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
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
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 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....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
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...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
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
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...more
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....more
Mel meets Jack in Virgin River. He's a retired war soldier who is c...more
I'm invested in this series and am on to the second book.
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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)[(where I doubt you could find s...more
Jack...What can I say? ... One of my favorite heroes so far. It couldn't have been created a more perfect man than this one. So hot. I mean he was all manly, rough, but extremely caring and tender. I just couldn't help to love him. And Mel was a great heroine as well. She was going through a really rough time but found everything that she needed to get over it at Virgin river.
All I can say is that I'm happy I started with this series for once and for all....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.
Because the premise is promising, however, I will try the next in the series.
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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.”