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Shelter Mountain

(Virgin River #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  29,564 ratings  ·  1,756 reviews
For the second time in a year a woman arrives in the small town of Virgin River trying to escape the past.

John “Preacher” Middleton is about to close the bar when a young woman and her three-year-old son come in out of a wet October night. A marine who has seen his share of pain, Preacher knows a crisis when he sees one—the woman is covered in bruises. He wants to protect
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by MIRA
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Kathryn Brown No. I've read them totally out of order and could figure it out. Though if you read the later ones first, then you'll know who got together, but it's …moreNo. I've read them totally out of order and could figure it out. Though if you read the later ones first, then you'll know who got together, but it's really not that hard to guess!(less)

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Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I hate myself. I read this entire book in a few big gulps rather than working on the novel that is already late to New York. Go me.

Why? Well, for starters, I've gotten really attached to the whole damned town of Virgin River. I had to see what would happen to Mel and Jack and Preacher and Paige and their buddy Mike and poor Rick and Liz.

The book weaves together all of these couples and their story lines, and it's told from a myriad of perspectives. So while the story ostensibly focused on Preac
I want to live in Virgin River!

Loved sweet, gentle Preacher! Paige and Christopher went through so much they deserved a strong, steady, loving man like him. Her ex-husband was a monster! So was her jerk of an older brother!

I was thrilled that Jack and Mel's story continued in this installment, and I got to be in on such a wondrous event with them!

Rick and Liz's story was sad and tragic. I didn't really get a read on Liz, not much of a personality here, but Rick was amazing. My heart just broke
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read w/Ian, Michelle and Sea
Losing friends in...


2.5 stars. Yes, I know. Everyone loves Virgin River. Yet again, I've found another train I won't be jumping on. *cue sadface*

I didn't read the first book, so my opinion of the series is only from book 2. Shelter Mountain was a buddy read that I couldn't pass up because of a dear friend and my curiosity to learn about this person's similarities to a character in the book.

And that was the best part of reading - getting to see this person's
Sateem ó_ò
★·.·´¯`·.·★ 1.5 Stars ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ★·.·´¯`·.·★
Sorry y'all.. But like..

I know, I know.. Most of you out there LOVE this book, and y'all are probably like

But I was just bored out of my mind. Ain't nothing I can do about that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Contemporary Romance
Third person narrative following a slew of different characters
Main Characters:
John “Preacher”, 32 Y/O
Paige Lassiter, 29 Y/O

Secondary Characters:
A whole bunch of them.
A " less is more" kinda situation.. I'm just sayin'
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Still having fun with this series and honestly, it was completely unexpected. Love small town settings like this one!
Oct 11, 2016 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 39%

Well, I at least made it past my 30% mark!

On a positive note -- I really, really enjoyed this H. He was awkwardly sweet and protective, and don't get me started on his relationship with the h's son!! He was awesome.

I didn't get that much feel for the h (except pity for the situation she is in), to have an opinion one way or the other about her. I didn't expect her to jump into a relationship right away, but it is just moving way too slow for me. I felt like there was just too much goin
Bookphenomena (Micky)
I could happily binge this series but I’m pacing myself. The second book, Shelter Mountain was Preacher’s story in the main but it had such a great, interwoven continuation of Jack and Mel’s life, that it was pitched so well. I love the sense of family in Virgin River but apart from the scenery, it’s not idyllic and it feels real.

Preacher and consequently Paige’s story was centred on surviving domestic violence; it was a moving start to the story. I felt the emotions of fear and desperation and
5+ stars – Contemporary Romance

This second book in the Virgin River series about a rustic small town with a population of roughly 600 people finds ex-marine John “Preacher” Middleton, a mountain of a man, providing shelter in more ways than one for an abused wife on the run with her three-year-old son.

When Paige seeks refuge from a storm in Virgin River’s local tavern while passing through town with her son Christopher, Preacher immediately recognizes that she’s a troubled woman in need, and she
Melody Cox
Loved Preacher's story. It is an absolute must read.

