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Virgin River
Virgin River: Book 1 of Virgin River series | Robyn Carr
Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that started it all Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included. When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she's made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning. But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plansand former marine Jack Sheridan cements them into place. Look for What We Find by Robyn Carr, a powerful story of healing, new beginnings and one woman's journey to finding the happiness she's long been missing. Order your copy today!
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BooksNBowls
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Book 1 of the Virgin River series and it was good! A little cringey for a few parts (mostly dealing with Lizzie, I mean she‘s 14y/o I think that was a bit unnecessary). But other than that, it did follow closely with the show, which was nice. I will continue with the series as I wait for the next season to release!

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marleed
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This series was not on my radar until I binge-watched the Netflix series in the early days of the Covid lockdown. Discovering characters adapted to screen seldom impedes me from enjoying the book later, so I wanted to at least read the first book to decide if the adaption has similar vibes to the book. Significant differences but similar vibe! ↓

marleed Since this book is 15 years old, I thought it would be a fun to hunt down a thrifted copy. It‘s taken me over a year, but for 69¢ I finally own a little mass market copy. I think I might have been embarrassed had any shoppers witnessed the excitement on my face when I found this little well-read copy. But it‘s these little things I know Littens will understand! 1mo
Cathythoughts That‘s so exciting ! You found it 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Ruthiella Totally understand the thrill of letting the used copy come to you! 😃 1mo
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marleed @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella You get me! You really get me :) 1mo
DivineDiana How exciting to find your treasure! I really enjoyed the series! 1mo
marleed @DivineDiana It‘s the little things in life! 1mo
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BooksNBowls
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Decorated my new book journal with some fun stickers! ☀️🌸😌

KateReadsYA Verrrryyy cute 2mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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All of the Virgin River books take place #InTheMountains 🏔 The tv show does too but the books are better 🤪

#BookMoods 😊❤️📚

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Eggs Great collection 💙🏔💚 3mo
DivineDiana I loved the series! Hoping there is a second season.🤞🏻 Thank you! I did not realize that it was a book series! Plan to give it a try. 3mo
JuliaTheBookNerd @DivineDiana Season 4 is supposed to drop on Netflix on July 20 😊 3mo
DivineDiana Thank you! 👏🏻 I know that I watched all the episodes. Did not realize that I had watched 3 seasons! 😂 (edited) 3mo
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The.Great.Catsby
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Bailedbailed

Honestly, I like the show better. Mel is unbearably rude and annoying. The writing from the male POV is so cringey at times. Just not for me.

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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The books are better than the tv show 😬
#River 💧 #SavvySettings 💚🍀

#BookNerd 💙🤓📚

Eggs Well done 👍🏼 7mo
Bookjunkie57 Waaaay better. 7mo
Liatrek Way better! I tried to watch the show but just love the books more. 7mo
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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 7mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Mehso-so

A perfectly pleasant little romance. Not really my thing.

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carly4488
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Pickpick

Entertaining and easy read!

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Rissa1
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I loved the Virgin River Netflix series so obviously I had to give the books a try. The books are even better than the show. #catsfortax #CatsOfLitsy #thetwins #WatsonandSherlock

FelinesAndFelonies Cuties 😻 13mo
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Cupcake12
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I thought I‘d see what all the hype was about. I haven‘t watched it on Netflix either.
I loved the first book. A recently widowed nurse/midwife (Mel) makes a bold move from LA to Virgin River. The community take her in with open arms. Mel is particularly drawn to a former U.S marine (Jack) who owns the local bar.
A beautiful backdrop with a range of great characters,
Carr‘s writing style is light, cosy and in some ways captivating.

wanderinglynn I watched the show first (not realizing at the time it was a book series). Then I went back and read book 1. I liked both. But I will tell you the show does not completely follow the book. They hollywooded it up, if that makes sense. Similar with what happened with the show True Blood and Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse series 1y
Cupcake12 @wanderinglynn I thought I‘d read them all first then watch the show after x 1y
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Cupcake12
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#NutsinMay
Book 2 finished. It‘s been a busy week with work, a trip to London and a funeral to attend.
The weather isn‘t looking good this weekend (☔️) so on to book 3.

Andrew65 Great given your week 👏👏👏 1y
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Cupcake12
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Don‘t you just love the school run in the rain ☔️

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lanecannon
Bailedbailed

I was recommended this book and I'm having a really hard time trying to finish it. I can't really relate to the main characters even though they're supposed to be around my age because they use words like "fanny" and have some "clutch your pearls" moments at things that I feel aren't that shocking....maybe meant for more of an older audience.

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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

I watched this series with a friend recently and she encouraged me to try the books, knowing of course that it's not my usual read.

