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My Kind of Christmas (Virgin River #20)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  5,747 ratings  ·  417 reviews

The Riordan brothers may have a reputation for being rough-and tumble, but Patrick has always been the gentle, sweet-natured one. These days, his easygoing manner is being tested by his high-octane career as a navy pilot.
ebook, 314 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published October 2012)
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Three years and 20 books later I'm still loving Jack Sheridan and the rest of the Virgin River gang as much as I did when the series first started. Kudos to Robyn Carr for her amazing imagination and to the awesome narrator Therese Plummer for bringing the citizens of VR to life!

Road to Virgin River

Jack's Bar

Luke & Shelby's house

Jack & Mel's house

Colin & Jillian's house

Noah & Elly's church

Virgin River's Tree


Against her parents' wishes twenty-three year-old Angela LaCroix delays her return to her medical studies and travels to Virgin River to spend time with her family there. After nearly dying in a car accident and sustaining severe injuries, Angie wants time out to reevaluate her life.

Patrick (Paddy) Riordan is a Navy pilot. After his best friend and wingman is killed in a mission over Afghanistan, he's been given leave to deal with the stress and assess his career.

It was really lovely to go back
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

4 1/2 Stars! Feel good, comforting...loved spending time in Virgin River!! This is definitely MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS!!

This is book is everything that is good about the Virgin River series. It has just the right balance of drama, romance and in the end; you feel a sense of comfort and satisfaction.

Two charming characters are featured in this 20th book of the series, yes 20th and still going strong. Angela is Jack’s niece and has come to Virgin River to re-th
Aug 21, 2012 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Oh my my of the best books of the series! I loved it! Love those Riordan men...and Patrick ("Paddy" to his friends)...YUM!)
And combining the Riordans with the Sheridans? Brilliant idea!
Can't say much more yet...full review coming closer to release date. This book really touched me...towards the end I was tearing up.

Here's my idea of how Navy pilot 'Paddy' Riordan looks...


And 'Uncle" Jack Sheridan (can't believe he's 48!)...
Jessica Hatfield
3.5 maybe 4 stars!
Congratulations Ms. Carr! This is the twentieth installment and I, along with thousands of others, still love visiting the small town of Virgin River, surrounded by all its majestic beauty and the camaraderie of its citizens. You’ve created a magical place that has me longing to be there and sit a spell in Jack Sheridan’s bar while indulging in one of Preacher’s home cooked meals. I also like catching up on all the news and happenings of all those I’ve come to know and love. After each visit I c ...more
4.5 stars

Wow, I forgot just how much I enjoyed these books. It's been a while since I read the last one, but when I noticed this one on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it. And I wasn't disappointed.
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This story is about Angie (Jack's (Virgin River) and Brie's niece) and Patrick Riordan (brother to all those other Riordans running around :D ). Now I have to admit that it took me a while to remember all the relationships between the characters, to put them all in a neatly ti
Beanbag Love
Meh. This story never really took off for me.

Naval aviator Patrick Riordan is on a six week leave after suffering the loss of his best friend during a mission of which Patrick (Paddy) was the leader. He's going through PTSD and grief and he has an unhealthy obsession with taking care of his best friend's widow and young son. I get it, he's going through a horrible time and his actions aren't necessarily logical. But then he needs to go through it. His phone conversations with the aforementioned
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
3 to 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.
After his best friend is killed in combat, Patrick takes medical leave from Navy. He heads to Virgin River to get himself together and plan his next move. Angie is in Virgin River after a catastrophic car accident which left her questioning her life direction.

Both will be in Virgin River for the month leading up to Christmas. In the few weeks they are together they fall in love and come to rely on each other. But their time is short, Patrick has committed himself to looking after his friend's w
Cover & Title - 3 out of 5
Favorite line - "This one is not a weiner," Mel said "Hei's a Riordan. If anyone can match the passion of the Sheridans, it's a Riordan."
Favorite Character - Angie

I am wishing that i could of read the other 20 books in the series too after reading this one! I am going to have to slowly work my way through the rest of the series. This book was amazing, it really lived up to the hype Robyn Carr's books get. She really know's how to write a great book.

What a beautifu
Penny Watson
This was pretty sweet. Not as good as Virgin River Christmas, which I LOVE with all of my heart and soul. But I did like it...until the end. This book deserved a really good ending. The H needed to do some MAJOR groveling after leaving the woman he loved, and that did not happen. And instead of an intimate and emo resolution, there was a weird speech in front of a bunch of people. Very strange. Oh well.

Grade: B

It's sort of hard to top Ian's story in Virgin River Christmas. It's full of beardy ex
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
I am a HUGE fan of Robyn Carr and the Virgin River series. It is one of my absolute favorites and I anxiously await each new release. Every time I start a new book in the series, it makes me want to go back and reread the series from the beginning. It is like visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. I just love to wrap myself up in the comfort of these stories.
I have reread the Virgin River series more times than I can count and will continue to do so.

I was so not disappoint in My Kind
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing yet? No doubt some of us are already seeing Christmas-themed commercials on TV and, boy, does that get me in the mood…for some Christmas-time romance novels (get your brains out of the gutter, ladies!).

My Kind of Christmas will get you in the holiday spirit, but it’s also a really great example of what is, in my opinion, a classic Robyn Carr novel. It’s the 20th entry in the Virgin River series, and even after 19 other books, the c
Another Virgin River book that I couldn't put down. Number 20 in the series and each and every book makes me feel like I am wrapped in a warm blanket, cozy and not wanting to move until I am finished. And I really didn't want this book to end.
Whether welcoming new characters, or returning beloved characters from her previous novels, Ms. Carr always tells an exciting and magical story.

