by Robyn Carr

April 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2790-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

As you travel the path of life there are considerable ups and downs, and one can only hope that there will be more ups than downs along the way. However, in the case of Melinda Monroe the path seems to be filled with pitfalls.

Melinda thought she had it all. A job that she loved and kept her adrenaline pumping, a lovely home, designer clothes, and last but not least a loving relationship with her husband Mark. The only thing missing was their ability to conceive. Melinda is traveling along the path of life happily enough until one tragic night when her life is shattered with a robberís bullet, and her husband is killed instantly.

Melinda decides that the pace of life is no longer what she needs, and sets off to find a simpler life and hopefully a way to heal her body and spirit. When she arrives in Virgin River sheís full of hope, but the start of her new life is rough to say the least.

The simple life is more complicated than she thought possible, and the pictures she was sent of a serene cabin, and peaceful town were misleading to say the least. Forced to spend a night due to weather Mel, as she prefers to be called, finds that the people of Virgin River and the surrounding area are truly giving, neighborly people.

For someone determined to get out of town as fast as possible Mel allows herself to be swept up in the lives of the people. She doesnít distinguish between those who are law abiding, and those who live a slightly less than desirable life in the mountains outside of town.

As the story progresses Mel changes more than I would have thought possible. Itís Ms. Carrís skill as an author that allows readers to believe the changes in Mel, and her embracing of the people, and a second chance at love.

I was drawn into the story immediately and while I admit to taking longer than I wished to read it, it wasnít my interest in the story that put me off reading but rather other obligations of life. I finally got to a point where I had to ignore those obligations and say I need to know how this ends.

Iím so glad that the other books in this series will be immediately following. I couldnít wait months and months for another trip to the area, and to feel the warmth of the people of the town embracing me. If I knew of a town like Virgin River and people like the residents there Iíd be seriously considering moving.

Reviewed in April 2007 by Sandi.

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