My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Definitely 3.5 STARS!
The Virgin River series is what I would call a great, light summer read. If you're like me and want to get caught up in a series for the summer, one that won't keep you up at night or stick you in the middle of messy love triangles, this was a fun one to spend time in. Is it cutting edge new, angsty to the point you can't breathe writing? No. It's calm, it's fun, it will make you smile and swoon and want to pack up your car and drive to Virgin River and check out Jack's restaurant or Doc's office and cross paths with the rest of the gang you grow to love over the course of this series.
Virgin River is about a woman, Melinda, who leave the hustle and bustle of her big city life in the ER after her husband's death and in a desperate attempt to wipe the slate clean and start over, she takes a job offer from an ancient busy-body named Hope McCrea in the tiny town of Virgin River to work as a nurse midwife. When she arrives, things aren't exactly what they seemed. From the nearly falling down house that looks nothing like the picture promised, to the cantankerous town doctor who had no idea he was 'in need of help' and disliked her right away. Ready to bolt before she even unpacks, she wanders into Jack Sheridan's bar/restaurant and her future changes.
What I liked: The cast of characters. From Preacher - who isn't a even preacher, to Mel, Jack, Rick, Doc Mullins the grumpiest guy you ever want to play a game of gin with, To characters that come in later books like Paige, Brie, Walt and Muriel. The list goes on, each tugging at your heart in a different way.
*This part contains tiny spoilers*
What I didn't like: everyone in the town is fertile- hyper fertile. Men look at a woman, and she's pregnant against all odds, one their first try, condoms break and the like. BUT again- think light, summer read at the pool... and that's not a terrible thing ;) The series goes long, over 15 books. The last ones feel like random people thrown into a town you love because she's married off all the 'regulars' if you will.
I liked this series, loved Robyn Carr's easy writing style. Think low stress, low angst, lotsa hunky men (who mostly happen to be ex-military types) and a series full of HEAs then this is the series for you. I adore Jack and Mel and their story starts in Virgin River, but with each book in the series, they make an appearance and their story continues to grow. I laughed, I cried, I want to go to Virgin River... I hope you do to.
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