Author: Robyn Carr
Published: March 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Personal Library
Characters: Aiden Riordan, Erin Foley
With her beloved younger siblings settled and happy, Erin Foley has empty nest syndrome. At age thirty-five. So she's hitting the pause button on her life and holing up in a secluded (but totally upgraded—she's not into roughing it) cabin near Virgin River. Erin is planning on getting to know herself…not the shaggy-haired mountain man she meets. In fact, beneath his faded fatigues and bushy beard, Aiden Riordan is a doctor, recharging for a summer after leaving the navy. He's intrigued by the pretty, slightly snooty refugee from the rat race—her meditating and journaling are definitely keeping him at arm's length. He'd love to get closer…if his scruffy exterior and crazy ex-wife don't hold him back. But maybe it's something in the water—unlikely romances seem to take root in Virgin River…helped along by some well-intentioned meddling, of course.
Okay, from the beginning. First off, the dynamic between Aiden and Erin was good. The way they first met was comical, although the relationship did seem to progress somewhat quickly. The Art and Netta was a great disappointment, but George and Maureen were a great side story. I was more engrossed in the George/Maureen side story than any of the other side stories. There was appearances from Marcie and Ian, Franci and Sean, Mel and Jack, Shelby and Luke, and many other VR favorites.
Aiden's ex-wife shows up to cause trouble for him and Erin, but they seemed to handle it like reasonable mature adults, which was refreshing. Also, Mel and Jack were faced with a dilemma that was out of left field. But in the end that situation was resolved. So other than some disappointing side stories the book is in my top 5 of the Virgin River series.