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Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, Book 2)
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John "Preacher" Middleton is about to close the bar when a young woman and her three-year-old son come in out of the wet October night. A marine who has seen his share of pain, Preacher knows a crisis when he sees one—the woman is covered in bruises. He wants to protect them, and he wants to punish whoever did this to her, but he knows immediately that this inclination to protect is something much more. Paige Lassiter has stirred up emotions in this gentle giant of a man-emotions that he has never allowed himself to feel.

But when Paige's ex-husband turns up in Virgin River, Preacher knows his own future hangs in the balance. And if there's one thing the marines' motto of Semper Fidelis—always faithful—has taught him, it's that some things are worth fighting for.

Customer Reviews:

  • Preacher man is all in!!!!!
    This was my favorite of the Virgin River series. I guess because after reading the first book I had no desire to see Preacher in a romantic way. But I was proven wrong. I loved the way he was so hesitant and protective of Paige. The tenderness he showed with Christopher was super sweet. The slow build up until they finally dealt with thier feelings was paid off in the end. All in all a great read!!!!!...more info
  • Shelter Mountain
    Fortunately I read Virgin River first and what I really enjoyed was how the books flowed right into the next one in the trilogy. I was very happy that Carr did not feel the need to over state what happend in book one and I loved the characters. I am not a romance kind of reader so this was a different group of books for me. Guick read, nice sex without over the top. Real people without being unbelievable. I enjoyed all three books....more info
  • Shelter Valley
    This book is one of the best I have read in a long time...the story of the people in Virgin River is very must read them all though...this is book #2...Virgin River #1 and Whispering Rock #3...they are great if only we could get Robyn Carr's Grace Valley series, which is a companion to the Virgin River Series....more info
    I love books in a series and this series is fabulous! I won't go into a story outline because that's already been done here; I'll just gush instead! I started the book after getting home from work one night and would have finished if my husband hadn't FORCED me to put it down and go to bed.

    Such a great, entertaining read. The characters are so real you could almost reach out and touch them. I want a John Middleton of my own, please!

    Do not, I reapeat do not, read the books out of order--you'll hate yourself if you do because there are continuing story lines throughout.

    Virgin River
    1. Virgin River (2007)
    2. Shelter Mountain (2007)
    3. Whispering Rock (2007)
    4. A Virgin River Christmas (2008)
    5. Second Chance Pass (2009)
    6. Temptation Ridge (2009)
    7. Paradise Valley (2009)...more info
  • Wonderful!
    I am so glad I read about this series on a message board because I had not previously read Robyn Carr's books. This is a wonderful series!...more info
  • Shelter Mountain
    The entire Virgin River series is excellent. Easy reading, three or four seaparate plots interwoven into each book, and surprises throughout. I have read all seven books in the series and wish there were more!...more info
  • The second book in the Virgin River series
    John "Preacher" Middleton is a former Marine who works as a cook in his buddy Jack's bar. Preacher is used to being alone--his parents died when he was young and he's never had a serious relationship. In fact, one of the reasons he enlisted was to get a band of brothers who would be like his family. Because instinctively Preacher knew that he would end up alone. So he takes comfort in his friends, in fishing and cooking in the small town of Virgin River, and in reading books and looking things up on the Internet. It's not much, but it's his life, and he's content. That is until the night a woman with a bruise on her face and a split lip walks into the bar, cradling her young son in her arms. Instantly every protective instinct in Preacher is aroused and he wants not only to find out who did this to her, but to make sure he never gets the chance to do it again.

    Paige Lassiter stops into Virgin River after getting lost on her way to a safe house for battered women. She has just fled from LA with her son in tow after being viciously beaten by her husband. This isn't the first time Paige's husband has raised his hand to her and she knows it won't be the last. That's why she has to get out. For herself. For her son. And for the baby she's carrying. When she stumbles into Virgin River she has no idea the type of protective instincts these men have and that they will do anything to take care of her and make sure that she's safe. But Paige has a hard time trusting people and it will take everything Preacher can do to ensure that she's welcome in their small town, that they will look out for her no matter what, and that she can have a life as more than a man's punching bag.

    Shelter Mountain is the follow-up to Virgin River (Virgin River Trilogy, Book 1), a novel about a small town that helped a broken woman put the pieces of her shattered life back together. Shelter Mountain is the same sort of story, and it's just as poignant, just as well written, and just as engaging. I'm not the type of person who cries when I read. I can watch Titanic (10th Anniversary Edition) and Love Story without tearing up. I'm just not a watering pot. But this book had me in shambles at least twice, and just hoping that there would be a happy ending. Which is the beauty of romance. Of course there was.

    Preacher was introduced in Virgin River as the strong, silent type. He was the sort of guy who was always around, but who didn't have to say a lot to get his point across. He seemed like a loner, but a guy who was happy with it. And he was. Until he met Paige. It was like watching an avalanche the way this small, battered woman broke down the walls around his heart. She taught him how to feel, how to want more, how to be happy. He loved her son, protected him, taught him that all men aren't bullies and real men don't hit. I kind of fell in love with him a bit for it. Ok, who am I kidding. I fell in love a lot with him for it. And poor Paige. Jeez, it's hard for me to think of a more broken heroine. She endured the abuse and tried to make it better. And she did what she could to stop it. She had restraining orders, she'd left her husband before, and she had called the police. It didn't work. She was willing to resort to losing her identity to protect herself and her child when she found Virgin River and I was so happy that she did.

