Bring Me Home For Christmas by Robyn Carr (Virgin River #16)
October 25, 2011
Reviewed by Helyce
Note: Light spoilers from previous books.
The character of Denny Cutler was introduced to the Virgin River series in a previous book. Denny had a lot going on in his life. His mom had been ill with cancer and just before she died she dropped a bomb on him–the man he had grown up thinking was his dad was not his biological father. In a very bad place, he breaks up with his girlfriend, Becca, and signs up for another tour of duty which takes him to Afghanistan. When he returns, he takes the name his mom gave him and heads to Virgin River to meet the man he thinks is his father. What he finds in Virgin River is so much more than he ever could have expected. He settles there, taking on a few jobs and making a life for himself. He’s looking forward to a visit from his buddies who are coming up to fish and hunt over Thanksgiving.
It’s been three years since Denny left her, and Becca Timm is at a crossroads. She’s been dating Doug for about a year and as the holidays approach she gets the feeling that he’s getting serious. She feels he’s about to pop the question, but she knows she can’t accept until she has closure on what happened between her and Denny. When she learns her brother is heading up to Virgin River over Thanksgiving for some hunting and fishing and to see his friend Denny, she tags along, much to her brother’s chagrin. She promises to stay out of the way and she assures him that she really just wants to try hunting and fishing; that her decision to go has nothing to do with seeing Denny again. She is completely unprepared when she sees Denny, though. She’s immediately swamped with feelings and longings for the boy that broke her heart. She’s determined though, and does her best to act like she is not affected by his mere presence. Denny doesn’t do much better. In fact, his immediate response is so uncharacteristic for him he stuns himself. He almost can’t believe she is there, right in front of him.
Unfortunately, things take a turn when Becca hurts her ankle forcing her to stay in Virgin River longer than the week she had planned. She’s not exactly upset about the situation, as Denny has moved her into his place to take care of her. Denny and Becca both realize they never stopped loving each other and are determined to make it work this time, even if Denny has to leave Virgin River to be with Becca.
It’s not long before Becca falls under the spell of Virgin River. The strong sense of community appeals to her and in a very short period of time, she begins to feel like she belongs. When Jack, the unofficial mayor of the town, makes her a job offer she can’t believe her luck, but it’s a big decision to leave all that she’s known behind-even if it means being with the man she loves.
I love this series! It is almost impossible not to fall in love with each and every character in these books. It is heavy with strong, sexy men, most of whom have had a military career at one time, as well as equally strong and intelligent women. Previous books have dealt with real issues like domestic abuse, teenage pregnancy, rape, dementia, cancer, life after war, drugs, abandonment, and poverty just to name a few. In each installment, we revisit previous characters and get updates into their lives. The idea of true love, family, commitment and a community that takes care of its inhabitants both young and old, flows through the pages of these books. Virgin River is a magical place where its characters may come to visit, but are often compelled to stay and they are never disappointed in that choice.