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Subject: Virgin River
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 9:05 PM ET
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Okay, I didn't jump on the bandwagon when these books were first released but just finished the last (??? anyone know if she's going to write more after Paradise Valley?) just a week or so ago.  I can't get them out of my head.

Any other books out there similar to these?  I loved the small town and how everyone helped each other out.  Please do not suggest Debbie Macomber.  She may be a neighbour of mine but I can't get into her stuff.

I own everything ever written by Nora Roberts, too.

Many thanks for your suggestions!

 

 

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 9:17 PM ET
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I think there's another Christmas one coming out and another 3 next year like these that came out earlier this  year..one is supposed to be about a 'not your mother's preacher'.

Have you read Susan Wiggs? I think her Lakeshore Chronicles might be a teeny bit similar (I've only read the first so far so can't really tell yet but think characters may overlap some)

oops forgot - she has a yahoo chat group - jack's bar I think is the name..found it by accident and she does post there. she also answers email pretty fast!



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Date Posted: 6/23/2009 9:29 PM ET
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Thanks for the news, Susannah!

I have read all the (up through the latest) Lakeshore Chronicles by Susan Wiggs.  Another great read!!

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 9:16 AM ET
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The next ones in the series are:

Forbidden Falls - #9 in the series

Angels Peak - #10

Moonlight Road - #11

They aren't listed yet on PBS but the ISBN's are on Goodreads.

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 10:49 AM ET
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I think she's slated for three more titles in each of the next two years or something like that :)  I think she's enjoying the town as much as we readers are!  I think she also mentioned that she's written more of a girlfriends-story--one that's available on Kindle but is out of print (The House on Olive Street--about five women writers; one dies and the four surviving ones finish her work-in-progress); and two more, releasing summer 2011 and summer 2012.

Here's her comment on a chat:

"Thanks Melissa -- Virgin River is a little town of 600 in the beautiful redwoods of Humboldt County, northern CA, where the fishing and hunting is good, the women impossibly beautiful and the men to die for. Melissa's right, almost every hero comes from a military background, a lot of marines but all branches represented. And -- it happens to be the biggest marijuana growing area in the US, often referred to as the Emerald Triangle. There are seven so far -- I'm working on the 2010 Virgin River books now and they should be out in Jan/Feb/March. There will also be a Christmas novella out in Oct 09. It's called Under the Christmas Tree and will be in an anthology with novellas by Debbie Macomber and Sherryl Woods. (The Anthology title is That Holiday Feeling) And guess what? I just committed to 3 more for 2011 and 3 more for 2012!"

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 6:23 PM ET
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Thanks for all the info!!  I really appreciate it!

Date Posted: 6/24/2009 11:33 PM ET
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Any other books out there similar to these?  I loved the small town and how everyone helped each other out.

I think Lake News and An Accidental Woman by Barbara Delinsky are sort of similar to the Virgin River books - some of Delinsky's other books are also sorta similar but others not so much.

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 11:51 AM ET
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Hi Ani,

Thank you so much for bringing this series to my attention.  I hadn't heard of it before and it looks like something I will definitely enjoy.  I have added it to my reminder list so I can order the books as soon as I have some credits.  :)

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 8:52 PM ET
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Curtiss Ann Matlock............i love her books!!! Here's a list of them......http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/curtiss-ann-matlock/

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 10:19 PM ET
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Do I need to read them in order?

Date Posted: 6/25/2009 10:24 PM ET
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I didn't with the first 3 but they'd make more sense if you read them in order.  Some characters are introduced in other books and they'll make more sense.

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 2:44 AM ET
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I'd read them in order..some characters show up regularly in all the books and some are introduced then disappear somewhat and come back. Robyn said somewhere that she only uses the first 2 couples as 'anchors' I think since they're the cornerstones but all the other couples if they're not heard from are once together always together so just assume they're ok! not her exact words but a lot of us have our faves and wanna see them again and, well, the books have a lot to keep up with already with just the current couple and a few complaints  have been that the 'main' couple wasn't focuses on enough in some with al the 'side' romances..though in the one mentioned i preferred the s ide romance to the main one!

oh and the c hristmas one from last year comes before the 3 that came out this year but was written afterwars so that couple d oens't show up in any of the 3 t his  year! she wrote it later when the publisher wanted a christmas story from the series but since it continues she had to fit it in and end it so nothing was missing in these 3.

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 10:44 PM ET
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It was actuall the Christmas book I read first!  So many people had mentioned the Virgin River books that when I was at the library and it was the only one available, I read it.  It interested me enough to make me hunt down the others.

I just read books 1 & 3 of the Grace Valley books (all the library has--when I'm working again I'll donate a copy of Book 2 to them) and they didn't hold my interest the same way the Virgin River books do.

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 11:32 PM ET
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I liked the Grace Valley books but took a long time to get into the first one..remined me of the Mitford books by Jan Karon and she said those sorta inspire the Grace valley trilogy but with more drama going on. They seem almost 'old fashioned' compared to the VR series and seem to move slower.

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 8:53 AM ET
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Thanks for the comments on the Grace Valley books too. I added them to my list but it sounds like I should start with the Virgin River ones. Maybe I will get lucky today on my garage sale hunt and find some of them. :)
Date Posted: 6/27/2009 12:52 PM ET
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Whoops, wrong place...AGAIN!



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Date Posted: 6/28/2009 3:31 PM ET
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have you tried Jodi Thomas yet? Her Rewriting Monday was recommended to me because Iiked the Virgin River series so much. It has a very similar feel to it and I really liked it.  Just to let you know though--all parts of the book from the heroine's perspective are told in 1st person, while everything else is in third.  Some people may not like that aspect.

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 7:24 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestion. I will make a note of this if I find I like the series. :) lol I need to get to it on my tbr first though. I am so addicted to reading now that I have joined this site. I was always an avid reader but now I get upset if I don't get my reading time. :)