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A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  8,116 ratings  ·  481 reviews
Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that started it all…

Last Christmas Marcie Sullivan said a final goodbye to her husband, Bobby. This Christmas she wants to find the man who saved his life and gave her three more years to love him.

Fellow marine Ian Buchanan dragged Bobby's shattered body onto a medical transport four years ago, then disappeared once their unit ar
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published February 1st 2008)
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Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
4 -Feel Good-Stars

My favorite in the series. Unlike the other books, this one focused only on the main couple. The other couples/characters that we've grown to love over the course of the series didn't take up page time like they normally do and I loved that.

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
Oct 28, 2010 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
This was a really sweet, tender romance, that had me in tears sometimes, but put a smile on my face at the end.

This is the story of Marcie Sullivan, a young widow, and former Marine Ian Buchanan. Marcie recently lost her Marine husband, Bobby, due to injuries he suffered while serving in Iraq. Bobby and Marcie were childhood buddies, then sweethearts, before marrying as teenagers. Bobby enlisted in the military, while Marcie worked in an insurance office. They were in love and had a bright futur
Penny Watson
Nothing brings me more hope, more excitement, more anticipation for a romance novel than....

....finding out the hero has a beard!!!! Hallelujah!

So, imagine my everlasting surprise and happiness when I discovered that the hero for Robyn Carr's A Virgin River Christmas has a beard. And not just any ol' beard, but a full-on, hard-core, lumber jack-style beard.'s red!

(Please take a moment of silence to process this wonderful ditty).

In spite of the fact that I don't love contemporary romanc
Beanbag Love
I'm not sure of the circumstances of this book's release, but it was about a hundred pages shorter than the one previous. It definitely had a 'novella' feel to it, and there weren't really any side stories going on, so I'm thinking it might have appeared first in an anthology.

No matter, it's very good and might even be my favorite of the first four.

A young widow is searching for her late husband's former best friend who has dropped off the map entirely after leaving the Marine Corps.

Ian Buchana
Opening Line: "Marcie Sullivan drove into the small town, her sixth small mountian town of the day, and found herself face-to-face with a Christmas tree trimming."

AVRC is my first Robyn Carr book which would make guessed it, a Robyn Carr virgin. Anyways, this isn’t the type of contemporary romance I usually read (I like a bit of action, suspense or the occasional vampire in my mix) However the Virgin River series is so hugely popular and was recommended to me by a ton of people so I jus
4.5 Stars

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read — my first e-book, actually. I read it on my computer using Kindle for Mac. Because I just don't spend enough time with my computer, you know?

This book tells the story of Ian Buchanan, an emotionally scarred former Marine, and Marcie Sullivan, widow of Ian's best friend, who died from injuries sustained while at war despite Ian's attempt to save him. Set in the snowy mountains above Virgin River, it brings together so many things that make the Virgin
I have to admit I had an initial smidge of disappointment when I realized this book didn't feature existing Virgin River characters, but introduced two new ones. But I quickly got over it because the new characters were interesting, and the old ones had big enough supporting roles to make you feel the connection to the previous books.

Like the other books, this one has a slight military theme in the characters. Marcie Sullivan was widowed a year ago when her Marine husband Bobby died three years
♡Karlyn P♡
Finished it in one sitting. Loved it! I can't wait for the next in this series. I really loved Marcie as a heroine, her humor and take on life was so refreshing. Her willingness to adapt to the rugged lifestyle of the mountains made for several good laughs. The premise of her being in Virigin River to help her dead husbands best friend (Ian) was a bit of a stretch, but it really worked. When they finally came together I melted. This book is a stand alone so you don't need to read the series in o ...more
This was a very sweet, tender love story that seemed entirely appropriate for a Christmas book. I didn't like it quite as well as the three previous books in the series, but it was still a wonderful story. I am anxiously anticipating the next book in the series.

It has been a year since the death of her husband, but Marcie Sullivan is just unable to move forward with her life. She feels that she needs closure that will come from locating her husband's best friend and former superior officer, Ian
Brenda (b)
OMG! I cried, no make that I bawled, it was so touching, especially Bobby's story. This one isn't quite the same style as the other Virgin River books I've read. It centers on one couple and stays with them the whole way through. The people of the town make appearances and Jack and Mel have a pretty active role as secondary characters. The ending had me wanting to know more about how they work their relationship out, so I hope they have an appearance or two in upcoming books in the series.
Almost four years ago, Ian Buchanan carried his friend and fellow soldier, under fire, to a medical transport helicopter. His heroism earned him the the highest honors from the US government but when he came home and saw Bobby's broken body, he believed he had selfishly sentenced him to a life trapped in a useless cage. He couldn't stand the guilt and left. Ian knew his friend had died that day in Fallujah, but he wouldn't leave his fallen brother behind. In his mind, he has not only sentenced B ...more
My love affair with this series (and its talented author) is still going strong. I really enjoyed A Virgin River Christmas. The author managed to tell a full and meaningful tale in just 285 pages.

