A Virgin River Novel, Book 21
From the publisher:
#1 New York Times bestselling author 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.
Kaylee Sloan’s home in Southern California is full of wonderful memories of the woman who raised her. But the memories are prolonging her grief over her mother’s recent death. A successful author, Kaylee hoped she could pour herself into her work. Instead she has terrible writer’s block and a looming deadline.
Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. She knows the isolation will help her writing, and as she drives north through the mountains and the majestic redwoods, 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 watering hole 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 friend—or a stranger—in need.
Kaylee’s world is expanding in ways she never dreamed possible. And when she rescues a kitten followed by a dog with a litter of puppies, she finds her heart opening up to the animals who need her. And then there’s the dog trainer who knows exactly how to help her. As the holidays approach, Kaylee’s dread turns to wonder. Because there’s no better place to spend Christmas than Virgin River.
This has long been one of my favorite series, and it was great to be back in Virgin River. The storyline here was really good, but there was way too much catching up on all the other characters and the stories that came before. So this can be read as a standalone without any trouble, but I found myself skimming parts that were all too familiar.
I know there are some people who are finding this series because of the Netflix show. I was barely able to watch it, and friends who also loved the books really hated the show. I didn’t hate it, but I certainly didn’t love it. It was a disappointment, especially coming from Netflix. Other series based on books that they’ve done have been really good, but this just felt like they took the characters’ names and went a whole different way. Very annoying. So I was really happy to find this new book in the series, but I have to say it felt like Carr just called it in. Not her best.
11/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
RETURN TO VIRGIN RIVER by Robyn Carr. MIRA; Original edition (October 13, 2020). ISBN 978-0778388340. 320 pages.
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