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Redwood Bend (Virgin River #16)

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  7,501 Ratings  ·  422 Reviews
In Virgin River, you never know what you might find around the bend in the road...

Former actor Dylan Childress left the L.A. scene behind years ago for a quiet life running an aviation company in Montana. But with business slowing down, Dylan is starting to wonder whether he should take one of the offers Hollywood keeps sending his way. He figures a motorcycle trip to Virg
Paperback, 377 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Mira (first published January 1st 2012)
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While it’s always good to go back to Virgin River, this time I left a little disappointed. I was looking forward to this book, and while it started out well enough, it took an odd turn about halfway through.

Katie is Conner’s younger sister from Hidden Summit. She is a widow, with twin boys, and lost her husband to the war before her children were born. I was anxious to see this brave woman, with such a tragic past find true love once again. As she's making her way to reunite with her brother Co
3 stars – Contemporary Romance

I’ve got to be honest. I love this longstanding series and it’s one of my favorites; but this installment was rather bland and a little boring. Dylan acted somewhat immature and self-indulgent and the romance between him and Katie didn’t feel very genuine to me. It’s probably my least favorite of the series. I hope Sunrise Point gets things back on track.
Nov 25, 2011 Auntee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Katie Malone and her 5 year old twin boys move back to California from Vermont after being in the witness protection program. After a failed romance with a pediatric dentist that was heading nowhere, young widow Katie decides to move to Virgin River to be near her brother Connor (Hidden Summit), who has always been a strong male influence for her boys. After being without a man for five years, Katie's ready to move on and find the kind of passion that once existed with her husband, and a father ...more
♡Karlyn P♡
Not my favorite in this series, but I did enjoy it. In this book we meet two new characters in Virgin River. Katie Malone is sister to Conner, hero of Hidden Summit, and a mother of twin 5-year old boys. Dylan Childress is a struggling pilot/business man from Montana just driving through on his Harley Davidson with several buddies. We do see some of the regulars around town, but not so much beyond Jack and Paul.

After Dylan spots Katie on the side of the road and helps her with a flat tire, they
Redwood Bend is a solid entry in the Virgin River series. It is not the best in the series, but it has all the ingredients that make these books comforting, enjoyable and perfect to help you relax. When I started Redwood Bend I had gone through some hard days at work and this story was the perfect escape.

Redwood Bend revisits the story of Katie, Conner’s sister. We first saw Conner and Kate in Hidden Summit. Katie makes the move to Virgin River with her young twin boys and stays at the magical A
Katie Malone and Dylan Childress have absolutely nothing in common. Dylan is a child actor turned Montana rancher and pilot. Katie is a widowed mother of mischievous twins. But when fate threw them together, they saw something in each other, something that said that just maybe they could be more.

Katie needs to change her life. She spent the last few months dating a man for whom she felt no attraction (he turned out to be gay). So she packs up and heads towards Virgin River and her brother Conner
Mar 10, 2012 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Yet another wonderful addition to a series that is one of my favorite romance series ever.

Series Note:
This is the 18th book in the Virgin River series. I won't say you have to read the series in order to read this book, but it is a wonderful series and I think there are definite benefits of reading it in order. However, this book can stand on it's own pretty well, probably.

Katie Malone is traveling across country to stay in Virgin River, where her brother has settled, afte
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
Single parent romance novels:

I am exactly like J.D. I get all puppy-dog excited when I find one and run to it with optimism and longing and it deftly cuts me down. I am disappointed far more often reading these than I come out liking the story.

So why do I read them time and time again? Because it's my weakness, okay! My name is Alicia and I love single dad/single guy falling in love with a single woman/single mom stories and I can't help it. So, I will continue to read them hoping beyond hope th
Beanbag Love
Feb 29, 2012 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
A solid addition to my favorite literary soap opera.

Dylan and Katie click immediately. They have decent chemistry and sparks do fly. He doesn't want a relationship because his family's emotional commitment history is hellish and he thinks he's pretty much illiterate in that area. Katie doesn't mean to get involved with someone who says they're not interested in more than a fling, but she can't help herself.

