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Redwood Bend
     

Redwood Bend

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by Robyn Carr
 

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Return to Virgin River with the books that started it all…

Former actor Dylan Childress left the LA scene for a quiet life running an aviation company in Montana. But with business slowing, Dylan wonders if he should take one of the offers Hollywood keeps sending his way. He figures a motorcycle trip to Virgin River with his buddies might help him

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Return to Virgin River with the books that started it all…

Former actor Dylan Childress left the LA scene for a quiet life running an aviation company in Montana. But with business slowing, Dylan wonders if he should take one of the offers Hollywood keeps sending his way. He figures a motorcycle trip to Virgin River with his buddies might help him decide what path to take. But his own troubles are left at the side of the road when he spots a woman stranded on the way into town.

Katie Malone and her twin boys' trip to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, it's raining, the boys are hungry and Katie is having trouble putting on the spare. So when some bikers pull up, offering to help, all Katie feels is relief. Then she sees sexy, leather-clad Dylan, and in one brief moment the world turns on its axis.

Katie's a sensible single mother and Dylan's a die-hard commitment-phobe. Neither one is looking for long-term romance. But sometimes it takes only a moment to know you've found something that could change your life forever.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Insightfully realized central figures, a strong supporting cast, family issues, and uncommon emotional complexity make this uplifting story a heart-grabber that won't let readers go until the very end.... A rewarding (happy) story that will appeal across the board and might require a hanky or two." -Library Journal, starred review, on What We Find

"Robyn Carr has done it again... What We Find is complex, inspirational, and well-written. A romance that truly inspires readers as life hits them the hardest."

-San Francisco Review Journal

"With this tale of the soothing splendor of the land and our vulnerability, Carr sets the bar for contemporary romance. The well-paced plot, engaging and well-defined characters, and an inviting setting make Carr's latest an enhancement not only to the romance shelves but to any fiction collection."

–Booklist, starred review, on What We Find

"Carr's new novel demonstrates that classic women's fiction, illuminating the power of women's friendships, is still alive and well."

-Booklist on Four Friends

"A thought-provoking look at women...and the choices they make."

-Kirkus Reviews on Four Friends

"Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."
-Library Journal on the Virgin River series

"The Virgin River books are so compelling-I connected instantly with the characters and just wanted more and more and more."
-#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

"No one can do small-town life like Carr."

-RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778318903
Publisher:
MIRA
Publication date:
08/30/2016
Series:
Virgin River Series , #16
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
204,699
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com.