John "Preacher" Middleton is about to close the bar for the night when a woman and her three year old son walk in the front door. A former Marine who has seen more than his fair share of pain, Preacher is well aware of a crisis when he sees her walk in. This young mother is covered in bruises and Preacher wants to protect them, and pummel the person who left his mark on her. It doesn't take long for Paige to stir up emotions in this huge tough
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Let's get something out of the way first: I liked this book. Whatever bothered me doesn't make this less well written.

There is a reason why I am not overly fond of women's fiction genre. It doesn't have to be a sole driving force behind the plot, but in 98% cases there is cheating involved (view spoiler). Fortunately, the first book didn't have that or I wouldn't have read this one. Let me be clear -
Beanbag Love
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm not really going to review this one too much. It's good. The story is very engaging and hard to put down. I think this series would be better described as a 'serial'. It's like a soap opera. There's been a romance in each of the first two books, but so many other stories are being told that it's like watching an ongoing, multi-threaded show. Hence my likening it to a soap opera.

Not that I'm disappointed in that. I'm enjoying it very much. I had a very hard time not just going straight into
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Duchess Nicole
Quick review...

Love how Preacher is such an unconventional man...big, shaved bald, ex marine who now is a cook in his buddy's bar, and perfectly fine with his life. Love even more how instantly protective he is of this woman and little boy.

This book danced the edge of brutal in the abuse department. There are no allusions...this punk comes after Paige with a vengeance, and right in the middle of Virgin River. Big no-no there! She's under the protection of not only Preacher, but the whole town.

Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b-favorites
I love this book and I love CR. But I read a review from way back in 2013 that a friend wrote and it made me laugh.

Here is Stacia's review:

And I understand what she's saying. CR isn't for everyone and some people find Robyn Carr's characters annoying. I personally don't....well I usually don't.

But, the main reason I love this book is because I am Preacher. If there is a fiction character who is closest to me, to the way I deal with things. To the way I
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable series.
I'm listening to this on audio and the narrator does a really good job.
This is Part II of my Defence of the Romance Novel. Part I is here, and if you want to know why I feel compelled to do this, well, take a look here. And just for NGE because she means so much to me:

Here I want to talk about quality of writing. To do this, I'm going to have to compare two extracts.
Extract 1

A fierce and unseasonably cold September wind blew chilly rain against the windows. Preacher wiped down the bar, and while it was only seven-thirty, it was already dark. No one in Virgin Rive
Audiobook: Narrator – Therese Plummer

I really enjoy listening to this narrator. She does such an excellent job of not only the female characters, but the male as well. I know it’s all subjective to what each listener likes or dislikes, but her voice fits my ear quite nicely and I could listen to her all day. Add what is a performance, rather than a reading, to the experience and I’m all set to listen to anything she narrates. She certainly sold me on this installment of the series and insures th
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Cindy (Romance addict)
If all the books in this series continue to flow and have such memorable characters as these first two books, I will have no choice but to give every single one of them 5 stars. Very easy to read and follow.
When I read Virgin River, Preacher's character intrigued me so much I knew I had to read his story. And it turned out to be an enjoyable read!

Shelter Mountain had some features I really liked about the first book of the series:

- Preacher and Paige's relationship really had time to develop. Trust grows, there's increasing closeness. So when it finally got to love it was really believable.

- It was set in the same little town I've grown to love. It features the side-characters I know and follows
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: robyn-carr
Wet from the rain and carrying her sleeping child, Paige Lassiter happens upon Jack's Bar and Restaurant seeking shelter. John "Preacher" Middleton was just about to close for the night when this battered and bruised young woman walked in, plainly in need of aid. Paige has had enough of her husband's abuse and with an unborn baby to protect, she's determined to finally escape. Preacher knows this woman is a flight risk, but he welcomes her to spend the night and does all he can to watch over her ...more
SB*needs low angst books*
2.5 to 3 Upon reread
I went back and reread this book because the first time I was going thru a book slump and thought maybe I was just being extra critical. Upon a reread I could give it another star or half star because I did like the man couple and the hero was so totally awesome. The problem for me is when a book series when it reminds me of a soap opera in that you have so many side stories and don't totally focus on the main couple. It makes the book longer of course but it can work against
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cont-romance
I loved this book as well. This is an amazing series. I couldn't put this book down until I was finish.

