Title: Virgin River Christmas Author: Robyn Carr Published: November 1st 2008 by Mira Books Format: Mass Market Paperback, 285 pages Genre: Romance Series: Virgin River #4
There is something about the Virgin River books that keeps me coming back. Romance novels are not my usual go to, but there is just something about these people. I love how Robyn Carr weaves previous storylines with new books and reminds the readers just enough without going overboard as to how everyone is connected.
This time out Marcie Sullivan is traveling through the small mountain communities of Northern California in hopes of finding Ian Buchanan – the man that dragged Marcie’s husband to safety during a gun battle in Fallujah.
In the four years since that has happened, Marcie has not regretted one day of the time that she had spent with her husband and his shattered body. To her, it was three more years to love him, but to Ian it was torture. He has regretted saving Bobby’s life. He knew when he went in to retrieve Bobby that it was just a shell, that the man that he respected was no longer there.
It has now been a year since Bobby died peacefully and Marcie wants to find the man that she had written letters to, to thank him and of all things to give him Bobby’s baseball cards.
Ian no longer looks like the handsome man in the photo that she has, what she eventually finds is a broken man, but yet, Marcie sees more. Once she pushed past the unshorn mountain man, she found a damaged lonely sole and when no one is looking this man sings like an angel.
There is no deep story here, just a heartwarming narration of two people that are both wounded and longing at the same time and a small community that opens their arms and welcomes them in like one of their own.