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A Virgin River Christmas

(Virgin River #4)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  11,811 ratings  ·  728 reviews
Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that started it all…

Last Christmas Marcie Sullivan said a final goodbye to her husband, Bobby. This Christmas she wants to find the man who saved his life and gave her three more years to love him.

Fellow marine Ian Buchanan dragged Bobby's shattered body onto a medical transport four years ago, then disapp
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published October 28th 2008)
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4 -Feel Good-Stars

My favorite in the series. Unlike the other books, this one focused only on the main couple. The other couples/characters that we've grown to love over the course of the series didn't take up page time like they normally do and I loved that.

These books are the perfect "getting into the holiday spirit" type of read. They have a quaint, almost Hallmark-movie type feel to them that leaves me feeling uplifted. That said, I don't think I'd have the patience to read them
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
This was a really sweet, tender romance, that had me in tears sometimes, but put a smile on my face at the end.

This is the story of Marcie Sullivan, a young widow, and former Marine Ian Buchanan. Marcie recently lost her Marine husband, Bobby, due to injuries he suffered while serving in Iraq. Bobby and Marcie were childhood buddies, then sweethearts, before marrying as teenagers. Bobby enlisted in the military, while Marcie worked in an insurance office. They were in love and had a
Penny Watson
Nothing brings me more hope, more excitement, more anticipation for a romance novel than....

....finding out the hero has a beard!!!! Hallelujah!

So, imagine my everlasting surprise and happiness when I discovered that the hero for Robyn Carr's A Virgin River Christmas has a beard. And not just any ol' beard, but a full-on, hard-core, lumber jack-style beard.'s red!

(Please take a moment of silence to process this wonderful ditty).

In spite o
Beanbag Love
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure of the circumstances of this book's release, but it was about a hundred pages shorter than the one previous. It definitely had a 'novella' feel to it, and there weren't really any side stories going on, so I'm thinking it might have appeared first in an anthology.

No matter, it's very good and might even be my favorite of the first four.

A young widow is searching for her late husband's former best friend who has dropped off the map entirely after leaving the Marine Corps
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read — my first e-book, actually. I read it on my computer using Kindle for Mac. Because I just don't spend enough time with my computer, you know?

This book tells the story of Ian Buchanan, an emotionally scarred former Marine, and Marcie Sullivan, widow of Ian's best friend, who died from injuries sustained while at war despite Ian's attempt to save him. Set in the snowy mountains above Virgin River, it brings together so many thi
Anna's Herding Cats
One of the best romance books ever. This was my second time reading A Virgin River Christmas and, yall, this book. You need to read this book. It's everything.

The Gist: Marcie's husband died a year ago after being injured while deployed. And she's determined to find his best friend and the man who risked everything to save him years earlier and then disappeared.

Seriously. Marcie and Ian. They're incredible. Marcie is a force to be reckoned with. She's lovely and kind. Sweet, fiery, full of fai
Opening Line: "Marcie Sullivan drove into the small town, her sixth small mountian town of the day, and found herself face-to-face with a Christmas tree trimming."

AVRC is my first Robyn Carr book which would make guessed it, a Robyn Carr virgin. Anyways, this isn’t the type of contemporary romance I usually read (I like a bit of action, suspense or the occasional vampire in my mix) However the Virgin River series is so hugely popular and was recommended to me by a ton of people so I just hadLine:
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
I have to admit I had an initial smidge of disappointment when I realized this book didn't feature existing Virgin River characters, but introduced two new ones. But I quickly got over it because the new characters were interesting, and the old ones had big enough supporting roles to make you feel the connection to the previous books.

