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Kelly was frustrated that she and Leif essentially had to sneak around while Courtney was at school, but I never felt like she did anything to even attempt to build a relationship with the girl. She never offered to take her shopping, or to the movies, or paint each other's nails, or anything girlie, nor did she ever really talk with Courtney to find out what kinds of things she liked to try to find a way into the girl's heart. Then after months have passed by with no forward progress in getting Courtney to like her, Kelly suddenly, out of the blue, says she can't stand not spending more time with Leif.

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She's moving back to San Francisco but will come visit once or twice a month. This made zero sense to me. She's frustrated by not spending enough time together, so she wants to spend even less time together? Even when there were some small glimmers of hope with Courtney, she didn't try to build on them, and even after an emergency situation arises while Leif is out of town that brings Kelly and Courtney closer together, Kelly is still determined to leave.

Again, huh? At this point, it seemed she was finally getting what she'd been hoping for, so her protests seemed weak and forced: Luca had already helped her find a position; she needed to feel needed. None of this rang true to me. Kelly had found a renewed sense of purpose in Virgin River, producing her great-grandma's recipes with ingredients that Jilly grew and had already gotten started on a great business idea, but she was willing to throw it all away on a whim?

What happened to the supposedly level-headed girl? What about loving Leif and him needing her in his life? Her logic and reasoning didn't make any sense to me at all.

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All this ridiculous last-minute conflict arising made me lose respect for Kelly and also made me feel like she didn't truly love Leif or she'd have put more effort into drawing Courtney into a relationship with her. I just felt like she was largely ignoring the girl, then expecting a miracle to occur, and when it didn't, was running away. Kelly may have frustrated me in the end, but I adored Leif. He's instantly smitten with Kelly the moment she walks into Jack's bar, so he gently but determinedly pursues her.

It's been two years since his wife died, and although he admits he isn't quite over her yet, he's lonely. I do wish we'd seen a little more of this side of him and how his wife's death is still affecting him. I think it would have made his character a little fuller, but I could tell how lonely he was and how he craved an adult relationship.

Leif's responsibility to Courtney has made it difficult for him to date, but in the past two years, he hasn't really even been attracted to anyone else until Kelly comes along. I loved his gentlemanly, chivalrous nature in taking Kelly to her sister's house when she accidentally got drunk at Jack's right after coming to town.

I also loved how humble he is. Despite being a famous screenwriter who won an Oscar for his work, he's still just an ordinary guy who hasn't forgotten his simple farm-boy roots, and that's the kind of life he's trying to carve out for himself and Courtney. Leif was also an amazing guy to have made a parental commitment to a child who isn't biologically his, and more importantly, to fight for her happiness and well-being.

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It just goes to show that sometimes the family we choose is better and stronger than our family by blood. Another thing that bothered me about Kelly is that she worried about always playing second-fiddle to Leif's daughter, but IMO nothing could have been further from the truth. Admittedly, they could usually only spend time together when Courtney was at school or her friend's house, but it never felt like Leif was putting Kelly last.


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If anything, he was trying really hard to balance his responsibilities and carve out plenty of time for her in spite of all the difficulties with Courtney. IMHO, the man was practically a saint. I thought that was taking it a bit too far. Granted trying to throw the three of them together when Courtney wasn't on the same page could have been disastrous and he was trying to be sensitive to her feelings, but giving a troubled teenager that much power over his love life was nearly as problematic.

He also kind of watered down his feelings for Kelly when dealing with Courtney, perhaps in deference to her feelings about him remarrying, but I really thought he should have been more honest and forthright about his love for Kelly. If I'm being totally honest, other than insisting on a few family dinners, which kind of occurred in the background anyway, he also didn't do a great deal to bring the two most important women in his life together.

But otherwise, Leif was a great guy who I really liked. Outside of the three main characters there were a few sitings of characters from previous books. Leif convinces Courtney to take riding lessons, so Clay and Lilly Promise Canyon pop up a couple of times. With him being a prominent player in Hollywood, Leif knows Muriel St.