This is one of the very few times where I can say of a novella that nothing was lacking. The characters were fully developed, the story had depth and emotion, and I finished fully satisfied. If I had to nitpick, I could have done with a bit more at the ending, but I have faith that the author will pick
Oct 31, 2008 Kathrynn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Virgin River Series
There wasn't a whole lot to this short book (285 pages) and there was some filler left in the story (explaining something, then explaining it again) or possibly the book needed a good edit.

The main characters were all right. Ian turned himself into a recluse and chose to live--alone--on the mountain in a cabin without any amenities. He was almost barbaric with the roaring... Marcie's character was very likable and I admired her fortitude in sticking with her goal of finding Ian--despite the lac
This is the first time I've found a hero most unappealing and still felt the book deserved 5 stars. The hero in a story is usually the draw for me, but being so invested in the Virgin River series, I knew I was getting a rangy, unkempt mountain man and wanted to read the book anyway. Wise decision, KarenH!

Ian Buchanan has been living a hermit's life on an isolated mountain since he turned his back on civilization 5 years ago. Discharged from the Marines, Ian was unable to deal with real-life sit
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
UPDATED: 16/12/2014 I decided to reread this book for my Christmas read, since it has stuck in my mind as such a lovely book I haven't forgotten since I read it about three years ago. I was right to remember it as on rereading it I found that it really is one of the loveliest books I've ever read and it did confirm what I originally thought. I've read so many lovely books in the last few years, but you tend to forget most of them, but some really do stand out and you remember them for it, and th ...more

Although I couldn't really get into Ian, a Mountain man type complete with long bushy unwashed hair and beard living in a cabin with nothing but an outhouse, who chops wood for a living, I admire Marcie for overlooking all that and more to tough (literally) it out for him. The story was relaxing and enjoyable.
I loved this one! Really. IMHO it was even better than most of the previous stories. I guess what most like about this series is not what attracts me. I don't like it when we read about so many characters you get a bit confused.

In this book every page is about the main couple. You get to know them extremely well, even though this book is much shorter than the rest. I believe this was a great story, couldn't put it down, not for even a second. Kept reading it until 6 a.m,lol. But I'm on holidays,
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Another 3.5 Stars for me.

I liked so many things about this book, but am giving it 3.5 stars because I was bored in places and found myself skimming [never good for me].

What did I like:
1 -- the author addressing the real issue of our fighting troops and the people who love and care for them.
2 -- the courage Marcie had in searching for Ian against all odds.
3 -- the Holiday theme [wish I'd read it at Christmas]. Love, love, loved the Christmas tree and all it represented.
4 -- the love of this commu
When I read books 1-3 last year, I was pregnant at the time. I had to stop since I wasn't emotionally able to handle some of the scenes, especially the birthing ones. Now, that my baby is 1 and my postpartum feels back to normal, I'm so happy to revisit Virgin River again.

This book was great! In the past books, we're use to reading about side stories and also POVs from previous characters. But this book didn't have that. We are fully invested in Marcie & Ian's romance while they encounter al
The fourth book in the ever popular Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. A sweet emotional read. Not as long as the other novels in the Virgin River series but it was still a satisfying story. Though, you are given glimpses of the "old crowd", this story is not about them. I really liked it and can hardly wait for the next in the series :)
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Jan) I have been enjoying my visits to Virgin River, but this particular visit was a bit boring to me. I liked Ian, and seeing other members of the VR community was fun, but I didn't warm up to Marcie, probably because I didn't really get her. I don't understand why she felt she had the right to intrude on a virtual stranger's life to demand answers, to understand his life. Yes, she'd met him a couple of times and yes, he was her husband's best friend. But after years of unanswered letters to h ...more
Nov 29, 2009 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Holly by: fans of the series, and fans of contemporary romance
5+++ stars.

Hands down the best holiday-themed romance I have ever read.

