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<b>Return to Virgin River with the books that started it all... </b> <p></p> <b>The recipe for happiness: making it up as you go along </b> <p></p>Rising sous-chef Kelly Matlock's sudden collapse at work is a wake-up call. Disillusioned and burned out, she's retreated to her sister Jillian's house in Virgin River to rest and reevaluate. <p></p>Puttering in Jill's garden and cooking with her heirloom vegetables is wonderful, but Virgin River is a far cry from San Francisco. Kelly's starting to feel a little too unmotivated...until she meets Lief Holbrook. The handsome widower looks more like a lumberjack than a sophisticated screenwriter--a combination Kelly finds irresistible. But less appealing is Lief's rebellious stepdaughter, Courtney. She's the reason they moved from LA, but Courtney's finding plenty of trouble even in Virgin River. <p></p>Kelly's never fallen for a guy with such serious baggage, but some things are worth fighting for. Besides, a bratty teenager can't be any worse than a histrionic chef...right? <p></p> <b>Look for <i>What We Find</i> by Robyn Carr, a powerful story of healing, new beginnings and one woman's journey to finding the happiness she's long been missing. Order your copy today!</b>

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Return to Virgin River with the books that started it all...

The recipe for happiness: making it up as you go along

Rising sous-chef Kelly Matlock's sudden collapse at work is a wake-up call. Disillusioned and burned out, she's retreated to her sister Jillian's house in Virgin River to rest and reevaluate.

Puttering in Jill's garden and cooking with her heirloom vegetables is wonderful, but Virgin River is a far cry from San Francisco. Kelly's starting to feel a little too unmotivated...until she meets Lief Holbrook. The handsome widower looks more like a lumberjack than a sophisticated screenwriter--a combination Kelly finds irresistible. But less appealing is Lief's rebellious stepdaughter, Courtney. She's the reason they moved from LA, but Courtney's finding plenty of trouble even in Virgin River.

Kelly's never fallen for a guy with such serious baggage, but some things are worth fighting for. Besides, a bratty teenager can't be any worse than a histrionic chef...right?

Look for What We Find by Robyn Carr, a powerful story of healing, new beginnings and one woman's journey to finding the happiness she's long been missing. Order your copy today! HARVEST MOON

Specifications

Series Title
Virgin River Novel
Publisher
Mira Books
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
336
Author
Robyn Carr
ISBN-13
9780778317616
Publication Date
December, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0778317617

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Another enjoyable stor...
Another enjoyable story set in Virgin River with plenty of action. Robyn did a good job showing the challenge of raising a rebellious teenager. Chef Kelly collapses at work so goes to sisters house to reevaluate and meets neighbor Lief, a widow with a stepdaughter.
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Another enjoyable stor...

Another enjoyable story set in Virgin River with plenty of action. Robyn did a good job showing the challenge of raising a rebellious teenager. Chef Kelly collapses at work so goes to sisters house to reevaluate and meets neighbor Lief, a widow with a stepdaughter.

Well make out for a ...