James, which mean Walt isn't far behind. Jack and Preacher show up in a few scenes, but not as much as I would have liked. They and many of the townspeople from the earlier books seem to have faded into the background somewhat, so I do miss them a little. Besides the weaknesses in character motivations and the rather contrived ending, there were a couple of other small things that bugged me. The first is that Robyn Carr has lately gotten into the bad habit of using the word 'etcetera' quite a bit and always in dialog. This is a very rare word for people to use when speaking to someone else I don't believe I've ever heard anyone say it , but in the last few of the author's books I've read, she probably used it at least times.

I lost count because it was annoying me so much I had to try to ignore it. The other minor issue I had is a scene toward the beginning of the book in which Kelly's cell phone disappeared and she laments having to buy a new one. Then suddenly she's talking, texting, and emailing on it and hasn't even been to buy it yet. I'm not sure if this was an editing error where something was taken out, which messed up the continuity or what, but I reread it a couple of times to make sure I wasn't missing anything and was still confused by it.

Otherwise, as I mentioned before, I really enjoyed Harvest Moon overall, right up until the end. If that had just been shored up better and Kelly's decision hadn't been so illogical, I most likely would have given it keeper status. But as is, it was still a pretty good read. Here's my issue with that- I get that Courtney was 'wrong' for not wanting to have a new mother , but here's the thing- she's a 14 year old kid who's mother died. That's natural for her to not want that. Kelly claimed she loved Lief, yet when the crap hit the fan, she was high tailing it out of there because she needed to be number one in his life.

It really irked me that in the end, Courtney has to be the one to 'man up' and tell Kelly she doesn't want her to leave town. That to me just smacks of the selfishness of many people nowadays who get divorced because they need to 'find themself' or they 'love you but they're not IN love with you'. When you get involved with someone with a child, it's a package deal. If you love a person, you are in it for the long haul even when things get uncomfortable. If Courtney was cussing her out, or putting frogs in her kitchen it would be a different story.

Courtney was just being a scared teenager, and Lief was just trying to make the best of the situation. All in all, I can't say that the book didn't affect me or get me thinking. It seems the author forgot she was writing a romance and instead wrote a coming of age story about a teenage girl's struggle with the death of her mother.

It was well done but not what I enjoy reading. These books are the perfect "getting into the holiday spirit" type of read. They have a quaint, almost Hallmark-movie type feel to them that leaves me feeling uplifted. That said, I don't think I'd have the patience to read them, as they're not as couple cente 3 Stars Not my favorite in the series. That said, I don't think I'd have the patience to read them, as they're not as couple centered as I prefer in my romances. However, I've loved listening to them as I go about my day. View 2 comments. Feb 27, jenjn79 rated it liked it Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series.

Shelves: published , author-robyn-carr , series-virgin-river , , stars-3 , condition-new , info-full , genre-romance-drama , format-mmp , bought-walmart. Robyn Carr really can't do wrong with this series. Even when a book doesn't entirely work for me, like this one didn't, it's still a good book. I may not have thoroughly enjoyed this book, but it was still very readable and not one I minded reading. I would say you may be able to get by just reading this one, but there's a lot of history worth knowing. So if you have the time and the desire, I'd suggest start Robyn Carr really can't do wrong with this series.

So if you have the time and the desire, I'd suggest starting at the beginning. It's well worth it! Summary: Kelly Matlock sister of last book's heroine, Jillian , is a sous chef at a 5-star San Francisco restaurant, hoping to one day be a head chef somewhere, when her life suddenly falls apart. In order to escape the stress, Kelly packs up and travels to Virgin River, the town her sister has recently made home.

Kelly plans to take some time to relax and kick back before deciding what she wants to do next in her life. It isn't long before she meets script writer Leif Holbrook. Leif moved to Virgin River a few months earlier in order to give his troubled stepdaughter a better life. Young Courtney has had a lot of emotional upheaval in her life and she's responded by acting out in any way she can. Dealing with her is Leif's only goal. He has no intention of getting involved with a woman, but once he meets Kelly he has to rethink that.

