A winterly themed novel I read for the 2020 HoHoHo Readathon. A wonderful story about love, Christmas, family, and the willpower of women. Usually, I don´t like it when I start a series in the middle. But sometimes a book out of a series can be read as a standalone also, and that here the case. Sure, there are some hints to the other volumes, and I am sure that one day I will be able to read them too. But for now, this one was what I call good entertainment. 

My Kind Of Christmas*
by Robyn Carr
Virgin River Series #18
Publisher Mira TB on October 25, 2016
Genre Novel
Pages 285
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

While the Riordan brothers have a reputation for being rough-and-tumble, Patrick has always been the gentle, sweet-natured one. But his easygoing manner is tested by his high-octane career as a navy pilot, and for the Riordan men, when the going gets tough…the tough find the love of a good woman. Angie LeCroix wants to spend Christmas in Virgin River relaxing, away from her well-intentioned but hovering mother. Yet instead of freedom, she gets her uncle, Jack Sheridan. If he had his way, she'd never go out at all. And certainly not with Patrick Riordan. But Angie has her own idea of the kind of Christmas she wants—and the kind of man. Patrick and Angie thought they wanted to be left alone this Christmas—until they met each other. Now they want to be left alone together. But the Sheridan and Riordan families have different plans for Patrick and Angie—and for Christmas, Virgin River style!
Angie has a very hovering mother. A mother who would love to control every second of her daughter’s life. But Angie has other plans with it. After a terrible car accident and the knowledge that she will have a medical device forever in her head, she knows that she can´t keep going on with her old life. And she wants to be independent. Doing things, she never could because she had to learn. Yes, Angie wants to enjoy life to the fullest and so she goes and visits her uncle to get a new perspective. A step her mother deeply displeases.

I love the simple but touching and very entertaining way in which the author has written this novel. Good, it is a book in a long series, and I have not even read the volumes before this one, but I enjoyed it. The way how Angie deals with her mother – by totally ignoring her after a few phone calls – she enjoys her time in Virgin River and starts to do all the things she never could. And according to all the other women in this novel, it looks like a statement by the author that the men are all a few years older than the women they fell in love with. 

Angie is the main figure you want as a best friend in your life. The moment she lays an eye on Patrick he is lost and the way how she gets her will is filled with wit, hilarious scenes, and dialogues that made me laugh out loud. What a fantastic figure.

Angie is a woman I like very much. Not a beauty by definition, but a beautiful woman every man turns his head the moment she walks by. The fun thing here, Angie doesn´t see herself as a beauty. She has some scars; visible and not visible ones and she knows what she wants. The moment she lays an eye on Patrick he is lost and the way how she gets her will is filled with wit, hilarious scenes, and dialogues that made me laugh out loud. 

A wonderful to read a novel set in a great landscape. The gentle style the author uses to write about some bad things is put into a wonderful language. If you want a winter setting and some great characters, go and read this novel. 

Happy reading

*I read the German edition "Weihnachtsmärchen In Virgin River" released by Mira TB on November 10, 2015. 

Robyn Carr
Robyn Carr ©Michael Alberstat

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels. Her work includes the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her novels touch on whether she writes them in the historical genre, romance novels, or thrillers. Robyn remembers very well how she started her career as a writer 25 years ago. She was a trained nurse but was not able to take a steady job because her husband had to move professionally again and again. At that time, she read a lot – mainly from the genre of fantasy. During that time, she thought, “I can do that myself!” Her start into the new profession was difficult. She herself thought she had written a new novel with the class “Gone with the Wind”, but she was totally mistaken. It was a big failure. Only her third attempt was successful. Meanwhile, her two children are out of the house and she enjoys the great luxury of leisure. She has led a senior citizen group writing memoirs, is running a book club chat inside and outside the state, and works in the local library. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. 



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