Monday, July 9, 2012
Book Review: "A Virgin River Christmas" by Robyn Carr
Last Christmas Marcie Sullivan said a final goodbye to her husband, Bobby. This Christmas she's come to Virgin River to find the man who saved his life and gave her three more years to love him.Fellow marine Ian Buchanan dragged Bobby's shattered body onto a medical transport in Fallujah four years ago, then disappeared as soon as their unit arrived stateside. Since then, Marcie's letters to Ian have gone unanswered.Marcie tracks Ian to the tiny mountain town of Virgin River and finds a man as wounded emotionally as Bobby was physically. But she is not easily scared off. As Marcie pushes her way into his rugged and reclusive life, she discovers a sweet but damaged soul beneath a rough exterior.Ian doesn't know what to make of the determined young widow who forces him to look into the painful past and, what's worse, the uncertain future. But it is, after all, a season of miracles and maybe, just maybe, it's time to banish the ghosts and open his heart.
My thoughts: This is the 4th in the series. I wasn't sure I wanted to read it when I read the letter from the author. In the letter she said it is a stand alone with a couple of appearances by the main characters. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I am very particular when it comes to series. I feel like I need to read them all - even the 'in between' books.
So I gave it a chance. I am glad I did. Even though it was a stand alone book, it has the same great writing I love from the other books I have read by her. I loved how Marcie was set in her mission and didn't give up. The slow warming story of the two of them made it hard for me to put it down. I hope we will hear an update or two from them in the future series.