Virgin River (Virgin River #1)
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...more
It's my first Robyn Carr book. I've read a lot of good things about her here on Goodreads and also on Amazon, and I ordered several of her books this spring, hoping to get some time to read them.
Recently widowed Melinda Monroe, a certified nurse midwife, decides that to move beyond her grief she must start her life again. She sells almost everything she owns and moves to Virgin River, a tiny town in the middle of the California forest. At first it seems the transition...more
This is by far the worst book I've ever listened to, possibly ever. I had no idea it was going to be so terrible, it's gotten so many great reviews and I thought at the very least it would...more
This book is about people and life, the vagaries of small-town living, growing and healing, and, of course, love. Like the town it's set in, the pace of the book is on t...more
Nevertheless, I did enjoy this book when it wasn't weighed down by Mel's grief and guilt. Honestly, Jack made this book for me, although half the time, I just felt sorry for him. But he's a great male protagonist: patient, protective, caring, and he has a past that rounds his character out.
Mel, on the othe...more
There’s not much that hasn’t already been said about this sweet, delightful, feel-good contemporary romance and for very good reason, and now I’m finally glad that I get what all the fuss is about.
Virgin River is a heartwarming story about a young, grieving widow whose spirit is rejuvenated and soul revived by working as a nurse and midwife in a quaint little country town called Virgin River, with quirky, friendly, salt-of-the-earth people surrounded by the beauty...more
Original review July 2010: 3.5/5 stars. This book was a mixed bag for me, mostly because I found the heroine to be exhausting. She had so much emotional baggage that it tired me out listening to the book on audiobook while I travel...more
I found the characters likeable and empathetic, unfortunately too much so. The plot was lame, the premise of why the protagonist stayed on in the town totally unbelievable, the dialogue simplistic and the whole book consistently told what was going on rather than showing us. All conflict was resolved within a few paragraphs (if not sentences); and I was accurately predicting the progress of t...more
Re-read this story July 2011 and though I still enjoyed it, I found Mel's character got on my nerves this time around. Loved Jack! His warmth carried throughout the book.
Still a nicely written story and I love how the author weaves a tale, incorporating other small stories into one.
I'm not changing my initial rating of 5 stars from 2007, but if I were to rate this from my 2011 read, would be a strong 4 stars only.
Jack is a great!
Mel was annoying but redeemed herself in the end. I think I just don't understand (don't want to actually) the depth of her grief.
What kept this book from being 5 stars? The description of teenage sex (secondary characters). I'm no prude and I know it does happen, but, egads, I DON'T want to read...more
I reviewed the book last year, but to add... this is one of the best - It takes a village romances I've ever read. Real humor, angst and everything inbetween. Theresa Plummers narration was just as good.
Story and narration 5 stars
These people have no personality. Where's the humor? If not that, where's the intellectual intelligence? Or if not that, where's the sarcasm, the quirky attitudes, or some kind of color?? Or even if the characters were supposed to be ridiculously nice and laid-back, put t...more
I'm glad I gave this book the chance. It was purely a comfort read and though I wasn't blown away, I did enjoy reading about th...more
Jack was so sweet and did not force Mel into anything she wasn't...more
I liked Melinda, and I felt for her.
She had one TSTL moment, and I wanted to slap her, but other than that she was a good lead, and the growth and grief were well done.
I loved the cast of characters, especially Preacher and Doc.
I didn't love the Sex between Lizzie and crap I forgot his name. The 16 year old on the verge of manhood. With Lizzie. Who was 14. 14! ICk. Didn't like to read it. Didn't. Nope. Yuck.
I get this was contemporary romance, and I think I kept expecting (Ha...more
Because the premise is promising, however, I will try the next in the series.
She arrives finding h...more
dreams, a life cut short and memories.
A Jack of all trades.
A small town, community, and nature's healing balm.
After a rough start the heroine comes around and finds out what Virgin
River and the hero can do to heal her soul. He in turn finds his heart in
Such a good read.
That's the airbrushed review.
But the meat of this story is really community. The primary and secondary characters. Robyn Carr has a way writing that pul...more
Mel was a great character with a lot of depth. I enjoyed reading about her and her dedication to medicine. I liked that she gradually settled into the life of the town in small "just one more" steps. I liked how her perception of the town changes as she settles. I enjoyed the small touches like watching soaps.
Jack was a good character too. Often when you have an ex-military alpha guys the sparks come...more
Widowed a few months ago and still grieving, Mel accepts an offer to become an assistant to the doctor in a little town, she heads to Virgin River only to find that the offer had major holes, and th...more
RT's Career Achievement Best Author Award winner (2010) for Contemporary Romance.
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“I’ve been happy a couple of times. What can I do so that you can join me?”
He laced his fingers through hers and holding her hands, stretched her arms up above her head, holding them there. “Baby, you don’t have to do anything but be present.”