This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I enjoyed the Netflix show more than this first book. I liked the character development more in the show. The book was a quick, lighthearted read that was a nice escape from heavier reads though.

Not sure yet if I'll try another in the series.
#SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Great job! 👍📖 2y
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Jemgirl2014

Anybody else watches this show? I am obsessed with the Netflix series. I'm caught up on both seasons and I can't wait for the third to come out. This is comfort watching at its best! ❤

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JenReadsAlot
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Pickpick

Not bad, but probably won't continue the series. #bookspinbingo free space @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I've enjoyed some of Carr's others books & have been meaning to try this series. One of these days!! 😂 2y
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Ksvz
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Mehso-so

Jan 2021 - Read before I watch / Romance - It was a Hallmark movie meets Harlequin romance in a book. I will suffer through like I suffered through the book. Hopefully the adaptation will be better.

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peaknit
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In prep for the Netflix series my knitting gang is watching, I decided to read first. It fit in perfectly with my easy breezy December reading docket and I am delighted to see it is a series, when I find a community I‘d like to visit, I like to keep coming back. The characters are decent, likable people and the story is enjoyable but predictable. It has a few steamy parts which I do not mind but it‘s good to know if you do.

Marni The good news is the book and show are different enough to keep you guessing and also both are delightful 2y
peaknit @Marni Yes! Thank you, I‘m thrilled to hear that! 2y
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Ninja2020
Mehso-so

It was a good read a bit of cheesy escapism. I had heard about the Netflix show and the book was 99p on Amazon. I would read the next book in the series

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DanielleLynn92
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😍

Chrissyreadit Welcome to Litsy! If you go to my page you will find great information on the recent #litsylist post and at the bottom of the long thread a link to many great tips on how to engage in Litsy! Also, if you folly everyone who posted on that thread you will quickly have a great beginning Litsy feed! 2y
Allylu Virgin River is a series I‘m considering. I really enjoyed the Netflix series. 2y
DanielleLynn92 @Allylu if you enjoyed the Netflix series you definitely enjoy the books. I think the books are better. I'm not sure if you are a person who likes the actual book like myself or ebook but they seem to be a little hard to find actual book wise. 2y
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CocoReads
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Turkey Sandwich and Virgin River season 2 while I wait for the lido patch to kick in. 2 days of waking up with a stiff neck and frozen shoulder drove me to it. I did work it out after about 6 hours at work yesterday but today it hurt so bad I was in tears. Not sure what‘s happening when I sleep these days but clearly nothing good.

valeriegeary Sorry about your neck! Hopefully you get some relief soon! 2y
Suet624 Oh shoot! I‘m so sorry. 2y
CocoReads Thanks, it‘s feeling quite a bit better. 2y
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actualdisneyprincess THE WORST. Feel better soon!!! 💖 2y
eanderson Is Virgin River good? 2y
CocoReads @eanderson it‘s different than the books but still has the same feel so I like it. Plus the scenery is stunning! 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Feel better soon! 2y
tracey38 Hope you feel better. I know how miserable that is. 2y
wanderinglynn Ooh, I just started rewatching season 1 because I saw season 2 was out. 👍🏻 2y
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CourtSmall
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219-2020 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Netflix series brought this book to my attention. There are differences between the book and show, the show having more drama. The book is very small town, everybody knows everyone and everything but quite charming at the same time. Literally think Heart of Dixie but with older characters and set in the remote mountains.

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I loved this book. I did first watch the show, so of course I had to get the book. the books were million times better. Jack and Mel relationship was far more intense and done right. Jack did the right thing by breaking off his so called relationship with Charmaine the moment he met Mel. If before starting anything. Mel‘s life in LA was not as dramatic. Yes, her husband died but no she not have stillborn.

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JaimeDawn
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It‘s totally ok to crawl into bed with your audio book at 6:30 on a Friday and ignore the world, right?

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BayouGirl85
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How high is your score?
13-15 pts. — True Book Lover (this me 😳🤣)
10-12 pts. — Respectable Book Lover
7-9 pts. — Aspiring Book Lover
0-6 pts. — Book Lover in Training

#LitsyLove @Cupcake12 @Bookgoil @sharread

Butterfinger Cool. 10 points 2y
Eggs 14! 2y
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Cupcake12 10 👍🏻 2y
sharread I'm 15 still trying to find a good book shirt. That was fun, thanks for the tag. 😁💗 2y
magyklyXdelish 10 ☺️ 2y
Arvena Also 10 :) 2y
BookNAround 13 of the 15. 2y
Lollymya 15 2y
Bookgoil Haha I posted it but I was 15 (edited) 2y
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Marni
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
This was a great read. There was one minor story line that I did not like nor did I feel it needed to be included. Beyond that I was glad to find a great story that was different enough from the Netflix series that it kept me interested and guessing. Will be reading the next in the series!
#VirtualMountTBR
#read2020
35/36

