So this is the latest VR book. FINALLY we get to see Rick and Lizzie in their more grown up roles. I have been in love with little Rick since book 1 and am so glad to finally read his story. This one is very bittersweet, but then, Rick and Lizzie's story would have to be, right?
We also get to know Mr. Shady Brady himself, Dan Brady. He is back, he is clean, and he is now a fixture in town too. I love how Robyn Carr manages to mix story lines of more than one couple in the pages of each book. Not only do we read about Rick and Dan, but lovable and sexy Dr. Cameron Michaels is back and has a good bit of story to be told in this book as well.
I can't wait until the next 4 books from the series hit the shelves. There is a Christmas one that will be out in October 09 and then there are 3 brand new installments to come in Jan Feb and March of 2010. Now the fun is figuring out who in town will be next to have their stories told. Oh I am soooo hoping that Tom comes back to town and we get to find out all about he and Brenda!!! But who knows, Virgin River is growing so fast there is no telling which of the old band of Semper Fi brothers will move in and 'drink the water'. And we all know that nosy old lady Hope is still trying to find her a teacher, a preacher and who knows what else!!!
Super book - just can't say enough about the Virgin River series
This is the last of the second set trilogy from Virgin River. This one has a good ending. Looking forward until next spring when the next 3 come out!!
I hope that Robyn continues this series forever. I love how she gets you to embrace all the characters in her books.
Robyn Carr's VIRGIN RIVER series are new to me. As the "luck of the thrift stores" would have it, I started in the middle of the series with PARADISE VALLEY (book 7) and then Book 6.....but even so, boy, am I a convert! Like all the other VIRGIN RIVER fans....Want it to be a real place! Want to move there! Want to know these irresistable men and the women who make up this town!
What a great series. Now I am swapping for all the VIRGIN RIVER and GRACE VALLEY books I can find. (Grace Valley, another of her series, is about a neighboring town of this fictitious Virgin River area, but in Robyn Carr style, she overlaps many of the characters of the two towns, making the series even more realistic and fun to keep up with.
Since I read PARADISE VALLEY, I've found 8 books of the intermingled series, and have loved each one. (For me, finding that a book I love is part of a "series," is like being a kid in a candy store!)
PARADISE VALLEY, like each book of the series, also stands alone, if this is the first book you have read in the series..... because each book features new relationships happening with "new" couples...people who have been mentioned in previous books, but now brought out in depth.
Specifically covered in PARADISE VALLEY are a couple of relationships of soldiers back from the wars overseas, and how they deal with injuries and the mental anguish most soldiers bring home with them.
One of the featured couples, who are in fact the town's youngest "couple", is especially realistic as Rick and Liz had been very young lovers (the parent-less young teen boy who was irristibly drawn to the 14-year-old "hottie" who was sent by her mother to live with an aunt in this small "safe" town.)
Their love was honed through an earlier trial of teenage pregnancy and miscarriage, but now are facing seemingly insurmountable odds at overcoming Rick's anger and hopelessness after having lost a leg in the war.
What is so inspiring in this book, is how the townspeople support these young people (and each other) through real and very emotional personal crises....And continuing to show unconditional love, even though their love and support are rejected over and over.
Besides showing how towns can be helpful and supportive of its members, there is much in these series about the bond veterans have with each other, and how they help and support each other in many ways after returning home.
This is brought out as other veterans find their way to Virgin River and are brought into the circle of friends. I think this book would be especially interesting to readers in military families, and I hope is as inspiring to others as it is to me.
I have finally come to the conclusion that this series is no longer about one particular romance with each installment. It has evolved into a love story that is more about a community rather than a couple and it reads more like a soap opera (minus the over-the-top dramatics) than a single tale. That can be a good thing for those who like continuing sagas where one gets to keep up with previous players while enjoying new and interesting characters. It can also be a bad thing if one prefers focus. I, personally have been fighting this transformation, but about half way through the book, I finally capitulated, relaxed and enjoyed the book for what it is - a sweet continuation in the lives of all the inhabitants that make up a small mountain town (Virgin River) in Northern California.