Length: 12 hours and 22 minutes
Series: Virgin River #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Mira Books on March 27, 2007
Narrator: Thérèse Plummer
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Also in this series: A Virgin River Christmas , Second Chance Pass , Temptation Ridge
Also by this author: Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, #2), Whispering Rock , A Virgin River Christmas , Second Chance Pass , Temptation Ridge
A Netflix Original Series!
Welcome back to Virgin River with the book that started it all…
Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.
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 reenergize 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 former marine Jack Sheridan cements them into place.
Here is what I thought
So here you go, surprise! A series we picked out to try was based on our love for the Virgin River tv show on Netflix. We were so curious to see how different they were from the show. This series has like 20 books or so, so this won’t be a series that we read back to back on to many occasions though we have decided to read the second book because it features Preachers story and we both like him. 🙂 So check out my review then head over to read Barb’s at Booker T’s Review!
So hopefully I can keep clear in my head the difference between the book and the show and not talk about the wrong one…lol.
So this is the start of a pretty long running series based in the small town of Virgin River. In this one we have Mel who is seeking a new start and decided to take up a job offer from the small town. Mel is a nurse practitioner and she was told that when she got to Virgin River there would be a cabin for her to live in and when she gets there she finds a run down cabin that is pretty much falling apart (she falls through the porch).
She was not asking for this kind of a thing so she has decided she is not staying especially after meeting the grumpy old doctor who doesn’t even want her there. She also meets Jack the bartender/owner of the bar and grill in town. Jack takes an instant liking to her and decides to do his best to find a way to keep her in town a little longer. Maybe if she stays in town she will see all that Virgin River has to offer.
Several different circumstances does keep Mell in town, first it’s a baby left on Doc’s doorsteps and then it’s the mothers who are delivering babies and the budding relationship with Jack.
A lot of things happen in this book as you gradually get to know those in the town. I have a feelling this is the type of series that gets better with each book as you get to know certain characters better with each of them. I really enjoyed getting to know Mel and Jack and their story and hope to find out more about them as the series progresses. I am very interested in the next book in the series as I love Preacher!
Okay so I have to mention some things because the book is so different from the tv series!!! So Barb and I have agreed that they made the tv show a bit more ansty! The relationship between Mel and Jack on the show at times seems like it will never be and destine to not happen but it so wasn’t that way in the book…lol. Also Doc and Hope are so different on the tv show and a lot younger than described in the book and in the book they have no relationship with each other unless it happens down the line. I love the show and I am enjoying the book series so far but let me tell you they are just about two totally different things! 🙂
Thérèse Plummer did a decent job, but I wasn’t a huge fan of her voice for Hope. I know she is an old lady but her old lady voice was just a bit hard on my ears…lol. Overall though she did a pretty decent job with the narration.