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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr’s Virgin River novels are beloved by countless fans. Since Marcie Sullivan’s Iraq War-veteran husband died, she’s been unable to move forward. She decides to seek out Ian Buchanan—the man who disappeared after saving her husband’s life four years earlier. Then when Marcie nearly dies and Ian saves her, the couple’s relationship deepens.

©2008 Robyn Carr (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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“… life-affirming, feel-good series …” (Booklist)

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What a lovely story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book to those who have loved the first three books in the Virgin River series. Whilst they are woven into the story, this book digresses from the main characters introduced across the first books in the series and focuses on the trials and growing relationship of Ian and Marcie. The story is beautifully and realistically staged and as always, Therese Plummer's narration is magnificent.

What other book might you compare A Virgin River Christmas to and why?

This book compares favorably to all the other books in the Virgin River series.

Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Therese Plummer makes you believe in the characters she portrays. My father, whom I introduced to the series, believed the characters were in fact voiced by different actors. Therese is, by far, the best voice actor I have heard and this performance is at least equal to her best.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All Virgin River books make me laugh at various points throughout the stories, and this book is no different. The comments and reactions of various characters are both believable and elicit emotion from the listener.

Any additional comments?

Fabulous. Addictive 5 star listen which takes me from my own hectic and sometimes troubling life to a place where characters know how to treat each other with respect, love and understanding. Highly recommended.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 05-10-12

Chicken soup for my ears...

Being a girl from the Caribbean I found this book fascinating! Why? The descriptions of the rugged lifestyle of the mountains which was new for me. Living with no electricity nor running water, having to walk outside the house through several feet of snow to go to the outhouse (bathroom?) and then having to face wild animals or freeze to death. I though that was really interesting and made me appreciate the 80 degree temperature I have all year round.

The romance is just what you come to expect from Robyn Carr, amazing, perfect, wonderful. Marcie is a young widow that goes to Virgin River looking for Ian Buchanan. Ian and her husband were in the Army together and Ian saved her husband in Fallujah. Marcie's husband was severely injured and never recovered from them but Marcie is very grateful that she got three more years to see her husband and to say goodbye. Ian apparently suffered some serious post traumatic stress and went to live alone in the mountains.

Marcie just wanted to say Thank You to Ian and give him some baseball cards that her husband left. And that visit turned into a journey for both main characters that turned into a beautiful love story. This book can be read as a stand alone book but try to listen to the series in order because it is definitely worth it. Right now I'm on book 10 of this series and let me tell you that later on you will listen to much more about Marcie and Ian's life together.

Narration: PERFECT. Therese Plummer is the best narrator EVER. The combination of a Robyn Carr story with narration by Therese Plummer is like Chicken Soup for my ears, my mind and my heart. She even sings (Ian sings) at the end of the book and it's a very powerful scene. The first one that has actually made me cry in the whole series. If you are reading this review, then you must get it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Marion, IL, United States
  • 02-19-11

Enjoyable

I have enjoyed every book in the series. For me, each story took my interest from the beginning and kept it until the end. It's nice to come home after work and look forward to plugging in the iPod and escaping to Virgin River.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

Great plot and character development. I have enjoyed many other books by Robyn Carr and this one did not disapoint.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • lisa
  • United States
  • 09-26-12

loved it!

What did you love best about A Virgin River Christmas?

I always love the way the "community" always comes together and makes everyone feel welcome.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the setting of the books about virgin river and all the characters.

Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I have and she is always great!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Christmas in the mountains

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 12-06-15

Iraqi War Veteran in the Woods Finds Peace

I've listened to one other Virgin River book . . . and this one is WAY better . . . for many reasons, but the top one being it is not just about sex . . . it does go there, but it is not the main topic . . . the WONDERFUL main story is about the widow of an Iraqi war veteran who is searching for her husband's best friend (who saved her husband's life) and who is now "off the grid" . . . nowhere to be found . . . Marcie had gotten to know Ian through the many letters that her husband had written while deployed, and then she had begun writing Ian herself to let him know how Bobby (her husband) was in the hospital . . . then the letters stopped . . . her family thinks she's crazy, and she's just about broke . . . but she's driven to keep looking for Ian . . . and if you've never lost someone very close to you, loved a soldier or seen the effects of PTSD, you may not be able to comprehend how strong that drive can be . . . I couldn't stop listening . . . I'm the mom of two soldiers . . . and the wife of a retired soldier . . . Oh, my, I wanted to run into those woods and wrap my arms around that bushy haired recluse and shake the stuffings out of him . . . and beat the stuffings out of his daddy . . . who didn't have the sense God gave a goose . . . to not love that boy . . . Marcie was the balm to his soul . . . no pushing, no demands . . . just BEING . . . great story of healing . . . only one note, I wish they had not taken the Lord's name in vain . . .

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 10-16-17

IAN AND MARCY!!! I LOVED IT!!!!

I am just burning through this series...and I am loving every last minute of it!! This was a wonderful story of love, hope..and healing!! I love this town, I love this author now, and I love this narrator too..she is perfect....I am on to book 5!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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My first in the series

What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

I absolutly love all of her performances and wish that all My fav authors could have her as their person!

Any additional comments?

I first read this book a few years ago in paperback, it was the first in the series that I had read and it got me hooked. I have read everything in this series since and now own them all in audio version. Keep them coming Mrs.Carr. <br/>Would also love to see some of her older works come to audio!!!!

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 09-05-13

The characters are likeable

Would you try another book from Robyn Carr and/or Therese Plummer?

This series is certainly fluff -- just enjoyable romance and a location that intrigues. You aren't going to learn anything when reading these books. But you may find yourself loving the people even if you want to dislike the book. I see that Ms. Carr's fans are very loyal and tend to rate her books much higher than I do. I understand their devotion because I have enjoyed the books I have read and tend to finish them in quick order. However, to me 5 stars means perfection -- literary perfection with characters you love, characters you hate, stories that enthrall, lessons that learn, twists and turns. These books provide me with much I enjoy but I don't learn from them and I am never surprised by them. The stories are predictable and the ending is never a twist I didn't see coming.<br/><br/>If you are looking for an escape into a simple locale with people you like then these books might fit the bill.<br/><br/>I will read more of her books, especially if there are sequels to Sunrise Point.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

There are no surprises in the endings of her books.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sweetest Joy

I would like to think I'm a tough woman. With that said, not many books can bring a tear to my eyes. This book was beautiful poetry. Sad tears and happy tears. Not a wasted credit, and would have paid two times over for the sweet delight of this endearing book. The narration was DEVINE! I think I need to go buy all Robyn Carr's books and Therese Plummer's works.