Length: 9 hours and 24 minutes
Series: Virgin River #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Published by MIRA on October 28, 2008
Narrator: Thérèse Plummer
Also in this series: Second Chance Pass , Temptation Ridge
Also by this author: Virgin River, Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, #2), Whispering Rock , Second Chance Pass , Temptation Ridge
Last Christmas Marcie Sullivan said a final goodbye to her husband, Bobby. This Christmas she's come to Virgin River to find the man who saved his life and gave her three more years to love him. Fellow marine Ian Buchanan dragged Bobby's shattered body onto a medical transport in Fallujah four years ago, then disappeared as soon as their unit arrived stateside. Since then, Marcie's letters to Ian have gone unanswered.
Marcie tracks Ian to the tiny mountain town of Virgin River and finds a man as wounded emotionally as Bobby was physically. But she is not easily scared off. As Marcie pushes her way into his rugged and reclusive life, she discovers a sweet but damaged soul beneath a rough exterior.
Ian doesn't know what to make of the determined young widow who forces him to look into the painful past and, what's worse, the uncertain future. But it is, after all, a season of miracles and maybe, just maybe, it's time to banish the ghosts and open his heart.
Barb and I are still reading the Virgin River series (which is so much better than the drama on Netflix!). It’s just light and fluffy and very small town sweet! I do think we are enjoying it better than we thought we might which is a good thing as it’s a long series! 🙂 Go check out what Barb from Booker T’s Review thought after you read below. 😉
Here is what I thought
Last Christmas Marcie said goodbye to her husband. Although it was sad it wasn’t something that was unexpected, it was just something she knew would eventually happen. Her husband Bobby was in Fallujah four years ago and he wouldn’t have came home to her even in the shape that he was if it wasn’t for his best friend Ian. Ian picked up his shattered body and got him out of there, but he wasn’t ever going to know that it happened. He was so bad off that he was in a vegetative state and was just verily hanging out, but to Marcie, Ian gave her a few more years with her husband.
Now it’s Christmas time again and Marcie is on a mission to find Ian. She doesn’t know why he quit coming around or never answered any of the letters she had sent him. She has an idea of where he might be and that is close to Virgin River, she is pretty sure he might have changed his looks and when she asked around nobody has heard of him. She finally gets a lead about a man who might be him and so she takes off up the mountain out into the middle of nowhere in the cold and snow. She finds him but he is not happy to see her. He looks so different with his long hair and long messy beard but she can see that it’s him in all that mess. He won’t talk to her and she is to stubborn to leave and stays out in the car where it’s very cold.
Ian can’t believe Marcie is out there in the car and that she won’t leave, but then he finds that he doesn’t see her in the car and goes to check on her and finds her half frozen and brings her inside. He figures he can warm her up and send her on her way but then she gets sick. Ian has to go get the Doc from Virgin River which isn’t something he wants to do, he doesn’t like going out where there are other people. He lives on his own, making money off selling wood and he is fine with that.
Marcie being here with him just makes him think about things he doesn’t want to think about. He refuses to talk about Bobby and what happened. So Marcie doesn’t make him, she just tries to get to know him and try and help him. She is pretty stubborn and sort of just makes herself at home in his home because she is sick and even afterwards.
Ian and Marcie are such a fun couple and because of the forced proximity, Ian has no choice but to get to know her and discover that he kind of likes having someone around. He never really thought much about being by himself and how it might look to others, he has made peace with most of his past, but it was just easy to be alone, but Marcie really gives him a run for his money because she is so stubborn and I really liked her.
I want to live in the town of Virgin River! I just love how accepting the town is of everyone even those they are not from there. Marcie and Ian where not part of the town of Virgin River but Ian is military and that is all Jack needs to know to make him part of the town since Jack was military too. Mel, takes Marcie in as a friend and all the others in the town. This little town is so protective of those that come into it and I like that. 🙂
I just really enjoyed this series it was so cozy and fluffy and a great Christmassy read to take my mind of the heat of the summer. 🙂 If you want a nice light, fluffy cozy type romance then you should try the Virgin River series and I recommend starting with book one! (That thing on netflix is so not this series…lol)
Thérèse Plummer does a decent job with this series.