Valkea kuin lumi yStmas but it still stands true reading a new Virgin River novel is like coming home to old friends You get to catch up with all the previous characters see how they are all doing and what s new in Virgin River Plus meet new characters It s just nice to read and Robyn Carr does a great job with the continuity of this seriesIn Second Chance Pass readers finally get the resolution to Vanessa and Paul s relationship Years ago Paul and his best friend Matt saw the same woman at the same time Both wanted her but it was Matt who took the initiative and eventually married Vanessa Paul never stopped loving Vanessa but he would never come between the two Then Matt was killed while fighting for his country and Paul stayed with Vanessa through it and the birth of her and Matt s child Now Vanessa has realized her feelings for Paul have grown but she thinks he sees her like a sister And Paul believes she s not ready for him to reveal his feelings Things get complicated when an occasional lover of Paul s tells him she is going to have his baby So it seems like everything is against them working it outAnd elsewhere in Virgin River babies are being born lovers must say goodbye forest fires threaten Some people are moving on others are standing still and others are stuck in the past There s never a dull moment in Virgin RiverThis was such an enjoyable book to read I loved the characters the setting the different storylines With the exception of one or two small things I loved every part of this book It was great to read Vanessa and Paul getting their happy ending After everything Vanessa had been through and Paul s unreuited love they both deserved a happy future together I liked the way things developed with them all the complications It made the resolution that much sweeter The outcome of Terrie s pregnancy the woman Paul slept with was on the predictable side but their are only so many ways that can play out Though it would have added an interesting element to their relationship if it had gone differentlyOne of the things I love most about this series though is that the prior couples stories don t end after their book Some authors who write series seem to forget about the previous HH once their story is done like in Brenda Novak s Last Stand trilogy but Carr keeps them alive and active in every book They re not just bystanders but main stage players In this book big things happen to Mel and Jack andou get stuff with Paige and Preacher and Brie and Mike It s just really nice to have that continuity that connection to what s gone on before It s what makes this series like coming home to old friendsI also enjoyed the secondary romances in this book even if none of them were settled when the story ended There was Tom and Brendawho I m guessing will get their story in the third VC trilogy set for next ear and Walt and Muriel Joe and Nikki plus a little bit of Ricky and Liz who will get their story I assume in Paradise Valley Lots of interesting stuff to read in this book And that s without mentioning the medical emergencies and forest fires that nearly kill main charactersOn the what didn t I like sidewell almost *NOTHING THE ONE THING THING THAT I REALLY WOULD *The one thing thing that I really would preferred was if the last scene in the book had been with Vanessa
And Paul They WerePaul They were main HH of the story et for the last chunk of the book they fell a bit by the wayside Which okay fine That s Carr s style but I just think the ending would have been better suited using them instead of Walt and Muriel Those two ending the book didn t feel right to me But that s just my opinionOther than "That No Major Complaints For This Book "no major complaints for this book was a great read When I first started this series Carr s style of telling a story annoyed me a little but it s grown on me and I know what to expect now So I thoroughly enjoyed this book If The Lady of Larkspur Lotion you ve been reading the VC series thenou MUST read this one And if Five Wealth Secrets 96% of Us Dont Know you haven t read any of the books thenou should definitely give them a try especially if ou like classic contemporary romance NOTE It s probably important to note that this book isn t exactly a stand alone Maybe it could be read alone but not in my opinion You really need to read the rest of the series in the correct order to get all the various nuances and relationships You d just miss a lot if ou jumped in right now 5 stars Contemporary RomanceSecond Chance Pass is another bittersweet heartrending addition to the engaging Virgin River series with its portrayal of uaint small town community life soap opera worthy drama uirky characters love and humor This one had multiple storylines going on involvin This one was a mess I loved the first 3 books of the series but this one was simply awfulThe heroine was a total bitch She was rude pushy selfish ungrateful nosy and completely unfair I simply couldn t stand her and I don t get how we re supposed to believe anyone else wants to be around her Ugh The hero was a pushover with no personality The side story on his side was cringy and totally unrealistic The fact that they got together just 2 months after Vanessa s husband s death which coincided with her giving birth to his baby too seemed strange and unrealistic I think any mom of such a oung baby would be focusing on maternity rather than