Welcome to the River

by Robyn Carr, author of Forbidden Falls, the latest release in her Virgin River series.

There are lots of different kinds of heroes in this romance world—the bad boy, the damaged man with the strong heart, the passionate guy who just can’t help his urges, the solid man who hasn’t allowed himself to love before, but with the right woman….

I like them all.  But my question was bigger—what kind of man does Virgin River need right about now?  A man with vision and commitment.  A man passionate about his beliefs; a man with integrity and the strength to stand by it.  Enter Pastor Noah Kincaid, a young widower with enough imagination and compassion to open up the old, abandoned, boarded up church that sits right next to Jack’s Bar.

It’s a big job.  It’s going to require a pastor’s assistant.  And of course he doesn’t have any intention of hiring one applicant: the short skirted, cleavage-bearing, big-haired former stripper. That would totally ruin his debut in the little town of Virgin River.  But then he learns that Ellie Baldwin needs a respectable job, a job like he is advertising, to regain custody of her children—and he’s sunk.  Because in spite of all that vision, commitment, passion and imagination, he also has an irrepressibly soft heart.  Besides, he can’t help but admire her determination.  And there’s a little something else—once he stops looking at that cleavage long enough, he discovers a strength of conviction to rival his own.  And boy—is it sexy.

A pastor and a stripper?  Where else but Virgin River!  And what a way to start off the new year!  Forbidden Falls is full of surprises, the first of which is—how long can the good reverend resist the beautiful, earnest, honest young woman he hired to help open his church?  Is there anything more intriguing than watching a good man at war with his libido?

While there are some very tense moments besides the almost instant attraction, I think readers will have the most fun trying to decide which one of these two has the greatest strength and wisdom.  Is it the over-educated, 35-year-old theologian or the 25-year-old woman with a GED and a long history of survival skills?  Noah grew up rich and spent a over a dozen years in college, collecting post-grad degrees; Ellie grew up dirt poor and worked full time from the age of 14.

The town of Virgin River can be judgmental sometimes, but they also tend to like things a little edgy, exciting, interesting.  Some of the regulars like Mel and Jack Sheridan, Preacher and Paige, General Walt Booth…they appreciate Noah.  Admire and respect him. But they love Ellie.

Do we really get to choose whom we love?  Does the person for whom we have passion come packaged a certain way?  Can we turn the object of our desire into the kind of person who seems more right for us?

What’s next for Virgin River?  Readers have fallen in love with the Riordan brothers, and I aim to please!  In Angel’s Peak (on sale January 26, 2010) Sean Riordan reappears with a huge desire to win back his ex-girlfriend, former USAF flight nurse Franci Duncan.  And in Moonlight Road (on sale February 23, 2010) we’ll catch up with Aiden Riordan, who finds himself stuck between the most desirable woman he can imagine and an impossibly crazy ex-wife!

Angel's Peak Moonlight Road

I guess as long as there’s a Virgin River, there are many possibilities.  I like it here, so I’ll stay.

Welcome to the River!

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Comments ( 13 )
  1. Ellen
    January 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm
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    Sorry to say that I haven’t read any of the Virgin River series but you have me really interested in your latest book. My question is can I read it without having read the previous books and still know what is going on??

  2. Kathleen
    January 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm
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    Robyn is one of my favourite writers and I fell in love with Virgin River from the first page.. I just finished Forbidden Falls and cannot wait for Angel Peak to get to my door..

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    January 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm
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  4. Nancy Naigle
    January 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm
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    I love the Virgin River books . . . in fact any time you can put me in a new place I’ll follow you through all the stories in that town. That’s my favorite kind of read.

    Keep on giving us wonderful stories!
    Thanks Robyn
    Sincerely,
    Nancy Naigle

  5. Gail
    January 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm
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    I’ve been a fan of Robyn’s since I started reading the Virgin River storeis. Her characters are just so vivid that you can really get into their lives and enjoy their happiness and cry with them when they experience pain or disappointment. I enjoy visting and revisting often. I have the Virgin River series on my Kindle and also on my Zen(mp3 player). Thank you Robyn for being such a fantastic writer!

  6. Olga
    January 6, 2010 at 2:48 pm
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    @Ellen: you certainly can! They’re all set in the same town, and you might meet some of the same characters if you follow the series, but the stories are standalones. If you’re curious, check out the Browse the Book widget for a peak into Forbidden Falls. 🙂

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  8. Marion "Sam" Rogers
    January 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm
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    To Ellen, I sincerely suggest you go out and purchase Robyn’s complete Virgin River series, from the beginning. I do believe you’ll love them no matter what sequence you read them, but the best way is to start with the first book. Robyn takes you through the most interesting and wonderful people and you will re-read her books over and over again. She is truly at the very top of my list of favorite authors. Enjoy.
    Sam

  9. Diana Smith
    January 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm
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    I have been a big fan of Robyn’s books every since I read a glowing recommendation from Debbie Macomber. I have enjoyed every book I have ever read of Robyn’s, including the ones not in a series. I would love to live in a place like Virgin River and am always ready for the next visit. I have read Forbidden Falls and think it is one of the greatest books in Virgin River so far. Just keep them coming Robyn and we at Jack’s Bar are sipping a beer and talking about you everyday we can. One of your biggest fans,Diana

  10. Kelly
    January 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm
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    I LOVED Forbidden Falls so much I whipped right throught it. I even
    stayed up until 4am one night finishing it. SO worth it! I can only hope we’ll see more of Noah and Ellie in future books.

  11. Harriett Kabrick
    January 7, 2010 at 12:40 am
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    I have finished Forbidden Falls and am anxiously awaiting the next book later this month. Robyn is one of the few authors that I read and re-read from time to time. Thanks for visits to the River.

  12. Nancy Alexander
    January 7, 2010 at 1:07 am
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    Robyn has outdone herself with Forbidden Falls. The characters are so down to earth and real. A dedicated minister, Noah, and a beautiful mouthy ex-stripper, Ellie, are the main characters. This is the best of the Virgin River series and there’s more to come. I can’t wait.

  13. Ellen
    January 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm
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    Thanks Olga and Sam for answering my question. I will definitely have to look into being able to get the Virgin River series.

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