Virgin River still going strong, but I didn't feel as much love as in the other 12 books. I feel guilty giving anything in the Virgin River series less than perfect remarks because I am so obsessed, but 4 stars is still awesome as was the book Harvest Moon, but it just wasn't as "awesome" as the others. It is hard not to compare how I felt throughout this book to the others, even though I never put it down it wasn't as exciting.
Lief and Kelly were well developed characters. They both moved to Virgin River to get away from stressful lives in LA and San Francisco. Kelly and Leif seemed like an old married couple to me, good chemistry and very comfortable, not that hot, hot passion that I have felt in the past books. Even though there was a romance the meat of this book was about a messed up emotional teenager, Leif's step-daughter Courtney, and how her emotional state of feeling unwanted affected everyone around her. Even though Courtney was a pain in the a$$ and caused a lot of trouble for Leif and Kelly's relationship you couldn't help, but sympathize with her and root for her to find the love, safety, and comfort she deserved. Robyn Carr still got me all choked up in the end.
I will be dying waiting another nine months or however long it takes for more stories about VR. I am hoping Brenda/Tom, Denny, Gabe, and Patrick Riordan will be in the next group.
Enjoyable and triumphant: The book deals with real-life issues such as career dissatisfaction, family, challenges of raising a teenager, and love.
This is only my second book by Carr and I'm very impressed. It's a very character-driven book and they are very well-developed. Usually kids kind of take a back seat in romance novels but I really think Courtney is as much of a central character as Lief or Kelly. There are no real bad guys or good guys, just real people (well, except for Courtney's biological father. He was pretty slimy).
Good read, couldn't put it down. Very sweet book.