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Virgin River (Virgin River #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  15,129 ratings  ·  1,230 reviews
"Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against the 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, an ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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I flipping loved this book.

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
5+ stars – Contemporary Romance

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
Feb 20, 2011 Catherine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Catherine by: Ally72
*sigh* I feel like the grump lurking in the corner, but I did not like this book. Which is shocking! This book has an extremely high average and every GR friend I have to date has given it at least a 4 star grade. It must have something going for it to have so many fans, but I just can't see it. :\

This was supposed to be a modern book, but it felt oddly dated. The heroine Mel, talks about Starbucks and $300 highlights so I know it's modern, but it also had a weirdly old school vibe going for it.
First, I'm going to apologize in advance for my review. These are my thoughts, and I know I'm in the great minority of people who didn't like this book, but OMG I just can't stand it any freaking more! I'm going to warn you right now, if you love this series, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER - this will probably offend.

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
It took me a while to get into this book. I think I was about halfway through before I started to really get into the story. That's probably partially because just before that I'd been reading a Lora Leigh book (so completely different) and also because the vibe of Virgin River is rather different than your typical romance novel.

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
Nov 27, 2009 K. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to K. by: MelissaB
”Virgin River” by Robyn Carr -- 3.5*

Modern Day Contemporary
Jack and Melinda

This book has been reviewed multiple times, so I’ll just relate my personal impressions rather than providing much of a synopsis. Quickly, Melinda is an L.A. physician’s assistant/midwife practicing in a major hospital who loses her husband, the love of her life, in an unexpected murder when he chances upon a convenience store robbery in progress. She moves to a small town seeking solace, anonymity from overly concerned a
I'm a big fan of audiobooks; unfortunately, I've almost blown through's generously-sized romance collection completely. Recently, a ton of Stephanie Lauren's books were released on audio. Not being too familiar with her work, I listened to Devil's Bride and decided I would embark down that long Cynster road, knowing I'd have enough listening material for the next 6 months. However, 2 books into the series I was already feeling a restless urge to move on. Virgin River by Robyn Carr ca ...more
A generic "strong" female with "heart-shaped lips" and a fabulous figure + generic whitebread cleft-chin He-Man gentleman (even when hooking up!) with a soft spot for babies + a po-dunk town where nothing happens == boring book!

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
Hokey Americana. Never seen so many pregnant women in such a small area.
Melinda Monroe is tired of the heartache, tired of the sympathy, and most of all, tired of living in a home where memories of her once happy future constantly assail her. All but dead inside with grief over the death of her husband, Mel discovers a job opportunity in the charming and idyllic town of Virgin River, up in the untouched splendor of Northern California. Although her sister pleads with her that running away to some mountain region backwater will not solve her problems, Mel packs up he ...more
Full Disclosure:This book features one of my least favorite tropes, the still grieving widow(er) who is consumed with guilt at find new love. Of course, this did skew my reaction to this book.

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
Duchess Nicole
I've had this on my shelf to read for what seems like forever. The ratings are outstanding for every single book in this now eighteen plus book series, and now I understand why.

The story is very slow moving but I never got bored. Life in Virgin River is easygoing...a small town atmoshphere in which everyone knows everyone and they're all there for each other. When Mel moves to Virgin River in a spur of the moment decision in answer to an add placed for a nurse, she is under-impressed at first.
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This is a really good start to a series, if only for the location. I've actually visited that area of Northern California and I think Carr does a great job of creating the atmosphere for the reader.

When we begin the story, Melinda Monroe is on her way to Virgin River to take a year assignment as a nurse practitioner/midwife. She's desperately grieving her late husband, murdered in LA just nine months before. She's running away from the chaos of the urban ER and the pitying looks of her friends a
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I love this small town setting to bits and I'm going to continue reading the series for this alone The romance on the other hand while sweet, dragged for me, and all the conflicts-that-really-weren't didn't thrill either. Also the heroine never really choose the Jack. He was willing to bend over backwards no matter how far or for how long, and she never evolved to the point were she could openly accept and return his love. Yup, they end up together... but only out of circumstance; and cheesy let ...more
What a wonderful book. I really enjoyed Virgin River, and I’m not sure exactly why. It was just such a comfortable and pleasant read. Kind of like putting on your comfiest slippers, your snuggly dressing gown and curling up in front of a fire with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows at your elbow, listening to the rain patter on a tin roof.. Maybe a golden retriever curled at your feet. Just…… comfortable. Nice. Peaceful. Relaxed. Rejuvenating. Content. In fact, that would be the pe ...more
This is the first book in the Virgin River series. It's a sweet story about Melinda, a nurse/midwife who leaves LA and accepts a job in a small town called Virgin River. Melinda lost her husband tragically the year before and is anxious to start over somewhere new and different. Her first impression of the town is not too positive, however the town and its people grow on her slowly, and of course eventually she makes it her home.

