Love this series set in the hills of Northern California. The people in this small town stick togther and help each other.
Suffering from empty nest syndrome after her siblings have moved out, Erin Foley takes time off work and moves to her brother-in-law's cabin for a long overdue vacation. Erin is startled when a man with a bushy beard and a long knife walks out of the woods. Aiden Riordan is a doctor, taking a break from work after leaving the Navy. After a rough first meeting, Aiden finds Erin intriguing and wants to get to know her better. But when Aiden's ex-wife steps back into the picture, his relationship with Erin may be in jeopardy.
Aiden is probably my favorite hero in the Virgin River. Of course, he has lots of competition in this series. I thought Erin and Aiden were perfect for each other. And, Aiden's ex-wife made the story even more interesting. I would give this book 5 stars, but I didn't care for the story about Mel wanting to have another baby through a surrogate or adoption. I didn't like the way she treated her husband and didn't listen to anything he had to say. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
Amazingly enough I didn't like the main female characters in this book but I still liked the book. That certainly speaks for Carr's talent.
Things I didn't care for were Erin and Mel.
I know Carr kept saying Erin wasn't shallow but she was. Her comments against Aidan were all about money and status. She was also so judgemental that I thought she didn't deserve Aidan. At the same time the only reason I thought Aidan would be interested in Erin was because she was pretty and she was the complete opposite of his psycho ex. It made it hard to care about their relationship up until psycho ex showed up. Only then did I really started cheering for them.
I had a hard time with Mel because she was such an insensitive midwife. Right after losing a child for the fifth time a woman probably doesn't want to have her midwife hint that her unsturdy uterus was at fault and she just need to find a surrogate with a tried and reliable uterus. Way to go to make a woman feel less than. Of course Mel was also dealing with her own issues of loss and womanhood. She was so mean to Jack that it was painful to read at times.
It was great to revisit some of the old characters though. Even though I haven't read all the books before this one I didn't feel lost at all. I loved how Carr's characters keep moving forward and that they don't stop at just getting married or having a happily ever after.
Again, it was a nice read even though I had a hard time wtih the main characters. Definitely worth it if you are into the series.