Together for the first time in one volume, two classic holiday storiesplus a bonus novella!from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr
'Tis the season for family, friendship and the thrill of a holiday romance
Under the Christmas Tree
With snow falling over the redwood forests, secluded Virgin River is the ideal place to spend the holidays. Each year, the close-knit community gathers in the town square to decorate and light a massive tree. Carols are sung, hot chocolate is sharedand a surprise left under the Christmas tree is about to bring two special people together!
Holiday kisses don't end with Christmasthere's still the New Year's Eve party at Jack's Bar to attend. Locals and newcomers alike find themselves eager for that special countdown and that midnight kiss.
So join us in Virgin River this year, where Robyn Carr's trademark humor, warmth and sincerity will have you celebrating the festive season in your favorite mountain town.
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'Tis The Season
By Robyn Carr
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During the Christmas holidays a side trip through Virgin River was a must; the town had recently begun erecting a thirty-foot tree in the center of town, decorated in red, white, blue and gold and topped with a great big powerful star. It dominated the little town, and people came from miles around to see it. The patriotic theme of the decorations set it apart from all other trees. Local bar owner Jack Sheridan joked that he expected to see the three wise men any minute, that star was so bright.
Annie McKenzie didn't pass through Virgin River very often. It was out of her way when driving from Fortuna, where she lived, to her parents' farm near Alder Point. It was a cute little town and she liked it there, especially the bar and grill owned by Jack Sheridan. People there met you once, maybe twice, and from that point on, treated you like an old friend.
She was on her way to her folks' place when, at the last moment, she decided to detour through Virgin River. Since it was the week after Thanksgiving, she hoped they'd started on the tree. It was a calm and sunny Monday afternoon and very cold, but her heart warmed when she pulled into town and saw that the tree was up and decorated. Jack was up on an A-frame ladder straightening out some trimmings, and standing at the foot of the ladder, looking up, was Christopher, the six-year-old son of Jack's cook, Preacher.
Annie got out of her truck and walked over. "Hey, Jack," she yelled up. "Looking good!"
"Annie! Haven't seen you in a while. How are your folks?"
"They're great. And your family?"
"Good." He looked around. "Uh-oh. David?" he called. Then he looked at Christopher as he climbed down the ladder. "Chris, you were going to help keep an eye on him. Where did he go? David?" he called again.
Then Chris called, "David! David!"
They both walked around the tree, checked the bar porch and the backyard, calling his name. Annie stood there, not sure whether to help or just stay out of their way, when the lowest boughs of the great tree moved and a little tyke about three years old crawled out.
"David?" Annie asked. He was holding something furry in his mittened hands and she got down on her knees. "Whatcha got there, buddy?" she asked. And then she yelled, "Found him, Jack!"
The child was holding a baby animal of some kind, and it looked awfully young and listless. Its fur was black-and-white, its eyes were closed, and it hung limply in little David's hands. She just hoped the boy hadn't squeezed the life out of it; boys were not known for gentleness. "Let me have a look, honey," she said, taking the creature out of his hands. She held it up and its little head lolled. Unmistakably a puppy. A brand-new puppy.
Jack came running around the tree. "Where was he?"
"Under the tree. And he came out with this," she said, showing him the animal very briefly before stuffing it under her sweater between her T-shirt and her wool sweater, up against the warmth of her body. Then she pulled her down vest around herself to hold him in place. "Poor little thing might be frozen, or almost frozen."
"Aw, David, where'd you find him?"
David just pointed at Annie. "My boppie!" he said.
"Yeah, he's right," Annie said. "It's a boppie ... er, puppy. But it's not very old. Not old enough to have gotten out of a house or a yard. This little guy should've been in a box with his mom."
"David, hold Chris's hand," Jack ordered.
And David said something in his language that could be translated into I want my puppy! But Jack was on his belly on the cold ground, crawling under the tree. And from under there Annie heard a muffled "Aw, crap!" And then he backed out, pulling a box full of black-and-white puppies.
Annie and Jack just stared at each other for a moment. Then Annie said, "Better get 'em inside by the fire. Puppies this young can die in the cold real fast. This could turn out badly."
