When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to re-energize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.
But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans...and a former marine cements them into place.
Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.
This is the first book in the Virgin River Series, originally published in 2007. Sometimes it could be a little intimidating starting a series that already contains 15 books; I finally decided to get it after so many recommendations. I had very high expectations and I did like the simplicity, the characters and the small town setting, over all I found it to be a very entertaining listen. This was just a sweet romance book. No suspense here, no evil villain, no over the top characters, this was a story about ordinary people with everyday lives and normal emotions. I liked Jack, the hero of the story. He's portrayed as sensitive, caring, strong and a gentleman. I liked the way he treated the women in his life, after all this is what makes a book enjoyable; well developed characters and the ability to transport you to the world the author has created, this book had all of that. In the end I felt very satisfied, but for some reason I don’t see myself rushing to get the next book, I feel like I’m in a minority here, it seems a high amount of listeners are anxious to get to the next book. I guess eventually I will. I do recommend the book, this is a nice listen and the narrator Therse Plummer does a perfect job delivering a great performance, she gave all the characters the credibility necessary to make it a very enjoyable story.
Other Listeners's opinions: By Natalie am so pleased that I downloaded the first of Robyn Carr's touching entry into Virgin River. The narration sets the stage for an emotional unfolding of relationships young and old, and paints the picture of a lush, stunning rural landscape. Therese Plummer does a wonderful job with each character, so much so that you forget it is only one person speaking. What a fantastic book, I am ready to buy my cabin in Virgin River! LOL
By Marsha If you haven't read (or even if you have) read the Virgin River series, it's even better in audio. Theres Plummer is an awesome narrator, and does a great job of telling the stories. I highly recommend this series. This series is at the top of my top ten list of favorite books ever
By Kathy The characters are interesting, but I grew bored with the plot about 3/4 of the way through. My general reading interests do not include romance novels. If you're into light-hearted romance novels, this is a great read. Great author and narrator. There are several more books that follow this one in the Virgin River series.
Voices Behind the Books
Therese Plummer is an actor and voice over artist living and working in New York City. Favorite roles to date include TV: Rose Nerrick, The Good Wife, Andy in Law and Order SVU. Stage: Celebrity Row; New York Theatre Workshop, Under Tillage, The Irish Repertory Theatre. Off-off Broadway credits include The Vagina Monologues, Suzanne in Twilight of the Gold’s and Madeline in the Award Winning Samuel French Short playThe Sweet Room. Comedy Credits include Improv at Upright Citizens Brigade and Stand-up at Caroline’s Comedy Club. Therese also performed her one woman show, Ribbons Undone, at the Here Arts Center. Therese records audio books for Audible.com, Recorded Books and Talking Books, Inc. As an adolescent counselor, Therese spent five years utilizing Drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings before moving to New York. She shares a passion of creating, helping and entertaining and feels incredibly lucky to do all three.