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    Brilliant Romance Novel!

    Virgin River by Robyn Carr is book one in her series of the same name. Netflix has chosen to make an original series based on this series of books, so you’ll want to be acquainted with the written version. Melinda “Mel” Monroe is a 32-yr-old recently widowed nurse practitioner and midwife longing to get away from the fast pace of the city and the constant reminders of her deceased husband, so she accepts a contract to work with the local doctor and makes the move to the small town of Virgin River. The contract is not as promised. The cute little cottage is a tumbling down mess. The local doctor she would be assisting has no interest in having her in his practice. Only the discovery of an abandoned baby keeps her in the town. That and a handsome bar owner. Ex-marine, Jack Sheridan is the owner of the only bar in Virgin River. His military career has left him with some bad memories. Jack is a handsome hunk from a large loving family including four sisters and eight nieces. He’s instantly attracted to Mel and becomes her friend and protector hoping to be even more. Jack’s main problem is how to compete with a dead man. Robyn Carr has penned another bestseller. Virgin River hits all the right notes. The characters are vibrant, believable and completely developed. The scenery is vividly depicted. The plot is engaging and suitably complex. Like Mel, I fell in love with Virgin River: the people, the scenery and the sky, especially the brilliant nighttime sky lit with so many stars. This is a 5 out of 5 star read and I recommend it to all readers of the romance genre. There is some sexual content that may not be suitable to for all readers. My thanks to HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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    Okay read

    I liked this book - kind of a rom-com trying to be dramatic in parts. However, I found some of the plot devices weak and unbelievable (especially about the abandoned baby). I also found that the book ended rather abruptly. I had not seen the Netflix show so knew nothing about Virgin River. I did subsequently watch a couple of episodes and kept commenting on how different it was than the book. Probably won't read any more in the series as watching the show kind of ruined the book for me.
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    Captivating novel

    Virgin River by Robyn Carr captured my attention from the very beginning. It shows what life is like up the small mountain town of Virgin River which has about six hundred residents. Melinda Monroe is feeling burnout from her position at a 3,000 bed hospital and is looking for a change. The position in Virgin River seems to be what she needs, and it is confirmed after seeing the pictures sent to her by Hope McCrea. The icing on the cake is the charming cabin that comes with position. Mel packs expensive jeans ($100 plus per pair) along with her beautiful leather boots into her BMW and heads into the mountains. Mel soon discovers that Hope’s pictures were not current and her clothing choices not to mention her car are not appropriate for the environment. Mel decides that Virgin River is not for her. Then a newborn is found on the local doctor’s front porch. This has Mel changing her plans which she claims is just temporary. Mel fails to tell the people in her new town that she is a widow and another reason she needed a fresh start. I liked the variety of quirky characters in Virgin River that include Preacher (the cook at Jack’s), Hope McCrea, and Doc Mullins (crotchety local doctor with a heart of gold). Jack Sheridan is an ex-marine who owns Jack’s the local bar and restaurant. He is taken with Mel right away and comes up with a plan to keep her in their little town. I thought the characters as well as the situations were realistic and developed. I enjoyed the rustic setting. While Virgin River is a charming romance novel, there are other storylines going on in the book. There are numerous places to hide in the wood surrounding the town which leads to criminal activity as well as people looking to hide out or escape from the world. I like that the author shows the good and the bad (everything is not puppy dogs and rainbows). I could have done without the foul language and intimate situations (but that is my personal preference). Virgin River is a well-written novel that moved along steadily. Virgin River is the first in A Virgin River Novel and there are currently twenty in total. I am curious to see what happens to the other characters. Virgin River is a pleasing story with a loveable newborn, a handsome ex-marine, a peevish physician, an optimistic Hope, and a woman looking for a new beginning.
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    Great read! Romance, heartache & soul-searching.

    Great Read. Lots of romance, heartache and soul-searching. The Netflix version was a lot different than the book. I find I get more info and satisfaction from reading the books. Can't wait to read Book 2.
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    Wouldn't recommend to a 'romance' reader.

    I suppose I should have been more attentive prior to buying the book. Meaning, I thought it was more than a romance novel. Millions of them out there, all pretty much the same start to finish. I started driftin about halfway through when it became apparent the story line wasn't going to bring any aha moments. It lacked zing. Two thirds of the way through it became nothing more than an account of the main characters sex life. The writer really got stuck there and the focus stayed he same 'till the end.

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