Great book in the Virgin River Series. I have enjoyed every one of the books in this series and look forward to the next couple that are coming out in 2012. Robyn always seems to be able to keep the old characters in the books and introduce new ones in a very unexpected way and weave the story around them. They keep me so involved in the book that I can hardly stand to put them down and this one sure didn't disappoint me.
Virgin River, how I adore thee! For those who have been previously exposed to the Virgin River series, this is already a must-read. For those of you who haven't, let me tell you a little about the town. Although it isn't exactly quaint or a thriving metropolis, and you wouldn't be able to tell it from any other town just by looking at it, what grows at the heart of Virgin River is what keeps people returning. This town is filled with people who actually care about one another. It's the epitome of what living should be, where you know your neighbors and you're never left alone to fend for yourself. Don't get me wrong, there are characters in the town that don't actually include themselves, but this is a strong community that looks out for each other.
In this book, we get to see all of our favorite characters return (I love you, Jack!) but we also get to meet some new ones. This book focuses on Denny. Denny is ex-military and after his life fell apart; he sought refuge in Virgin River and found a home he never wants to leave. This town has become his family. When he sets up a fishing and hunting trip for some of his friends the last thing he expects is his best friend's sister to tag along. She just happens to be the love of his life but things didn't go exactly as planned. Becca, the ex, is along for the ride seeking closure. Even though she has a great new love in her life, she just can't get Denny out of her head.
While we watch Denny and Becca sort through old wounds and try to make amends, or at least figure out how to be in the same room without making people want to smack them, we get to live in Virgin River for a bit of the Christmas season. This is a fast-paced read that leaves you with that heart-warming feeling that you're exactly where you belong. Loved it!!
What can I say? I love this series. It's one of my absolute favorites. The characters are real, I want to live in Virgin River, and the romances are great. This story however... I just don't know. The dialog seemed stilted. Denny, the Hero, didn't seem like a former Marine, but at times a lost little boy. I would, however, still recommend it if you've read the rest of the series. And have all the editors in the publishing world quit? I've read so many books lately with so many errors, it's driving me crazy! This book had a few, but mostly spelling or punctuation. Enough to make you go and read the sentence again. I won't stop reading Virgin River, but pray that the new ones coming out next year are more up to Carr's quality.
So glad to be back in Virgin RIver. Loved Denny and Becca's story. As usual the town is full of love and support for all. You will enjoy this Christmas Story. I still want to live there.
Better than some, not as good as others in the series. For a Christmas bonus book, it was quite good!