Carr keeps her Virgin River stories coming, much to the delight of readers. In this volume she continues her winning combination of homey details with a tensely emotional exploration of characters at a turning point in their lives.
Kelly Matlock’s collapse is a wake-up call that the stress of working as a chef is killing her and that her relationship with her world-famous boss was not what she imagined. Burned out and heartbroken, she runs to her sister’s house in Virgin River to recuperate. On her first night in town, when she combines medication and a few stiff drinks, she meets and is rescued by Lief Holbrook, a widower and screenwriter who’s moved to town to save his rebellious stepdaughter. Their attraction is unexpected and immediate, but their emotional baggage may derail any romance before it starts. To be together, the lovers must fight their own fears and a teen who wants to be the only woman in Lief’s life. (MIRA, Mar., 368 pp., $7.99)