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Harvest Moon

(Virgin River #13)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  10,320 ratings  ·  444 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…until she meets Lief Holbreevaluate.

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 could ...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 suppo
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!!
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
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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
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,
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?
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
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.<
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 Virgin River toexciting.

Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary Small-Town Romance
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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 one anothe
Bev Walkling
I was glad to finally read Kelly's story. Another winner in the Virgin River series!
Jackie Lane
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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 an
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
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Always enjoy this series. I enjoyed this book, but not as much at Colin & Jillian's. It just seemed to me that Lief and Kelly didn't spend quite enough time together to get to know each other. Everything just happened too fast for me. I did enjoy all the rest of the story, really liked Lief and Courtney's relationship and her evidentual relationship with Kelly was what I expected, pretty normal actually. Overall, good story.
♡Karlyn P♡
great story, review to come
This installment of the Virgin River was a little different from the others. I enjoyed getting to know Kelly Matlock better; she is a sous-chef who moves to Virgin River after a meltdown in San Francisco. Leif Holbrook, a move screen writer, is a single dad who moves to Virgin River in an attempt to find balance for his step-daughter Courtney. This story certainly had typical Robyn Carr plot and character development but I loved the subplot and relationship between Leif and Courtney. Of course, ...more
Beth Lechman
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I am totally enjoying the Virgin River series. That being said I didn't find the characters in this book as strong as the ones in the previous books. Kelly comes to Virgin River to stay with her sister Jillian and Collin after having her heart broken and quitting her job as a chef. Lief Holbrook bought a home in Virgin River to get away from the city after his wife dies. He has a step daughter who is having a hard time adjusting to the loss of her mother. When Lief and Kelly meet sparks fly His ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Virgin River fans
Kelly breaks down in the high stress atmosphere of a backstabbing 5 star restaurant. She escapes to her sister's organic farm in Virgin River and falls for an oscar winning screenwriter. However his 14 year old step daughter sabotages their relationship.
Judith Ann
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-again
Love it.
Barbara Frayer
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
one book gets better than the next!
Angela Wessel
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great storyline with the romance of Kelly and Lief.
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars...

When you write 19 (as per April 2012) book in a long series there is bound to be a few that just miss the boat. Harvest Moon is that book for me. I loved Lief. I loved Kelly. I just felt that there was not a driving attraction between the two of them. I did not feel the 'steam'. Harvest Moon was almost too perfect. I found the idea that Kelly could make a good living selling her canned chutney very unbelievable. Yeah, i'm jaded. I live in N. California and I know how much food and
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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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