Like the other books, this one has a slight military theme in the characters. Marcie Sullivan was widowed a year ago when her Marine husband Bobby died
♡Karlyn P♡
Finished it in one sitting. Loved it! I can't wait for the next in this series. I really loved Marcie as a heroine, her humor and take on life was so refreshing. Her willingness to adapt to the rugged lifestyle of the mountains made for several good laughs. The premise of her being in Virigin River to help her dead husbands best friend (Ian) was a bit of a stretch, but it really worked. When they finally came together I melted. This book is a stand alone so you don't need to read the series in o ...more
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
awww good Christmas read! In a very Virgin River way! Ian Buchanan is a wonderful and heart-warming character!
Pam Nelson
5 Virgin Christmas Stars

Wow, this book, this series. I can’t say enough good things about it. We get the Virgin River feel but not the same as the other books.

This one is centered around Marcie, and Ian. Its heart wrenching, up lifting, an all-round feel good book.
You root for these two even if you don’t know why your rooting for them. I love the performance in this audiobook as well. I laughed out loud. I cried.. gosh. So much happens.

Like I said it’s got the Virgin River feel, w
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Almost four years ago, Ian Buchanan carried his friend and fellow soldier, under fire, to a medical transport helicopter. His heroism earned him the the highest honors from the US government but when he came home and saw Bobby's broken body, he believed he had selfishly sentenced him to a life trapped in a useless cage. He couldn't stand the guilt and left. Ian knew his friend had died that day in Fallujah, but he wouldn't leave his fallen brother behind. In his mind, he has not only sentenced B ...more
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a very sweet, tender love story that seemed entirely appropriate for a Christmas book. I didn't like it quite as well as the three previous books in the series, but it was still a wonderful story. I am anxiously anticipating the next book in the series.

It has been a year since the death of her husband, but Marcie Sullivan is just unable to move forward with her life. She feels that she needs closure that will come from locating her husband's best friend and former superior o
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My love affair with this series (and its talented author) is still going strong. I really enjoyed A Virgin River Christmas. The author managed to tell a full and meaningful tale in just 285 pages.

This is one of the very few times where I can say of a novella that nothing was lacking. The characters were fully developed, the story had depth and emotion, and I finished fully satisfied. If I had to nitpick, I could have done with a bit more at the ending, but I have faith that the author will pick up their
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Virgin River Series
There wasn't a whole lot to this short book (285 pages) and there was some filler left in the story (explaining something, then explaining it again) or possibly the book needed a good edit.

The main characters were all right. Ian turned himself into a recluse and chose to live--alone--on the mountain in a cabin without any amenities. He was almost barbaric with the roaring... Marcie's character was very likable and I admired her fortitude in sticking with her goal of finding Ian--despite the lac
This is the first time I've found a hero most unappealing and still felt the book deserved 5 stars. The hero in a story is usually the draw for me, but being so invested in the Virgin River series, I knew I was getting a rangy, unkempt mountain man and wanted to read the book anyway. Wise decision, KarenH!

Ian Buchanan has been living a hermit's life on an isolated mountain since he turned his back on civilization 5 years ago. Discharged from the Marines, Ian was unable to deal with real-life situations th
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
UPDATED: 16/12/2014 I decided to reread this book for my Christmas read, since it has stuck in my mind as such a lovely book I haven't forgotten since I read it about three years ago. I was right to remember it as on rereading it I found that it really is one of the loveliest books I've ever read and it did confirm what I originally thought. I've read so many lovely books in the last few years, but you tend to forget most of them, but some really do stand out and you remember them for it, and th ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Although I couldn't really get into Ian, a Mountain man type complete with long bushy unwashed hair and beard living in a cabin with nothing but an outhouse, who chops wood for a living, I admire Marcie for overlooking all that and more to tough (literally) it out for him. The story was relaxing and enjoyable.
This was my first book of Robyn Carr. It was very well written and very satisfying plot. I felt all the emotions that protagonist felt.
I'll try writer's other products as well.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Total waste of my time.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this Christmas story very much. Got to visit with all of the people of Virgin River...I felt like I have grown to know them all!
2 Stars

Oh my gosh... I don't even know where to start with this book except to say that I really, really didn't enjoy it.

