My particular vice is Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series.  It’s not easy to keep a reader coming back book after book after book.  Heck, I’ve stopped reading a four book series in the middle of the third because it just lost my interest and I no longer gave a hoot about the characters. But after 12 books, Robyn Carr still makes me care. This is a series that is as much about the characters as it is about the place.  Virgin River, is in the middle of nowhere, but it is  where people come to heal their broken hearts and souls and to fall in love again for the last time.  There are multiple characters that appear in each book , chief amongst them is Jack Sheridan.  He’s the hero that started the series, and his character is a continual thread in each book, the one that holds Virgin River together weaving in and out of each person’s life.  He is the king pin, the touch stone in everyone’s life.  If the series was just about him through the years, I’d be completely content.  But Robyn Carr has created an ensemble cast of characters that keep you running to the book store, or pushing the buy button on your computer to read the next installment in a terrific series.

In the latest book Wild Man Creek one broken heart and one broken dream come together to find one new beginning.  Jillian Matlock, a high powered PR specialist, is forced into a very early retirement; losing her heart, her self esteem and her career.  Colin Riordan is fighting back from physical damages and addiction after his Black Hawk went down, surviving when no one thought it was possible.  Both find themselves in Virgin River looking for solitude, space and a chance to rethink their lives.  What they never expected to find was each other.  

There are, what some would call, several secondary story lines in this book.,but what you realize with Ms. Carr is that no story is secondary.  In the Virgin River Series you know each story will be fleshed out and appear again in a later book, making each read that much more satisfying.  Her ability to write and make you feel each emotion is visceral. You feel the characters pains, joys and sorrows.  Her writing is fluid and she sweeps you up in the lives of the people who inhabit  this little hamlet of Virgin River and as the series grows so does the town.  As you greet new people and say goodbye to others there’s always a very warm feeling  each time you visit Virgin River.

I want to give a special shout out to P.J. Audensmore of The Romance Dish for turning me onto Virgin River.She not only has great taste in books, she gave me the first two books in the series to read, and from then on it’s been an auto buy for me.

What’s your favorite long time running series?  You don’t have to pick just one.


 

Comments
by Moderator dhaupt on ‎01-28-2011 10:51 AM

Maria, I am a recent addict of the Virgin River drug, I review for Mira and they sent me the latest four in this series and now I'm hooked just like you. But I do have to say that this chapter in the life and times of the people of Virgin River is my favorite. It's one of the most poignant love stories ever and if someone starts the series here they will soon go back to the beginning and find out all the side stories they missed.

Thanks for your great article here about it and I have so many favorite series that I love I can't mention them all I will say that Marisa and I were also separated at birth because we have the same tastes in reading.

Here's some of my favs.

 

JR Ward The Black Dagger Brotherhood

Kay Hooper Bishop series

Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series

Linda Lael Miller all of her western series especially all of the McKettricks

Jessica Anderson's The Last Prophecy series

and I could go on but I'll leave room for other commenters 

 

Deb

by nance_ on ‎01-28-2011 01:11 PM

I really enjoy Robyn Carr's Virgin River series! I find I really care about the people and what's going on in their lives and can hardly wait for the next books to come out!

 

A few of my favorites are:

 

Susan Wiggs - Lakeshore series

Emilie Richards - Shenandoah Album

Debbie Macomber - Cedar Cove Series

 

by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎01-28-2011 08:21 PM

the sisterhood series by fern michaels

black dagger brotherhood

mckettricks/creeds/stonecreek series

by 1lovealways on ‎01-29-2011 01:44 AM

Hi Maria!

 

I haven't read the Virgin River series, but it sounds wonderful!  Here are a few or the series that I like.

 

Dark Hunter Series - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Black Dagger Brotherhood - J.R. Ward

Midnight Breed - Lara Adrian

Immortals After Dark - Kresley Cole

Chronicles of Nick - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Demonica Series - Larissa Ione

The Breeds - Lora Leigh

Fallen Angels - J.R. Ward

The Higlander Series - Karen Marie Moning

Lords of Avalon - Kinley Macgregor

 

 

 

by pjpuppymom on ‎01-30-2011 06:49 PM

Maria, what a lovely blog!  I'm so glad you're enjoying Robyn's Virgin River series.  "Virgin River" is my favorite romance to give to friends and I'm always delighted when they love the books as much as I do. 

 

You know how I feel about reading a series.  Love them!  :smileyhappy:  A few favorites are:

 

Joanna Lindsey's Mallory series

Julia Quinn's Bridgertons

Christina Dodd's Darkness Chosen/Chosen Ones

Monica McCarty's Highlanders (different trilogies but inter-connected)

Janet Chapman's Highlanders

Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels

 

...and many, many more. ;-)

 

 

by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎01-31-2011 10:52 PM

Wow - you've all mentioned some wonderful series.  Some I've read and others... well, now I know what will keep me awake at night - catching up on all the series I haven't read.

by bklvr16 on ‎02-02-2011 08:26 AM

I have been hooked on the Virgin River series for ever!!  I love all the characters.  Robyn Carr makes them all so real.  You want to find a place like Virgin River to live & be a part of that 'family'. 

I love reading Linda Lael Miller; especially her McKettricks, Creeds and Stone Creek.

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series

Christina Dodd's Darkness Chosen & Chosen series

Susan Wiggs' Lakeshore series.

 

 

by bookmom22 on ‎02-02-2011 05:23 PM

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, even tho it takes forever to get the next installment.

Sara Donati's Wilderness series, even tho it's all finished.

Lara Adrian's breed series -- I love good vampires!

 

Cindy Gerard's Black Ops

Susanne Brockmann's SEALs

Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse

Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum (I listen to this on CD while commuting to work -- you should see the strange looks I get as I'm barrelling along, laughing my head off!)

Sandra Hill's Vikings

 

then there are the romance series, and the NASCAR series... 

by kimba88 on ‎02-05-2011 02:29 AM

I totally love this series. 
I  am a series addict and am always excited to get my next fix. I have come to love all the characters, each book is like coming home

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