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Redwood Bend 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 270 reviews.
Avid_ReaderLL More than 1 year ago
I always love reading a new Virgin River novel and catching up with the old characters as well as meeting new ones. I liked the story of Katie and Dylan, but I keep thinking the last couple of books haven't had as much "meat" to the stories as in books past like Virgin River or Temptation Ridge. The story is satisfying, but it was a really quick read for me and almost seemed rushed. I wish there had been a little more character interaction as they got to know each other, rather than narratives glossing over their dates and activities. All that said, I still can't wait for the next novel in the series.
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Book I enjoyed reading. kept me entertained all the way through.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Katie Malone has moved to Virgin River to be near her big brother Connor. Katie and her twin boys were forced to move from their home when Connor became the sole witness to a murder and was threatened by the killer. Katie was widowed when her husband was killed overseas in the Army and she wants to settle down and rebuild her family life. On her way to VR, she gets a flat on her SUV and is rescued by a group of bikers, one of whom she recognizes as a former child star she had a crush on. Dylan Childress left Hollywood when his grandmother Adele swept in and took him to live with her. Dylan was a big TV star whose best friend had just died at the age of 15 from a drug overdose/suicide attempt. Living with his grandmother taught Dylan how to have a normal life away from his fame obsessed mother and step siblings. Dylan owns an air transport business in Montana and is in VR for a holiday. Neither he nor Katie want to start a relationship that will go nowhere because of their different goals in life, but they can’t keep away from each other. It seems to be a romance that is doomed to cause unhappiness and misery but who listens to their head when the attraction is so strong…. One of the things I like about Ms. Carr’s Virgin River books is the slice of life aspect they have. As in the real world, life goes on for all of the secondary characters while the hero and heroine are going through whatever angst they are into. The community plays a part in the story and many times is instrumental in having the couples work out their issues. Dylan and Katie found normalcy and continuity in Virgin River which made it possible for them to come together when their own insecurities would have kept them apart. This book has a satisfying and realistic ending that fits in with the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Carr is one of my favorite authors and she did not disappoint me with this book of the Virgin River Series. I felt there was romance in this book more than some of the other books. Ms Carr can really write romance when her storyline calls for it! I liked the plot of this book and was entertained throughout the story. I always like to hear about or from characters from past books. I think you will enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a Virgin River Series book. I have read all series. I found the first book in the Lamesa, TX resale library dept. I started hunting all the books I could find. Over all I rate this author in my opinion and my best friends opinion the greatest writer of time of these book. I feel like I know all the characters like family. You should know that I am 81 yrs young and I have been a reader all my life. It is my greatest pleasure, and I have to be careful with my buying. Thanks for asking me to do this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love the rest of the series, this is a must. Focuses on the story and brings in some of the characters from the series just a little.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
Katie Malone finally feels that she is getting her life back on track after her husband’s death, the burning of the family hardware store, and hiding out in Vermont to avoid being a target in a murder case. Now, she and her twin sons can finally join her brother, so they will be near family again. On the way to Virgin River, California, her SUV has a flat. It’s raining, her cell gets no reception, and she can’t budge the lug nuts. Who comes roaring up but motorcycle riding Dylan Childress? A spoiled child actor who was pulled away from L.A. by his actress grandmother, he feels that his life is missing something, but is absolutely against the idea of marriage and family. Too many of his family members have been divorced and remarried with way too many blended families. In the end, the attraction and caring between Katie and Dylan is strong enough to overcome his fears. The down-to-earth townspeople of Virgin River are there to provide help and humor throughout the story. Katie and Dylan are likeable characters and their attraction makes for some steamy reading. Her respect for what he sees as his limitations, and his attempts to go beyond them endear them to the reader. Situations with her sons, a mama bear, Grandmother Adele, her driver Randy, and Jack and Preacher at the restaurant/bar in town add fun dialogue to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Redwood Bend is #16 in the wonderful series by Robyn Carr. The story surprised me & went places that I didn't expect. I knew the h & h would end up together but I was pleasantly surprised how they got there. You can read this as a stand alone book, however, I would strongly suggest that you read them in order prior to this one. This is a lot of other characters in this book who have been in the previous ones. Knowing their backstory will give the book much more meaning & depth.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr Katie has packed up her house in VT, under the witness protection plan and headed out with her 2 kids to go live near her brother Conner who had been a witness in a murder. Things were just not working for her in VT. Her boyfriend she found out was gay. She treats the boys to Disney then heads up to Virgin River where her brother lives. Just in the northern section of CA she gets a flat and several bikers stop to help her. Dylan does most of the work and even gives her his jacket to keep her dry from the rain. Dylan and his buddies head out once a year to see the country on their bikes, stay at Virgin River a few days, fish, eat at Jack's and go for bike rides. This book hits home as 3 family members and myself flew into LA and took Pacific Coast Highway up towards Washington. I can almost pinpoint exactly where she had the flat. We drove that road and can relate totally to places along the side where there is NO guardrail, no protection if you should slide and end up down a 100+ foot cliff side of the mountains. She gets settled in and enrolls the boys into a summer program and she is invited to tour on the back of his bike. He's decided to stick around a few more days than the others, to check out options for his aviation company. He can also revert back to acting in LA. They spend a lot of time together while the boys are in the program and when they are doing other family things he gets to know the boys and enjoy time with them and with her brother. His company is going downhill and fast, as are other aviation places. If only he can make it last a bit longer. Most of the people that worked for him have moved on - to bigger cities where they can get a job but he hates to throw the towel in. Not only has he looked around Virgin River but the larger cities til he contacts an acting agent. 