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A Virgin River Christmas - 2008 publication. Paperback – January 1, 2008


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: MIRABooks,2008 (2008)
  • ASIN: B001VES9UM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,950,048 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 www.RobynCarr.com.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Marcie's husband, Bobby, came back from war in Iraq with a spinal injury and in critical condition, he never recovered. For more than three years Marcie cared for him and nursed him, always grateful for the time they still had. The person responsible for that time was Bobby's best friend and Sergeant, Ian. Ian had saved Bobby in Iraq and he managed to look in on or write Marcie when he had the chance. Then suddenly he went missing. No one had seen or heard from Ian in years. It's been almost a year since Bobby has passed away and Marcie has made it her mission to find Ian. She wants to talk to him about what happened, make sure he's OK and finally have some closure.

Her search leads her to the northern California mountain town called Virgin River. She finds her man, though hardly recognizable, and begins the last chapter of her healing process.

This is the 4th Virgin River book, though the time frame takes place approximately midway through the 3rd book, Whispering Rock. Marcie is a feisty little heroine and although she has been through the unthinkable she is a modern day Pollyanna. She never regretted that her husband came home to her half alive, instead she savored and embraced each second they were given.

Ian has his battle scars, but his emotional scars are what have him living a hermit like existence in the mountains. Taking one day at a time, he never stood a chance when Marcie came knocking on his door. Two people dealing with loss in very different ways, manage to find some common ground and help one another more than they anticipated.

This was a fantastic addition to the series. The scenes written about Bobby are painful to read. I had tears in my eyes, a lump in my throat and an ache in my heart.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bubba's mom on January 18, 2010
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I had been reading the series and REALLY enjoying them. This book seemed almost a departure from the "family of charachters" I'd been getting to know if the first 3 books. It's a nice, easy read and I did enjoy it but as I was reading it I was wishing I was on to book 5 and back to "my new friends in Virgin River." If you skip over this book, you will not miss anything from the rest of the gang.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Wiley VINE VOICE on February 1, 2009
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Marcie Sullivan has been searching for Ian Buchanan, the best friend of her deceased husband. Ian saved Bobby's life in Fallujah, brought him back home to Marcie, and then disappeared. Marcie wants to deliver Bobby's treasured baseball card collection to Ian and understand why he deserted them during Bobby's last years of life.

Ian is tucked away in Virgin River, quietly living life on the outskirts. Marcie is a reminder of a past he wants to forget, but Marcie's stubborn nature just won't let go. Maybe this Christmas will be one to remember....

No one does contemporary romance quite like Robyn Carr! Her Virgin River series exemplifies why she is so beloved and A VIRGIN RIVER CHRISTMAS only continues her tradition of producing superb romances.

While A VIRGIN RIVER CHRISTMAS can be read as a stand alone, the nuances of the town and the various people populating Virgin River will be better appreciated if read in the context of the series as a whole. Part of what makes the Virgin River series so unique is the town itself as it is practically a character. Robyn Carr captures the beauty and the harshness of a small, isolated town and brings it vividly alive. Ian and Marcie are perfect additions to such a town as they both have their own burdens to bear.

A VIRGIN RIVER CHRISTMAS isn't always an easy read but it's a very satisfying one. Ian's journey hasn't been an easy one and the emotional scars run deep. Only a woman as stubborn as Marcie could break through his barriers. Robyn Carr shows the grieving and healing processes quite well, almost too well as there are some scenes that should come with a warning that Kleenex will be needed. A VIRGIN RIVER CHRISTMAS is a tearjerker that is highly recommended!

COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Bates on January 22, 2009
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to curl up with in your favorite reading spot. A book that is set in a small community with old fashion values. Where neighbor helps neighbor. This book got my attention from page 1 where Marcie is packed up and on her way to try to locate her deceased husband Bobby's friend, an ex-Marine named Ian, who saved his life and brought him back to her. A man who chose to leave everyone behind and live a solitary life and Marcie's determination to thank him for the time she was given with Bobby. Robyn has a way of writing that makes it easy to visulize the people and locations. After reading this book, I ordered the previous books written about virgin river.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kate Curry on December 7, 2008
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I enjoyed the other books in this series and was looking forward to this one. But truly, I should have just reread one of her earlier books. The romance was light. And I don't need expensive trips and cars and jewels in my romance, but a working toilet would be nice. I heard way too much about outhouses, and the "blue pot" for toileting, and "piddled and wiped" to put me in any kind of romantic mood! Add that to a lack of bathing facilities (a sponge bath only goes so far) and I was done with the romancing in this book. Also, not enough was wrapped up at the end for me. Mel and Jack had plenty of money socked away in the first book, and I don't expect everyone to live like that (although plenty of her characters do live on a government pension and a paycheck). But these 2 characters - no job, no training, no plan for job or training, no interest in a job or training, no money, a cabin with no running water, or electricity, and heat only from a wood burning stove. I know this author likes to emphasize the idea of living like pioneers and bartering for healthcare and other needs, and getting by on what you need not all the extras, but this romance was too pioneer-style for me to feel romantic.
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