Book Review

by Robyn Carr

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Sensuality: HOT

RT Rating

The latest Virgin River novel is a holiday tale to get readers’ blood pumping, while wrapping them in the homey comfort of the town that they’ve come to love. Unfortunately, the numerous updates on couples from previous volumes make the story unwieldy. Carr’s writing sparkles in places, but overall the book plods along with two main characters who feel flat.

Angie LeCroix, a young med student who nearly died in a car accident, is re-thinking her life. Time in the mountains near her favorite aunt and uncle is just the ticket. Then she meets Navy pilot Patrick Riordan, who is hiding out at his brother’s cabin after the death of his best friend. He needs time to consider his career and his next step. The two are instantly attracted, even though they are headed in different directions. As Christmas nears, Angie helps a little girl with a scar, discovering her true calling. Meanwhile, Patrick faces his guilt and a new future. Just in time, this unlikely couple finds their own Christmas miracle. (MIRA, Nov., 320 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: M.H. Morrison

Publisher: MIRA

Published: November 2012

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(2 ratings)

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My Kind of Christmas

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 26, 2014 - 12:02pm.

Angela Lacroix comes to Virgin River not only to visit her Uncle Jack and Aunt Brie, but to sort out her life. After a terrible accident sidelined her for months, she is rethinking medical school and may want to go in another direction. She and her mother are disagreeing about her future, so she wants to spend some time in Virgin River to sort out her life.

Patrick Riordan, the youngest of the Riordan brothers, is also in Virgin River. He is on leave from the Navy after witnessing his best friend dying in combat. Now he is reconsidering his military career and wants to be alone to think about it. But when Angie and Patrick meet at Jack's bar, there is an immediate attraction. Friends and relatives who notice the attraction try warning the two of them that now isn't the time to get into a relationship. But the two people who came to Virgin River to be alone, now just want to be alone with each other.

This is a wonderful final book to the Virgin River series. Angie has always been driven to study and become a doctor. After her accident, she wants to take a break and do some of the things she has been missing. Patrick needs to figure out how he is going to take care of his best friend's widow, Marie. I wanted to slap him a couple of times when he thinks marrying Marie and becoming a family is the best thing to do. Thankfully, Marie has different ideas.

The nice thing about the Virgin River series is we get to revisit many of the characters. This story is full of them, including the whole Riordan clan and the Sheridan family. I'm sorry to see this series end. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

5 Stars

Submitted by twocoulters on October 22, 2012 - 11:54am.

Thanks to the publisher, Harlequin, and NetGalley for the chance to read My Kind of Christmas early!

The author pulls out all the emotional stops for this 20th installment in her popular contemporary-romance saga featuring the drama-rich Northern California mountain community.

I got hooked on Robyn Carr's Virgin River series early on; Ms. Carr has the ability to maintain weave multiple story-line, characters, and plots into each book, while still making each one interesting. While you could read this as a stand-along – I wouldn’t recommend it- each book is very much connected to the others in the series – as you can see below…

Angie LeCroix, is the niece of Jack Sheridan - Virgin River, #1 and Brie Sheridan - Whispering Rock, #3

Patrick Riordan, is the brother of Luke Riordan - Temptation Ridge, #6, Sean Riordan - Angel's Peak, #10, Aiden Riordan - Moonlight Road, #11, and Colin Riordan - Wild Man Creek, #14

It has all of the elements we've come to love in Robyn Carr’s stories -great values, strong characters, and great follow through with earlier characters.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own