It's a pretty good story. Subtle, calm, romantic. My biggest problem came in the middle
Catherine Anderson
Oct 07, 2016 Catherine Anderson rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful read. Katie is a strong and likable woman--a good mother, a widow who overcame not only sadness but also being relocated away from her only family. Dylan leaps off the page, a realistic, well-drawn character. Kudos to Ms. Carr. I highly recommend this book!
Feb 13, 2012 Splage rated it really liked it
Loves this series!! I am not a huge series person especially one that really makes you commit like VR. I tend to to stick with favorite authors more than series; books that come in groups and can be read as stand-alones in case I skip one so it isn't hard to catch up. This is book 18 and I still completely love it. Some are better than others, all are good to great though and I hope they never end. I feel I living in VR when I read them and these are my neighbors. Who doesn't want to be surround ...more
Dec 16, 2011 SBooks rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, this one was great. The Virgin River books now keep a hint of the past without being buried in it. I’m always wary of a bunch of brand new characters turning up in an established series and taking over, but this one worked perfectly for me. It was funny and touching and so satisfying in the slightly surprising end.

Dylan Childress – our hero here – is a washed up child star, who is very happy to be out of the business, even if his family still surround him, trying to cling to the remnants
Anne OK
Mar 03, 2012 Anne OK rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
I always look forward to returning to Virgin River to catch up with all the previous characters we've come to know and love. Good to see the return of Tom Cavanaugh. I’m so happy that his book is next and I love knowing who’ll be wandering into his apple orchard in the next installment, “Sunrise Point,” to bring him his happily-ever-after.

The set up for “Redwood Bend” was good. There was a good solid story to be told. And just let me say, I had already guessed why Keith, the pediatric dentist, w
Jan 27, 2012 Britainy rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love Robyn Carr! Love her emotional writing and her character's heart! This book was fantastic and I never wanted it to end.

Katie and her 5 year old twin boys move cross country from Vermont to Virgin River, California to spend more time with Katie's brother, Conner. You might remember him from Hidden Summit (VR #17). Well, things go as well as any romance novel enthusiast can expect. A flat tire and rescue from a hot, Hollywood bad boy. Thanks have a nice life and everyone moves on.
Feb 29, 2012 Brie rated it it was ok
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Warning: the review contains a spoiler, it’s hidden, but I'm making sure you know about it now in case you prefer to skip the review.

One of my favorite books by Robyn Carr is A Summer in Sonoma. It’s one of her standalone books and if you haven’t read it you should because it’s wonderful. When I found out that Walt, the hero of that book, had a cameo in this book (he also makes a cameo in the previous book, Hidden Summit) I was a happy camper.

Katie M
Jan 14, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
In Redwood Bend, we get to know Katie Malone and her twins better. In the last novel, Hidden Summit we met and fell in love with her brother Conner. After the danger has passed, she decides to bring her boys to Virgin River to be closer to their uncle Conner. Katie is an Army widow, and a recent encounter with her boss, has made her step back and reevaluate her non-existent love life. I loved this novel and feel in love with the characters and a new place called Payne, Montana.

On the way up the
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I was SO glad to be back in Virgin River! I did have to stop reading other stories and catch up because I was behind a few books. Being immersed in Virgin River and being with my old friends again was wonderful.

Redwood Bend is the story of Kaite and Dylan. I love Katie and Dylan and of course I want to be BFF's with Katie and all the girls in Virgin River. Katie has 5 year old twin boys and lost her husband Charlie in war. Her brother Conner
Jun 09, 2016 Pikolina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buenoo, pues es que, siendo una historia de Virgin River, ya imaginaba que el que me gustara estaba garantizado, y así ha sido.
Me encanta esta serie/saga. Son tan fresquitas y con unos paisajes tan impresionantes y deseables, que es como si estuvieras allí según lees.
En esta historia me han gustado mucho los protagonistas, me han gustado mucho los gemelos y me ha encantado volver a saber de Jack por ejemplo, que creo que es el gran prota de toda la serie.
Lectura amena, facilita, interesante, y c
Feb 28, 2012 Nath rated it liked it
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Jul 18, 2014 Marleen rated it liked it
Shelves: robyn-carr
Surprisingly more delightful than I anticipated, Redwood Bend takes us again to that wonderful little North Californian town of Virgin River. This is actually the 18th instalment in the series, and while I’ve read about 14 or so books of the series, I honestly feel that Robyn Carr has been making a bigger effort with this one, finally creating more layers and depth to her characters, all the while keeping it sweet and cute, and giving it that "Virgin River" magic.
I’ve said this before but I thi
Mar 05, 2012 LoveRomance rated it it was ok
I love Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. It's one of my favorites. However, the last couple of books have not been as engaging as the first books. This one was a little slow, and I found I just didn't care that much what happened to the characters. I usually read her books in a day or two, and this one took a week because I could easily take it or leave it. Always fun to see how past characters get woven into current story, though!

