Whispering Rock (Virgin River, #3)
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Whispering Rock (Virgin River #3)

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A decorated U.S. Marine reservist, LAPD officer Mike Valenzuela was badly wounded in the line of duty, but has found hope and healing in Virgin River. When he agrees to become the town's first cop, he does so knowing it's time he settled down. Twice divorced and the lover of too many women, he secretly longs for the kind of commitment and happiness his marine buddies have...more
Mass Market Paperback, 363 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Mira Books (first published May 26th 2007)
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Duchess Nicole
I feel like I have a lot of complaints about this series, and I don't mean to. I enjoy the books, but I do have a lot of minor quibbles. However, if I ever need a sweet, wholesome, family and community oriented romance, this is the series that I think of. To get a break from really angsty or annoying characters/storylines, I know I can read a Virgin River book. This is only my third read of the series but I have a feeling none of the books really break outside of this little box that I've stored...more
Shawna
5+ stars – Contemporary Romance

The third book in the deeply fulfilling Virgin River series, with its touching depiction of community life in the quaint little country town of roughly 600 people among the majestic Redwoods of Northern California, continues with the theme of healing, love in unexpected places, and the true meaning of friendship and family. Just like the previous books, Whispering Rock has sexy, strong, loyal, devoted heroes, smart, feisty, and spirited heroines, terrific writing,...more
Isis FG
3.5 stars, actually.

My least favorite of the 3 Virgin River books. Not that I didn't like it - I did - I just didn't like it as much as the others.

I did love Brie and Mike together. They were a good fit for each other. Though I have to admit Mike got a little too...soft...in my opinion. But I think for the most part Carr did their relationship well. I was a bit disappointed at how they seemed to get pushed aside a bit near the end. All she had was a short paragraph about how they returned from S...more
Pamela
Nov 13, 2011 Pamela rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance, "comfort romance," and sweet romance
Shelves: audiobook
I hate it when I buy a book and then discover I already have it. Such was the case with Robyn Carr's WHISPERING ROCK. I owned it — and then spent $23+ to buy it for my iPod. Oh, well. I should check Goodreads more often to see what I already own. But I digress...

WHISPERING ROCK was a delight and helped me make it through a difficult weekend when I need escape more than anything else. As I told my mother, the VIRGIN RIVER SERIES is “comfort romance” at its best, featuring a town of heroic men and...more
Quinn
4.5 stars

Another great installment in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series. There was a lot going on in this one, as usual, but it didn’t have the almost awkward introductions as the last one. Things flowed fairly smoothly and the storylines were more connected.

I know a lot of readers who have made it further into the series than this third book (and even some who haven’t) have issues with Mel (a recurring main character from the first book) and the focus on women’s health and childbirth.

With women...more
Corrine
As I started this book I said that this was going to be my last Virgin River novel. Don't get me wrong, Robyn Carr can write but I get tired of the romance being put on the back burner while the entire town gets center stage. As I finished this book, however, I knew there was no way I could stop here. There's something so addictive, so hypnotic, about Carr's writing and the character dynamics she's set up, that - even if the "main" romance isn't your thing - you're compelled to keep reading.

Qui...more
Christa
With her Virgin River series, Robyn Carr is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Whispering Rock, the third in the series, was another great book. As with the second novel in the series, this book does not really have a primary focus on the characters who are portrayed as the main ones in the synopsis, but is instead about several characters with ties to the community of Virgin River. I found the story of Mike and Brie to be very satisfactory, and I loved seeing more of Jack and Mel from...more
Beanbag Love
Keep the tissues handy. All these stories are about healing, but the hardship has to happen first. Even the things that you see coming from a mile away are effective.

Carr pulls a lot of emotion out of the reader and her stories are very powerful. Mike and Brie both have pain and regrets. The things that bring them together then the evolution of their relationship made for really great reading. And plenty of tears, but lovely romance as well.

