Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr
Also by this author: Four Friends, The Promise
Series: Virgin River #5
Also in this series: Whispering Rock, A Virgin River Christmas
Published by MIRA
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format: Audiobook, Paperback
Read in: August 2021
Source: Personal Collection
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In the space of a few months Vanessa buried her husband, Matt, and gave birth to their son—breaking her heart while filling it with a whole new kind of love. But the one man she longs to share this love with now acts as if she doesn't exist.
Paul Haggerty lives by the marine motto: Semper Fi. Ever faithful to his best friend, he's done right by Matt's widow as best he can…considering he's been secretly in love with her for years. Now, just as he's about to make his move, another woman has staked her claim on him—a claim that will be tough to escape.
With courage, humility and not a little meddling from the good folks of Virgin River, Vanni and Paul might just get a second chance to have the love they both desire and deserve. via - GoodReads
I was so excited to watch Season 3 of Virgin River and so…annoyed when it was over. I decided to remedy that by picking up the next book in the series: Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr.
I really do enjoy reading these books. I like the idyllic place they are set and I enjoy the small town antics of Virgin River. I wish small towns were like this but having grown up in one, there is also a fair amount of drama and rumor mongering. BUT this is why we get to read fiction: we get to experience places that might not otherwise exist.
Usually a romance centers around a single couple. This one does but not entirely. Paul and Vanessa share probably 50% of their book with other couples and events taking place in Virgin River. This worked really well for me as I was happy to spend time with characters who’s happy endings we’ve got to see and the potential happy endings to come.
I was a little concerned when Paul and Vanessa’s storyline seemed to work out rather quickly. I honestly didn’t feel like it was rushed and it resolved nicely for me. I just couldn’t figure out what the rest of the story would be. There were a few things that developed and a threat to Virgin River. I’m even more intrigued about a man who appears to be shady. I’ve wondered all along if he wasn’t working undercover. I’m hoping I get an answer to that!
Not too long ago I had heard someone say that Carr spends a lot of time talking about and worshipping pregnancy, babies, bringing babies into the world. I had never really thought that or paid much attention to it. Unfortunately once it was pointed out I couldn’t “unsee” it. There did seem to be quite a lot of Miracle of Life talk with several different mothers or soon to be mothers. It didn’t detract from my enjoyment of Second Chance Pass but I definitely noticed it.
The only thing that kept this from being a 5 star read is that there was a lot going on!! I mean a lot going on. I’m hoping the next book slows things down a little bit. Overall the romance was resolved nicely for me and I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!