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Second Chance Pass

(Virgin River #5)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  17,681 ratings  ·  879 reviews
In the space of a few months Vanessa buried her husband, Matt, and gave birth to their son—breaking her heart while filling it with a whole new kind of love. But the one man she longs to share this love with now acts as if she doesn't exist.

Paul Haggerty lives by the marine motto: Semper Fi. Ever faithful to his best friend, he's done right by Matt's widow as best he can…
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by MIRA (first published January 2nd 2009)
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Woo boy. This one really didn't work. The main couple (Vanni and Paul sucked) but Carr decides to force in romances for a friend of Paul and Vanni's and then we have too focus on Jack and Mel, and then we have Walter and a retired Hollywood actress, and I know I am blanking on someone else. We have appearances by Mike, Preacher, and Paige. I have no idea why Carr didn't focus on the main couple. And I have to say that some of the asides in this book about how Jack doesn't feed firefighters who a ...more
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; fans of Contemporary romance
Whew! I loved it, just as I knew I would. This latest in the 'Virgin River' series had a lot going on. There were at least three new romances, as well as updates on some longer standing ones, a couple of very touching births, a couple of near tragic deaths of some major characters, a funeral, lots of heartbreak, lots of happiness, a joyous wedding, and even a forrest fire that came close to destroying the town and taking the life of one of it's leading citizens. Something was always happening in ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
It took me until 39% before major frustrations with Paul and Vanessa's romance cleared, and I was able to relax a little bit. I still was on edge (view spoiler) After that I adored Paul and Vanessa's relationship even though after that point not much page time was spent on them.

That's okay because I loved catching up wi
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
I think I said it after reading A Virgin River Christmas, but it still stands true - reading a new Virgin River novel is like coming home to old friends. You get to catch up with all the previous characters, see how they are all doing and what's new in Virgin River. Plus meet new characters. It's just nice to read and Robyn Carr does a great job with the continuity of this series.

In Second Chance Pass readers finally get the resolution to Vanessa and Paul's relationship. Years ago, Paul and his
Beanbag Love
Feb 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is more like a 3.60. I just really didn't love this one as much as the others. It was engrossing, but most of the time I was frustrated.

It's the women. For some reason, in Second Chance Pass, they're all crazy, or bitchy or stupid or a combination of all three. It's very annoying. I've liked the female leads in all the books up until this one. Most of the women, not just Vanni, were practically howl-at-the-moon nuts. And the men came off as more whipped than usual, which is far from my pref
2.5 stars

Having read many reviews of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series up to this book, I am aware that many readers have had problems with the prevalence of women’s health and pregnancy content throughout these books. Up until Second Change Pass, I did not count myself among their number.

With the central character of Mel being a nurse practitioner and midwife, I found it for the most part to be in keeping with her profession and if at times it could come across a little preachy, it never dimmed
This one was a mess. I loved the first 3 books of the series, but this one was simply awful!

The heroine was a total bitch. She was rude, pushy, selfish, ungrateful, nosy and completely unfair. I simply couldn't stand her and I don't get how we're supposed to believe anyone else wants to be around her. Ugh! The hero was a pushover with no personality. The side-story on his side was cringy and totally unrealistic.

The fact that they got together just 2 months after Vanessa's husband's death (which
Jan 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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5+ stars – Contemporary Romance

Second Chance Pass is another bittersweet, heartrending addition to the engaging Virgin River series, with its portrayal of quaint small town community life, soap opera worthy drama, quirky characters, love, and humor.

This one had multiple storylines going on involving all the previous characters, as well as some newly introduced characters. The focus couple, Vanni and Paul, faces some rather tough challenges to find their HEA, including Paul’s reluctance to admit
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
Well, not what I expected at all. This series has made a turn I'm not interested about. I really wanted to like this books because for me books 1,2 and 4 were amazing. But book 3 and this one were not good.

