A VIRGIN RIVER CHRISTMAS
Carr's latest Virgin River story has it
all -- multifaceted characters, a heart-wrenching conflict, powerful sexual tension and just the right amount of cheeky humor. Truly excellent.
Last year, Marcie Sullivan
lost her husband, Bobby, just before Christmas. Wounded three years
earlier in Fallujah, Bobby survived because fellow Marine Ian Buchanan risked his life to save him. Now Marcie wants to find Ian and thank him for
the extra time she had with Bobby.
But Ian's vanished.
Dogged perseverance leads Marcie to Virgin River and eventually to Ian -- who's not happy to see her. He's been leading a solitary existence in the mountains, scraping by selling firewood. He doesn't want to be reminded of Fallujah or Bobby, and he has no interest in returning to civilization. But Marcie is determined to make him see things her way -- and to drag him back to the land of the living. Falling in love isn't part of the plan, but it happens all the same. Marcie's certainly ready, but Ian's a little gun-shy. (MIRA, Nov., 320 pp., $6.99)