Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr

11 Jul

Favorite Lines: “Paige came slowly awake, her first realization being that she slept so hard, she’d drooled on the pillow.” (52)

Paige Lassiter is on the run from her abusive husband with her four-year-old son, Christopher. She makes a wrong turn, finding herself in Virgin River. Seeing the light on at a pub she enters and finds John “Preacher” Middleton.

John watches the battered woman and small child enter the bar and is overcome by a need to protect them. Despite his shyness, he offers them a place to stay for the night and later becomes key to helping Paige deal with her abusive husband.

Rick and Liz’s story continues from Virgin River into Shelter Mountain. Liz comes back to Virgin River and Rick takes responsibility like he’s been taught.

Looks can be deceiving and this book builds off of that with the character of John. John is gentle but huge and looks dangerous. He is a mellow protector with little experience with the opposite sex. He is also great on the computer.

One of the things I like about this book is how it shows the availability of information online. Many people have yet to figure this out and it’s important for that to become common knowledge. Another thing I like is that it puts a huge spotlight on domestic abuse.

Warning! Parts of this book can break your heart.

The final quarter of Shelter Mountain seems to focus on the characters from River Valley. Throughout the book we see Mel and Jake and are allowed to follow their pregnancy. This is something that people who want to guarantee characters have a HEA will love.

The story isn’t nonstop action. The pace is steady and the only drawback to the book for me is the departure from the main characters (John and Paige) to secondary characters (Mel and Jake) at the end. I do like that Carr threw out different small hints about what (and who) the next book would be about.

6 Responses to “Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr”

  1. Holly July 11, 2007 at 1:09 pm #

    I felt the same way about the last quarter or so of the book. I was surprised that she took the focus from the H/H and moved it to the PREVIOUS H/H. That seemed strange.

    But on reflection, I’m not sure John/Paige could have carried the story alone.

    Did you just bawl your eyes out? I was shocked when I read certain parts and just started the waterworks. *sigh*

    Good book, eh?

  2. scooper July 11, 2007 at 1:28 pm #

    Holly- I cried like a baby. Yeah, it was a good book and also think that the story would have been cut short if it were up to John and Paige.
    She did really good with the teenage theme, don’t ya think?

  3. Holly July 11, 2007 at 4:36 pm #

    I really do. Not many authors can portray teenagers correctly, IMO, but she pulled it off very well. And I love seeing Rick grow and mature.

  4. scooper July 11, 2007 at 9:17 pm #

    Holly- Yep, I’m with you.

  5. Holly July 12, 2007 at 3:11 pm #

    I tagged you for something…..


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