Virgin River : Virgin River

  • by Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by Therese Plummer
  • Series: Virgin River
  • 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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To be fair in my review, I stumbled upon this book without realizing that it was in the "Romance" category. I was looking for more of a drama, and the synopsis read like an interesting story about a young woman starting on a new journey with her life. What I got was something that must be similar to a Harlequin Romance novel. The entire book is set in an utopian small town, where the men are all sensitive, thoughtful, attentive to every woman's needs, doting, apologetic for the slightest transgressions, romantic to the core, never have any needs of their own, and the main character literally worships his newfound love in a way that would only happen in a woman's dreams. In addition to that, everyone in town in polite, warm, welcoming, understanding, thoughtful, never gossip,and are downright nauseating with their sugar-coated personalities. In fact, I was concerned that I was in danger of becoming diabetic from all the sweetness in this book. Even the town drunk was portrayed as endearing. The only reason I forced myself to continue listening to it was because I found the sequel, Shelter Mountain, (which is actually better) on a sale, bought it, and then bought this to read before it. The storylines for both really have potential for some depth. I kept hoping that the author might eventually add this to her writing, but to no avail. I think if I had to sit through one more gathering where everyone was so nauseatingly nice, I was going to be ill. Once I realized that this was a Romance novel, it made more sense, as I suppose there is a call for books that allow the reader to escape to a perfect world and live vicariously through the characters for a little vacation from real life. But if you are wanting a story with any semblance of true character development, and some depth and insight, I definitely do not recommend this book. As I wrote above, Shelter Mountain is better, and I don't think one has to read Virgin River first to enjoy it.
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- Joanna "Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!"

Light-hearted romance of sorts

The characters are interesting, but I grew bored with the plot about 3/4 of the way through. My general reading interests do not include romance novels. If you're into light-hearted romance novels, this is a great read. Great author and narrator. There are several more books that follow this one in the Virgin River series.
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- Kathleen M. Crawford

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books