Mel meets Jack in Virgin River. He's a retired war soldier who is c
Virgin River is Robyn Carr's first book in the series of the same name. Running from the pain following her husband's murder, Mel Monroe accepts a job in Virgin River as a nurse/midwife. Once she gets to the tiny town, things aren't exactly as advertised. The house is a dump and the town's only doctor isn't happy to see her. Mel decides to leave right away, but one thing after another convinces her to stay for just a bit longer. As she works and gets to know the people of Virgin River, Mel gradu ...more
I loved this book. The sense of community and small town America was really appealing to me and left me feeling nostalgic for the small towns in which I have lived. The characters were enjoyable, especially the hero, Jack - he was so patient and willing to take care of everyone while also being very masculine and appealing. I liked the heroine also, and enjoyed watching not only her relationship with Jack develop, but also the one with the crusty town doctor. I am getting ready to read the next ...more
I absolutely loved this book. The romance between Mel and Jack progressed realistically and the sense of community in the town was enviable. Carr does an admirable job in creating a completely different value system that works. The conflicts presented are also normal and the appropriate timeline was used for resolution without dragging the reader through the pain of inevitability.

I'm invested in this series and am on to the second book.
Re-read 2011 - it was interesting to go back to the beginning of Virgin River again after reading a dozen others further along in the series. I still love the audiobook narrator, and I still found Mel (the heroine) to be way too weepy. In short - Mel = melodramatic.

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 trav
Thank goodness this was cheap. It's like Twilight for adults with baby driven wish fulfillment fantasies.

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
Mar 30, 2010 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming Contemporary Romance or Small-town Stories
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Overall, Virgin River was a pretty good book, but it didn't quite live up to all the hype for me. The actual romance was a little more low-key than I was expecting, and even though the book is categorized as contemporary romance, I thought it bordered on women's fiction. I would estimate that approximately 75%-80% of the story was told from the heroine, Melinda's perspective. There are a few short scenes from the point of view of Ricky, a teenager who is coming of age and
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jan 24, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michelle by: Wendy T.
4 solid stars.

I just loved this book. I'm probably the only person, seriously into reading romance novels, who hasn't read this author or series. Rather interesting why really. I didn't like the covers. They looked a bit cheesy and kind of "Debbie Macomber" like. I'm not a huge fan of DM. I suppose she is good, but too light for me normally. Maybe a good airport read. Call me a romance snob, but based on the covers, I thought this author and series rather too light for me. WRONG!

I liked everythi
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A cute and well written romantic story with great and lovely characters. It is about moving on with your life after a tragedy. It left me depressed in the end. Don't worry, that's just me.
I mean, Mel comes to a place of only a few hundred people and finds someone like Jack! I know I should accept it because it is that type of story, but it annoyed me. Again, that's just me.
Anyone who likes reading contemporary romance in a really small town setting (view spoiler)
I know a lot of people love this series but I'm the odd woman out on this one. I could not stand this book. I nearly put it down a number of times but I needed it for a challenge and so many people love it I wanted to give it a chance.

On the plus side, I really liked Doc. His scenes got me through the book. And I appreciate that Carr didn't gloss over the poverty and problems of rural America. I think the portrayal of this town was pretty accurate.

The issue, I hated just about every one else. I
all the makings of a 5 star novel were there, but i didn't like the writing style. the dialogue seemed especially choppy and influent, and this was a major reason why i couldn't connect to the characters.
Lisa Kay
Enjoyed the narration. Nice to revisit this little soap-operaish community set in the mountains of California. ...more
A true comfort read. It got me through an emotional rough patch. I'm glad I picked it up at this point in my life.
After sitting on my shelf for over a year I finally picked up Virgin River and it was a very enjoyable read. I totally fell in love with Jack and Mel. Being a city girl, Mel moved to Virgin River hoping to start a new life and mend her aching heart of the memories of her late husbands death. What she finds is a gentle and patient man who falls in love with her even if he has to take second place in her heart. How romantic is that?

Jack was so sweet and did not force Mel into anything she wasn't
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“He reached out and lightly touched her hair. There’s no way, he thought. I’m sunk. And my heart hasn’t beat the same since she walked into town.” 31 likes
“I just wanted to make you happy,” he said. “Are you happy?”
“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.”
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