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Forbidden Falls (A Virgin River Novel) Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2009

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Noah Kincaid is a minister in search of a church when he stumbles across Hope McCrea’s eBay auction and impetuously decides to use his recent inheritance to finance his dreams. Ellie Baldwin is trying to rebuild her life and make a home for her kids away from her manipulative ex-husband, who currently has custody in an attempt to force her back into his arms. Flamboyant and attractive, Ellie is exactly the wrong person for the job of minister’s assistant, but when Noah’s compassion overrules his good sense, he discovers that she is also a hard worker and mature beyond her years. Carr’s hugely popular contemporary-romance series set in Virgin River, California, introduces new characters and revisits familiar ones as the relatively isolated mountain town continues to grow and its residents address social issues such as homelessness, poverty, and illness. --Lynne Welch


"A pair of emotionally fragile protagonists make their relationship work in an engaging romance that is sexy, funny and intensely touching."

-Library Journal on The Chance

"As usual, Carr delves into the lives of others in town, laying the groundwork for future books. This cozy read satisfies." -Publisher's Weekly on The Chance

"Carr focuses her superior storytelling on one couple for a can't-put-down read."

-RT Book Reviews on The Chance

"A touch of danger and suspense make the latest in Carr's Thunder Point series a powerful read."

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"With her trademark mixture of humor, realistic conflict, and razor-sharp insights, Carr brings Thunder Point to vivid life."

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"No one can do small-town life like Carr."

-RT Book Reviews on The Wanderer

"Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."
-Library Journal on the Virgin River series --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Virgin River Novel (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778327493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327493
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By David Gordon on December 30, 2009
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I've read all of the Virgin River books and was counting the days to this latest addition. Forbidden Falls is a good, sweet story; however, I was hoping to get caught up with many of the characters I've learned to know and love -- Jack, Mel, Rick, Liz, Walt, Muriel, Luke, Shelby, and even Cameron and Abby. But, it was not to be. I thought Paradise Valley (which precedes Forbidden Falls) did an excellent job of switching between characters' perspectives, developing multiple plots, while at the same time deepening our understanding and interest of many of the minor characters. This one fell short in that regard and is almost entirely devoted to the new characters, Noah and Ellie (likable and fun characters by the way). There is a brief subplot that revolves around Vannie and Paul, (they are faced with a difficult dilemma that rocks their marriage a bit) but I never really felt connected. The storyline was there, but I wasn't given the opportunity to go deep inside the characters' thoughts enough to feel their plight or to want to cheer them on. It's a good read, don't get me wrong, but after Paradise Valley I had hoped that the author would continue multiple subplots to develop the characters we already know, in addition to the introduction to our new Virgin River friends. I think Ms. Carr's best work is when she focuses in depth on a character and really brings him or her to life (as she has done perfectly with Mel and Shelby for example). I'll look forward to next month's installment of Angel's Peak, but I admit I'll be disappointed if my old friends don't come front and center for at least some of it. Thank you for another entertaining read, Ms. Carr; Please keep 'em coming!!!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2009
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Forbidden Falls introduces two new wonderful characters to the Virgin River community. Noah and Ellie are great people with a lot of history, brought together by luck, the redwoods (and maybe god ;) Noah is a preacher who buys the abandoned church and Ellie he hires as an assistant/ jill-of-all-trades. I love their story. It has a HEA but also has the drama and unexpected twists that I have come to expect and love about this series.

That being said, the only reason I didn't rate this 5 stars is because I missed the brief but wonderful point of view changes like the other books. I LOVE reading about the continuing stories of Jack/Mel, Preacher/Paige, Brie/Mike. We did get brief glimpses of Jack, Mel, Cameron, Rick, Mike and Brie but none of their perspective. The only subplot that is given any attention involves Paul and Vanni (which I won't spoil). It was heartbreaking and so real the way they struggled with this problem. We don't even get a paragraph about Liz, Abby/the twins, Sheryl and Dan, and Tom.
Shelby and Luke get married but nothing is written from their perspective which was more than disappointing. As I read I felt there should have been more in places, like more was possibly written and then edited out. I sincerely hope with further books there is more of the sidestories that I have come to love so much. I have found Robyn Carr to be one of my favorite authors and hope after the next two books in the series I can still say the same.
(It reminded me of reading Virgin River Christmas, which was a good story but I missed the cast of characters with every chapter).

I look forward to reading about Luke's brother Sean (and others I hope) with the next installment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Thomas VINE VOICE on February 14, 2010
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"Forbidden Falls" is a sweet, old fashioned love story between Noah, the town preacher and Ellie and ex-stripper. Noah is a man in transition. He has just found a new church that needs a lot of TLC. He needs an assistant and in comes Ellie, an ex-stripper that needs steady employment to get her kids back.

Noah was a great character. Strong, smart, handsome and steady, he was the rock that Ellie so desperately needed. He was the opposite of the stereotypical preacher. He wasn't preachy, but a down to earth, passionate, nice guy. Patient, loving and caring, he was a willing ear for Ellie as well as the other characters in town.

Ellie was a breath of fresh air to Noah. Bright, sassy, strong and optimistic, she never let her hard knocks turn her bitter or mean. She was a good woman, whose focus was her kids. Ellie wasn't searching for a man, but boy was she happy when he turned up.

There was a host of other characters in addition to Ellie and Noah. There was Vanessa and Paul, coping with an unexpected addition to the family. Nic and Jo trying to mend their marriage. And one of my favorites, Lucy, the border collie with a heart of gold.

While I liked the book, it started to drag a little in the middle to me. I thought that the story with Ellie's ex was drawn out and I lost interest before it was resolved. I also found the story to be predictable in a lot of ways. I found myself skimming the last 50 pages or so.

"Forbidden Falls" is one of the Virgin River Novels. Although, prior to this novel, I had never read any of the books in this series, I found the book easy to follow.

"Forbidden Falls" was pretty predictable, but the book was well written and sweet. It wasn't the most exciting read, but it was nice.
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