The side stories are powerful as well. One seemed to po...more
Holly
Miguel "Mike" Valenzuela has almost made a complete one hundred percent recovery from his violent run in with some of LA's worst gangbangers when Jack's sister, Brie is brutally attacked. Brie recovers from her brutal rape but finds herself lost and adrift in a frightening world where she no longer feels safe. Being the victim of a violent crime himself, Mike is able to reach Brie and guide her out of her despair in a way none of her well meaning but suffocating family members was able. Together...more
TJ
The Virgin River series and Whispering Rock in particular, are the type of books one reads when quiet, restful time is needed. Each one focuses on a love story set in the same small mountain town. The names in each book change but the feeling is always consistent - low key, day to day happenings with people who care about each other.

In this installment, Mike and Brie have known each other for years but life has taken them on separate journeys - until now. Mike is in Virgin River recovering from...more
Liz
Whispering Rock is the third book of the Virgin River series. I enjoyed this book and I would say that its on par with the others in the series.

In this installment, we get more acquainted with Mike Valenzuela. Mike is one of the Marines that served together who are the basis of this series. Mike has had a rough year. He was working for the LAPD in the gang squad and he was shot by a teenager trying to make his "bones". It was touch and go for a while and it wasn't for sure he was going to surviv...more
Tam
For me the Virgin River books are not just about the characters that are mentioned in the synopsis on the back of the cover. I would say those are the main focus characters of the story and they always seem to have their own unique personal dramatic problem to conquer.

But there is a lot going on around those characters and in the town itself. In this book the theme was rape and we saw how the main characters dealt with it but we also saw how rape was affecting the high school. Really, these wer...more
Julianna
Oct 21, 2011 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Emotional Contemporary or Small Town Romance
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The first two books of the Virgin River series had left me feeling slightly underwhelmed. They were good, but not quite as good as I was expecting based on the rave reviews they tend to receive. Perhaps because of this I went into reading Whispering Rock with lower expectations, but it ended up being a wonderful read for me. Maybe it truly was a better book, or maybe I'm finally getting used to Robyn Carr's writing style, but this time I really connected with the hero and...more
Darcy
Every time I pick up a book in this series I know it will be a good one and it surprises me as these just aren't the type of books that normally pull me in. There is just something about the little community and how they pull together for one of their own or one of their own that they have adopted in. When I finish the book for a little while I secretly wish that I could find a community like this, but then reality sets in and I know I wouldn't fare well in that small of a fish bowl, so living v...more
Crystal
Aug 01, 2013 Crystal rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of overstuffed romance novels
Shelves: chick-lit
I am finally finished with this book! Phew! Only 5 years after I started reading it! It had been so long that I just reread everything I'd read before, because all I could remember was that the book really underwhelmed me, in comparison to the first two Virgin River books, which I loved.
And well, it was still underwhelming, after all this time. I didn't dislike the "main" romance of the story, with Mike and Brie, although it joined the club of magical perfect romances in town. There really MUST...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Whispering Rock is the third instalment in the Virgin River series and is the story of Brie Sheridan, a fiesty Prosecutor whose life is torn apart firstly by her husband leaving her for her best friend and then by being savagely assaulted and raped by a former defendant. Miguel "Mike" Valenzuela is a Marine buddy of Brie's brother Jack and a decorated LAPD policeman injured in the line of duty.Despite his past colourful relationships with women slowly he is able to rebuild Brie's confidence and...more
valee
3.5 stars.
I will say that I did not enjoy this book as much as book 1 and 2, nevertheless it was also a beautiful story.

It is not possible not enjoy a book in this series because it does not only talk about the couple which the book is about but also about the rest of the town. So you keep seeing and hearing things about the town and the previous couples of the previous books. Getting to know Jack and Preacher better is always nice.LOL.

But IMHO this is also one of the weakest points in the serie...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
3.5 Stars

Okay, I enjoyed the first two a bit better than this one. This was a good story, but it got a bit cheesy in places. I also thought, it was Mike and Brie's story, but we got a whole lot of Jack and Mel. I like those two, but I've heard the details of their story. To the authors credit, I am reading these back to back, so may contribute to my issues.

