Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Robyn Carr - Harvest Moon

Rising sous-chef Kelly Matlock's sudden collapse at work is a wake-up call. Disillusioned and burned out, she's retreated to her sister Jillian's house in Virgin River to rest and reevaluate.
Puttering in Jill's garden and cooking with her heirloom vegetables is wonderful, but Virgin River is a far cry from San Francisco. Kelly's starting to feel a little too unmotivated…until she meets Lief Holbrook. The handsome widower looks more like a lumberjack than a sophisticated screenwriter, a combination Kelly finds irresistible. But less appealing is Lief's rebellious stepdaughter, Courtney. She's the reason they moved from L.A., but Courtney's finding plenty of trouble even in Virgin River.
Kelly's never fallen for a guy with such serious baggage, but some things are worth fighting for. Besides, a bratty teenager can't be any worse than a histrionic chef, …right?

Comment: A new year begins but I'm still with Virgin River. Right now I'm very glad I still have books in the series to read...until June. This month it was time for Harvest Moon and Kelly and Lief's story.

This story starts with Kelly losing it in the kitchen where she works. Cooking has been her life forever and her dream is to be a chef in her own restaurant. After Kelly leaves the hospital she returns to a hostile work environment and she just leaves. She goes to Virgin River where her sister Jill lives and found a new way of life and love.
Lief has been living in Virgin River with his stepdaughter because he felt what they needed was quiet and peace. He meets Kelly and starts a relationship with her but will Courtney, his rebel daughter accept this?

I liked this story as is usual with the series. Even the stories I don't particularly feel overwhelmed by, I still enjoy. I think the author ha an enormous talent for the genre and it shows in her work.
This story focused on Kelly and Lief. Both had had good things in life and other not so good, which only shows everyone's life is a mix of good and bad. Unfortunately, many people only see the bad things...
Kelly has worked a lot for her profession, looking to fulfill her dreams. I think she is what many of us would like to be, driven, focused, knowing her own mind. Not many people are like this and if there's one flaw in ms Carr's stories is how fast her heroes and heroines reach the point in their lives where they know what they want and get it. This doesn't work as well in real life and I guess with a little more obstacles to overcome the winnings would feel better. I thin this is the only thing I find to criticize, some things seem too easy to accomplish, but in the end, the dream is enough to read about...
Anyway, Kelly has her issues, her life had a turn she didn't expect and she ends up in Virgin River where she meets Lief, with baggage and goals of his own.
Lief has Courtney to look after and if he starts a relationship the new someone will have to accept Courtney as well. I liked this part of the story because people aren't islands and many things have to be dealt with. Lief doesn't thin about Courtney as a task or a weight on his life which is commendable. I liked him and his way of seeing life and taking care of those around him. He and Kelly seem a good couple and I liked how sweet their HEA was and how much tenderness existed between them.

This story also shows us many of the beloved characters in the series, although it's not the book where this is more obvious. I love to keep an eye on things and to follow their lives, like life doesn't stop just because their story was already told.Good tactic on the author's part.

In the end, another winner for me. This story isn't my absolute favorite but it had many elements to make me read as much as I could..it's really annoying to stop the reading when you are enjoying yourself. Something certain with this author. If you don't know this series, please try it!
Grade: 7/10

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