The gifts are wrapped, the cards addressed, and now it’s time to curl up by the fire with a cup of your favorite hot beverage whether it be spiked or not, and read. What better book to help add to the holiday spirit than A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr.
When the first three books in the Virgin River series were available and I read them I was immediately drawn to the small town with the big-hearted people. Yes, many of the town’s residents are former marines, or in some other way connected to our military, but Ms. Carr doesn’t use her books to either support or not support the war...she simply uses them to tell a beautiful touching story that will stay with readers long after the last needle has fallen off the Christmas tree and the tree has been sent to the compost pile.
Marcie Sullivan feels a strong emotional attachment to a marine she’s never personally met, but to whom she owes a huge debt of gratitude. Ian Buchanan was a squad leader and when his squad was attacked, he didn’t leave Bobby Sullivan alone to die from his wounds. He dragged him to relative safety and with medical attention Bobby survived, but with severe injuries that left him unable to function at all, and having to live in a nursing home until the day he died.
With Bobby’s death Marcie feels more of a need to meet Ian and talk with him. She needs to know why a promising marine not only left the corps, but also appears to have dropped out of life as most of us know it. Marcie is determined that nothing and no one is going to stop her from meeting and talking to Ian. Her journey to find him is long and arduous, and just when she thinks she’ll have to give up she finds him.
Now readers get to the meat of the story and the emotions come rolling off the pages as only someone of Ms. Carr’s talent could write. Readers are given intimate looks into the budding relationship between Marcie and Ian, but never feel as though they are intruding in something that should be private.
Previous characters make their appearances in A Virgin River Christmas, but as in past books, respect one another’s privacy and allow Marcie and Ian to work out their demons for themselves, and only offer advice when it is sought.
A Virgin River Christmas was a truly satisfying story, and at one point I wished I had the tissues handy. If there is a problem with A Virgin River Christmas, it’s only that it reminded me of how much I love this series, and how long I have to wait for the next installment.