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Wild Man Creek by Robyn Carr
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Feb 02, 2011

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Wild Man Creek, book 12 in the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr, is the story of two scarred people, software executive Jillian Mattock and former Blackhawk helicopter pilot Colin Riordan who both end up in the tiny Humboldt County town of Virgin River. Jill is escaping a case of shattered trust that cost her her Silicon Valley job and Colin is recovering from a helicopter crash that ended his military career. He has fought painkiller addiction and rehab and is now turning to painting wildlife but still plans to pursue flying. Jill, on the other hand, turns to her childhood love of gardening for therapy. Neither is looking for romance or commitment, so when their initial meeting turns to attraction, they both embark on a relationship they know will be short term. Colin will go to Africa to photograph wildlife and in the hope he can land a bush pilot job that will enable him to resume flying, while Jill gardens furiously, but knows she’ll be returning to the corporate world come September. Meanwhile the two find comfort in each other, and for the first time for either of them, they begin to trust, to heal, and to live.

Jill rents an old Victorian on ten acres and begins returning the land to the garden paradise it once was, this time growing high end fruits and vegetables used in five-star restaurants–the same vegetables her great-grandmother used to grow when she lived with the older woman. The gardening adventure rolls forward with the addition of greenhouses and a helper, and before long, Jill wonders if there’s a future in raising organic vegetables for commercial use.

Colin paints, and with Jill’s encouragement, decides to see if his work can sell.

In addition to Jill’s and Colin’s stories, the reader is reintroduced to many of the characters who’s stories have been told in earlier books in the series. Ms. Carr’s characters are dynamic and interesting, and it’s no wonder she has attracted a huge following with these highly entertaining books. Read one and you’ll be drawn to getting the rest of the series. Her dialogue and prose flow like water purling over smooth stones. Highly recommended.
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