Review: Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr

Harvest Moon (Virgin River)Reviewer: Jen

Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr
Series: Virgin River (#13)
Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Page Count: 268
Source: Purchased (read for fun)

Blurb: Rising sous-chef Kelly Matlock’s sudden collapse at work is a wake-up call. Disillusioned and burned out, she’s retreated to her sister Jillian’s house in Virgin River to rest and reevaluate.

Puttering in Jill’s garden and cooking with her heirloom vegetables is wonderful, but Virgin River is a far cry from San Francisco. Kelly’s starting to feel a little too unmotivated…until she meets Lief Holbrook. The handsome widower looks more like a lumberjack than a sophisticated screenwriter—a combination Kelly finds irresistible. But less appealing is Lief’s rebellious stepdaughter, Courtney. She’s the reason they moved from L.A., but Courtney’s finding plenty of trouble even in Virgin River.

Kelly’s never fallen for a guy with such serious baggage, but some things are worth fighting for. Besides, a bratty teenager can’t be any worse than a histrionic chef…right?

Review: Robyn Carr has delivered another winner with her wildly popular Virgin River series.  In case you’re not familiar with this series, these books are set in a small town in rural California.  The first few books centered around some military men who had settled in this little town after having served their country.  As the series moved on, we were introduced to members of the community, who moved there to get away from the bustle of the big city, and then their family members.

In Harvest Moon, we get a combination of these characters.  Leif is escaping the big-city to provide his step-daughter with a better life.  And Kelly decides to visit her sister after a a professional scandal.  Neither of them are looking for more than friendship, but they can’t deny the sparks flying between them.

Robyn is a master storyteller.  In addition to creating a wonderful romance, the world she’s built is so very welcoming.  Anyone who has read these books would love to find Virgin River and hang out with the inhabitants.  And she doesn’t forget to keep bringing back old characters to make little cameos… like Jack and Mel (from book 1, Virgin River) popping up and letting us know that all is well with them and their family.

When my heartstrings are tugged, I know a book is a winner.  I cried. I laughed. I couldn’t put the book down.  As with most series, this book is best if you’ve read other books in the series, just because there are some ongoing story lines.  However, the book does stand on it’s own and you won’t be disappointed by picking up this one.

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