These books are comfort reads. I know I can settle down with one of Robyn Carr's Virgin River books and read about good people trying to do the right thing, re-inventing their lives and priorities and yes, a great romance story. Bring Me Home For Christmas is no exception. The story starts with the introduction of a twin brother and sister pair heading to Virgin River for a hunting outing. The set-up is the re-uniting of long separated young lovers, now matured and having survived difficult life experiences. In typical Virgin River style, the characters quickly become immersed in each other's lives, eating together, working together, overcoming a medical emergency, and helping those less fortunate. Carr provides those delicious details many readers of her series have come to love - details of hard work on farms, hunting, the rough and beautiful weather that occurs high up in the mountains, and of course the cooking at Preacher and Jack's bar. It never fails that after I finish one of these books I am hungry for some comfort food and good coffee!
The story did have some weaknesses. The premise of the story and the background of the two main characters are repeated 3 or 4 times, I actually lost count. After the 2nd time I understood the characters' history and motivation, but Carr goes on to repeat their background again and again. Personally, I love the good old characters in Virgin River, so I would have loved to see more of Mel and Brie. But despite these failings, the book still delivered. The friendship and re-uniting of the two main characters was well-written and not rushed. The strong relationship the heroine had with her family was touching. Personally, I love the way Carr writes female characters and she delivers a great one in this story. In fact, the story brought me to tears at several points, including the ending. Readers of the Virgin River series will enjoy this holiday installment.