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Harvest Moon

(Virgin River #13)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  12,314 ratings  ·  529 reviews
Rising sous-chef Kelly Matlock's sudden collapse at work is a wake-up call. Disillusioned and burned out, she's retreated to her sister Jillian's house in Virgin River to rest and reevaluate.

Puttering in Jill's garden and cooking with her heirloom vegetables is wonderful, but Virgin River is a far cry from San Francisco. Kelly's starting to feel a little too unmotivated…un

Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Mira Books
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Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
Loved Leif and Kelly, their romance was supremely hot, and passionate! But Courtney, Leif's 14 yr-old stepdaughter, was extremely annoying! I don't think her mother's death two years earlier was enough to completely excuse her behavior in my opinion. She continually shut Kelly down every time she was nice, all the while giving everyone else a break, knowing she could ruin her stepfather's happiness in the process. Unfortunately, Courtney took up a good portion of the book. I'd have enjoyed this ...more
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; contemporary romance fans
Not my favorite of the Virgin River series, but still a darn good book. I think my only problem with it was the lack of romance, or should I say, the fact that the romance between the H/h in this book didn't seem to be front-and-center. I'd say the majority of this book revolved around the character of the young, troubled teen Courtney, the hero's step-daughter. Interesting character, and believably written, and not all that easy to like at first. But once Ms. Carr delved into her background, I ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
I 100 percent did not get the love story between the two leads (Kelly Matlock and Lief Holbrook). I seriously felt like since they were the last two single people in Virgin River it was the only reason why they did get together. At least Carr didn’t have them jump right into bed together though. Due to Lief’s backstory both of them were hanging back on being together. But besides a love scene or two, everything else is just referred to after the fact.

I don’t know. I think I was supposed to like
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This one was my least favorite and I am positive this is where I stopped reading a few years back! I am interested in starting book 14 though and refreshing my memory of the Virgin River clan!!
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Love these family oriented books! Harvest Moon is another good addition to the Virgin River series. I do feel the romance between single dad Leif & Kelly takes a backseat to the drama of his young, rebellious stepdaughter, Courtney. However, it's all intertwined into a happy ever after story with lots of opportunities to spend time with some of the other much-beloved VR couples & families. I adore these low-angst romance stories.
3.5 Stars
Virgin River, population 600 - Another great installment in the Virgin River series.

This is the story of Lief Holbrook, famous screenwriter and Kelly Matlock, an accomplished & talented chef. Both have come to VR to escape the big city for different reasons; one making a permanent move, the other only temporary, and each finding themselves drawn to the other. Both have issues and complications in their lives and are drawn to the small mountain town of Virgin River.

Smart, totally sexy Lief finds
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Robyn Carr has a formula in these books. One big, strong, handsome man is lonely but may not realize it, and ready for love but certainly doesn't know it. One sweet, good-hearted, petite and beautiful woman who wants a man that is ready for real commitment. They both find themselves in Virgin River - often with friends in common The rest is history. They fall in love, and start planning their future children. The books are sweet, cozy, warm. Nothing here will surprise you, but they will entertai ...more
3 Stars

Not my favorite in the series. It seems the author forgot she was writing a romance and instead wrote a coming of age story about a teenage girl's struggle with the death of her mother. It was well done but not what I enjoy reading.

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 cente
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
After 13 books in a series, visiting Virgin River is still one of my favorite ways to spend a day. Was this my favorite installment? NO, but it still was a very good book.

My one big question is how does a town with only 600 people have so many gorgeous men?
Audiobook: Narrator - Therese Plummer

Exceptional as always!

I liked that this addition to the series focused much more on the couple rather than so many other characters from the town. I love the other characters, but sometimes it’s like reading two books in one. This story didn’t feel that way.


There was a bit of other man drama that annoyed me but it was easier to deal with than other woman drama. I liked the hero and heroine as well as the hero’s daughter who was not very likable. There is a
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Robyn Carr really can't do wrong with this series. Even when a book doesn't entirely work for me, like this one didn't, it's still a good book. I may not have thoroughly enjoyed this book, but it was still very readable and not one I minded reading.

Series Note:
Part of Carr's "Virgin River" series (13 full books, plus several novellas). I would say you may be able to get by just reading this one, but there's a lot of history worth knowing. So if you have the time and the desire, I'd suggest start
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m a bit conflicted with Harvest Moon. I was engrossed in Kelly and Lief’s story, however, the romance wasn’t Carr’s typical build up. I felt the romance happened too fast with not a lot of development. The story seemed to focus more on Lief’s relationship with his stepdaughter, Courtney, and Kelly’s journey of starting over. The romance seemed more of an afterthought. Some of my favorite scenes were with Courtney and her therapist - I’d missed him from Rick’s book - and I even enjoyed seeing t ...more
I thought the first scenes were similar to the previous book with the focus on what’s happening with Kelly in her former job and then the encounter with Lief at Jack’s bar. The drunk scenes were cute heard.

Overall, I liked what was there about the romance between Kelly and Lief but Courtney’s story overtook the book. Her character development was incredible but there was too much of her instead of the supposedly main characters.

Nice epilogue and fantastic narration.
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hqn-mira-club, own
Kelly comes to Virgin River to stay with her sister after quitting her job. She meets the handsome Lief Holbrook upon arriving, and they immediately hit it off. But both Lief and Kelly have baggage that may keep them apart.

