Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Review: Holidays in Virgin River by Robyn Carr

 

Holidays in Virgin River (Virgin River #7.5, 10.5) by Robyn Carr
Publication Date: October 4th 2022 by MIRA
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher 
Rating: 

My Thoughts:
I’ve been a fan of the Virgin Rivers series for years so reading these two novellas was like coming home! I love this fictional charming town with its group of tight-knit, caring characters! I’ve watched the TV series as well and while I think they did a great job with the casting and setting, the plot lines don’t compare to the beautiful and passionate stories Ms. Carr has written!  Not that I’ll stop watching, lol.

Loved both novellas and I enjoyed that they’re connected. The first, Under the Christmas Tree, centers on Annie McCarty a longtime resident who stumbles an abandoned litter of puppies that need care. Nate Jensen, the local vet, steps up to help, along with the rest of the town. Their romance was a delight, full attraction and yearning. Annie’s a bit gun-shy after being burned by her last relationship, but Nate isn’t deterred.

The second, Midnight Confessions, centers on Nate Jensen’s twenty-five-year-old niece, Sunny. She’s sworn off men after being left at the altar a year ago. She’s angry, and rightly so, but on New Year’s at Jack’s bar she meets Drew Foley who helps her to see that getting dumped may not have been a bad thing. After all, Sunny wouldn’t be spending an evening getting to know the sweet, handsome man otherwise.

In addition to the two novellas, Holidays in Virgin River includes a note from Robyn Carr describing how the story of Virgin River came to her and several delicious sounding recipes inspired by the series (some listed below in the book description). Comfort-food type of recipes I plan on trying!

4 Stars


Book Description:

A special gift Christmas hardcover anthology of 2 Virgin River novellas by #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr plus an introduction from the author and select recipes and explanations of the holiday traditions celebrated in Virgin River.

Contains two Virgin River novellas: Under the Christmas Tree and Midnight Confessions along with at least 10 recipes and anecdotes written by Robyn Carr about why the recipes are special to specific characters from VR. We'll also have an introduction written by Robyn explaining why she wrote Virgin River in the first place and why it resonates so strongly with audiences today. Examples of recipes are: The VR cookie exchange (Gingerbread cookies, Traditional Scottish Shortbread, Lemon Bars, Chocolate Chip Cookies) Hot drinks to enjoy as they decorate the town Christmas tree (mulled wine, homemade hot chocolate) Preacher's famous meatloaf and garlic mash, to name a few.


About the Author:

Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including highly praised women's fiction such as Four Friends and The View From Alameda Island and the critically acclaimed Virgin River, Thunder Point and Sullivan's Crossing series. Virgin River is now a Netflix Original series. Robyn lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit her website at www.RobynCarr.com.

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19 comments:

  1. Thank you my friend. Love it. Regine

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  2. I just love the Virgin River series. I've read both these novella's separately a few years back, and loved them both.

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    1. I love the series, too! I've read most of the books and I thought all of the novellas, but I somehow missed these two.

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  3. The novel looks interesting. I want to read it. Thanks for your review. Have a good day :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy it if you decide to pick it up! Thanks, you too! :)

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  4. I still need to read the first book in this series! I really need a reading holiday so I can catch up on all the books I haven't gotten around to reading yet this year. ;D

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    1. A reading holiday sounds wonderful! I want one too! :)

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  5. You had me at puppies. These both sound super heartwarming

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    1. The puppies were totally cute. Carr features cute kids and animals often.

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  6. I am so glad that you enjoyed this one here, I love seeing these holiday snippets from series that we love. I read one of the books in the series and I liked it. I do love it when authors include recipes in books, that is always fun!

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  7. Wonderful post Rachel. I have been working my way through the Virgin River series and have not read these two novellas, so this is a great Christmas pick for me. I am interested in checking out the recipes as well. I'm glad to hear they were both enjoyable and were connected.

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    1. It's such a wonderful series! Love getting back into it with these novellas. Glad to hear you're enjoying it too!

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  8. I've got this one coming up for review. I'm still catching up on the series, but I couldn't resist.

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    1. Hope you love it, too, Sophia. I don't think you need have read all the books to read and enjoy these novellas. I look forward to your thoughts! :)

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  9. I never made it beyond the first Virgin River book (I just didn't connect with the writing style) but I have been watching the series on Netflix. That counts, right? ;) These sound like sweet holiday additions to the series. And how fun to include the recipes!

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    1. That does happen sometimes. And, of course, lol! I just started watching season 4 of the series last night (these novellas got me in the mood) and of course I'm addicted. I want to try all the recipes! They all sound delicious!

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