He's thoroughly intrigued by her. Whatever they start is only temporary Kelly has a life to restart and Leif has a teenage girl to be a father too. Even when things start to get serious, Kelly wonders if there could ever be a place in Leif's life because of Courtney. The two have a lot blocking their way if they want to consider a permanent relationship. Review: I love this series and I always look forward to a new book from it. But I have to admit I put off reading this one for a while. I knew that Leif's daughter Courtney was going to play a large role in the story and that made me wary.

I'm not big on stories where kids play a large role and I had a feeling Courtney would be a big part of this story. And she was. I can't say that Robyn Carr was wrong for doing the story that way. It was a very appropriate and fitting storyline, something a bit different than the other VR books. At the same time, it's just not a storyline that appeals to me all that much. That's just the way I am. So that part of the story was a bit of a turn-off for me. Though not as much as I thought it would be. Courtney wasn't as obnoxious as expected coming into the story, and what she's been through is heartbreaking.

It was a very workable and very well-done aspect of the story, even if it didn't thoroughly engage me. It did, however, take away from the romance of the story. I wanted so much more out of the relationship between Kelly in Leif. There was a definite connection between these two, but development of the romance was lacking.

Things progress very quickly between the two.

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It's like the meet, hang out a bit, and suddenly they are inseparable and having feelings of love. It was rather sudden and didn't quite work. The worst part, though, was that there was a lot of "telling" instead of "showing" I didn't care for that and it takes away something from the romance, you don't really get to connect with it. Add to that an ending the romantic resolution that seemed somewhat abrupt and on the whole the romance could have been better.

Another thing that bugged me a little was that the romance type was too similar to the one in the last book Kelly's sister's book. A temporary fling turns to more but both still plan to move on and get back to their real lives. They really mirror each other. And maybe that was intentional because the two characters are sisters, but I would have liked something a bit different. The story was still pretty sweet, though. There may have been things I didn't like about the book, things I wished were done better, but it was still a very readable story.

Robyn Carr would have to write a real stinker for me to hate one of her books. I didn't really mind this one I just wanted something different. But for getting your VR fix, it works. You get the town, the people, the characters we love, and a sweet story that gives you warm fuzzy feelings. I think VR fans will appreciate the story. Oct 29, Kathy rated it really liked it Shelves: read.

After 13 books in a series, visiting Virgin River is still one of my favorite ways to spend a day. Was this my favorite installment? NO, but it still was a very good book. My one big question is how does a town with only people have so many gorgeous men? Dec 08, Angela Holland rated it it was amazing. Another great Virgin River book. This series never seems to get old for me. I could not help but feel bad for Kelly after what happened to her.

She falls in love with her boss but because he was married she know he was out of reach and then his wife came after her with lies. I thing the best that could have happened was when Kelly went to stay with her sister. Then there was poor Courtney, she was a young girl who had been through so much but did not know how to deal with all the bad things that Another great Virgin River book.

Then there was poor Courtney, she was a young girl who had been through so much but did not know how to deal with all the bad things that came her way. I liked how Kelly did not pressure Courtney into liking her but let nature take its course. I am looking forward to the next book in this series to see who we get to meet next. Oct 01, Tasha rated it it was amazing Shelves: hqn-mira-club , own. Kelly comes to Virgin River to stay with her sister after quitting her job. She meets the handsome Lief Holbrook upon arriving, and they immediately hit it off.

But both Lief and Kelly have baggage that may keep them apart. The chemistry between these two came alive on the pages. Courtney was Kelly comes to Virgin River to stay with her sister after quitting her job. That is unless he needed her to paint the picture of the perfect family man. I truly hated her biological father in this book and the way he treated her.

It helped you to understand why she was such a troubled individual. Watching Courtney blossom into a more emotionally mature and stable being was a delight and a laugh a minute. Some of the scenes with Courtney and her counselor were among my favorites.

