Redwood Bend (Virgin River Series #18)

Redwood Bend (Virgin River Series #18)

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by Robyn Carr

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Katie Malone and her twin boys' trip along the beautiful mountain roads to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, the rain has set in, the boys are hungry and Katie is having trouble putting on a spare. As she stands at the side of the road pondering her next move, she hears a distinct rumble. The sight of


Katie Malone and her twin boys' trip along the beautiful mountain roads to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, the rain has set in, the boys are hungry and Katie is having trouble putting on a spare. As she stands at the side of the road pondering her next move, she hears a distinct rumble. The sight of the sexy, leather-clad bikers who pull up beside her puts her imagination into overdrive.

Dylan Childress and his buddies are on the motorcycle trip of a lifetime. But the sight of a woman in distress stops them in their tracks. And while the guys are checking out her car, she and Dylan are checking out one another.

In one brief moment, the world tilts on its axis and any previous plans Katie and Dylan might have had for their futures are left at the side of the road.

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"This book is an utter delight." -RT Book Reviews on Moonlight Road

"Strong conflict, humor and well-written characters are Carr's calling cards, and they're all present here.... You won't want to put this one down." -RT Book Reviews on Angel's Peak

"This story has everything: a courageous, outspoken heroine; a to-die-for hero; and a plot that will touch readers' hearts on several different levels. Truly excellent." -RT Book Reviews on Forbidden Falls

"An intensely satisfying read. By turns humorous and gut-wrenchingly emotional, it won't soon be forgotten."
-RT Book Reviews on Paradise Valley

"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

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Virgin River Series , #18
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Katie Malone quit her job and packed up her little Vermont house. The past few years had been tough and the past few months, having been separated from her brother, Conner, her only family, had been awful. In fact, she'd been feeling so alone, she stopped herself just moments before signing on to an online dating service.

But her watershed moment came when she began to have high hopes for a romantic relationship with her boss, the sweetest pediatric dentist who ever lived and a man who had never even kissed her. And guess what? There was a logical reason he hadn't—he was gay. She was the last person he wanted to kiss.

It was high time she forgot about men and worked on bolstering her independent spirit with a return to California. One of her twins, five-year-old Andy, said something that nearly drove an arrow through her heart and caused her to realize the whole family needed a fresh start.

She was packing up a box to ship ahead to California when Andy asked, "Do we have to move in the dark again?"

She was stunned. Speechless. Here she had been thinking about kisses and loneliness while her boys were worried about fleeing in the dark of night to some strange, unknown place. A place even farther from family than they were now.

She clutched her little boy close and said, "No, sweetheart! I'm taking you and Mitch to Uncle Conner."

Andy and Mitch were a matched set, five-year-old identical twins. Mitch overheard this and came running. "Uncle Conner?" he asked.

"Yes," she said, suddenly clear on what she had in front of her. She had to get her family together, make sure her boys felt safe and secure. "Right after a little side trip. How does Disney World sound?"

They started jumping for joy, screaming "Yay!" and "Cool!" And then the celebration dissolved to the floor and into a wrestling match. Like usual.

She rolled her eyes and continued packing up.

Last winter her brother had had a devastating experience that had become a family crisis. A man had been murdered behind their family-owned hardware store and Conner called the police at once. He became the only witness in a capital murder case. Shortly after the arrest was made, the hardware store was burned to the ground and a threat was left on Conner's voice mail. This led the D.A. to decide it was in the best interest of their family to separate them. Katie and her boys were spirited off to Vermont for their own protection, about as far from Sacramento as she could get and still stay in the country, while Conner was hidden away in a tiny mountain town in Northern California.

Now it was over. The suspect in the murder had been killed before he could stand trial, Conner was no longer a witness and their family had escaped danger. Now they could get about the business of healing and bonding.

And Conner had met someone in Virgin River, Leslie, a woman he loved. He'd settled in to make a life with her.

Katie would enjoy surprising her brother, but they'd long ago established the habit of talking every day. Conner talked to the boys, if only briefly, at least every other day—the closest thing to a father they had. There was no way she could conceal her travel plans. If Conner didn't suspect, the boys would certainly tell all.

"Summer is almost here," she told Conner. "It's almost June, we're all free to roam and move around now that there's no threat. I have to get my boys back to some kind of stable life. They need you, Conner. I'd like to spend the summer in Virgin River with you, if that's okay. I want to rent my own place, of course, but the boys should be near you."

"I'll come and get you," Conner immediately offered.