The chemistry between these two came alive on the pages. Lief and Kelly were always enjoying each other’s company with laughter and love. But for a time there, it looked like that might not have been enough when Lief’s stepdaughter Courtney didn’t want her around.

Courtney was
Angela Holland
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great Virgin River book. This series never seems to get old for me. I could not help but feel bad for Kelly after what happened to her. She falls in love with her boss but because he was married she know he was out of reach and then his wife came after her with lies. I thing the best that could have happened was when Kelly went to stay with her sister. Then there was poor Courtney, she was a young girl who had been through so much but did not know how to deal with all the bad things that ...more
Virgin River still going strong, but I didn't feel as much love as in the other 12 books. I feel guilty giving anything in the Virgin River series less than perfect remarks because I am so obsessed, but 4 stars is still awesome as was the book Harvest Moon, but it just wasn't as "awesome" as the others. It is hard not to compare how I felt throughout this book to the others, even though I never put it down it wasn't as exciting.

Lief and Kelly were well developed characters. They both moved to Vi

Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary Small-Town Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The more I read of Harvest Moon, the more I thought I'd finally found another Robyn Carr keeper. It admittedly wasn't perfect for me. There were a few parts that were slow and a few minor annoyances, but overall, I was enjoying it. I liked the characters and the situations were believable. There were a couple of romantic scenes that I felt were on par with some of the author's earlier books in the series, and which convinced me that Leif and Kelly were truly falling for o
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another good book from the Virgin River series, these books are always enjoyable, however I felt the romance between Lief and Kelly was too quick and had no substance, they were just kinda thrown together and then they just loved each other, without any in depth exploration to their relationship. On the other hand I absolutely loved Lief’s relationship with his daughter Courtney, seeing a 14 year old girl (troubled teen) go from a goth wearing kid, to sorting herself out in a year and pulling th ...more
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Kelly & Leif were so right for each other and me. She’s a chef and the foodie talk was fun, fun, fun! They were hot together and wonderfully lacking drama. Now the kid, well she was trying at best. They’re good adults because I’d knocked that young “B” on her ass more than a few times. So watching the situation develop was entertaining. I enjoyed the visit to the farm, the horse riding lessons and visit with the town’s therapist-always. The puppy was total puppy. The bio-daddy part of this story ...more
Bev Walkling
I was glad to finally read Kelly's story. Another winner in the Virgin River series! ...more
Michele The Bookish Tea Room
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this “episode” of Virgin River, Chef Kelly meets movie writer Lief and they fall head over heels in love. It’s a predictable story, but I love these books so much. It’s so fun to read about the seasons changing in Virgin River. This time it’s fall, pumpkin season and everything. Perfect reading for this time of the year.
Jackie Lane
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Big Joe  Rossi
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good books, Good series 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kelly Matlock's high pressure job as a sous chef finally catches up to her when she faints. Then she is confronted with a mentor/friend's wife, and she knows she needs a break, so she heads to Virgin River to stay with her sister, Jillian (from book #12).

With the assistance of Lief Holbrook, a single dad with a bratty daughter, and the professional style kitchen Jill has Kelly will slowly start finding herself again. Though Courtney, Leif's daughter is a supe
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow, Ms Carr as really outdone herself this year with her Virgin River books. All three have been excellent and the latest is no exception. Harvest Moon finds Kelly Matlock coming to Virgin River to recover and reevaluate at her sisters from a broken heart and Lief Holbrook moving there with his rebellious teenager daughter, Courtney. Lief has suffered his own heartbreak at the unexpected death of his wife and an ongoing battle of wills with Courtney and her natural father (who is just a slime b ...more
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Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amelia-reviews
The experienced romance reader in me wanted to say that the beginning of these feelings between Kelly and Lief may have come on a bit too easy. Since when do sparks fly and are allowed to freely soar so early in the book? However, once I got over this initial shock and smoothed the singed ends of my electrified hair, I kinda liked the idea that this couple didn’t have to try too hard to recognize their feelings for one another. Oh sure, there were other ordeals to get in the way of all the mushy ...more
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dear Robyn Carr,

Your latest Virgin River trilogy is some of your best work to date. Please continue this trend.


What's this you say? A VR novel devoid of any secondary plots? How can this be? No Jack and Mel? No catastrophes, secret love children, or troubled pregnancies? Surely you jest!

Nope, I'm totally serious! This book is focused on one couple and their romance for the entirety, and it was so lovely. It had small cameos by recent couples and I enjoyed seeing them all without having
Hope Frost
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Every time I read a Virgin River book, it feels like coming home. I wasn't so sure about this one, single father looses wife has temperamental teen who hates everyone. But what was done was soooo different. Yes, the story was one that you knew in the end they would all end up happy, but it was done in a way that you weren't so sure how they would get there. I really enjoyed getting to see Jack and Preacher again. And of course Jillian and Colin, but it was so great to see Kelly and Leif work thr ...more
This has to been one of my least favorite in the series. But that is okay. It was still enjoyable and had all the qualities I enjoy in the Virgin River series. Solid relationship building, reinvention of ones' life, fully exploring and solving personal problems. Carr is very good at slowly and thoroughly writing these issues, she doesn't skimp on character development. My main problem was I didn't buy into the relationship between Leif and Kelly and I didn't believe that Kelly would be able to c ...more
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