Title: Whispering Rock
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Virgin River #3
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 13th – 18th May 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: Get dressed.
Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that started it all…
Virgin River has sheltered more than a few lost souls over the years – and there’s always room for more…
Virgin River became a safe haven for Sacramento prosecutor Brie Sheridan after she nearly lost her life at the hands of a crazed criminal. Though she still has fears she can’t escape, she also has someone who wants to show her just what it means to trust again.
A decorated marine reservist, LAPD officer Mike Valenzuela was badly wounded in the line of duty. Twice divorced, he secretly longs for the kind of commitment and happiness his marine buddies have found – a woman who can tie up his heart forever.
Mike will do anything to help Brie free herself from painful memories. Passionate, strong and gentle, he vows to give back to her what she’s so selflessly given him – her heart, and with it, a new beginning.
It took me a little longer than usual to get into this novel. After all, it does start with rape. And I tend to read the Virgin River series and Contemporary romances for a relaxing happy time. Which made me feel a little less hooked in. But, after I got through those first three horrific chapters, I really sunk into this.
Ever since Brie appears in Shelter Mountain and you found out about her horrid ex-husband, I was quite looking forward to her own happily ever after. Especially since the man she thought loved her not only left her. But left her for her best friend. But I really didn’t expect the beginning that this story had. Not to mention, that there is also a parallel story of date raping young women throughout the town. Two serious trigger points for any woman. But as usual, Carr manages to deal with serious issues like this in a beautiful, respectful manner.
One of my favourite things about Carr’s writing so far is the fact that everyone is so damn interconnected. This does tend to be the case for most romances that I read, but the stories tend to just focus on the couple of the moment, and you don’t get to revisit past favourites quite as much. That’s most certainly not the case though. Each new couple does have their own journey and in certain aspects take up the centre storyline, but the other couples all help build upon it. They’re continuing adventures are still told, and the beginnings of new adventures and romances are also alluded to. It just makes the entire story feel a lot more relatable and realistic.
Once I got past the first uncomfortable moments of this story, I absolutely adored it. To the point I did what I call my “teenager habits” and stayed up until 1am to finish this book. Mostly I just wanted to find out what was going to happen to the horrible predators in this story. And for Brie and Mike to get their happily ever after. Both were achieved in the end, and the future stories of Rick and Paul are now desperately needed… although I think I have quite a few books to read before I get to that point…