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Shelter Mountain

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A book by Robyn Carr.
1 review about Shelter Mountain

Great Characterization and a Story to Warm Your Heart

  • Feb 12, 2011

Shelter Mountain, Book 2 in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series and the fifth book in this series I’ve read, is, so far, my favorite Once again we are reacquainted with the characters from Book 1–Jack and Mel Sheridan, Jack’s large and gregarious family, his Marine Corps buddies, Dr. John Stone and the irascible “Doc” with whom Mel works. But this is primarily quiet, shy, John Middletown’s story–Preacher, as he is known to his friends.

One night Paige Lassiter and her small son Christopher find themselves at Jack’s bar. She’s on the run from an abusive husband, and Preacher is getting ready to close the bar for the night. Noting her distress and the bruising and cut on her face, Preacher offers refuge in the offer of a room where she and her feverish son can shelter for the night. Paige is en route to an out-of-state location where she will not be known and is extremely wary of the scary-looking bodybuilder, but she’s sore, dead tired and out of options. The following day Preacher persuades her to let Mel take a look at both of them to see if there’s anything serious going on. Paige is covered in nasty looking bruises and she’s scared to death her husband is going to kill her. She’s also two months pregnant.

John offers shelter in his old room above the kitchen–for as long as she needs it. After an aborted attempt to steal away, Paige reconsiders and decides to take her chances in Virgin River after Preacher tells her it would be a felony to take her son out of state. Paige offers to help out in the kitchen to pay for her room and board. She and Preacher grow close, and he becomes increasingly fond of little Christopher, but he’s shy, has never had any experience with women and is afraid to take the plunge. How they work this out is delightfully told with such feeling that I had a lump in my throat much of the time. This is character development at its finest.

However, John’s and Paige’s story is just one of many threads covered in this story. There’s Mel and Jack who are having their first child, the emotional story of Rick and Liz, two teenage lovers, Jack’s and Preacher’s friend, ex-cop Mike Valenzuela who is shot and comes to Virgin River to rehabilitate, Jack’s youngest sister, Brie whose cop husband has left her for their best friend and more.

Since Mel is a midwife, there’s a lot of information about births and babies, not a problem for me since my own children were delivered at home by a midwife. I found Carr’s descriptions spot on.

Come to Virgin River and get to know these endearing characters. It’ll make you want to read each book in the series. Two thumbs up for this one!

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