Hard to beat Virgin River and even more so Whispering Rock. Those
4 Stars

These books are the perfect "getting into the holiday spirit" type of read. They have a quaint, almost Hallmark-movie type feel to them that leaves me feeling uplifted. That said, I don't think I'd have the patience to read them, as they're not as couple centered as I prefer in my romances. However, I've loved listening to them as I go about my day.
Jul 05, 2016 Marianchu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No me esperaba esta historia. La imagen que tenía de Katie del libro de su hermano no era para nada así, y Dylan me ha sorprendido y gustado mucho.
Mi puntuación: 8
Esta es una serie larguísima que sigo desde hace años y me parece preciosa. Os la recomiendo entera y por orden.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.25/ 5; 3 stars; B+

Robyn Carr never disappoints. This was a pleasant story with likeable characters. I always enjoy visiting Virgin River and Grace Valley. I wasn't bowled over by this entry into the Virgin Rivers series but it was still worth reading.
ms bookjunkie
Feb 28, 2012 ms bookjunkie rated it liked it
2.5 stars (Yeah, I rounded up because I love pretty much all of the rest of the series.)

It was a nice enough story, it just didn't really affect me. At all.
Mar 03, 2012 Steffi rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I'm really disappointed by Redwood Bend. I was so looking forward to Katie's story but found it lacking in every way. Review coming soon...
Julie Barrett
Dec 31, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr
Katie has packed up her house in VT, under the witness protection plan and headed out with her 2 kids to go live near her brother Conner who had been
a witness in a murder. Things were just not working for her in VT. Her boyfriend she found out was gay.
She treats the boys to Disney then heads up to Virgin River where her brother lives. Just in the northern section of CA she gets a flat and several bikers
stop to help her. Dylan does most of the work and even gives her his
Romancing the Book
Mar 06, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Reviewed By~Aubrey
Review Copy Provided By~Netgalley

Robyn Carr is one of my favourite authors. Reading her books is like going home to your parents house and having your favourite meal. Its warm and cozy. The characters are ones you know and are anxious to hear more about. I would love to live in Virgin River where everyone is your friend and everyone helps you when in need. Its a town that sets the example of how all small towns should be like. Not to mention the landscape appears to be gorgeous
Sharon Redfern
Feb 06, 2012 Sharon Redfern rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
Katie Malone has moved to Virgin River to be near her big brother Connor. Katie and her twin boys were forced to move from their home when Connor became the sole witness to a murder and was threatened by the killer. Katie was widowed when her husband was killed overseas in the Army and she wants to settle down and rebuild her family life. On her way to VR, she gets a flat on her SUV and is rescued by a group of bikers, one of whom she recognizes as a former child star she had a crush on.
Dylan Ch
Mar 02, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
This was another great edition to the Virgin River series. I'm beginning to wonder if Carr has a bad writing bone in her body. Her books are just fascinating to me. When I first started this series I began to wonder how long it could really go on without becoming boring. Well I'm still waiting for that day, because so far they've all been good, if not great.

This one has Katie, the sister of Connor from the previous book. I was glad to see her featured because I felt bad for her whenever she was
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A RITA award-winning author of 25 novels, Robyn Carr has found a whole new following with her stories about the independent women and former marines of Virgin River."

RT's Career Achievement Best Author Award winner (2010) for Contemporary Romance.

RWA's Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award recipient 2016
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Other Books in the Series

Virgin River (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Virgin River (Virgin River, #1)
  • Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, #2)
  • Whispering Rock (Virgin River, #3)
  • A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River, #4)
  • Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, #5)
  • Temptation Ridge (Virgin River, #6)
  • Paradise Valley (Virgin River, #7)
  • Forbidden Falls (Virgin River, #8)
  • Angel's Peak (Virgin River, #9)
  • Moonlight Road (Virgin River, #10)

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