by Robyn Carr published by Mills and Boon UK
Synopsis: Welcome back to Virgin River with the book that started it all…
Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.
When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving—the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.
But a tiny baby abandoned on a front porch changes her plans…and former marine Jack Sheridan cements them into place.
I’ve had this book on my TBR for a good long time. I don’t know why I hadn’t picked it up before. But Netflix knew something I didn’t and Virgin River is now a successful series and right after I finished watching it I realised I should read it, hence why I am here today to tell you what my thoughts are.
I thought this was a sweet story, an easy read with enjoyable characters. Melinda moved to try and take a break from all that had happened in her life in California. She really wasn’t expecting what she got herself into but it may just be what she needed. The remote mountain town of Virgin River seems to be the perfect location until Mel arrives and discovers that the quaint cottage advertised is a derelict dump and the town doctor would rather eat nails than accept any help. Nevertheless, circumstances conspire to keep Mel around and she quickly learns that home may just be in the most unlikely of places.
The reason why i liked this book is because it gave me a very warm feeling, i can say it hit me on my emotional side and it wraped my heart in a cozy blanket. For me it was an escape from my hectic life, therefore i felt really relaxed while reading it. I must be truthful and say if you are looking for a realistic story, this one is not for you, and here is why: the perfect boy. It’s not unusual to read about the perfect man, but Jack really is out of the ordinary perfection. He has no flaws whatsoever. Ex-marine, who wants nothing but the simple life. Who wouldn’t love to wake up to the sounds of Jack chopping wood, watch him fly-fishing in the river and helping out anyone who needs it? He never got angry, he never had any arguments with the heroine. He was pedestal-perfect.Sometimes characters like that can throw me off, but in his case i did not mind it at all. In fact, i think i got a little blind by his perfection.
This is a homey, comfortable read with a medium level of heat. Robyn Carr does a good job building up the profile of the town and its inhabitants and exploring the character of midwife Melinda trying to learn to live with her much loved husband’s murder. About our main character, Mel, i can’t say much about. She is the typical, sweet female protagonist, whom in general deserves better in life.
There are various plot threads, great secondary characters many of whom are fully fleshed with their own little minor plots, intriguing walk on characters that you wouldn’t mind seeing again, realistic dialogue, and just an overall great love story. I can’t wait to watch the second season of the tv show!
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