    The Virgin River series has, thus far, been filled with dependable, strong men who protect their family and friends with all they've got and kind, empathetic women who just need a little support. I've loved it so far and look forward to grabbing the next book in the series, Whispering Rock (Virgin River Trilogy, Book 3)....more info
  • Perfection
    I loved this book even more than the first one. It was emotionally powerful (and wrenching) without resorting to any unbelievable plot devices. Every moment in this book resonates as honest, possible and even likely. It actually made me cry! Robyn really carried her characters through the whole story as true to life as I've ever seen. Of course, I also loved visiting with the characters from the first book. It just felt like I could drive there and be in Virgin River whenever I had time. Absolutely going on my keeper shelf!...more info
    Normally I get bored really fast with most contemperary novels with all of their bed hopping but these characters and the plot have depth - not like the marshmellow kind with two main characters constantly ending up in bed.

    The only down side is her attempt to use the fricking language and our Lord's name [not allowed] Is she trying to immulate the men who don't know how to espress themselves?

    Once again we have a great cast of characters with Mel and Jack Sheridan continuing their roles and not overshadowing John "Preacher" Middleton, at 32 - I like the bond between Jack and his Marine buddies.

    Paige Lassiter is 29 and has a 3 year old son, Christopher - neither one of them see a scary brute of a man in Preacher - in fact Chrishopher doesn't take too much time to bond with the man.

    Mike Valenzuela is introduced more fully as he is invited to recuperate in Virgin River after being shot in the line of duty and he askes Mel for help in rehibilitation of his muscles. He still hasn't gotten it altogether.

    Mel is pregnant then along comes Rick's girl friend - she is 15 and is pregnant - almost a tragedy - great scenes of maturing and growing up.
    Brie, Jack's baby sister is brought in to help Paige as she is a lawyer.

    We learn more about Dr. John Stone and June & Jim Hudson [from the Grass Valley trilogy] Fiesty old Doc Mullins is still around.

    Now who is this mysterious Dan that keeps showing up -- undercover maybe??
    Will he get his story?
    He suddenly appears and helps locate Paige and her ex after Lassiter kidnapps Paige. He wants to use her as bait to draw Preacher and Jack into a trap. [grin - they whupped Lassiter].

    Oh What A Story! Most Excellent, except where she needs to clean it up.
    Pure entertainment etc.,
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - the whole trilogy - Great concept.
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  • Disappointed devoted reader....
    I have been a big fan of Robyn Carr for a couple of years now and many of her books are on my short list of favorites, but I must admit that I was really disappointed in the Virgin River series. Just seeing the name "Robyn Carr" made me buy all three books but in the end I felt like a problem with the series was the way the themes of domestic violence/rape were presented. I felt like these themes were just too obvious, there was no subtlety in their presentation. I understand an author's desire to write about a character who survives domestic violence, but it's important to keep in mind that you're writing about a character who is dealing with the issue--not creating a story around the issue--does this make sense? The biggest problem for me were that details about DV weren't well woven into the story. My biggest complaint about this series is similar to what another reviewer wrote about Carr's "Blue Skies"--we appreciate Carr's research and her respect for accuracy, but not when the little details interfere with the actual storytelling.

    I did still enjoy the books, but just in an "okay" way. Compared to her other works, the Virgin River series really falls flat to me. I think the Grace Valley series is still one of her best, and another favorite of mine is "The House on Olive Street." If you're new to Carr's works, I would suggest those over Virgin River. ...more info
  • Shelter Mountain
    I can get lost in real life stories... ones that take me away. I really get into a book can laugh and cry along with them. I stumbled across Robin Carr in one of the author sites I surf and thought it sounded good and now I look for everything she writes can't imagine why she isn't listed up at the top with Daniell Steel and Nora Roberts she is in my book!!...more info
  • Extremely Dissapointed at a Good Book!!!!
    This is my first Robyn Carr book and though I didnt like the book very much, I wont let it discourage me from her other works.

    Shelter Mountain is about Paige Lassiter who walks into John "Preacher" Middleton bar on a rainy night with her 3 year old son and she is covered with bruises. As Paige tries to get comfortable with living in the small town, she is still wary that her husband will file reports about her leaving town with her husband. When her husband shows up in town to get her to come home, he beats her in the middle of the street, causing to her to lose her unborn baby which he intentionally wanted to abort. As time passes, she divorces her husband and feelings between Paige and John start to develop beautifully and surprisingly time conscious.

    The story between Paige and Preacher is a very beautiful story, for this I will not lose faith in Carr's books, however, I never read the first book of this series to know everything that happened in it from the second book. There is so much talk and mention around Mel and Jack that it consumes a majority of the book. I felt like screaming shut up with these two already, they already had a book and now they are taking up another book. It was ridiculous after a while. I love sequels and I like happy endings, but this book drove me crazy. For that reason, I give it two stars. ...more info