Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.
©2007 Robyn Carr; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
To be fair in my review, I stumbled upon this book without realizing that it was in the "Romance" category. I was looking for more of a drama, and the synopsis read like an interesting story about a young woman starting on a new journey with her life. What I got was something that must be similar to a Harlequin Romance novel. The entire book is set in an utopian small town, where the men are all sensitive, thoughtful, attentive to every woman's needs, doting, apologetic for the slightest transgressions, romantic to the core, never have any needs of their own, and the main character literally worships his newfound love in a way that would only happen in a woman's dreams. In addition to that, everyone in town in polite, warm, welcoming, understanding, thoughtful, never gossip,and are downright nauseating with their sugar-coated personalities. In fact, I was concerned that I was in danger of becoming diabetic from all the sweetness in this book. Even the town drunk was portrayed as endearing. The only reason I forced myself to continue listening to it was because I found the sequel, Shelter Mountain, (which is actually better) on a sale, bought it, and then bought this to read before it. The storylines for both really have potential for some depth. I kept hoping that the author might eventually add this to her writing, but to no avail. I think if I had to sit through one more gathering where everyone was so nauseatingly nice, I was going to be ill. Once I realized that this was a Romance novel, it made more sense, as I suppose there is a call for books that allow the reader to escape to a perfect world and live vicariously through the characters for a little vacation from real life. But if you are wanting a story with any semblance of true character development, and some depth and insight, I definitely do not recommend this book. As I wrote above, Shelter Mountain is better, and I don't think one has to read Virgin River first to enjoy it.
Just when you think it ends, a new story line starts -- it's really good and it's not slow but moves right along. I really like this author and will read all the rest of her books!
I thought it was a really good book in the first half. Unfortunately as soon as the two main characters got together about halfway through, it became quite boring. Too much time spent on long drawn-out sex scenes and boring dialog that really didn't contribute to the several interesting plot lines the author had begun in the beginning of the book. I'll listen through to see how it ends -- I'm getting through it by fast forwarding when it gets too boring, and putting my Ipod on 2x speed so it goes faster when I still want to hear what's going on but the dialog gets too slow. There have still been good parts that pop in here and there in the last half.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
An excellent read. Light hearted, sweet, predictable. Nice plot development, medical facts were correct, well researched. I read this in one day, didn't want to put it down. This one is a keeper.
A credit well spent.
Reading and listen to books for me is one of the keys to a happy life.
Is this the Perfect Romance Novel? Pretty damn close. The fact that this is a series just makes it even closer to perfect. The narration is excellent. Did I cry, you bet! Will I listen to this book over and over again trying to squeeze every last moment and second from it? Yes! So if you are a romantic and you have listened to the Audible sample narration and enjoyed it then don't wait one more second and download this book. And once you are done listening to it over and over again, then download the others in this series. I haven't purchased and listen to all of them yet, but have done so with 2 in the series and loved them just as well.
This book is excellent. Characters are fantastic I don't think I can say enough good things about it. Robin Carr is now one of my favorite authors. Narrator is one of the best too. Audible please add more Robin Carr books!!! I want to know what happens to to Mike (you'll learn more about him in Shelter Mountain also a must listen.)
I can't believe how many books Carr has gotten out of this series but she has. Each one as good as the last. After listening to them all, I still can't wait for more. Fun to see how the town keeps growing. I find myself wishing I could visit this little town and all the people in it. So fun. Easy to listen to. Keep 'em coming!!!
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.
Started about halfway into the series, and am now starting with the first book to eventually meet in the middle. Even though I know some of the developments, such as what people are married and have children, etc., I am still enjoying starting at the beginning. I have become very attached to the characters and the geographic region they all love. I feel that the author is able to bring new life and a brand new story to each book--not boring or repetitive.
Travel in my car 3 hours a day, I listen to audible books both ways. I now hate to leave my car. Thinking of a way I can live in my car - kidding! But I love my audible books. They are the best part of my day.
Not right away because I have so many others I want to listen to. Also got hooked on the series - so I am on book 6 right now.
I love the predictability of the character's, story plot, etc. Growing up in a dysfunctional family and never having a successful relationship that worked - I live vicariously through these characters. They have provided an idea to me what a somewhat "normal" life is like and what a somewhat "normal" relationships is like. I feel safe with the characters. I am not a person who likes scary thrillers, dark story lines. I like books that are uplifting, make me feel better - this book does and Robyn Carr's entire series does as well. I am definitely hooked and grateful I am.
I love the way Robyn Carr describes the love making sciences - in this book - and all of her series. They are so sweet, loving and yet delicious. Makes me envious that I never had that in my life. Robyn Carr is a gifted story teller.
Love Story and I do have to say I am sorry
Bought this book on fluke and fell in love with the entire series and Robyn Carr. I hope the series never dies. When certain characters die or move out of the series, I mourn their loss. Robyn Carr has a way of making you fall in love with them, make them become your friend, you care for them and when they are gone - your friend is gone too. I love the series. By the way, I do consider myself to very intellectual - this is the last type of book I ever thought I would fall in love with. I almost always enjoy biographies and psychology books, never romance. But Robyn Carr changed all of that for me. Like my dog who made me love again by force - continually nudging me with her nose and jumping in my lap until I could not refuse to love anymore - Robyn Carr has accomplished the same thing. Love you Robyn.
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