Virgin River Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2010
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*Starred Review* In Virgin River, Melinda needs a change after violence in Los Angeles took her beloved husband from her; but when she accepts a job as nurse practitioner and midwife in Virgin River in rural California, she gets something very different than she bargained for. The rent-free house, for instance, is unlivable and critter-infested. But she likes the restaurant and bar run by Jack Sheridan, and she feels needed. Life is precarious in this tiny community in Northern California's Humboldt County, with marijuana growers lurking in the backwoods. Carr's leisurely paced, low-key story charms by virtue of its characters, from curmudgeonly Doc to brawny Preacher, who cooks at Jack's, to teenaged Rick, and Jack's former marine buddies, who are only a phone call away. Diana Tixier Herald
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"The Virgin River books are so compelling-I connected instantly with the characters and just wanted more and more and more." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
"Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."-Library Journal on the Virgin River series
"This book is an utter delight."-RT Book Reviews on Moonlight Road
"Strong conflict, humor and well-written characters are Carr's calling cards, and they're all present here.... You won't want to put this one down."-RT Book Reviews on Angel's Peak
"This story has everything: a courageous, outspoken heroine, a to-die-for hero and a plot that will touch readers' hearts on several different levels. Truly excellent."-RT Book Reviews on Forbidden Falls
"An intensely satisfying read. By turns humorous and gut-wrenchingly emotional, it won't soon be forgotten."-RT Book Reviews on Paradise Valley --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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I ordered this book so I could start at the very beginning of the series and am I ever glad I did. This book is probably one of the top ten I've ready in the romance genre. Carr's ability to describe scenery and characters without going over the top is remarkable. Her characters are well carved out and developed and you truly feel as though you know (and like!) the heroine in the story.
Her scenes that depict the grief felt by the heroine is raw. You experience the spectrum of emotions right along with the heroine feels as she slowly starts to settle in Virgin River.
The secondary stories and supporting characters within this story just enrich the novel without overwhelming the reader with unnecessary detail or character confusion - you know who is who and what is what. I wasn't left feeling as though the introduction of new characters was a cheap bridge to the next novel - it didn't feel like a "sequel set up" by any means. It just left me interested and hungry to read the second book in this series.
I loved this 1st look at Jack. He’s so much fun to get to know. The mix of strong warrior with caring gentleman was fantastic. I appreciate the gradual nature of Mel’s acceptance of Virgin River and of her growing relationship with Jack. I loved Mrs. McCrea. Her busibodyness and hopes for Virgin River’s future were fantastic.
Carr has penned the perfect start to her Virgin River series with this novel. I loved every aspect of it, from the heartbreaking loss to the budding romance, beautiful scenery to frightening suspense. I will definitely be continuing this series and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the novel to others.
Moved at good pace
Was never completely sure what the ending would be.
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