I seriously liked the way the author addresses social issues. Rape and date rape all in one book - and, she weaves the story so you follow ve...more
Sylvia
In Carr's third Virgin River novel, Mike Valenzuela is on his way to visit family in L.A. when he learns that Brie, Jack Sheridan's youngest sister, has been raped and beaten by the defendant in a high-profile rape case she had unsuccessfully prosecuted. Mel, Virgin River's midwife, begins to suspect that a serial date rapist is preying on the girls of the community after plying them with drink and drugs, and soon Mike is on the case as Virgin River's constable. Readers of Carr's series will be...more
Dev
First off, I wanted more Mike and Brie. Ms. Carr had built such a great foundation for this couple in Shelter Mountain that I became very excited to read Whispering Rock. And Robyn did a good job of telling the continuing story of our favorite small town, she just didn’t include enough of the story I wanted to see. They seemed like a backburner ~ maybe that’s not the right word. But the story wasn’t about them with side stories thrown in ~ the story seemed to be more a collection of side stories...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
This is my fourth Robyn Carr book in about a week and a half. I think it's going to be a while before I read any more. So preachy. One book is all about domestic abuse. Another is about loss. This one is the rape book.

Let's see, in the year and a half since the Virgin River timeline started, lots of dramatic things have happened to the folks there. For a town of 600 people there are multiple rapes, murders, alcoholism, stalkings, beatings, kidnappings, abandoned chinlren, heart attacks, cancer...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Jan) So far I'm finding this series a hit. I'm only 3 books in, but I'm really enjoying it. I think this somewhat straddles the line between romance and chick lit. After the first book, the main couple seems to take a back seat to other couples' storylines - those beginning and those continuing. Is this series an epic? A saga? Not sure, but I'm going to continue to go along for the ride, as I enjoy the writing (although I keep wondering will we ever get less Mel and therefore less medical lesso...more
Susie
I am really enjoying this series. Although this one is not my favourite so far, it is still an excellent read. I love how these books can all be read as stand alones and yet read as a series, it's an ongoing saga. I love the people in Virgin River and how Carr brings them all into each book.
This book's about Mike and Brie, both with past issues that have damaged them physically and psychologically which is the catalyst in bringing them together. A small warning this book contains sensitive matt...more
Wendy S. Marcus
Read this a while ago. And have re-read it a few times since. Loved it.
Erika  Badass
This is a 4 star read regarding the main couple, Brie and Mike. I really loved them both, and their story was fantastic. HOWEVER, there are too many storylines involving Mel and Jack (who already had their own book, and I don't feel like they should have as much page time in every book as the main couples) So I'm giving the rest of the differing Points of View about two stars because it is distracting from the main story. Sometimes you go chapters without reading about the main characters and th...more
Kathrynn
Book #3 in the Virgin River set. Right now this is a trilogy, but the author's website indicates a 4th in the future--about Ricky--a character that has been in all three books.

This series should be read IN ORDER as characters in earlier books are further developed in each book. I thought it was neat to see them grow and new characters develop, too.

FlibBityFLooB
3.5/5 stars. Started out very promising, but I wasn't crazy about this particular book in the series. I still can't believe that there are so many babies being born in the middle of nowhere. Then again, the series does focus on a midwife, so I can't blame the author ;)
Brenda (b)
I love Robyn Carr's writing style, her way of story-telling and the way she weaves in the stories of the secondary characters. These folks feel like old friends and I get pulled into their lives -- I laugh, I sigh and I cry right along with them.
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Brandy *Ahviel*
A decorated U.S. Marine reservist, LAPD officer Mike Valenzuela was badly wounded in the line of duty, but has found hope and healing in Virgin River. When he agrees to become the town's first cop, he does so knowing it's time he settled down. Twice divorced and the lover of too many women, he secretly longs for the kind of commitment and happiness his marine buddies have found -- a woman who can tie up his heart forever. He finds that woman in Brie Sheridan, a Sacramento prosecutor who understa...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.
More about Robyn Carr...
Virgin River (Virgin River, #1) Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, #2) Temptation Ridge (Virgin River, #6) A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River, #4) Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, #5)

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