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Virgin River Kindle Edition
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Welcome back to Virgin River with the book that started it all…
Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.
When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving—the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.
But a tiny baby abandoned on a front porch changes her plans…and former marine Jack Sheridan cements them into place.
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"The Virgin River books are so compelling--I connected instantly with the characters and just wanted more and more and more."-- "Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07R5WYWRK
- Publisher : MIRA; First Time Trade edition (October 22, 2019)
- Publication date : October 22, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2501 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 430 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0778314154
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #819 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is amazing. I watched the show first because I didn’t know about the book before. I got the book because the show ended on a cliffhanger and I really hate those. So I got the book to see if Mel and jack get together in the end. And I find the book so different from the show and so much better. The story and the characters interactions are connected and just amazing. I am going to go read the second book in the series now. I am hooked now. It took me 2 days to finish the book because I couldn’t put it down.
The series reads like a cable TV program with the main characters of Jack and Mel featured in each book. In subsequent books feature another friend or resident, but the main characters' stories continue to develop.
In Virgin River, Mel is grieving the loss of her husband, an ER doctor, who was shot when he walked into a convenience store robbery. She needs to escape LA, her nursing position, and the locations that trigger memories and tears daily. She agrees to a one-year contract as a nurse-midwife to help an aging small-town doctor. Jack Sheridan owns the local bar and grill where the town folks gather. Jack, a retired marine, knows PTSD and grief. He helps Mel while she comes to terms with her past and thinks about the future.
There are a lot of interesting characters introduced in this book. Jack's military friends make regular visits to Virgin River to fish and hunt. There is a full gambit of town folks and a little suspense with unsavory characters who drop in to disrupt the quiet life of the area.
Watch the Netflix show instead, at least the awful teenage sex subplot is not there.
I've read some Robyn Carr, though not this series, so when I saw a deal on the book and that it was being made a Netflix series, I grabbed it. It's not a bad book, more of an introduction to people in the series. Jack and Mel are a great couple with interesting backstories. It's a quick read, somewhat predictable, but okay.
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I read some of the reviews about this book before starting it myself and I was a little worried that I wouldn't like it after reading the negative ones. I am happy to say that my review will follow the positive ones that I have read. This book was truly wonderful. Although a contemporary novel, I loved the small-town atmosphere, the fact that there was no mobile phone reception and that the people were all there for each other when needed. I was left feeling as if I had watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie or The Waltons. I had such a feel-good vibe from the book and even writing this review has me smiling.
So you will know from the blurb of the book that Melinda, a nurse practitioner, midwife and a city girl moves to the country to escape the rat race. She is also grieving for her husband who got caught up in a robbery and killed. At first, she is horrified by the town and the fact that it was misrepresented by the woman who informed her about the place didn't help. She was picturing a beautiful cottage to stay in, and a town that at least had phone reception. It took her minutes to decide that she wouldn't be staying. Before she has a chance to leave she discovers an abandoned baby outside the doctor's office and is determined that she must stay at least until she can make sure the baby is safe and either back with her mother, or in social care.
That was the best decision she could have made because the longer she spends in the town, the closer she gets to the people there. She forms bonds, especially to a particular barman/owner, Jack. He is an ex-marine and is an absolute darling. She is still determined to leave town even though she keeps putting the date for leaving off. She is definitely feeling an attachment to the people and place, but she's just not cut out for country living. Can she be convinced to stay, does she end up even needing to be convinced?
What I really enjoyed about the book is that despite having that Little House on the Prairie vibe, it manages to fit in the more modern aspect of life without spoiling the atmosphere. There are scenes where Jack mixes with his army brothers who make sure they visit every year at a time when they know Jack will need their comradeship the most. There are scenes involving the dark side of the marijuana trade. There are also scenes of grief. They are all intertwined into the story with a twist as well and it all adds up to an amazing story. I know that the series is currently showing on Netflix, but I am almost afraid to start watching it. I have such a strong picture in my head of the place and the people in it. I don't know if I will cope with seeing things differently to what I picture. Whether or not I watch the series I will definitely read the books!
I can't recommend this book enough and only wish I could give it more than 5 stars!
I have to say one of the things I most enjoyed in this book was Jack, as a character he was the one who stood out and the one I truly enjoyed.
Comparisons to the Netflix series are inevitable (I have 3 episodes left of season 1), and I have to say I like how Jack is more self-aware of his feelings in the book, in the series he’s lovely but [the fact he is so unaware of how he feels that he is unintentionally stringing along the woman he has been causally seeing for a while (2 years or so) annoyed me a fair bit, so glad it didn’t pan out like that in the book. To note Jack does have sex with his ‘casual’ partner after meeting Mel (not something I needed in the book), but he ends things as soon as he realises he has feelings for Mel, even knowing nothing may ever happen.
One of my big niggles when it comes to the book, is that Mel’s feelings don’t come across as clear or as strong as Jack’s. I know she is still strongly mourning for Mark, and there is no limit to how long that can take, but I feel like the author needed to stretch the time span of when and how things occurred, when it came to Mel.
Also, there are times when the writing does not flow well, but overall a nice one time read.
I picked up book one in January part of the Virgin River series - instantly hooked.
There are a few slight differences book v series, but that didnt matter to me. It just left me interested and eager to read the second book in this series.