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
The characters are interesting, but I grew bored with the plot about 3/4 of the way through. My general reading interests do not include romance novels. If you're into light-hearted romance novels, this is a great read. Great author and narrator. There are several more books that follow this one in the Virgin River series.
I enjoyed this book just enough to go to my favorite used book store to find the rest of the Virgin River series. All I can say is it gets better with each book. This is just the beginning and each story becomes more personal with each character. And they get better and better. I just finished the last one (check out R Carr's webb site for the entire series so far), and when I put it down all I could say was "I want more of Virgin River!"
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
I've been looking for another author who can write an interesting story, develop his/her characters and give me a smile on a regular basis without dragging me through some long drawn out mistaken perception and hurt feelings. I think I've found her in Robyn Carr. She has all the qualities I love about Nora Roberts' stories, without the graphic descriptions of the violence that so often seems to anchor a romance story. This story is about a young woman whose husband is tragically murdered causing her to leave LA for a more peaceful place. From the start, you know that Virgin River isn't exactly peaceful, but is full of "characters" in the true sense of the word. Hope, Doc and Preacher are wonderful foils for the main characters Mel and Jack. Sure the romance develops a bit rapidly, but it's a romance novel after all. The love scenes are tasteful while steamy and the relationships delightful. I'm already in to the third book of the series and they just seem to get better. I'm so glad there's more!
I was looking for another author to read and thanks to Audible and the customer reviews I found Robyn Carr. This book is the 1st in a wonderful series, that will pull you into the lives of a small town named Virgin River. Very glad I read/listened to this book.
Loved the two main characters in this book. It was such a touching book and you could visualize the book as you read it.
This was a really good book, and the narrator was also excellent! You fall in love with the characters, and the story is well-developed and wonderful. Looking forward to the next in the series.
I chose this book based on the narrator. I am a big Therese Plummer fan! This book was an excellent listen and left me wanting more. I am on book 5 of the series and it hasn't let me down. Give this a try, you wont regret it!
I loved this book. The male hero was too good to be true but I enjoyed it anyway. What a great story about how we should treat each other. I can't wait to read her next novel.
Top-notch character portrayals, intriguing plot, first class narrator. This is an excellent "listen"
Used to exclusively read classic literature, but now, w/MS, I listen to gritty, gripping stories to get me through painful, sleepless nights
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.
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