publication: October 13th 2020 by MIRA
#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr returns to the beloved town of Virgin River with a brand-new story about fresh starts, new friends and the magic of Christmas.
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.
Virgin River is a small town that everyone knows everyone, and everyone helps everyone. Kaylee’s world crashes around her after the death of her mother and looking to escape she heads to Virgin River. Of course, things do not go as she planned but with those changes, she meets people that help her learn to live again.
My favorite character is Jack. He owns a bar and knows everyone and their business. In true bartender fashion, he knows what to say when advice is needed, when to listen, and when to send out a call for help. I love that even his wife knows that he can’t keep a secret and she loves him for it. Jack helps Kaylee find a place to stay, find friends who rally around her when she needs them, and everything else she could need including Landry. Landry truly is the one to open Kaylee’s heart again and show her how amazing the world still is, even without her mom.
Everything about this book is wonderful. I loved catching up with the characters from Robyn Carr’s past books in the Virgin River series. Seeing where Jack and Mel are, checking in on Paige and Preacher, and do not forget Paul and Vanessa. They all make appearances, but the story is still a standalone featuring Landry and Kaylee.
**Thank you Katie Olsen at Little Bird Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet Robyn Carr
Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The fourth novel, THE BEST OF US, in her fan-favorite Sullivan's Crossing Series was released in Jan. 2019. Robyn's new women's fiction novel THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND, released in April 2019, deputed on four bestseller lists: The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Publisher's Weekly! Robyn is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, and in 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years. Look for the Virgin River Netflix Series coming to Netflix in late 2019. Robyn currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at www.RobynCarr.com.