Jack hefted the box. "Yeah, it's gonna turn out badly! I'm gonna find out who would do something so awful and take him apart!" Then he turned to the boys and said, "Let's go, guys." He carried the box to the bar porch and Annie rushed past him to hold the door open. "I mean, there are animal shelters, for God's sake!"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 stars This has three stories in it. Two of them are Virgin River stories #8 & 12. I had read one of the stories but the other two were new to me. I enjoyed them. Made me have warm feelings for Christmas and Christmas puppies. They have warm hearted characters. I love the community of Virgin Rivers. Did not like the love scenes. The first story is Under the Christmas Tree Annie McKenzie stopped in Virgin River too look at the Christmas Tree. Jack was on ladder working on the tree with Christopher is watching him while two year old David disappeared. He came out from under the tree with a very cold puppy. David called it "Boppie" Someone dropped a box of puppies early under the tree. They were too young to not be without their mom. Annie took charge and was ordering everyone in the bar. Even gave breath to one dog. There were 8 puppies. She convinced Jack and town to help with the puppies. She would come every day after work to help. Doc. Nate Jensen came and agreed with her how to try and take care of them. Nate was really interested in Annie. I loved this story. How so many volunteered to help with the puppies. How Chris wanted the puppy named Comet. He did not know which one was called that was though. Midnight Confessions Nate's niece Sunny Archer was staying with him on New Years Eve. She is depressed because of bad breakup last year. She does not want to go with Nate & Annie to Jack's Bar for New Years Eve party. Drew Foley is spending some time at his families cabin and decides to at least get a beer on New Years Eve and finds a party. Drew is a intern. He sees Annie and tries to talk to her. I really like Drew and his warm tender heart. He knows what to say to help Annie. Backward Glance John and Leigh dated 5 years ago. But no one knew that. Leigh's Aunt wants her back in town so tells Leigh she is having heart problems and want to see her and her twins before she dies. Leigh is super smart but gets distracted by everyday stuff. She is mother of 4 year old twins. John has a business being a handyman. He was married and divorced since he last saw Leigh but he has not forgotten her. Jess and her widow friends planned to bring Leigh home and throw her and John together this summer working on her backyard and planning a big party that she hopes will turn into a wedding. If your a fan of Robyn Carr and have not read these books I recommend them to you. If your new to Robyn Carr you will find fun warm community of characters that you will want to keep reading about. Under the Christmas tree was my favorite story. I could do without the sex scenes which I skipped over. Did enjoy all three stories. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin and in return agreed to give honest review of it.
I love all of Robyn's books but my favorite is The Virgin River Series . I would like to see her continue stories about the Sheridan and Riordan families . It would be great to hear about weddings for Colin and Jillian , Sunny and Drew, Walt and Muriel and the others who are engaged . Backward Glance has a great start for yet another series ! Keep Thunder Point going too! Robyn , I love your work . Keep writing!
Great reads, wish you could play the games I bought. Thank you, Sylvia
Fans of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, will enjoy the reprint of two Virgin River stories and a third unrelated tale in 'Tis the Season. Under the Christmas Tree and Midnight Confessions are spaced one year apart, in Virgin River, while Backward Glances is an unrelated story from earlier in Carr's career. Carr gives readers three great small town romances just in time for Christmas! If you are looking for a Christmas read that is heart warming, festive and filled with sincerity and love, this just might be the book for you. What I liked: Virgin River has long been one of my favorite small town romance series'. Robyn Carr has created a town that just resonates with readers. The characters are down to earth and live normal lives. They could be your next door neighbors or friends down the road. She has a knack for bringing every day life into focus and that's something I find enjoyable to read about. Sometimes I don't want the story of the millionaire or the princess. Sometimes I want the country doctor, or the bar owner or even the local hairstylist and this series really fills that spot. Under the Christmas Tree is essentially the 8th book in the Virgin River series. Though it is a little shorter than the average book. It's a great story for the holidays involving Christmas puppies named after Santa's reindeer and a couple of childhood acquaintances that renew their interest in each other while caring for them. I loved hunky veterinarian Nate Jensen. It's an attractive quality to have a man who loves animals. Carr knows how to pick them for sure. It was nice to meet Annie who lives a few towns over from Virgin River, and is a hairstylist. These two knew each other as children, but they are all grown up now and the sparks do fly. Midnight Confessions is the story of Nate's niece who is visiting for the holidays one year later. Nate and Annie want to attend the festivities at Jack's bar in Vrigin River, but Sunny is trying to heal after a bad breakup. When she goes along just to get out, she meets Drew, a college student who is holed up for the winter and studying his heart out. The romance was sweet and romantic and seeing Drew try to draw Sunny out and help to deal with her past was heartwarming. Robyn Carr knows how to pull those heart strings for sure. Backward Glances is a previous story written by Robyn Carr back in the early part of her career. It is the story of a young woman raising twins and her matchmaking mother and friends. Leigh is struggling through a divorce when her mother asks her to visit. What she doesn't know is that John a man from her past is going to be there. I loved Jesse and machinations to make Leigh happy again. There was a lot of humor in this one, as well as love. It is an early effort by the author and does not have the cohesiveness and smoothness of Carr's later books, but it is still a great story for any time of the year. Bottom Line: Whether it is a reprint or a new story I love Robyn Carr's writing style and her characters. It was nice to go back to Jack's bar and see all of the characters I know and love from the Virgin River series in both those stories. I love the big Christmas tree and it's patriotic theme and the amazing way the town comes together for the holidays. The third story was heartwarming and full of tenderness as two people got a second chance at happiness. What else could you ask for in a great Christmas read?
These three very different novellas actually fit quite well together. The first two definitely put you in the mood for the holiday season while the third is a sweet, feel good story perfect for whenever. Throughout all three Carr’s well written, well thought out style shines through, allowing readers to escape from the everyday for just a little while. Carr’s method of character development really shines through and you get to know these individuals as if they were your neighbours. I was very impressed with how well we get to know each of the main couples that we’re introduced to. Each can be read as a standalone novella, while the two Virgin River stories also fit into the series well. Overall, this was a fantastic, light read perfect for any time of the year. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
There is no better way to get you into the holiday spirit than 3 Christmas base novellas written by Robyn Carr. Even better, they are all being published in 1 book called 'Tis the Season. Each story carries Carr's signature writing style bring heart and home to every page. Reading this book made me want to bake cookies and pull out the Christmas Trees. Ok, maybe even get a new puppy. Grab a cup of hot coco, curl up with your favorite Christmas throw and settle in for some marvelous holiday romances.