Author Robyn Carr's Harvest Moon (A Virgin River Novel)

Kelly and Lief had a tender love affair that grows from a friendship and mutual respect of the other. They were both real people with real problems. As always the rest of the Virgin River played a big part. Harvest Moon has the right balance of humor and tearjerker moments to keep you enthralled. All the characters are amazing and offer enough spark to keep you coming back for more. Jan 27, Splage rated it really liked it Shelves: beta-hero , child-from-previous-relationship , contemporary , hero-heroine-widow-er , hero-heroine-writer-reporter , highly-recommended-by-others , read , emotional-made-me-cry-lump-in-thr , pretends-to-be-someone-else.

Virgin River still going strong, but I didn't feel as much love as in the other 12 books. I feel guilty giving anything in the Virgin River series less than perfect remarks because I am so obsessed, but 4 stars is still awesome as was the book Harvest Moon, but it just wasn't as "awesome" as the others. It is hard not to compare how I felt throughout this book to the others, even though I never put it down it wasn't as exciting. They both moved to Vi Virgin River still going strong, but I didn't feel as much love as in the other 12 books.

Jan 02, Delta rated it really liked it Shelves: author-journalist-photog , full-length , contemp-romance , half-star , widower , single-dad. Shelves: read , contemporary-romance. It admittedly wasn't perfect for me. There were a few parts that were slow and a few minor annoyances, but overall, I was enjoying it. I liked the characters and the situations were believable. There were a couple of romantic scenes that I felt were on par with some of the author's earlier books in the series, and which convinced me that Leif and Kelly were truly falling for o Reviewed for THC Reviews The more I read of Harvest Moon , the more I thought I'd finally found another Robyn Carr keeper.

There were a couple of romantic scenes that I felt were on par with some of the author's earlier books in the series, and which convinced me that Leif and Kelly were truly falling for one another. Leif's step-daughter, Courtney, was a troubled teen, but not a frustrating one, so I always understood where she was coming from. I kind of missed the core Virgin River townspeople not playing bigger roles, but it wasn't a deal-breaker for me. So what, you might ask, kept this book at four stars and prevented it from earning keeper status from me?

It was the ending, and with that being the last thing a reader is left with, a weak ending is always sure to bring down the rating I give to any book. Was it an HEA? Yes, but the road the author took to get there seemed forced and contrived. It was like she was simply trying to throw in some last-minute conflict, but ultimately, it just didn't make any sense to me, which I'll get to in a moment. Like so many of Robyn Carr's characters I've read this year from both her Virgin River and Thunder Point series, Kelly is yet another one who comes to the little town of Virgin River to escape the rat race of city life and do some soul-searching after a major life event, in this case a health scare.

Kelly is an extremely talented sous chef , but after collapsing in the kitchen of the restaurant where she works, she knows she has to get away from her stressful job. Being away from all the stress and near her only family works wonders for Kelly's psyche though, and soon she's cooking up a storm in Jilly's huge kitchen, working with fruits and vegetables her sister grows on her little farm.

She also strikes up a romance with Leif, a man who recently moved to the area himself along with his teenage step-daughter, Courtney. Granted Courtney has been struggling ever since her mother's sudden death, and her grief was made all the more difficult by being shuttled back and forth between Leif and a biological father who is a terrible parent.

Consequently, she's not too thrilled to have Lief developing a romance with Kelly, which makes her kind of cold and distant toward her dad's new girlfriend. For her part, Kelly wasn't sure she ever wanted kids and doesn't think she's very good with them either, but that doesn't, in my mind, absolve her from trying to at least be friends with her boyfriend's daughter, especially if she truly loves him and wants to make a life with him. Up to this point, I liked everything about Kelly, her extraordinary talent in the kitchen, her determination, her entrepreneurial and imaginative skills.

She seemed like a very nice and admirable woman, but when it came to Courtney, I felt like Kelly wasn't really trying hard enough. One time, she kind of took Courtney under her wing and let her help with some baking, but other than that, she never really spent any time with the girl and had a rather low opinion of her. Kelly was frustrated that she and Leif essentially had to sneak around while Courtney was at school, but I never felt like she did anything to even attempt to build a relationship with the girl.