"We'll make out for a while and you'll feel better." This is the first Virgin River book I've given five stars to. It was the perfect balance of everything Robyn Carr does well, and one of the most emotional instalments to the series. Though I really loved it, be warned that while it's a fantastic book, it's probably not a five star read as far as the romance is concerned - it's nice but kind of takes a backseat to the family dramas. You'd probably be much better off starting this at least a couple of books earlier, but I don't see any problem with picking the series up here. It's a little snapshot of life in small Californian mountain town Virgin River, with a wonderful and believable relationship at the centre. Carr is a FANTASTIC writer who has great skill with dialogue and an excellent sense of humour. She can write small, everyday things and make them interesting, and this was by far the most all-around engaging book for me in the entire series. Kelly was an up and coming star chef in San Francisco. Then one day the wife of the man she idolises pretty publicly (and falsely) accuses her of having an affair with him, and Kelly collapses in the middle of the kitchen. The paramedic is horrified that people are stepping over her instead of trying to help her - unfortunately things like that really do happen! She gets a huge wake-up call when the extent of her health problems is revealed and not a single person is concerned about what happened to her. The man she considered a very close friend completely cuts contact. She takes off to Virgin River, where her sister has made a good life for herself. There she meets scriptwriter Lief, who has rescued his stepdaughter (his wife is dead) from her uncaring family, and taken her out of Los Angeles in an attempt to heal them both. This is a little snapshot of regular people's lives, and while the romance wasn't quite as special as Colin and Jillian's in Wild Man Creek, it was believable and both sweet and complicated at the same time. The stepdaughter, Courtney, was a real handful, and while I wanted her to disappear a lot of the time, she was a well-written character who I could see really behaving the way she did. I had a few reservations coming into this one: 1. The teenage stepdaughter (I hate reading about surly teenagers outside of Young Adult fiction, and usually not in Young Adult fiction either!). 2. The heroine is a fancy chef and this author likes to include lots of details about her characters' professions - and I can't cook, don't care and am not the slightest bit interested in reading about it. 3. We'd had a good run of Nurse Mel/childbirth-free books, and I didn't think the author could stretch to three in a row with a romance focus. I was wrong on all counts. 1. The author writes teenagers exceptionally well, and I liked that part of the story, even if it did force the relationship to be a bit in the background. 2. There was plenty of cooking but I coped. 3. MEL IS NOT IN THIS BOOK!! Not one single appearance; her character not forced on us simply because it's Virgin River tradition for her to have a substantial side story. She was unnecessary to the plot of this book, and so she wasn't a part of the plot of this book. As with the other recent books in the series, Carr has done an excellent job of keeping the community feel while focusing on her main characters. We don't have those annoying jumps in point of view and focus that were prevalent earlier on in the series. The hero of all Virgin River heroes - Jack - for example, is there doing his thing, but not stealing the limelight from Kelly and Lief. It makes for a much better read. Up until recently, Robyn Carr wrote every single one of her female characters as being baby-obsessed, breastfeeding-obsessed little wenches. She wrote any women who were childless and over twenty-five as being physically, psychologically and morally defective. I have to assume it was the result of input from editors, publishers or other similar people that the series has taken a new turn, but there are few things I have been gladder for in my life. To have a Virgin River heroine who actually states she chose to focus on her career and hadn't considered or needed to have children was impressive (some variety in attitudes for once, and Carr didn't even 'cure' her of her 'affliction' like she has in the past!). Despite the presence of a teenaged stepdaughter this allowed the focus to be on the characters, and the focus of the romance to be on ROMANCE instead of reproduction. I also appreciated that Jillian and Colin from the last book are in this one still taking time to enjoy what they love, and to enjoy their relationship instead of turning into another Virgin River Brady Bunch. I also liked that the author tied the characters of Promise Canyon into this story. That book was a bit isolated from the others in the series, so it was nice to see them becoming more prominent in the Virgin River community. Bravo to Robyn Carr for altering her series enough to deal with the issues so many readers had with it in the past. If only Carr had written this way from the beginning, I wouldn't have had to be so snarky about Virgin River for the first ten books! Harvest Moon was one of the best books I've read in a long time, and I stayed up until dawn reading it because I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep until I knew how things worked out. There aren't that many spectacular adventures to find here - just some great characters dealing with things any one of us could have to go through at some point in our lives. Robyn Carr is a wonderful writer who has written a great new trilogy for this series.

Well make out for a ...

