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Marine veteran John "Preacher" Middleton intimidates just about everyone who walks into his bar. But when an abused young mother comes in, seeking protection from her ex-husband, Preacher promises to become her guardian - and maybe something more.
©2007 Robyn Carr (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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Wonderful story of kindness and unconditional love

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!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 06-01-09

These books are fantastic!

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!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy
  • port deposit, MD, USA
  • 10-23-09

Shelter Mountain

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!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Start at the beginning

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The Truth about Domestic Abuse

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.


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  • judith
  • Shawnee, KS, United States
  • 02-11-10

Shelter Mountain

Too many "he said, she said." Short sentence structures and shallow content. Some good information on abuse.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Awesome series

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.

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Second one even better than the first!

Second book in the Virgin River Series and even better than the first. I so wanted to know more about Mel and Jack, and what happened to Liz and Rick and of course Preacher! And its all there is this second book! Once more narrator Therese Plummer brings the charactures alive! I really enjoy listening to her read a book!
Countin the days till i can purchase no 3!!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Greatest!!!

You just do not want these books to end ! They are so so very good. Thank you audible for striking a deal with R.C.

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The quiet man

This a wonderful series. The men are strong and unassuming. Preacher has a heart of gold and helps anyone in need. His size and appearance often scare those who don’t know him. Uncomfortable with women and shy he senses Paige needs his help. A battered woman with a young child running and lost walks into the bar and changes his life forever.
The narrator was excellent and character development deepened as the story progressed.
This also continues the lives of Mel and Jake. Ready for the next book

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  • Book addict
  • 06-24-18

So boring - part of my life I’m never getting back

The pacing of this book is alllllll off. I got so very bored.

Some parts are ridiculously detailed (like all the gynae and birth sections) which just aren’t needed to add to the story (especially since it’s not even about the main character), and more like the author has got some bee in their bonnet about going on about how wonderful a woman’s body is (all a bit preachy). The overly idyllic birth and breastfeeding - may as well have been trumping rainbows whilst she was at it. Why was Mel so obsessed with getting Jack to measure and check all the time?! Baby’s gonna come regardless of whether you’ve been measured or not.

Then the story meanders off in all sorts of directions like a soap opera to different characters and it doesn’t build up to anything. It’s just a long winded book about simple people, doing small town stuff, going on and on about the same plot points, and the book just keeps plodding on. This might be a nice window into another world if the characters were likeable, but they were all a bit ‘meh’. Just left me feeling frustrated, bored, and like I’d wasted part of my life.

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  • simplyswing
  • 05-09-18

Excellent

Excellent as always with Robyn Carr's books. Complete enjoyment from start to finish. Her characters live with you long after completion.

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  • Book Lover
  • 03-26-16

Excellent narration of a great book

If you could sum up Shelter Mountain in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, Enjoyable, Believable.

What other book might you compare Shelter Mountain to, and why?

Virgin River, the first book in this series. The narration of both brought the stories alive.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

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!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

Therese Plummer's narration brought the story to life. It was brilliant.

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  • Book-Diva
  • 01-18-14

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

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  • Fiona
  • 12-07-10

Excellent

Another cracking story from the virgin river series.

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  • Shay
  • 12-08-14

"Second one even better than the first!"

Second book in the Virgin River Series and even better than the first. I so wanted to know more about Mel and Jack, and what happened to Liz and Rick and of course Preacher! And its all there is this second book!
Once more narrator Therese Plummer brings the characters alive! I really enjoy listening to her read a book!
Counting the days till i can purchase no 3!!!!