disappointed me. The characters are believable and are the kind of people you would want to know. I particularly liked the strong yet emotional character "Preacher", who was one of the main characters of Shelter Mountain. While the series obviously has females who are major characters, I'm enjoying reading a series that focuses on the men in the town! I would highly recommend it.
Thanks and respect to the women that served and paid a high price. You are still gorgeous Shi; your scars make you even more beautiful.
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.
Great Books Don't Promote Violence
I want to start by thanking Ms. Carr for exposing the truth about domestic abuse. Unlike FSOG and similar BDSM books which glamorize & romanticize sexual violence, Shelter Mountain revealed what truly happens when an arrogant, selfish man conned a sweet, naïve woman (Paige) into a violent, degrading relationship, from which she was forced to run for her life or be beaten to death.
I thoroughly enjoyed the slow, sweet courtship of Paige and Preacher, which demonstrated how a true alpha male treats women and children. Preacher, a combat veteran, had seen too much senseless suffering and death to EVER strike another person except in the defense of others. Likewise, Paige did not wallow in self pity or regret but showed grit and determination in building a new life for herself and her son.
The best part of this series is the sense of community in Virgin River, a small town where neighbors actually look out for each other and kindness is valued more than money. Although the couples featured in each book are engrossing and well developed, the residents of Virgin River are addictive, from the grumpy old doctor to the old gals at the country store to the regulars at Jack's Bar & Grill.
This story did handle the issue of domestic abuse very well. I felt sorry for Paige, the woman who was running from her husband.
I really liked John “Preacher” and the way that he connected with her 3 year old son.
I also liked the characters Mel and Jack.
It’s definitely a beach read . . . not complicated, romance, and with a happy ending.
For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.
out of all of the men i think i love Preacher the most. he is everyting you can want in a guy wrapped up in a very strong loving man. you really need to read this series if you are looking for a romance that will touch your heart and make you feel all those nice feeling inside well after the books is over. and just think you still have alot more of this series to come.
"Excellent narration of a great book"
Entertaining, Enjoyable, Believable.
Virgin River, the first book in this series. The narration of both brought the stories alive.
There are too many to choose just one as it's a close thing between Preacher and Paige's first time together and Jack delivering his son!
It was short and just a mention of what happen when Paige would wake up at night frightened after all she's been through, and Preacher would just wrap his arms around her, rub her back and tell her he was there and everything would be ok.
Therese Plummer's narration brought the story to life. It was brilliant.
"Another great book"
RC has done it yet again
romance, suspense and a hero and heroine that need a lot of loving.
small town life and loving
Another cracking story from the virgin river series.
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