Bring me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr continues her popular series set in Virgin River. The title and setting gives the reader a certain expectation that this would be a Christmas story about how people celebrate this holiday in a special place, full of beloved characters. Unfortunately Virgin River doesn’t become a full character in this story until halfway through the book and the holiday isn’t part of the scene until near the end of the novel. I realize that authors have very little control over the title and cover of novels so even though the book doesn’t match the cover, the book is still enjoyable for Virgin River fans.
The significance of this story is the bringing of a new development to Virgin River. From the first novel, the town acquired a great doctor and now they have a dedicated teacher and the future possibility of a school. The improvised (but treasured) town is growing and taking the reader along with the ride.
As for the actual love story, this novel is about Becca Timm and Denny Cutler rekindling their romance as mature love after squandering their young first love years previously. Unfortunately, Becca decides to handle her situation by forcing her way back into Denny’s life, by imposing on her brother, lying to her mother and essentially sneaking around on her (almost) finance, who by all accounts is a decent guy. Her conflict centers around ultimately apologizing and making amends to everyone around her after she has worked things out with Denny. It is a believable story but the heroine might have been more likeable under different circumstances.
The characters Robyn introduced in this novel could easily carry their own story so I can see the Virgin River series continuing for many, many novels, much to the delight and anticipation of this reviewer.
This year, Becca Timm knows the number one item on her Christmas wish list-getting over Denny Cutler. Three years ago, Denny broke her heart before heading off to war. It's time she got over her silly college relationship and moved on.
So she takes matters into her own hands and heads up to Virgin River, the rugged little mountain town that Denny calls home, as an uninvited guest on her brother's men-only hunting weekend. But when an accident turns her impromptu visit into an extended stay, Becca finds herself stranded in Virgin River. With Denny. In very close quarters.
As the power of Christmas envelops the little town, Becca discovers that the boy she once loved has become a strong and confident man. And the most delicious Christmas present she can imagine.