Kelly Matlock had the perfect life or so she thought. She was a rising star as a sous-chef in a five-star restaurant and had good friends with famous restaurateur, Luciano Brazzi, who promised her great opportunities. One day, it all comes crashing down when Luciano's wife comes in and demands that Kelly stop her steamy affair with Luciano or else. The funny thing is that there is no affair and Kelly returns to work confused and upset. As a result, Kelly suffers from a panic attack and passes out, having to be rushed to the emergency room in front of all of her fellow coworkers.
Kelly recuperates from her panic attack and decides that it is time for a change in her life. She leaves the big city behind to travel to Virgin River and visit her sister, Jillian. Life is so much simpler in Virgin River and it isn't too long before Kelly meets Lief Holbrook, a handsome widower that has just moved to the small town with problems of his own. Lief recently lost his wife and is trying to get his life back together while dealing with his rebellious stepdaughter, Courtney, who always seems to be getting into trouble.
Lief and Kelly enjoy each other's company and Kelly soon begins to adjust to a quieter life. She finally is able to relax but knows she can't stay with her sister forever. She still wants to have her own restaurant and become a head chef someday. Kelly must decide whether to stay in Virgin River with the people that she has grown to love or return to the big city to pursue her dream.
I have heard wonderful things about Robyn Carr's "Virgin River" series but haven't had an opportunity to read them until now. I enjoyed every minute of this novel because it provided an atmosphere and characters that you could instantly enjoy. I loved this little community and how special each of the characters was. I can't wait to start reading the beginning of this series and learn all about the people that made an appearance in this novel. This was a great book to read.
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?