She never offered to take her shopping, or to the movies, or paint each other's nails, or anything girlie, nor did she ever really talk with Courtney to find out what kinds of things she liked to try to find a way into the girl's heart. Then after months have passed by with no forward progress in getting Courtney to like her, Kelly suddenly, out of the blue, says she can't stand not spending more time with Leif. She's moving back to San Francisco but will come visit once or twice a month.

This made zero sense to me.

celbeauneyverce.ml She's frustrated by not spending enough time together, so she wants to spend even less time together? Even when there were some small glimmers of hope with Courtney, she didn't try to build on them, and even after an emergency situation arises while Leif is out of town that brings Kelly and Courtney closer together, Kelly is still determined to leave.

Again, huh? At this point, it seemed she was finally getting what she'd been hoping for, so her protests seemed weak and forced: Luca had already helped her find a position; she needed to feel needed.

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None of this rang true to me. Kelly had found a renewed sense of purpose in Virgin River, producing her great-grandma's recipes with ingredients that Jilly grew and had already gotten started on a great business idea, but she was willing to throw it all away on a whim? What happened to the supposedly level-headed girl? What about loving Leif and him needing her in his life? Her logic and reasoning didn't make any sense to me at all. All this ridiculous last-minute conflict arising made me lose respect for Kelly and also made me feel like she didn't truly love Leif or she'd have put more effort into drawing Courtney into a relationship with her.

I just felt like she was largely ignoring the girl, then expecting a miracle to occur, and when it didn't, was running away. Kelly may have frustrated me in the end, but I adored Leif. He's instantly smitten with Kelly the moment she walks into Jack's bar, so he gently but determinedly pursues her.

It's been two years since his wife died, and although he admits he isn't quite over her yet, he's lonely. I do wish we'd seen a little more of this side of him and how his wife's death is still affecting him. I think it would have made his character a little fuller, but I could tell how lonely he was and how he craved an adult relationship.

Leif's responsibility to Courtney has made it difficult for him to date, but in the past two years, he hasn't really even been attracted to anyone else until Kelly comes along. I loved his gentlemanly, chivalrous nature in taking Kelly to her sister's house when she accidentally got drunk at Jack's right after coming to town. I also loved how humble he is. Despite being a famous screenwriter who won an Oscar for his work, he's still just an ordinary guy who hasn't forgotten his simple farm-boy roots, and that's the kind of life he's trying to carve out for himself and Courtney.

Leif was also an amazing guy to have made a parental commitment to a child who isn't biologically his, and more importantly, to fight for her happiness and well-being. It just goes to show that sometimes the family we choose is better and stronger than our family by blood. Another thing that bothered me about Kelly is that she worried about always playing second-fiddle to Leif's daughter, but IMO nothing could have been further from the truth. Admittedly, they could usually only spend time together when Courtney was at school or her friend's house, but it never felt like Leif was putting Kelly last.

If anything, he was trying really hard to balance his responsibilities and carve out plenty of time for her in spite of all the difficulties with Courtney. IMHO, the man was practically a saint. I thought that was taking it a bit too far. Granted trying to throw the three of them together when Courtney wasn't on the same page could have been disastrous and he was trying to be sensitive to her feelings, but giving a troubled teenager that much power over his love life was nearly as problematic.

He also kind of watered down his feelings for Kelly when dealing with Courtney, perhaps in deference to her feelings about him remarrying, but I really thought he should have been more honest and forthright about his love for Kelly. If I'm being totally honest, other than insisting on a few family dinners, which kind of occurred in the background anyway, he also didn't do a great deal to bring the two most important women in his life together.

But otherwise, Leif was a great guy who I really liked. Outside of the three main characters there were a few sitings of characters from previous books. Leif convinces Courtney to take riding lessons, so Clay and Lilly Promise Canyon pop up a couple of times. With him being a prominent player in Hollywood, Leif knows Muriel St. James, which mean Walt isn't far behind. Jack and Preacher show up in a few scenes, but not as much as I would have liked. They and many of the townspeople from the earlier books seem to have faded into the background somewhat, so I do miss them a little.

