Virgin River by Robyn Carr (Book 1)
Published: April 1, 2007
Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against the backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.
When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.
But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans…and a former marine cements them into place.
Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.
This is the 1st book in the Virgin River series which has a total of 7 books thus far. I have never been big on romance and in the past have read some pretty lousy written ones and never enjoyed them. Recently someone in the blogosphere recommended this series to me and I am so glad!
Melinda trades in the life she once had filled with noise and chaos after a tragedy hits her for a serene life out in the quaint little town of Virgin River. Once there she is quickly thrown back into reality and after a few short hours, decides she is leaving as soon as she can.
In the first few days she meets some of the locals and does not exactly hit it off with them either. Melinda is not easy to get along with but no one knows why as she is trying to keep her secrets and wants no pitty from anyone.
Melinda meets Jack, the local bar tender and a friendship ensues. What happens over the next few months Melinda could have never imagined but what she finds is true love and the promise of joy & happiness in her life again, as long as she allows it.
This book was amazing in my opinion, well written and it draws you in. The story feels so natural you wish you were there. I highly recommend this book, keep in mind that it is a series and you wont want to stop reading.