Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr is a delightful contemporary novel and the second book in the Virgin River series. It can be read as a stand-alone.
Once more the community of Virgin River pulls together to welcome a stranger and to help to bring healing and wholeness. The community has a strong sense of right and wrong, and will fight the injustices they see.
There are some hard to read topics of domestic abuse, miscarriage and still birth. The community gathers round to help in whatever way they can.
The older men of the town act as role models for the younger ones, taking them in under their wings.
Return To Virgin River by Robyn Carr is the most delightful contemporary novel about love, loss and community. It is the nineteenth book in the Virgin River series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The novel is about dealing with the loss of a mother. The pain is tangible as a character tries to motivate themselves to live again. There are some beautiful words from the mother, “I’ll always be with you, but I’ll be watching from a new perspective.” Loss hurts. Loss cuts to the core but we need to live and to smile again.
A hurt heart still has a huge capacity for love. An orphaned kitten and an abandoned mother dog and her pups all need love and care. Refocusing on the needs of others helps the healing process. For the reader, the addition of animals turns a house into a home. We ‘feel’ at home in the novel.
The community of Virgin River always offers a warm welcome. Strangers soon become friends. Identified needs are met. The town provides Christmas parcels for those most in need. Thanksgiving, tree decorating and Christmas are very much community events.
A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr is a delightful contemporary festive offering. It is the fourth book in the Virgin River series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed my return visit to Virgin River and greeting old and new faces.
Virgin River is a town with a huge heart. It is a place where the hurting can seek refuge from the world. The community care helps to heal souls. It is no surprise that this is a place that attracts war veterans who want to escape the world.
War damages people, physically and mentally. Guilt looms large when you survive what kills your comrades. The scars run deep. A veteran torments himself with what he believes loved ones are thinking but nothing could be further from the truth. Damaged souls need to heal.
The characters are delightfully drawn and realistic. I loved the verbal volleys between the leading characters. There were some highly amusing exchanges too.
Virgin River by Robyn Carr is a contemporary novel about community, grief and new beginnings. It is the first book in the Virgin River series which promises to be heart-warming.
The area of Virgin River represents a complete change of life as a character tries to overcome a devastating loss. From big city and a busy ER to a sleepy mountain town with just one doctor, the contrast could not be greater. However there are still similar problems with unsavoury situations and not always as safe as it may at first seem. There are still challenges to face and situations to overcome.
There are some huge hearts within the novel – hearts that look for the best in others as they try to improve and save lives.
The sense of community runs through out. Most people offer a warm welcome to strangers. Needs are met as a town pulls together.