MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS
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)