"No," she said flatly. "I'm taking the boys on vacation, just the three of us. We've earned it. We're going to Disney World for a few days. I'll have the car shipped from there, then we'll fly to Sacramento and I'll drive up to Virgin River—it's only a few hours. And I love scenic drives."

"I'll meet you in Sacramento," he said.

She took a breath. Conner's overprotectiveness had intensified after their parents' deaths. He was always there for her and she adored him for it, but he verged on bossy and sometimes she had to take a firm hand with him. "No. I'm not a child. I'm thirty-two and very competent. And I want to spend some time with my kids. They've been on shaky ground since the move and we need some fun time together."

"I only want to help," he said.

"And I love you for it. But I'm going to do this my way."

And he backed off! "All right, fair enough."

Katie was momentarily shocked into silence. "Wow," she finally said. "Who are you and what have you done with my big brother?"

"Very funny."

"Although I have the utmost respect for you, I give all the credit for this change to Leslie. Tell her I owe her."

When Katie had escaped to Vermont in March, she had left behind her minivan with the license plate that could identify her. It was to be sold and Conner had arranged for a late-model Lincoln Navigator SUV to be waiting for her in Vermont—a mammoth vehicle that she could barely park. As any carpooling mother might, she had grieved her minivan—it was light and easy to handle and felt like an extension of her body. But she came to quickly love the big, gas-guzzling SUV. She felt like queen of the road—invulnerable; she could see over everything and everyone. She looked forward to some time on the road for reflection, to consider her options. The act of seeing the miles vanish in the rear-view mirror was a good way to leave the past behind and welcome a new beginning.

It didn't take Katie long to get out of town. She had UPS pick up her boxes on Monday, phoned the school and arranged to have the boys' kindergarten records scanned and emailed to her, invited the landlord over to check the condition of the house, and asked her neighbor to come over and help herself to the perishables that would otherwise be thrown out. She arranged to have the Lincoln picked up in Orlando and moved to Sacramento while she and the boys did a little Disney. She packed not only clothes, but the cooler and picnic basket. Her tool belt, which was pink and had been given to her by her late husband, Charlie, went with her everywhere. Armed with portable DVD players and movies, iPads and rechargers, she loaded her monster SUV and headed south.

They got off to a great start, but after a few hours the boys started to wiggle and squabble and complain. She stopped for the bathroom for one when the other one didn't have to go and fifteen minutes down the road, had to stop again for the second one. They picnicked at rest stops every few hours and she ran them around to tire them out, though the only one who seemed tired was Katie. She repaired a malfunctioning DVD player, set up some snacks and loaded them back up to hit the road again.

She couldn't help but wonder how parents did this sort of thing ten, twenty, thirty years ago before portable movies and iPad games. How did they manage without fifth-wheel-size cars with pull-down consoles that served as tables to hold games and refreshments? Without cars that, like cruise ships, had individual heating and air-conditioning thermostats? How did the pioneer mothers manage? Did they even have duct tape back then?

Most women, at times like this, would be reduced to self-pity because they were left with these high maintenance, energetic boys, but Katie just wasn't that kind of woman. She hated self-pity. She did, however, wish Charlie could see them, experience them.

Katie met and married Charlie when she was twenty-six. They had a romantic, devoted, passion-charged relationship, but it had been too short. He was a Green Beret—Army Special Forces. When she was pregnant with the boys, he deployed to Afghanistan where he was killed before they were born.

How she wished he knew them now. When they weren't in trouble they were so funny. She imagined they were like their father had been as a child; they certainly resembled him physically. They were large for their ages, rambunctious, competitive, bright, a little short-tempered and possessive. They both had a strong sentimental streak. They still needed maternal cuddling regularly and they loved all animals, even the tiniest ones. They tried to cover up their tears during Disney movies like Bambi. If one of them got scared, the other propped him up and reassured and vice versa. When they were forced together, like in the backseat of the car, they wanted space. When they were forced apart, they wanted to be together. She wondered if they'd ever take individual showers.

And just as she'd always griped at Charlie for never closing the bathroom door, she still longed for a little solitary bathroom time. The boys had been in her bubble, no matter what she was doing, since they could crawl. She could barely have a bath without company in the past five years.

So her life wasn't always easy. Was theirs? They didn't seem to realize they didn't have the average family life—they had a mom and no dad, but they had Uncle Conner. She showed them the pictures of their dad and told them, all the time, how excited he had been to see them. But then he'd gone to the angels…. He was a hero who'd gone to the angels…

So Disney World was a good idea. They'd all earned it.

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

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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
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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