December 20, 2011

Review: Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr

Source: we received an e-ARC of the book through NetGalley for review purposes.

To me the Virgin River books are a bit like comfort food, you know what you are going to get, they make you feel good and you always come back for more. This is the 17th book in the series but Robyn has reinvented it by infusing it with new characters, which allows new readers to jump right in, even if you haven’t read the other books.

Hidden Summit is the story of Conner Danson. After an unfortunate event where he ended up the only witness of a murder he enters the witness protection program and the DA sends him to Virgin River to lay low while they wait for the trial to start. He has to leave everything behind, including his sister and twin nephews and get a new job working for Haggerty Construction. Needless to say he isn’t happy about it.

On the other hand we have Leslie Petruso. After a bitter and humiliating divorce where she was forced to make nice with his ex and his new pregnant wife, she decides that she’s had enough and moves to Virgin River to work for -you guessed it- Haggerty Construction, whose owner, Paul Haggerty, is the son of her boss and an old friend.

Conner is the first to notice Leslie but at first he thinks that she’s having an affair with Paul which he thinks is for the best because a romantic relationship would only complicate things even more. He feels strongly attracted to her and the feelings are mutual so they end up together. But their lives are anything but normal, Conner’s life is at risk, as well as everyone’s close to him, and Leslie’s ex is back to cause trouble, so they have a difficult road ahead of them.

I will be the first one to admit that at one point I considered quitting the series, but then we started getting new books that focused on new characters instead of the old ones. Is not that I didn’t like the original Virgin River cast, but it was getting old. For the past six or seven books things have been different in this town, and I’m very glad, not only because the new characters brought new life to the series, but also because it’s easier for new readers to get into the series without having to read the previous books. A series with 17+ books can be daunting for any reader.

Hidden Summit was interesting because the main focus of the book was the leading couple. The town and the secondary characters are part of it but they don’t overshadow Leslie and Connor’s journey and love story. I also liked the fact that they were adults that knew what they wanted, so despite having a somewhat short courtship the romance was believable.

Both Connor and Leslie were very likeable. I found a lot of similarities between them: they were family oriented, lonely, focused and hardworking people. It was almost a match made in heaven because they were perfect for each other.

The ending was very surprising. I think that a lot of people will have issues with it because in a way it was anti-climactic. I actually liked the fact that Ms. Carr didn’t go the predictable way, but I think the ending was rushed and almost too easy. This wasn’t a romantic suspense but if you’re going to add a touch of suspense to the plot at least make things more difficult for the characters.

There’s also the fact that Conner jumps right into the relationship despite numerous warnings from the people trying to protect him. He knows how dangerous it is to be close to him but yet he doesn’t have any qualms to pursue Leslie.

If you’re a fan of the series you will be happy to know that most of the beloved characters from previous books like Jack, Brie, Mel, Preacher, Mike and Paul have cameos and even secondary roles. So the touch of nostalgia is there but if you are a new reader you won’t find it confusing at all.

Overall this was a lovely book, with the familiar style of a great author and a strong addition to the series. A must read if you are a fan and a good place to start if you are new to Virgin River.

Review by Brie
Grade: 3.5
Sensuality: McSexy


Sick of running into her cheery ex-husband and his new wife, Leslie Petruso accepts a job at the Virgin River branch of Haggerty Construction and takes the high road right out of town. Now she's got Paul Haggerty's business running like a well-oiled machine. In fact, things are so busy Paul jumps at the chance to hire an extra set of hands.
Just like Leslie, Conner Danson has been burned by love. But if Leslie was disappointed by her relationship going bad, Conner was decimated. He's got no time for women…although he spends an awful lot of time pretending not to notice Leslie. And she's pretty busy "ignoring" the chemistry between them.
According to Conner and Leslie, they have only one thing in common—they're done with love. But everyone in Virgin River can see that things are heating up at Haggerty Construction. And as far as Paul Haggerty can tell, the best thing he can do is hang on to his hard hat and watch the sparks fly!

Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr
Mira. December 27, 2011.


  1. I've never read this author...but I've been wanting to try this day!

  2. I really need to go ahead and try Robyn Carr. I do love those books that are like comfort food. When you're in the mood for something specific and know exactly what you're going to get. Those are some of the best reads sometimes.

  3. I have read every Virgin River book...Robyn knows how to put the heart in her characters that bring her readers back again and again to a place that feels like home to her readers.

  4. Mandi: You know which book I loved? A Summer in Sonoma, it's a standalone so no catching up needed, and it's a good example of her style so if you like it then you'll probably enjoy this series.

    Jade: The same I told Mandi, A Summer in Sonoma is a good place to start and lovely book. And I agree, it's good to have reliable authors, that way you know exactly what you're getting.

    Kathleen: I know you're a fan! I'm sure you're going to love Hidden Summit, and you're right, Virgin River feels like home, that's why I love series set in small towns, they are cozy and you can't wait to be back!

  5. There are days when I want to give up this series as well LOL. But then, one book will have a good blurb and there I am, waiting to read it LOL. I'm glad that Hidden Summit is focused on the leading couple. Anyway, I'm most probably going to read this one :) And jeez, book #17!! How did that happen?!? I remember picking up the first book at the bookstore... It's only been a few years!

  6. I think I've read another review in this series. 17 books in a series definitely seems difficult to keep them fresh especially in the romance genre. Very helpful review Brie.

  7. I just read this one, but think I need to start from the first one in order to really like it. Great review!

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