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Fan-adored author Robyn Carr presents the story of a woman who "needs a change [and] gets something very different than she bargained for" ( Booklist). 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
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By Houston mom on 12-01-12

Great author if you like Nora Roberts!

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!

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By Rusty on 11-25-16

Virgin River Rocks

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.

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By Book-Diva on 01-19-14

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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By Shay on 12-08-14

Double treat

When i first listened to this book Robyn Carr is a new author for me as i had never read any of her books, and i loved this book which is the first in the Virgin River Series. She has a fantastic way of telling a story that reals you in from word one, her characters are big and bold and real. The second treat in this find for me was Therese Plummer who just made the experience of listening to her read the book just fantastic!
Cannot wait to purchase the rest of the series!!
Highly recommend to all lovers of a good romance with a twist of suspense and a character driven plot!

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