Title: Virgin River
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Virgin River #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 1st February 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: How’s it going?
Welcome back to Vrigin River with the book that started it all…
WANTED: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.
When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving – the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.
But a tiny baby abandoned on a front porch changes her plans… and former marine Jack Sheridan cements them into place.
I’ve been obsessing over the idea of buying this book since I binge watched the Netflix show in just over 24 hours. I’ve since watched it twice more… so obviously I was incredibly keen to receive the book. And then I spent the next day in bed, refusing to get up just so I could fully enjoy immersing myself in the joys of Virgin River. There is just something so wonderful about this story that far outstripped the expectations that the Netflix show prompted.
This novel is as brilliant, sweet and kind as I expected. Although there are some kind of serious issues inside the story (a widow and some illegal activities), it is ultimately a pretty good feel good story. There is enough angst to make you hold your breath and keenly turn the next page, but not enough to take away from the joy of the romance. And, after all, this is primarily a gorgeous little romance with a beautiful backdrop of a small town.
I think everyone has wanted to run away and “live the simple life” at some point or other. Not everyone can actually hack it, but I think we all have that desire every now and then. The fact that Mel did so and loved it was a nice little way to enjoy this story. Add to that the fact that she’s an absolute spitfire who works out how to fit into a slightly off-kilter way of living. Honestly, I don’t know if I fell more in love with the town or the characters…
After finishing this book I had a serious, serious book hangover. I pretty much just stared at my piles of books I want to read next for three days. It makes it even worse that the next two book sin the series are going to take a month and a half to get to my doorstep… damn annoying exercise in patience that one.