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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!
24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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
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!