'People step up for each other' perfectly sums up this community. He has to deal with the multiple family members that had different fathers, 4 in total. They all want a part in a movie. He flat out tells them no. He is missing Her so bad. He heads back putting everything else on hold but her brother beats him up at the bar. He decides to stay a few days but she's down with a bug. He pitches in to help around the house and with the boys. Where they are staying there is a continuous threat of a mother bear and her 3 cubs. They wander all over the yard and brush nearby. Tom, a neighbor that will be handling the nearby orchard is back from the war and has offered to contact the warden so they can maybe relocate the animals with no harm to them. bears and a missing child, can't be a good thing. The community comes out to help. And the job offer isn't what he was thinking about at all. From here, things go terribly wrong with Dylan and katie, or is there hope of a reunion after things are divulged. Will things ever be right again for them? One of his family has arrived to really get the pot boiling hot. I rate this book a 5. Love hearing about the flying and the business of acting, what to do when you come across wild animals-new things for me. Love this community.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all these books. can't wait for the next read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Sandstorm's redwood treehouse! Here we have fun and you can visit anytime you want. Res. 1 map & rules. Res. 2 main trunk and branches. Res. 3 moss branch. Res. 4 bird nests (dont scare the birds only take their eggs when they arent there) Res. 5 Sandstorm's room (under constrution) Res. 6 coming soon. RULES 1. No killing! 2. Ask before making a room. 3. The weather and season will be posted at the main trunk and branches along with the rooms. 4. Be realistic! 5. HAVE FUN!!!!!!! Ask Sandstorm if you want a song posted in your room. Be nice and have a great day!!!!
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Teen celeb heartthrob gone wild Dylan was rescued from Hollywood madness at 16 by his formidable grandmother, and brought to live in small-town Montana. He fell in love with flying, and opened a small aviation company with a buddy. Now the recession's hit, and it's struggling to stay in business. As a distraction, and to canvas other small airfields for tips on how they are surviving, Dylan joins a motorcycle tour of Northern California. Widowed Katie Malone is coming to Virgin River with her twin boys to spend the summer with her brother Conner, who's recently moved there. When her tire goes flat on a remote road, in the rain and with no cell coverage, she could change the damn tire herself, except the lug nuts are too tight. Dylan rides to the rescue, and it doesn't hurt that, back in the day, Katie had a mad crush on the boy, not that she's admitting it. I really like Carr's way of giving 30-somethings a reasonable romance; they aren't heads over snatch into boinking right away, though they are plenty interested - they know enough to be cautious with their hearts, and to not get the kids emotionally involved with a man who's supposed to be just passing through. Good sparks, condoms (yeah for safe sex!), motorcycle tours, and an angry momma bear make for a fun ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a place to read book reviews not your personal conversations. Go online for that please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable read from Robyn Carr. Bringing characters together from other books is nice and keeps each book entertaining.
bookcatcc More than 1 year ago
Redwood Bend Review—Robyn Carr Good points: Great writing, real characters, a hot romance, true love, a special setting Bad points: A touch of blandness compared to previous novels Highlights: Character development Lowlights: Issues are resolved without much conflict or suspense Series: Virgin River (see Note) Redwood Bend is the latest in the Virgin River series, following Hidden Summit, Conner and Leslie’s story. Katie Malone is Conner’s much-loved younger sister and a military widow with 5-year-old twin boys. When she meets Dylan Childress on the road to Virgin River, she is very attracted to him, but determined to keep her head. She is nonetheless very tempted to dive into an undoubtedly temporary romantic fling. Dylan Childress is sure he has himself all figured out—his uniquely unstable past and uber-dysfunctional family make a stable relationship impossible. But his intense relationship with Katie throws him into confusion, and Dylan begins to reassess his life. From the first book I read by Robyn Carr, I was captivated by her ability to transport the reader to a time and place, a community in northern California that’s too good to be true, but still comes across as utterly real. Robyn Carr has a genius for plotting around realistic emotional issues that her fully developed characters deal with. Character growth is the key factor here. Her novels are like a vacation—to a place full of natural beauty that would set off my asthma and send me straight to the ER in real life! Okay, it’s a fantasy, a completely homogenous community where everyone’s straight, white, young, healthy, and practically every new Virgin River resident seems to have a healthy bankroll (with a few exceptions), but that’s okay. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool city girl, and I love every minute of my time in Virgin River and Ms. Carr’s other richly imagined locales. NOTE: I have never been a fan of fictional series, but, perhaps because I started from the beginning, I adore this one. The proof is that I’m always sorry to read that last page of every book. If you’re new to Robyn Carr’s novels, congratulations. You have a lot of great reading ahead of you. Sure, you can just dive into this book. But if it bugs you to constantly read little tidbits about characters from previous books, start at the beginning of the series. You won’t regret it.
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Loved all 20 books in Virgin River series
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Ok travels there