"We'll make out for a while and you'll feel better." This is the first Virgin River book I've given five stars to. It was the perfect balance of everything Robyn Carr does well, and one of the most emotional instalments to the series. Though I really loved it, be warned that while it's a fantastic book, it's probably not a five star read as far as the romance is concerned - it's nice but kind of takes a backseat to the family dramas. You'd probably be much better off starting this at least a couple of books earlier, but I don't see any problem with picking the series up here. It's a little snapshot of life in small Californian mountain town Virgin River, with a wonderful and believable relationship at the centre. Carr is a FANTASTIC writer who has great skill with dialogue and an excellent sense of humour. She can write small, everyday things and make them interesting, and this was by far the most all-around engaging book for me in the entire series. Kelly was an up and coming star chef in San Francisco. Then one day the wife of the man she idolises pretty publicly (and falsely) accuses her of having an affair with him, and Kelly collapses in the middle of the kitchen. The paramedic is horrified that people are stepping over her instead of trying to help her - unfortunately things like that really do happen! She gets a huge wake-up call when the extent of her health problems is revealed and not a single person is concerned about what happened to her. The man she considered a very close friend completely cuts contact. She takes off to Virgin River, where her sister has made a good life for herself. There she meets scriptwriter Lief, who has rescued his stepdaughter (his wife is dead) from her uncaring family, and taken her out of Los Angeles in an attempt to heal them both. This is a little snapshot of regular people's lives, and while the romance wasn't quite as special as Colin and Jillian's in Wild Man Creek, it was believable and both sweet and complicated at the same time. The stepdaughter, Courtney, was a real handful, and while I wanted her to disappear a lot of the time, she was a well-written character who I could see really behaving the way she did. I had a few reservations coming into this one: 1. The teenage stepdaughter (I hate reading about surly teenagers outside of Young Adult fiction, and usually not in Young Adult fiction either!). 2. The heroine is a fancy chef and this author likes to include lots of details about her characters' professions - and I can't cook, don't care and am not the slightest bit interested in reading about it. 3. We'd had a good run of Nurse Mel/childbirth-free books, and I didn't think the author could stretch to three in a row with a romance focus. I was wrong on all counts. 1. The author writes teenagers exceptionally well, and I liked that part of the story, even if it did force the relationship to be a bit in the background. 2. There was plenty of cooking but I coped. 3. MEL IS NOT IN THIS BOOK!! Not one single appearance; her character not forced on us simply because it's Virgin River tradition for her to have a substantial side story. She was unnecessary to the plot of this book, and so she wasn't a part of the plot of this book. As with the other recent books in the series, Carr has done an excellent job of keeping the community feel while focusing on her main characters. We don't have those annoying jumps in point of view and focus that were prevalent earlier on in the series. The hero of all Virgin River heroes - Jack - for example, is there doing his thing, but not stealing the limelight from Kelly and Lief. It makes for a much better read. Up until recently, Robyn Carr wrote every single one of her female characters as being baby-obsessed, breastfeeding-obsessed little wenches. She wrote any women who were childless and over twenty-five as being physically, psychologically and morally defective. I have to assume it was the result of input from editors, publishers or other similar people that the series has taken a new turn, but there are few things I have been gladder for in my life. To have a Virgin River heroine who actually states she chose to focus on her career and hadn't considered or needed to have children was impressive (some variety in attitudes for once, and Carr didn't even 'cure' her of her 'affliction' like she has in the past!). Despite the presence of a teenaged stepdaughter this allowed the focus to be on the characters, and the focus of the romance to be on ROMANCE instead of reproduction. I also appreciated that Jillian and Colin from the last book are in this one still taking time to enjoy what they love, and to enjoy their relationship instead of turning into another Virgin River Brady Bunch. I also liked that the author tied the characters of Promise Canyon into this story. That book was a bit isolated from the others in the series, so it was nice to see them becoming more prominent in the Virgin River community. Bravo to Robyn Carr for altering her series enough to deal with the issues so many readers had with it in the past. If only Carr had written this way from the beginning, I wouldn't have had to be so snarky about Virgin River for the first ten books! Harvest Moon was one of the best books I've read in a long time, and I stayed up until dawn reading it because I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep until I knew how things worked out. There aren't that many spectacular adventures to find here - just some great characters dealing with things any one of us could have to go through at some point in our lives. Robyn Carr is a wonderful writer who has written a great new trilogy for this series.

harvest moon by robyn ...

harvest moon by robyn carr Kelly is a chef and has had enough of her environment and her male friend, after a medical issue she flees to her sister Jillian who has an organic farm. A movie script writer has had enough of LA also. Laffe and his 14 yo daughter are also at Virgin River. He is getting help for his daughter and himself with a local therapist. Opportunities arise where she is able to cook to her hearts content and hooks up with another female in a business venture. His daughter is finding her way among animals and making close friends with a nearby family. The open house they had the neighborhood came with fun things for children to do, good food, everybody pitched in to make it a wonderful afternoon. Love the horse scenes and I am almost ready to try it myself. I'm finding out what's involved before the riding part to get over my fear of the horse and how to feel comfortable around them. As they all spend more time together the therapist has seemed to break through and the girl is now acting normal, she's got a lot more going on in her life, her interests, etc. He and his daughter go visit relatives for thanksgiving day They talk a lot in the car and really get down to the problems with one another. They have come to understandings and they can laugh together now. The story of the migration of the geese hit home as we have a local company down the street that sets a stuffed fox out on the lawn to deter the geese from landing there-doesn't work. Her mentor tracks her down and prepares a feast for them all. Can Laffe keep her to himself or will she run back to the city and get another kitchen to run? Her real father wants her for the Christmas holidays but Laffe who's been raising her thinks they've given her to him. He has to get the lawyers involved and the girl wants to visit his relatives on the farm again because they had such a great time at Thanksgiving. All heck breaks loose and things couldn't get any worse than what happens next. She no longer feels wanted and makes plans to go back to the city but something happens that changes that and the whole outcome when it's announced in front of his daughter. I rate this story a 5, it's heartfelt welcome is inspiring around the holidays. Anything is possible.

Rainy day in bed... on...

Rainy day in bed... one book done! Loved the last of this trilogy even more then the others and will wait with anticipation for her next Virgin River Series, they just never get old!

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