In this novel we are introduced to two new characters that have family in Virgin River. Patrick Riordan, a Navy f
I think that I spent my whole time reading this book with a goofy grin on my face. It was hard not to smile, Angie was fun, sweet, and surprisingly down to earth. Part of what was great about Angie was her attitude. With what happened to her she could have sank into a pit of self pity, instead she did the right thing and took time to rethink her life and the best place to do that...Virgin River of course. I really liked that Angie escaped to VR, to the safety of family.

It was fun to see Angie a
Reading a VR book makes me want to go back to the beginning and read them all again. With 20 books now in the series I am not sure how practical that is!


After some time away from the main families in Virgin River, the focus swings firmly back on them in this book.

Jack Sheridan was the first Virgin River hero and there has not been a book since where he hasn't made an appearance, usually as a pillar of the small community that he is at the heart at. When h
Wendy S. Marcus
I saw this book on someone's 'recommended reads' list and decided to check it out. I'm so happy I did. This was a beautiful story and I loved it!
This book is pure do-gooder porn. If your socks get knocked off by others doing any and many arbitrary good deeds for other random people then this is the book for you. Me, I need a little more than that in my reads. I picked this up as a recommended Christmas read and by the 13th chapter, I was wishing an STD on someone or maybe for someone to accidentally shit in their pants in public. Something other than this drivel. With that being said, I'm a big fan of helping people out and doing good de ...more
I've never read a Robin Carr book before. When I saw this on Net Galley I thought "Hey, I'll give it a shot!" Was I glad I did! I absolutely loved it! Right away I could tell I was going to love it. The characters seem so real. The families are hilarious.

Angie LaCroix doesn't know if she wants to go back to medical school. She is at a point in her life where she has to sort things out. In order to do this she takes a break from life from her ever hovering mother. She is welcomed with open arms b
Lisa (Fic Talk)

Patrick “Paddy” Riordan is on leave from the Navy after an incident while on the job cost him the life of his best friend. He’s undecided as to what he wants to do next with his life and has decided to go spend the holidays in Virgin River by himself. But he knows his family better than that, and they are a meddlesome bunch of people, even though they do it with his best interest at heart. Paddy can’t help but blame himself for his friend’s death, and in feeling that way he thinks he has to hono
Guilty Pleasures
Piper's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

5 Stars

I have been waiting and waiting to get back to Virgin River and FINALLY I was able to go!

In My Kind of Christmas we get the story of the last Riordan brother, Patrick. I love, love the Riordan boys and have been looking forward to Paddy’s story, and Robyn does not disappoint.

Paddy is in Virgin River on leave from the Navy after witnessing the death of his best friend while in combat. Of course his brothers are all worried about him, bu
I absolutely love Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series and each time I open one of her books I get a warm fuzzy feeling. My Kind of Christmas did exactly that and I enjoyed reading Patrick and Angie’s story. For those of you with your jaw still hanging open at the thought of twenty books in a series; relax. While it is wonderful seeing all the different townsfolk and knowing their stories, you can easily read them as standalone. Each introduced a new couple and their story. I began reading this afte ...more
Julie Barrett
My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
ISBN: 9780778313854
Angela LaCroix had changed since her near death car accident. She was heading to Virgin River to spend time with her sister and she stood up to her mother when it came time to go back to medical school. She needed some time.
Her aunts Mel and Brie at Jack's bar were happy to see her and have her for a visit.
While collecting a few staples from the kitchen she saw Patrick Riordan leave the bar and got the scoop on him. Her plan is to stay in the
This was a really good book. I most definitely loved all the characters, their personalities, the plot, and the ending was perfect. Something I wouldn't mind reading again. This covered all the emotions and was written well. Another series I'd like to read more of. These families are definitely interesting and hunky to boot! ;) Open...Read...Enjoy!
BBMoreB ~
Thanks to the publisher, Harlequin, and NetGalley for the chance to read My Kind of Christmas early!

The author pulls out all the emotional stops for this 20th installment in her popular contemporary-romance saga featuring the drama-rich Northern California mountain community.

I got hooked on Robyn Carr's Virgin River series early on; Ms. Carr has the ability to maintain weave multiple story-line, characters, and plots into each book, while still making each one interesting. While you could read
Two of the things I love the most about the Virgin River series is the spirit of community in the town where everyone tends to look after each other, to a fault, and how each book revisits the characters from the past that we've enjoyed. This story doesn't disappoint in those respects as all of the Riordans and the Sheridans (and many others in the town) get in the middle of the developing relationship between Patrick, the youngest of the Riordans and Angie, Jack's oldest niece and his heart. Pa ...more
I always love reading Robyn Carr's Virgin River books. Even if the book isn't fantastic (which this one wasn't), I enjoy going back to the town and checking in with my favorites. That being said, considering it was a Virgin River book AND it's a Christmas book, I was disappointed. Patrick and Angie were two of the strangest behaving characters ever. They came across as normal and nice and likable, despite having their respective PTSD issues. However, I don't know how two "normal" people can beha ...more
Bree T
Angie LeCroix has come to Virgin River for some rest and relaxation. Recently she was in a terrible car accident which left her severely injured and having to learn to do the simplest of things, like walking, all over again. It’s made her take stock of her life and question what she wants to do with it. Once always so focused on becoming a doctor, Angie has taken some leave from medical school, something that doesn’t sit well with her mother. She thinks that the accident is making Angie act diff ...more
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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.
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