Carr continues her Virgin River series with this beautifully written tale that touches on the delicate subject of domestic violence with compassion
and sensitivity. Every character is
done well, but Preacher stands out.
Ex-Marine John "Preacher" Middleton is content cooking at former commanding officer Jack Sheridan's restaurant. His social life consists of manly pursuits with the other guys in their unit. That changes on a rainy night when Paige Lassiter walks in,
carrying her 3-year-old son.
The haunted look in Paige's eyes gives Preacher a purpose: watching over and caring for them. Paige doesn't want to stay -- she's on the
run from her abusive ex-husband --
yet there's something about the shy giant that makes her want to take a chance. But as she earns her keep in Preacher's kitchen and enjoys their slow-blooming romance, Paige is constantly afraid that her ex will show up. When he does, Paige isn't alone any more. (MIRA, May, 384 pp., $6.99)