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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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  • 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!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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!

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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!

9 of 10 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.

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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.

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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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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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Sometimes things are just too good to be true.

This is not my usual listen. I was drawn to this book by Preacher and in part I wasn't disappointed. In the end though, I saw the men in this selection as the creation of a female author's fantasy males. They come complete with the physiques of The Rock, the fighting skills of Seal Team Six, and the sensitivity of a woman. Paige was the epitome of change; a tower of strength one moment; unable to cope with life the next. The teenage pregnancy narrative seemed thrown in to fill out a few pages, or minutes as it were.
If all this seems too negative let me say it wasn't a bad selection. I enjoyed the majority of both the book and the characters within. Robyn Carr is a master at creating sympathetic characters; you cannot help relating to, and hoping for the best for them. In fact, if she had toned down the over the top elements of the book I would have a few more of them on my wish list now. Instead I'll make this a partial recommendation.
If you're a big fan of romance. Even to the extent that you don't mind characters that seem too good to be true. Or in the case of the villain too bad to be true; you'll love this book.

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 10-14-17

THIS WAS AWESOME!! I LOVED IT!!!

Preacher and Paige were wonderful together...their story was so awesome!! I love this town, I love these people..and I love this series!! I laughed and I sobbed like a baby...but it was worth it, I want to live in Virgin River!! I am on to book 3

FANTASTIC!! I RECOMMEND!!!!

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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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  • 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!!!!