Preacher was a great hero. Although not the alpha dominant kind, but the kind who are strong, shy and not very talkative, but when it comes to protect their ladies there isn't anything they would do. I loved him.
Paige was great and I loved how she got to get through her problem with John's support. They made a great couple and the baby boy was definitely a plus.

I'm very surprised of how much I
Spoilers ahead,3.5*

I liked this much more than book 1

*The mcs didn't take forever to get together
*This was faster paced and more exciting
*I liked Paige much more than Mel
*Multiple POVs again with Rick facing even more heartbreak
*We see Mel(still don't like her) and Jack have their baby
*Less focus on boring everyday life
*So much is happening to other characters that some of the focus on the mcs is lost
*Jack had a bonehead moment

Stillborn baby
Paige was on the run from her abusive ex who caught up
John (Preacher) Middleton is about to close the bar when a young woman and her three-year-old son come in out of a wet October night. Her face badly bruised, and her body and heart worse, Paige is looking for somewhere to spend the night just so she can get her bearings and then move on, but Preacher sees a woman and child in need of a safe heaven and does all he can to gently ensure Paige feels she can stay. But when Paige’s ex-husband turns up in Virgin River, the safe heaven and home Paige an ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another Robyn Carr Hit. I’m starting to think Thunder Point was a fluke.

Writing: Book 1 oriented me to Virgin River. So at this point, these are my peoples and my town. That is how good Robyn’s descriptions are. I felt like I was returning for a visit.

Characters: Just like in Virgin River, the heroine (Paige) is a mess. Preacher is a gentle giant. At times I felt like his bulk and strength was a waste.

Storyline: Paige is literally running for her life. She stumbles upon Preacher in the middle
Apr 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: Romance Series Lists group
Spent most of today reading this book since there wasn't anything else to do (except laundry), and because it hooked me in pretty quick. I love Preacher. Such a great character; the kind of guy I think a lot of women would be glad to have.

Picking up Shelter Mountain after reading Virgin River is kinda like going home and seeing old friends again. I loved that Carr didn't relegate Mel and Jack to the background in this book. They had actual POV scenes which I thought really enhanced the feel of t
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook-tbr, 4-star
4 stars.

I just loved it. Enough said. On to #3. These are some wonderful stories that hit close to home and warm your heart. Nothing cheesy at all. Very good. You want to watch these people and pray all turns out well for them.

Happy Reading!

For the second time in a year a woman arrives in the small town of Virgin River trying to escape the past.

4.5 Stars!!

John “Preacher” Middleton is about to close the bar when a young woman and her three-year-old son come in out of a wet October night. A marine who has seen his share of pain, Preacher knows a crisis when he sees one—the woman is covered in bruises. He wants to protect them, and he wants to punish whoever did this to her, but he knows immediately that this inclination to prot
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelter Mountain

Only the second book in the serie 'Virgin River'.

And I am already addicted.
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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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“You know, you own a bar and you don't keep alcohol at home," she said, breathless. "I could have had a shot--it sometimes slows labor."

"We'll have some on hand for the next one."

"You keep talking like that's gonna happen," she said. "How ridiculous."

"I think my record speaks for itself. But Mel. I just want to make them, not deliver them."

"I hear ya, buddy".....

-Jack and Mel”
“He shook his head again. 'I just can't figure out why anyone in his right head would bother these Virgin River women.'

'Yeah. Makes no sense.' Jack said.”
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