by Robyn Carr
Series: Virgin River #19
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Robyn Carr returns to the beloved town of Virgin River with a brand new story about fresh starts, new friends and the magic of Christmas. Now a Netflix orginal series.
Struggling with grief after the death of her mother, successful author Kaylee Sloan needs a distraction, to come to terms with life and meet her looming deadline.
With Christmas approaching, Kaylee rents a cabin in Virgin River. She knows the isolation will help her writing and as she drives north through the mountains she immediately feels inspired. Until she arrives at a building that has just gone up in flames. Devastated, she heads to Jack’s Bar to plan her next steps. The local bar is the heart of the town and once she crosses the threshold, she’s surprised to be embraced by people who are more than willing to help a stranger in need.
Welcomed by those in Virgin River, Kaylee starts to see her life in a new light. And as she becomes more involved in the town and the people in it, especially local artist and dog trainer Landry Moore, Kaylee realises she may have found her peace. As Christmas approaches, Kaylee’s dread turns to wonder. Because there’s no better place to mend a broken heart than Virgin River.
The Virgin River series was/is one of my favorite small-town series. I fell in love with the rural town nestled in northern California, among redwoods, waterfalls and good fishing. But most of all, I fell in love with the townsfolk and the people who ended up calling it home.
When the series originally released the holiday season didn’t kick off until I had witnessed the tree lighting between Jack’s and the church. When the series ended, I wept like I had lost an old friend. Then Netflix brought the town to life in their new Virgin River series, and new fans were born.
Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr is the nineteenth book in the series, and it felt like going home. I was overjoyed when I learned of its upcoming release and for me; it felt like coming home. While each book has its own adventures and romance, I recommend reading and meeting the characters in the order of their release.
Kaylee Sloan is headed to Virgin River to stay for the winter. She is recovering from the loss of her mother and has a deadline for her newest suspense novel looming. Thoughts of writing by the fire and enjoying views of the lake soon go up in flames.
A trip to Jack’s will soon set things to rights. He and his wife offer her their guest cabin for a few days while she scouts out new lodgings. Local artist and dog trainer Landry Moore’s provides the perfect place.
The tale that unfolds held all the magic one expects from Carr. I loved the animals, lunches at Jack’s and talks on the front porch.
Landry has suffered his own losses and the two strike up a friendship that slowly simmers. Found pets, abandoned puppies and healing all made for a wonderful tale. He and his dog help Kaylee, only to discover she has unknowingly helped them.
The relationship that develops felt genuine, even as we suffered some disturbances along the ride. I loved the surprises, one in particular, had me weeping one moment and smiling the next.
It was delightful to see beloved characters and catch up on local happenings. Virgin River magic, helpful hands, and townsfolk’s gathering to set the Christmas tree.
Carr touched on healing, friendship, giving and forgiveness. I laughed, wept and became completely swept up in the story.
If you love small-town romance and flawed, good willed characters I hope you’ll take a visit to Virgin River. Thanks for the return visit, Ms. Carr!For fans new & old you'll want to grab some hot cocoa and snuggle up with Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr #VirginRiver #NewRelease #romance Click To Tweet