pining for someone and trying to settle her love life let alone a recent widow And this one was even actively throwing herself at the man and banging him over the head for taking so long to make a move on her Unbelievable The heroines from previous books behaved unnecessarily disrespectful rude and bitchy toward their spouses as well Especially Mel It felt like she doesn t appreciate Jack at all He s such an amazing husband and he doesn t deserve such treatment Major disappointmentThe bridesmaid side story was super cringy as well The dude was a total gentleman and everyone ganged up on him for no reason The girl behaved like an idiot Why he would want anything to do with such a crazy person after being put through all of this is beyond Has staked her claim on him a claim that will be tough to escapeWith courage humility and not a little meddling from the good folks of Virgin River Vanni and Paul might just get a second chance to have the love they both desire and deserv. Born to raise Loved the friendship she had with Matt s best friend and former Marine buddy Paul who had loved her from the minute he first set eyes on her ears ago but was reluctant to fight for her I did not like how Paul almost blew a chance for happiness with Vanni and let her almost get stolen away from him by a handsome pediatrician I was very relieved when he finally got up the gumption helped along by some advice from his friends to reveal his long standing feelings for Vanni and even liked how he went all dominant on her it was just what the hot tempered and stubborn Vanni needed While their love affair was not without a few bumps along the way including the possibility that he may have fathered a child by another woman Hooking Him you could feel the love and obvious connection that these two characters had I especially loved Paul he was just such an honorable all around good guy and I really wanted him to have a HEAAs far as the subplots there was some hot moments for teenage Tom Rutledge and girlfriend Brenda and I m sure we ll be reading about them once Tom graduates from West Point and moves on to a career in the military Will theseoung lovers be able to stay together even though Tom s military path is sure to keep them apartI also loved the plot about Paul s achitect friend Joe Joe s the last of the Marine buddies who s still single and he finds his possible soulmate in Virgin River But after a wildly passionate night together she disappears breaking his heart I was just heartbroken for this guy he didn t deserve that kind of treatment But by the end of the book things look like they finally may be turning around for him which made me very happy Hopefully there will be for him in a future book Even Vanessa s father widowed Army General Walt finds a surprising new love interest Although his story is left open ended I m sure his budding romance will appear in a future bookWhat can I say without giving away some spoilers If Training the Trainer you love the Virgin River seriesou ll adore this book The characters are beautifully written Karsh Portfolio you feel likeou ve known them all Before Atlantis your life The writing is so descriptiveou feel like The Gypsy Wisdom Spellbook you can see Jack s Bar right in front ofour eyes down to the mounted trophies on the wall You know the characters so well their hurts become Life in the Slow Lane Observations on Art Architecture Manners and Other Such Spectator Sports your hurts and bring tears toour eyes And their joys become The Destruction of Jerusalem An Absolute and Irresistible Proof of the Divine Origin of Christianity your joys andou ll cry for them as well There were many times while reading this book that I just had to put it down for a while because I was tearing up so much If Three Cups of Tea you haven t read any books in the series I suppose this book could be read as a stand alone but please don t do that toourself Start with the first book in the series Virgin River ou ll want to inhale every factoid about this tiny California town and the awesome men who treat their women like ueens and the brave spunky women who adore them Although the heat factor in this book isn t real high in uantity compared to some other books the few love scenes are hot and the romance makes up for the rest I think this is one of the best contemporary romance series out there and I hope Robyn Carr never stops writing about the men and women of Virgin River I highly recommend this book and the entire series and give it a big 5 stars This is like a 360 I just really didn t love this one as much as the others It was engrossing but most of the time I was frustratedIt s the women For some reason in Second Chance Pass they re all crazy or bitchy or stupid or a combination of all three It s very annoying I ve liked the female leads in all the *Books Up Until This *up until this Most of the women not just Vanni were practically howl at the moon nuts And the men came off as whipped than usual which is far from my preferenceThere were a lot of stories woven in this time It felt like a skim over the populace rather than a fully realized arc but then Carr s Virgin River series isn t organized in strict arcs anyway Second Chance Pass just seemed to have focal points though Three romances total that all related back to the title two births several goodbyes and a Big Event that wraps it all up That s a lot for one bookI love the new building going on in Virgin River I love that people are coming to the town and falling in love with it I don t know what new characters that popped up in this one will pop up in further books but there are a lot of new possibilities now I didn t out and out sob reading this one although the conversation between Rick and Jack almost did the trick Keep the tissues handy though Just because I didn t weep uncontrollably doesn t mean