Besides the weaknesses in character motivations and the rather contrived ending, there were a couple of other small things that bugged me. The first is that Robyn Carr has lately gotten into the bad habit of using the word 'etcetera' quite a bit and always in dialog. This is a very rare word for people to use when speaking to someone else I don't believe I've ever heard anyone say it , but in the last few of the author's books I've read, she probably used it at least times. I lost count because it was annoying me so much I had to try to ignore it.

The other minor issue I had is a scene toward the beginning of the book in which Kelly's cell phone disappeared and she laments having to buy a new one.

Then suddenly she's talking, texting, and emailing on it and hasn't even been to buy it yet. I'm not sure if this was an editing error where something was taken out, which messed up the continuity or what, but I reread it a couple of times to make sure I wasn't missing anything and was still confused by it. Otherwise, as I mentioned before, I really enjoyed Harvest Moon overall, right up until the end. If that had just been shored up better and Kelly's decision hadn't been so illogical, I most likely would have given it keeper status.

But as is, it was still a pretty good read. Since he barely factored into this story, I'm not sure what to expect, but hopefully, it will be equally as good if not better than the other Robyn Carr books I've read this year. I'm really eager to get another keeper out of her. I was glad to finally read Kelly's story. Another winner in the Virgin River series!

Sep 04, Jackie Lane rated it really liked it. I absolutely love the Virgin River series and am sorry that I am caught up and have to wait 9 months until the next book comes out. In Harvest Moon, we get to delve a bit deeper into the life of Kelly Matlock. Kelly is a sous chef at a fancy restaurant in San Francisco. It seems that everything is going her way and she is rising to the top of her game until the day Olivia Brazzi. Olivia accuses Kelly of having an aff I absolutely love the Virgin River series and am sorry that I am caught up and have to wait 9 months until the next book comes out.

Olivia accuses Kelly of having an affair with her husband, Lucca, and informs Kelly that this is not the first time that Lucca has strayed and that he has children with some of his other mistresses. Kelly attempts to tell Olivia that there is nothing going on, but Olivia does not believe her. Kelly returns to the kitchen to continue on with her day, albeit very upset.

While in the kitchen, Kelly clutches her heart and passes out. We are left to wonder if Kelly had a heart attack. We learn that Kelly only suffered from an anxiety attack, but as Kelly is home recuperating and taking the necessary medications, she feels stifled. When Kelly returns to work she realizes the stress she is under and that things are quite weird, so she up and quits and decides to pack her bag and go to visit her sister Jillian in Virgin River.

She is seated at the bar drinking her martini and Lief Holbrock, the new guy in town is seated next to her. Kelly quickly becomes inebriated and tells Lief the whole sordid story of what really happened, which was nothing more than one kiss, with her and Luca and that Kelly told Luca she would never have anything with a married man. Lief realizes that the small amount Kelly has had to drink should not make her appear to be loaded and then through conversation learns that Kelly is on medications that do not mix well with alcohol.

Kelly and Lief form a friendship which quickly turns into more than just a friendship. Later on in the book we find out that Olivia was totally dishonest with Kelly and that Lucca was really divorcing her and wanted to be with Kelly, but realizing Kelly was in love with Lief, Lucca enjoyed the time he spent with Kelly, her family and Lief and went on his way back to his former life.

Kelly tries everything she can think of to make Courtney like her and it becomes the downfall of the relationship between Lief and Kelly. Courtney wants it to be just her and Lief as a family unit and is not willing to let Kelly in, thus, keeping Kelly and Lief apart.

Lief fears doing anything that will upset Courtney and tries everything he can to build her self-esteem. He gets her horseback riding lessons, a dog that brings tons of laughter and tears into the book and also brings her to a counselor. I love losing myself in Virgin River and miss the characters when I am waiting to read the next book. Carr is a fantastic writer who is very skilled at keeping me wanting more. Sep 12, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary-romance , netgalley , ebook , robyn-carr. Wow, Ms Carr as really outdone herself this year with her Virgin River books.

All three have been excellent and the latest is no exception. Harvest Moon finds Kelly Matlock coming to Virgin River to recover and reevaluate at her sisters from a broken heart and Lief Holbrook moving there with his rebellious teenager daughter, Courtney. Lief has suffered his own heartbreak at the unexpected death of his wife and an ongoing battle of wills with Courtney and her natural father who is just a slime b Wow, Ms Carr as really outdone herself this year with her Virgin River books.

