Title: Angel’s Peak
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Virgin River #9
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 21st – 29th July 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: It hadn’t been that long since Franci had been a college coed.
FOUR YEARS AGO, AIR FORCE SWEETHEARTS FRANCI DUNCAN AND SEAN RIORDAN REACHED AN IMPASSE. SHE WANTED MARRIAGE AND A FAMILY. HE DIDN’T. BUT A CHANCE MEETING PROVES THAT THE BITTER BREAKUP HASN’T COOLED THEIR SIZZLING CHEMISTRY.
Sean has settled down in spite of himself – he’s not the cocky young fighter pilot he was when Franci left, and he wants them to try again. After all, they have a history… but that’s not all they share.
Franci’s secret reason for walking away when Sean refused to commit is now three and a half: a redheaded cherub named Rosie who shares her daddy’s emerald-green eyes. Sean is stunned – and furious with Franci for the deception.
News travels fast in Virgin River, and soon the whole town is taking sides. Rebuilding their trust could take a small miracle – and the kind of love that can move mountains.
I had to pause in my reading of this about a quarter of the way in. I loved the premise. I loved the beginning. And then you find out about T.J…. the guy that Franci had been dating. And wow. WHAT. A. DOUCHE. I was just so disgusted and frustrated by him that I put the book aside for a while and moved onto something with a less douche-baggish obstacle to overcome.
Luckily, following this moment of heck no feelings. The story seriously picks up. It fairly quickly becomes apparent that Franci has more of a brain than you had anticipated – and didn’t succumb to the wiles of such a deplorable man. And that he really wasn’t as much of an obstacle. In actual fact, that giant hurdle that the main couple need to overcome… well, it was overcome a lot quicker than anticipated. Which, allowed for room for something that I love in Robyn Carr’s writing and Virgin River series – that the romance wasn’t really just about one couple. The other couples from past books and the potential future couples are all living their lives too.
The Virgin River series, as it develops is becoming more and more about family. In this story, not only is the obstacle about children, but whole families are drawn in. Firstly, there are the two grandmothers / mothers who are constantly renegotiating their relationships. Then, there’s the friendships, in-laws and all sorts of ties that we all have. It’s beautiful that this series is able to tie in all of the characters and give them each of their own happily ever afters.
Not only did I absolutely adore this story. Partly because although it is about Luke’s brother, but it also helps to set up the next little mini-trilogy. Primarily, it’s helping to set up Erin and Aiden, siblings of characters that I’ve already kind of fallen in love with…now I need to hunt out Moonlight Road and get my happy on all over again.