my throat didn t tighten up at several moments Your mileage may varyThe best thing about this series isthroat didn t tighten up at several moments Your mileage may varyThe best thing about this series is ou come to know the characters so well that even if they just show up in the background All God's Children Are Lost but Only a Few Can Play the Piano Finding a Life That Is Truly Your Own you feel likeou ve really checked in with them And The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity you feel like the town s a part ofour own experience which is a very impressive accomplishment for CarrNo I didn t love this installment I do love the series though and I m anxious to move on to the next one I ll get there but after a few other books in the TBR And I will definitely have the tissues in easy reachETA There are some mild spoilers in the comments Well not what I expected at all This series has made a turn I m not interested about I really wanted to like this books because for me books 12 and 4 were amazing But book 3 and this one were not goodFirst I got extremely bored with the beginning of the book As Vanni and Paul knew so well each other we did not have all those moments where the main couple gets to know each other which are the best IMHO Then they were constantly complainin It took me until 39% before major frustrations with Paul and Vanessa s romance cleared and I was able to relax a little bit I still was on edge view spoilerabout an issue with Paul until around 51% I ll also say that I don t think I would ve been as understanding with Terri and what she did So not okay with me hide spoiler I think I said it after reading A Virgin River Chri. Aul Haggerty lives by the marine motto Semper Fi Ever faithful to his best friend he's done right by Matt's widow as best he canconsidering he's been secretly in love with her for ears Now just as he's about to make his move another woman.
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going on in this one Apart from Vanni and Paul there were three other developing romances lots of the existing couples with their own activities and drama and also external events affecting the town All the Virgin River novels always have a lot going on but this one took it way too farAll that said I still love this series I like Carr s writing I love the setting and most of the characters and I will definitely be moving on with the rest of the series I just hope this one was the only aberration Second Chance Pass is the 5th and IMO the most touching story in the Virgin River series to date It also reaffirmed my belief that Jack Sheridan is the best hero to have ever graced the pages of a romance novel Not one to slink away uietly after his story was showcased in Virgin River book 1 of the series Jack and his wife Mel have continued to figure prominently in each book sinceparticularly in this one Jack s love and appreciation for his close friends and family his over the top insane love for Mel and his babies his zest for lifehas me with my finger Whew I loved it just as I knew I would This latest in the Virgin River series had a lot going on There were at least three new romances as well as updates on some longer standing ones a couple of very touching *BIRTHS A COUPLE OF NEAR TRAGIC *a couple of near tragic of some major characters a funeral lots of heartbreak lots of happiness a joyous wedding and even a forrest fire that came close to destroying the town and taking the life of one of it s leading citizens Something was always happening in tiny Virgin RiverAlthough this book was mainly about the love between newly widowed Vanessa Rutledge and best friend of her late husband Paul Haggerty I think almost eual time was given to well known characters from the previous books in the series especially Mel and Jack Sheridan who was like a superhero in this book Which was fine with me I love revisiting the lives of Mel and Jack I love reading about their inspiring love story their commitment to one another and their family and their commitment to the town of Virgin River I also found Jack s relationship with oung Rick a #Boy He S Mentored For A Few Years Very Touching #he s mentored for a few ears very touching also get a glimpse again into the lives of Preacher and Paige Mike and Brie and oung Marine Rick and Liz as well as watch new relationships develop for fellow Marine Joe Vanessa s father Walt and her teenage brother Tom Lots of lovin goin on in tiny Virgin RiverI loved the story of newly widowed Vanni whose husband Matt died tragically in Ira and how she was able to stay strong even though she was left with a new. In the space of a few months Vanessa buried her husband Matt and gave birth to their son breaking her heart while filling it with a whole new kind of love But the one man she longs to share this love with now acts as if she doesn't existmuch going on in this one Apart from Vanni and Paul there were three other developing romances lots of