First, I got extremely bored with the beginning of the book. As Vanni and Paul knew so well each other we did not have all those moments where the main couple gets to know each other, which are the best IMHO. Then they were constantly complaining and searching for reasons not to be together. I
Second Chance Pass is the 5th and IMO the most touching story in the Virgin River series to date. It also reaffirmed my belief that Jack Sheridan is the best hero to have ever graced the pages of a romance novel. Not one to slink away quietly after his story was showcased in Virgin River (book 1 of the series), Jack and his wife Mel have continued to figure prominently in each book since...particularly in this one. Jack's love and appreciation for his close friends and family, his over-the-top i ...more
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the Virgin River series
Loved it! As I read in another review, reading a Virgin River book is like visiting old friends. It was so neat to catch up with characters from previous books. This is NOT a stand alone and not to be read by someone without having read the earlier books, IMHO. There should be a big #5 written along the cover!

I've been anticipating reading the story for Vanessa and Paul since they were first introduced earlier in the series. Vanessa's husband was killed in Iraq while she was on the last trimeste
Melody Cox
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
For me, the highlight of this book was Preacher and Paige having their baby. I would give that part a five star review by itself.

Vanessa's and Paul's portion of the story - 1.5 Stars
Preacher's and Paige's - 5 Stars

Unfortunately, I very much dislike (okay, hate) the trope where a woman tries to trap a man into marriage or child support by telling him her pregnancy is by him. This happened right after he re-met his one true love.

This book is about Vanessa and Paul and I didn't care for their part
I am amazed it's taken quite a while to get back to the residents of Virgin River. Although what I term as fluffy it was a great story, made all the better by an excellent narrator - Therese Plummer brings the story to life and keeps you engaged from start to finish.

If you love Jill Shavis' Lucky Harbor and Susan Mallery's Fools Gold then it's time you planned a trip to Virgin River.
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version and it was really good. But, all the ANGST makes this a really bad book, IMO. I came really close to DNF on this one at the first chapter, but I needed an audio book and this one was on my "to Read" list and the one I wanted was not available. This series is sooooo full of angst and it is sooooo not my taste in romance. The primary couple, Vannie and Paul, took up maybe a quarter of the page total. The rest was filled with everyone else in Virgin River and some re ...more
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hoopla, i-own
Second Chance Pass was another wonderful addition to the Virgin River series. It is so good to read about all of these great characters again. This book had some new characters, and there were so many relationships going that at times it was almost overwhelming. I loved it anyway! I enjoyed reading about Paul and Vanni, and was delighted to see what a large role Jack and Mel played in this book. I am anxiously waiting to see these beloved characters again in the novels that will be released in t ...more
2 Stars

This book didn't work for me. I didn't like the hero or heroine and felt there were way too many POVs. To top it off, the plot was all over the place. Still, I enjoy this series as a whole. You just can't love them all.

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, as they're not as couple centered as I pr
In the space of a few months Vanessa buried her husband, Matt, and gave birth to their son--breaking her heart while filling it with a whole new kind of love. But the one man she longs to share this love with now acts as if she doesn't exist.

Paul Haggerty lives by the marine motto: Semper Fi. Ever faithful to his best friend, he's done right by Matt's widow as best he can...considering he's been secretly in love with her for years. Now, just as he's about to make his move, another woman has stak
Feb 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
I am a romance novel junkie, but not only do I like my men idealistic, I like them realistic as well. Unfortunately Robyn Carr does not deliver. She cannot write men and she shows this in this novel. I grew up with only uncles, a brother, and a father; and I know how men act and this is just not it. I understand wanting to create an "ideal" man, but I guess Ms. Carr and I have different ideas as to what an ideal man is. ...more
Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: robyn-carr
How to describe Robyn Carr's Second Chance Pass? I would have to say it's like a hokey, slice of life wholesome soap opera based in a little mountain town in Northern California. It's a place where no one uses birth control. LOL. Also, almost every storyline in this book has it's roots in previous books so I don't recommend starting with this book if you are new to the Virgin River series.

