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5.0 out of 5 stars Nora's story...Lighthearted, humorous, sweet, different, April 25, 2012
This review is from: Sunrise Point (A Virgin River Novel) (Mass Market Paperback)
Nora Crane landed in Virgin River in Bring Me Home for Christmas (Virgin River) with two babies after being dumped by her drugged crazed boyfriend. In Sunrise Point, Nora is trying to correct her past mistakes by picking apples at Cavanaugh Orchard. Unfortunately, handsome ex-Marine Tom Cavanaugh doesn't think she can keep up with the hard labor. Fortunately for Nora his energetic grandmother, Maxie, believes otherwise.

Tom Cavanaugh has returned home to the family apple business after seeing action in Afghanistan as a Marine. He lives with Maxie, but he wants to be married. He wants someone without baggage. Nora is not an option. Plus, Nora is completely dedicated to her children and she will not risk a broken heart again. Tom and Nora don't speak or make eye contact at first. As time goes by Tom becomes more charming and more concerned about her welfare and Nora eventually hopes to catch glimpses of him during the work day, but she is hindered by a "red caddy blonde" who ironically has lots of baggage (designer baggage that is).

The chemistry that slowly builds between Tom and Nora is fantastic. Maxie is a wonderful sarcastic outspoken grandmother who bakes and cooks hearty meals. Nora admires Maxie and wants to be like her; a woman who isn't afraid of herself. The descriptions of Nora's children are precious and how they interact with Tom is incredibly sweet. Tom is dumbfounded by his reaction to the children in a funny endearing way. There is a lot of humor in this book, especially the banter between Tom and his loving grandmother. (Oh, the sarcasm!) I smiled and chuckled quite a bit when the two of them were together. The humor shared between Tom and Nora was playful and flirtatious.

A new member to Virgin River is Henry Cooper aka Coop. He is an old army buddy of Luke and parks his RV near Luke's cabins. He worked offshore platforms, but became disillusioned after he saw the devastation of an oil spill and quit. He also has a very serious issue with Jack. They have a past together as fellow military men and it wasn't friendly. Maybe Coop will be featured in My Kind of Christmas. I don't see any other purpose.

Making notable appearances in this installment are Luke & Shelby, Colin, Preacher & Paige, Jack & Mel, Noah & Ellie. Mentioned are Jillian, Kelly Holbrook and Courtney, Erin and Aiden, Becca and Denny, Leslie and Conner.

Sunrise Point was different that previous installments. It was a breath of fresh air compared to Hidden Summit & Redwood Bend. There isn't any high drama or danger involved, but the bears make a another dramatic appearance.

Sunrise Point is a simple, sometimes humorous love story about two people who had tough times growing up and want the love and trust of a family of their own. Every great romance has a happy ending, and WOW what a happing ending Sunrise Point has!
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Initial post: Jul 9, 2012 9:56:05 PM PDT
T. Adler says:
I'm having trouble remembering where Kelly holbrook fits in into the virgin river family , is this the same Kelly that is the chef and known as Kelly Jillys sister

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2012 5:34:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 10, 2012 5:44:23 AM PDT
W. Smith says:
She was Kelly Matlock. She is Jilly's sister and is a former chef. She hooked up and married single dad Lief Holbrook in Harvest Moon. It's getting harder to keep up, but its worth it.
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