Title: Forbidden Falls
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Virgin River #8
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 7th – 20th July 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: Besides, there wasn’t a bubble or streak on those baseboards.
Welcome back to VIRGIN RIVER with the books that started it all…
Reverend Noah Kincaid moved to Virgin River to reopen an abandoned church he bought on eBay. Like Noah, the place is a little empty inside, but all it may need is some loving care…
The young widower arrives ready to roll up his sleeves and build a place of worship and welcome, but he needs some help. And the Lord works in mysterious ways.
With her tight shirts and short skirts, pastor’s assistant is not a phrase that springs to mind when Noah meets brassy, beautiful Alicia Baldwin. the former exotic dancer needs a respectable job so she can regain custody of her children. And Noah can’t help but admire her spunk and motherly determination. Noah and Alicia are an unlikely team to revitalize a church, much less build a future. The couple has so many differences, but in Virgin River anything is possible, and happiness is never out of the question.
It did take me a little longer to get into this Virgin River book than I most of the others. As much as I loved the idea of the story and enjoyed both Ellie and Noah. I just didn’t bond with them quite as quickly. Yet, once I hit that halfway point, I was completely hooked. And somehow that made that moment of attachment all the more sweet…
I love that the big complication in Ellie and Noah’s relationship was all based on the custody of her children. Again, Carr finds ways to create a story in which the issues are so much more adult. And the older I get, the more I feel like these are some seriously intense and realistic complications. Instead of there being another man, or a complication which involves one or the other being seriously stupid (like in many romances) it is the idea of family and children which cause potential bumps in the road. Bumps which are completely adorable and just jump off the page.
I’ve been reading a lot of romances lately. It seems to be my latest fad. I have never read a book that features a man of the cloth as the lead male though. Actually, I don’t think I’ve read any book which features a priest or any kind of man of the cloth as any kind of main character. It was an interesting departure from what I’m used to. And, considering I have a few hang ups with the Church, it was something that I surprisingly seriously enjoyed. Add to that that he is partnered with a woman who seems to be the absolute opposite to him in every manner, shape and form… it was a great, humorous and very, very cute romance.
Not only is Forbidden Falls a great romance between Noah and Ellie. Vanni and Paul also have a number of challenges that they have to overcome again. And Shelby and Luke get married. I love that although their happily ever afters have kind of occurred… there are still so many challenges that they have to overcome. So many moments that make them stand back and realise that even after you find your happily ever after person, you will still continuously battle to have the life that you’ve always wanted. And the way that Vanni and Paul face their latest battle… wow. My heart goes out to them.