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Book Review of Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, Bk 2)

Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, Bk 2)
Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, Bk 2)
Author: Robyn Carr
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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If you have never read a Carr book, note that although the main story is technically about Preacher and Paige there are also other stories going on in the book. Carr writes rather slowly and takes her time to introduce to the lives of these people in Virgin River, but not in a bad way.

I enjoyed this book but not as much as the others in the series. Maybe because so much of it was on Mel and she is my least favorite character. She has to be the worse midwife in the world but I have to say she seemed like a really good ER nurse. Her interaction with her new husband Jack was somewhat comical. I loved the scenes where all of Jack's brother-in-laws "school" him on pregnant women and births.

I liked Paige even though she was so weepy. Her character did fit Preacher quite well. I wished Carr showcased her more in the later series because she is quite an interesting character. Definitely a born nuturer. So when I think of a midwife character who wants to help everyone, I actually think of her not Mel (even though those are the words Carr uses to describe Mel). I liked how patient and understanding Preacher was. Great point of view on addiction as well as abusive families. Very sweet story with a satisfying ending.

I haven't read Liz and Rick's story yet which I guess picks up after Rick returns from the Marines injured. Here they are teenagers dealing with pregnancy. I cried so hard through this part of the book. It was so sad and touching. Totally broke my heart.

Carr did a nice job introducing Mike (retired cop / Marine trying to put his life back together after being shot and severely injured) and Brie (Jack's sister dealing with an awful divorce and losing a high profile rape case). There are some common themes and similarities between some of Carr's characters but somehow they are just different enough that you don't feel like you are reading about the same people with a different name.

Nice, easy read.

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