by Robyn Carr

January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2749-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Is there a better way to start a new year, than by renewing old acquaintances? I think perhaps not, so why not renew some friendships by sitting down with the newest offering from Robyn Carr, Forbidden Falls.

Forbidden Falls is the first of three new Virgin River novels that fans of this series can expect this year. The old familiar cast is back, and while they may only play cameo parts I believe that readers who like knowing about Mel, Jack, Preacher, and other residents of the town will be glad to see them, regardless of the size of their role.

We do get introduced to the new man in town…a minister by the name of Noah Kincaid. Noah was raised by a stern father who is now a powerful televangelist. If anything Noah’s upbringing steered him away from a life in the ministry, but while you can run from your feelings and callings, you truly can’t hide, and after a wild youth Noah finally answered his calling, and is hoping to re-establish a church in Virgin River.

One of the first things he needs is an assistant, and while the town is small there are a few people who answer his ad for the low paying job. None seem to be quite what he is looking for, but again the heart often knows more than the brain and he hires Ellie Baldwin, a young mother with a past.

While neither Ellie nor Noah are typical of the people you would expect to be running a church or finding a future together they do manage quite well to do just that. It is a testament to the skill of Ms. Carr’s writing that she can take two people who should have allowed their pasts to overpower them, and for those pasts to make them unlikeable that they are able to continue moving forward, and that we as readers cheer them for overcoming their pasts and heading towards successful happy futures.

As with most of the Virgin River stories there is a second story and that involves the newlyweds Vanni and Paul. Their son Matthew is finally reaching toddlerhood and they are considering trying for one of their own. However, as with Ellie and Noah fate has a different plan for them. To discover this you must read Forbidden Falls for yourself.

What I will tell you is that as Ellie or Noah and their faith is tested Vanni and Paul will be tested as well. I would suggest having the tissues handy as their tale might bring tears to your eyes.

With the turning of the last page of Forbidden Falls if you’re like me you might be angry…not at Ms. Carr for her wonderful story, but at the way the entire writing/publishing process works as now there is a wait for the next installment.

Reviewed in December 2009 by Sandi.

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