But, this novel is so much more than simply a holiday romance. By the time I reached this, the 4th in the Virgin River series, I was already so emotionally invested in the characters, that although the residents of Virgin River play a much smaller role in this novel as they have in the past 3 books, it was impossible for me not to become swept away by the magic that is this book. The magic that is Robyn Carr's storytelling.

This was a pretty good book. Though there were a few things that annoyed me: chiefly Marcie's sister Erin. Marcie was 27 years old and Erin still treated her like a child. She constantly tried to control what Marcie did and she was unsupportive of Marcie's wishes until the very end-everyone was! Marcie had to call and check in with Erin every few days and she always revived the run around from Erin. Erin needed to shut up and get a life. I was so tired of Erin and I was tired of Marcie constantl ...more
The characterization was SO deep, they fairly jumped off the page. And the story, the hero's story about recovery and finding his way, was heartwrenching and raw. The problem was that I didn't feel the romance nearly so strongly as all that. It felt more like a friendship, even when they had sex.
Now this is what I'm talking about. A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr is the best story yet in her Virgin River series!

Marcie Sullivan’s husband, Bobby (USMC) has died from severe injuries in Iraq. Marcie decides to go looking for Ian Buchanan, Bobby's platoon sergeant, and deliver the news of Bobby's death in person. What she finds is an emotionally broken man living alone on a mountain in a rundown one-room shack with no amenities. This is their story of healing emotional wounds. They ha
I just love these books, the simple nature of the community is the main appeal. The couple this time around, Marcie and Ian, have an interesting journey that they make, one where they travel the road alone, then together at the end, where you can just imagine Bobby looking down at them happy with their choice.

When Marcie first pulls into Virgin River I expected Jack and Preacher to jump to her rescue and find Ian for her, so when that didn't happen it threw me off, but as the story progressed I
Jill Dunlop
A Virgin River Christmas is the fourth book in Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. I absolutely adore this series. The men are the stuff of legends and it is such a feel-good treat to read. Even though this series is so great, I feel that this book can stand on its own. You really don't need to have read the other books in the series to enjoy this story. However, I do highly recommend them, but this is a fine place to see if Robyn Carr is an author for you.

Marcie Sullivan decides that she must fin
Diana Suddreth
I was looking for something light with a holiday theme to listen to during my December commute and chose this based on the high reviews. I was hoping to enter a world similar to Mitford with a cast of characters and interesting relationships. Instead I was subjected to an insipid story where the heroine continually displays her weakness rather than her strength, and the male romantic lead is typically silent, carrying secrets that make him unaccessible. The romance is transparent even before it ...more
4.5 stars

Loved this segment of the Virgin River saga – I hope we run into Ian and Marcie again. A few humourous parts to the book, but mostly this book had more tearful moments – I definitely emoted more in this book than the others so far.
I’m not a lover of reading Christmas stories, and yet this one was very good – I didn’t find it evolved around the holiday – just simply happened around the holiday and the holiday made it very convenient for a couple of revelations....

Erin really riled me up.
Nov 15, 2015 Joy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Joy by: Sissy Jacobson
A young marine widow hunts for the best friend of her casualty husband. She finds Ian transformed into a frightening hermit, but nearby is the community of Virgin River, welcoming her and ready to welcome Ian if he is willing.

Carr is writing a series about Virgin River. Based on this one book, with its warmth and emotional truth, I went searching for the rest of them.

New comment: It seems to be becoming a tradition. As the cold weather gripped and the Christmas lights went up, I started thinkin
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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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  • Paradise Valley (Virgin River, #7)
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“As he looked down at her, his eyes were both warm and curious. "You don't look as tough as that."

"I don't know how tough I am--look at me, sick as a pup. But I bet I can match you for stubborn."

A sound came out of him.

"Holy shit, Ian--was that a laugh?"

"A cough," he lied. "You probably got me sick.”
“Well, what am I supposed to do?"

"Well, you can take a nap, read a little of my book, or close your eyes. Or you could stare--get the thrill of your life."

"She put her hands on her hips. "You really wouldn't care, would you?"

"Not really. A bath is a serious business when it's that much trouble. And it's pretty quick in winter." He started to chuckle.

"What's so funny?" she asked, a little irritated.

"I was just thinking. It's cold enough in here, you might not see that much."

Her cheeks went hot, so she pretended not to understand. "But in summer, you can lay in the tub all afternoon?"

"In summer, I wash in the creek." He grinned at her. "Why don't you comb the snarls out of your hair? You look like a wild banshee."

She stared at him a minute, then said, "Don't flirt with me. It won't do you any good."

-Marcie and Ian”
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