My main issue with this book was our main character Marine. She was a real piece of work. There was a line in the book, that when I heard it summed up this character perfectly, something like 'when things go my way, its better for everyone'. REALLY!

So the premise is that she is looking for her late husband's best friend from the war to give him basebal
AG Reads
Nov 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I can't do it. I despise this h. I made it to the part where the self-centered woman-child started digging through the H's possessions -- the man who has protected his privacy and independence for several years -- while he was gone because "she just needed to understand some things." Then, the controlling bitch of a sister showed up, and I gave up.

As much as I like other books and heroines in this series, this one is on my last nerve. I don't care what happens to her anymore. When I reach
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
What a great story! I loved the characters, set-up, and the way it all went down! This is feel-good romance at its best. Just the right amount of angst, a chance to visit with past characters, good plot line, well-developed hero/heroine and always...always a satisfying ending. Another Must Read in this awesome series!
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Jan) I have been enjoying my visits to Virgin River, but this particular visit was a bit boring to me. I liked Ian, and seeing other members of the VR community was fun, but I didn't warm up to Marcie, probably because I didn't really get her. I don't understand why she felt she had the right to intrude on a virtual stranger's life to demand answers, to understand his life. Yes, she'd met him a couple of times and yes, he was her husband's best friend. But after years of unanswered letters to h ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Another 3.5 Stars for me.

I liked so many things about this book, but am giving it 3.5 stars because I was bored in places and found myself skimming [never good for me].

What did I like:
1 -- the author addressing the real issue of our fighting troops and the people who love and care for them.
2 -- the courage Marcie had in searching for Ian against all odds.
3 -- the Holiday theme [wish I'd read it at Christmas]. Love, love, loved the Christmas tree and all
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
I loved this one! Really. IMHO it was even better than most of the previous stories. I guess what most like about this series is not what attracts me. I don't like it when we read about so many characters you get a bit confused.

In this book every page is about the main couple. You get to know them extremely well, even though this book is much shorter than the rest. I believe this was a great story, couldn't put it down, not for even a second. Kept reading it until 6 a.m,lol. But I'm
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read books 1-3 last year, I was pregnant at the time. I had to stop since I wasn't emotionally able to handle some of the scenes, especially the birthing ones. Now, that my baby is 1 and my postpartum feels back to normal, I'm so happy to revisit Virgin River again.

This book was great! In the past books, we're use to reading about side stories and also POVs from previous characters. But this book didn't have that. We are fully invested in Marcie & Ian's romance while they
Two-haiku review:

He saved her husband
She wants to tell him of death
But he's dropped off earth

Part of same series
Not quite as tied to others
Could be stand-alone

Originally read Nov. 2012
Re-read Dec. 2013
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The fourth novel, THE BEST OF US, in her fan-favorite Sullivan's Crossing Series was released in Jan. 2019. Robyn's new women's fiction novel THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND, released in April 2019, deputed on four bestseller lists: The ...more

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“As he looked down at her, his eyes were both warm and curious. "You don't look as tough as that."

"I don't know how tough I am--look at me, sick as a pup. But I bet I can match you for stubborn."

A sound came out of him.

"Holy shit, Ian--was that a laugh?"

"A cough," he lied. "You probably got me sick.”
“Well, what am I supposed to do?"

"Well, you can take a nap, read a little of my book, or close your eyes. Or you could stare--get the thrill of your life."

"She put her hands on her hips. "You really wouldn't care, would you?"

"Not really. A bath is a serious business when it's that much trouble. And it's pretty quick in winter." He started to chuckle.

"What's so funny?" she asked, a little irritated.

"I was just thinking. It's cold enough in here, you might not see that much."

Her cheeks went hot, so she pretended not to understand. "But in summer, you can lay in the tub all afternoon?"

"In summer, I wash in the creek." He grinned at her. "Why don't you comb the snarls out of your hair? You look like a wild banshee."

She stared at him a minute, then said, "Don't flirt with me. It won't do you any good."

-Marcie and Ian”
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