Monday, October 12, 2020

Review: Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Return to Virgin River
by Robyn Carr

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Kaylee Sloan’s home in Southern California is full of wonderful memories of the woman who raised her. But the memories are prolonging her grief over her mother’s recent death. A successful author, Kaylee hoped she could pour herself into her work. Instead she has terrible writer’s block and a looming deadline.

Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. She knows the isolation will help her writing, and as she drives north through the mountains and the majestic redwoods, she immediately feels inspired. Until she arrives at a building that has just gone up in flames. Devastated, she heads to Jack’s Bar to plan her next steps. The local watering hole is the heart of the town, and once she crosses the threshold, she’s surprised to be embraced by people who are more than willing to help a friend—or a stranger—in need.

Kaylee’s world is expanding in ways she never dreamed possible. And when she rescues a kitten followed by a dog with a litter of puppies, she finds her heart opening up to the animals who need her. And then there’s the dog trainer who knows exactly how to help her. As the holidays approach, Kaylee’s dread turns to wonder. Because there’s no better place to spend Christmas than Virgin River.

Kritters Thoughts:  Kaylee Sloan has escaped her home for the holiday season in order to concentrate on the book she needs to finish writing as she has been distracted since the death of her mother.  She believes if she changes her scenery hopefully she can finish her book and deal with her grief.  She will get that and more in the small town of Virgin River.

I have been a fan of Virgin River, so to hear of a new book coming out in this small town, I was excited to "return."  I didn't read the synopsis at all before reading this book, so I was so excited to read a book from an author's perspective and see a behind the scenes of an author writing a book at a moment in their life that is emotionally charged.  With her intended rental house going up in flames, Kaylee ends up renting from a conveniently single Landry and their love story was so sweet.  

With only one really sexy scene, this book stayed PG most of the way and I liked that the plot didn't revolve around the physicality of their relationship.  There was such good plot in this book.  I was thankful that there wasn't instalove or even instalust in this book and instead there was a great build up to their connection and even with the limited pages it didn't feel rushed.  

I sure hope there are more to come in this small town.  I could read more and more books in this joyful little town.    

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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