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
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 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!
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.
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 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.
Top-notch character portrayals, intriguing plot, first class narrator. This is an excellent "listen"
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!"
Great Books Don't Promote Violence
I strenuously disagree with the reviews that condemn Virgin River for being too light, fluffy and sappy (as if dark, depressing and cynical is more entertaining).
In this series, the subjects of domestic abuse, rape, murder, drug abuse, homelessness, infertility, adultery, PTSD and other serious issues have been woven into happier themes of love, marriage, children, friendship and small communities.
Of course, for fun there is a nice mix of tall, dark and sexy (non-violent) men who eventually fall in love with smart, confident and feisty women. So yes, I totally prefer hopeful and inspiring novels over plots featuring brutal violence and human depravity.
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.
Love the Virgin River Series. You can visualise everything, and I have listened to each of them twice now, and really enjoyed them. Am continually going onto Audible to find out when the next one is coming out.
"Start of a good series"
Loved this story - the town, people and twists and turns - couldn't stop listening
Good for a rainy day or as part of a busy day
The narrator has done a wonderful job yet again (listened to other booked narrated by TP)
Apart from the twists in the story I wish I could live in a town like this - who wouldn't all the fun and single men !!
hope the rest of the series continues the high standards set by book one
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