Lief has suffered his own heartbreak at the unexpected death of his wife and an ongoing battle of wills with Courtney and her natural father who is just a slime bucket. What is interesting about this story is that the story is just about Lief and Kelly and their romance and about Courtney and her struggles to find herself again. There is really no side story. I really enjoyed Courtney, which I was surprised about because I thought she was going to be a bratty teenager, which she is at times, but Ms Carr does a great job with developing Courtney.

I really thought the therapy sessions were interesting and they seemed, to me anyways, like something that would really work in a real life situation. I thought Courtneys transition back to her old self was believable and I got teary eyed during a situation between her and Lief, when she realizes Lief does love her for her and her real father just doesn't care.

The romance between Lief and Kelly is also well done, but then again, Robyn Carr seems to do most things well : They were attracted to each right away but as Kelly had not been with many men she held off a bit before continuing on with their relationship.

And of course Courtney dislikes her and Kelly does not try to force a relationship but the ending between them was very sweet. I was surprised with what came of Kelly broken heart relationship and thought it was a nice little twist that I enjoyed. I am sad that it seems our time with Virgin River this year seems to be done but I hope there is more to come in this series and I hope they all keep up with the wonderfullness the author as done this year.

Loved the great community feelings, the turned up heat factor, and the believable characters. For Harvest Moon, 4 stars. I received this ebook via netgallery. The experienced romance reader in me wanted to say that the beginning of these feelings between Kelly and Lief may have come on a bit too easy. Since when do sparks fly and are allowed to freely soar so early in the book? Oh sure, there were other ordeals to get in the way of all the mushy The experienced romance reader in me wanted to say that the beginning of these feelings between Kelly and Lief may have come on a bit too easy.

Oh sure, there were other ordeals to get in the way of all the mushy gushy stuff, but it was actually refreshing to read about a couple who knew what they wanted early on. But, most of the harsh realities thrown in were enough to make up for the sticky sweet parts. Besides the romantic aspect, I have to admit that it was the cooking background that initially drew me to this book.

Though the book did not go into as much detail about the cooking as I would have liked, perhaps I watch too many cooking shows it is just enough to be considered an appetizer, but not enough to satisfy my complete cravings. The steamy scenes of romance were well-played, however. Ooh la la! It was like a different kind of love triangle; one that actually permitted a way for everyone to get what they wanted… including myself! Please continue this trend. Love, Megs What's this you say? A VR novel devoid of any secondary plots? How can this be?

No Jack and Mel? No catastrophes, secret love children, or troubled pregnancies? Surely you jest! Nope, I'm totally serious! This book is focused on one couple and their romance for the entirety, and it was so lovely. It had small cameos by recent couples and I enjoyed seeing them all without having Dear Robyn Carr, Your latest Virgin River trilogy is some of your best work to date. It had small cameos by recent couples and I enjoyed seeing them all without having to break away into their points of view.

Lief was such a good guy, and so patient with his troubled step-daughter. I thought I would hate her, but I ended up really connecting with Courtney and completely understanding where she was coming from. I especially enjoyed her sessions with Jerry, the therapist. I remember him from his sessions with Rick in the past, and he's a really great character. More people in VR need to hit up some therapy, I'm just sayin'.

The conflicts in this book were real-life conflicts, and they were dealt with in believable ways. The ending was great, and the epilogue appropriately sappy. I hope we get some more VR books soon. I'd like to see if Courtney could actually land Gabe Tahoma in a few years! I just enjoyed every minute of these three newest books. Aug 21, Hope Frost rated it really liked it. Every time I read a Virgin River book, it feels like coming home. I wasn't so sure about this one, single father looses wife has temperamental teen who hates everyone.

But what was done was soooo different. Yes, the story was one that you knew in the end they would all end up happy, but it was done in a way that you weren't so sure how they would get there. I really enjoyed getting to see Jack and Preacher again.