Second Chance Pass has a lot of different storylines going on and this time around it didn't work for me as
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it

I almost forgot about what kind of drama is happening in small towns where everyone knows each other. Cute story .
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
oh wow this was such a huge disappointment...first of all the baby is 6 weeks old and her husband has been dead for what 4 months and she's like I'm ready to move I thought that it at least has gone a couple of months...why does everything has to happen so fast in these books? And the mother in-law trying to set her up this soon..not likely to ever happen..

And the deal with the other woman if she's on the pill, you use a condom she "gets" pregnant wants to get married and then go
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
I love the natural way all aspects of family and marriage come to life in Virgin River. Carr brings the beauty of birth to life just as vividly as she does the sting of betrayal and the beauty of the area.

Carr has created quite the cast of characters for this novel. The conniving, backstabbing nature of some is tempered by the utter loyalty in others. At the same time, everyone seemed so real. Carr never goes off the deep end with extreme characters, they’re all so real. The entire community co
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary Romance w/an Ensemble Cast, Virgin River
Reviewed for THC Reviews
There is a lot happening in Second Chance Pass, both good and bad, for the residents of Virgin River, both old and new. The population of this little town is beginning to grow not only because more people are finding this little slice of paradise, but also because more babies are either on the way or being born. I'm constantly astounded by how real Virgin River and its residents seem to me. Every time I read one of these book, I wish that it were indeed a real place, so t
Bree T
Second Chance Pass is the fourth novel in the Virgin River series and not one I was particularly looking forward to starting because I’d been introduced to the two main characters, Vanessa and Paul, in book 3 and I knew the coupling was going to squick me out.

Vanessa is the daughter of the 3 star General Booth who moved to Virgin River upon retiring. Vanessa is married to Matt in book 3, who is deployed to Iraq and he’s killed in that book, offscreen. Vanessa was also pregnant (about 6 months I
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I listened to Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr on Audible Escape.

Fresh off telling my buddy Amy Novelgossip that I needed a bigger update on Mel & Jack, Robyn give it to us! Although they are not the main characters in Second Chance Pass, we get some big updates on our favorite couple & I love every minute of it.

Second Chance Pass is the ultimate second chance romance. W

Even though Paul and Vanessa's story has been building for several books, it felt too rushed for my liking. There are also too many secondary romances occurring. I wish the book focused on one or two main couples and not the whole town.

I enjoyed seeing all the previous couples though and have no plans to stop the series.
Sandra Hoover
I was highly anticipating Paul & Vanni's story, and Carr sure delivered! Great character development as always. A little angst + a lot of chemistry = Pure Romance! Love these guys & gals of Virgin River and looking forward to more. A Must Read! ...more
Heather T
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Ok, I spoke too soon on my review of book 3. I really do enjoy when there are multiple plot lines running through a story. Especially when it's a series. I like to get all the other characters involved in more than just a passing glance. I stop enjoying it as much when the last 100 pages aren't focused on the primary characters of the book. Don't get me wrong... this book had me laughing and crying and I enjoyed it. My problem is that the Paul and Vanessa story line wrapped up rather quickly. Th ...more
I loved this story so much! Vanni lost her husband while he was at war and found comfort in his best friend. Though Paul has loved Vanni for years, and was the first person to lay eyes on her, he would give anything to have is best friend back! Instead he gets a shot a love with Vanni and raise their newborn son as his own.

There are so many other relationships in this book and I loved all of them. You see Vanni's best friend, Nikki, and Joe another Ex-Marine. There is Walt, Vanni's father, and h
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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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“God, I know you’re sick of hearing me beg, but this is my woman, my wife. My best friend! No, she’s so much more than that—she’s the other half of my heart. I’ve waited my whole life for her—I’d give my life a hundred times to keep her safe! A thousand times! She’s every breath I take, every single beat of my heart. I don’t think I can live without her now. Not now…Please,
God. Please. Oh God, please…”
“I gotta call Vanni tonight, and tell her. I’ve got her all confused and totally furious…”
“Paul, you can’t tell her on the phone,” Jack said.
“Paul! She’s gonna hang up on you! And then the next time you show your face, she’s going to put a bullet in your head. And Walt will help her line up her shot.”
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