Fans of the Virgin River trilogy will be experiencing mixed emotions with the release of Whispering Rock the last book in the series. Each book in the series has drawn readers deeper into the lives of the residents of Virgin River and the surrounding area. Whispering Rock is no exception.
In the previous stories we learned that Jack’s former Marine unit has continued their tight knit bond, and when Mike, a comrade in arms, is severely injured on the job Jack and the others drop everything to rush to Mike’s side and stay with him through the long and difficult days of determining whether or not Mike will live.
Of course Mike lives, but is in need of intense therapy, and perhaps a change of scenery. He arrives in Virgin River about as beaten a man as he can be. It’s with the love of his friends, physical therapy, and yes, even some prescribed anti-depressants that Mike begins to fully recover.
As Mike heads toward recovery Brie, Jack’s baby sister, is headed towards being the victim of a violent crime. The recently divorced Brie is raped and beaten both physically and emotionally. She knows her attacker, and while she’s determined that he will be prosecuted, she’s not sure she has the strength to get her life back on track.
Mike and Brie are perfect for one another. Their story is sweet and sentimental. Their travels towards physical and emotional health are heartwarming. Even though things might hurt them along the way they remain there for others at all times.
Whispering Rock has several other story lines happening at the same time, but they all tie in together. As you begin to read you think how will they all tie together, but they do. However, I wish that there had been either a bit of a longer book, or some separation of the storylines into two books.
As I closed the last page on Whispering Rock I’m disappointed to be leaving the people behind. Their strength and determination to help one another and live the simple good life is a lesson for us all. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all if at sometime in the future Ms. Carr decided to revisit the area and update us on the residents of Virgin River. I know they’d welcome us with open arms, and a spot in front of the fire.