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Marni
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Crochet + audiobooks is my favorite combination 🧶 📖

Johanna414 Me too! Although I usually have to take a break from crochet during the summer 2y
Bklover Beautiful! 2y
Marni @Bklover thank you! 2y
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Marni
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“Mel squinted into the rain and darkness, creeping along the narrow, twisting, muddy, tree-enshrouded road, and for the hundredth time thought, Am I out of my mind?”
#FirstLineFridays

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Marni
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As much as I love Jack in Netflix‘s Virgin River, as I‘m reading the book, Eric Dane fits the physical profile better. 😍😍😍

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wanderinglynn
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Pickpick

I watched the Netflix adaptation before I knew it was a book, then had to go read the book. And, as expected, I like the book better. The book is a sweet romance and not as overdramatized as the show. Although one thing the show has going for it is Hope‘s character, who is barely in the book (at least this first book).

Tonidreads328 I loved the show, and watched it before I realized it was based on a book. After your review, I must read the book. 2y
wanderinglynn @Tonidreads328 I didn‘t realize it was a book either until I was googling to see if there was going to be a season 2! 😉 2y
Tonidreads328 @wanderinglynn I can't wait! I have so many questions. 2y
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intothehallofbooks
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I ended up listening to most of this book because I couldn‘t stand to put it down. I enjoyed it so much-the setting, the characters, the tiny little town. My favorite part is that the main character is a nurse midwife. I appreciated the real situations depicted in here and felt like nursing was represented well. When I work outside of my house, I‘m a labor and delivery RN so this meant a lot to me. Onto the Netflix series!

intothehallofbooks Sidenote: there were several incorrect pronunciations that drove me crazy, but I chose to overlook them in order to keep going with the story😜 2y
mdm139 Just like the books, the show focuses on book 1 but hints at book 2 and 3. All her books do that, focuses on one love story but introduces you to new characters hinting at their romance in future books and she updates you on the other couples you have already read about. Love the series. The tv show does it justice. 2y
intothehallofbooks @mdm139 Should I read books 2 and 3 before watching the show? 2y
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mdm139 @intothehallofbooks not required but it would be less suspenseful on some of the subplots because you will know what is going on with the side characters. Book 2 is about Preacher for example. If you read the book, when you see the storyline in the show be introduced you will be less worried about his situation he is getting into. Same with another character. So it is up to you, do you want to know or do you like a little “what is happening there” 2y
intothehallofbooks @mdm139 Gotcha!! I think I‘ll go ahead and read them before watching. I love how her series fold the previous characters into each successive book. I‘ve read several other books by Robyn Carr and she‘s one of my favorites!! I loved the Thunder Point series. 2y
mdm139 @intothehallofbooks yes! The thunder point series was my first books from her too. When she finished that series I started Virgin River, about half way through the series now. She is so good with world building these little towns and I love how she updates us on the old characters. I like knowing what happened after their book was done. 2y
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intothehallofbooks
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I‘ve been wanting to read this series for years. No better time than the present!!

mdm139 Good series and the tv show does it justice. 2y
intothehallofbooks @mdm139 I‘m enjoying the story and I can‘t wait to watch the Netflix show!! 2y
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NikkiKey94
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Pickpick

I loved this book so much more than I thought I would! This series showed up on my radar when I found out there was going to be a Netflix series and I immediately put it on my TBR! I hate that‘s it‘s taken this long to get to it! I fell in love with the characters and Virgin River! I will definitely be reading the rest of the series! Now I can watch the show even though I know it won‘t live up to the book! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!

ncayea Is this the 1st 🤔 I saw the show first and loved it! Didnt know it was book based 🤣 2y
NikkiKey94 @ncayea yes this is the first book! It is an entire series! The show is very different from the book though! Of course I love the book more, but still enjoy the show! 2y
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Sresendez12
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Pickpick

Another great romance book in the books! I loved it so much. The Netflix show is different enough that there were still surprises in the book. Definitely recommend even if you‘ve seen the Netflix show! #summerbingo #setnearwater

StayCurious OOh, I'll have to read this one! 2y
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Sresendez12
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Hammock ✅ Romance book ✅ Nice breeze✅ Now all I need is a nice cold drink and my reading outside adventure will be complete #readoutside #summmerfun

StayCurious what a great way to spend some time! 2y
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ScientistSam
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Pickpick

This was a solid 3.5 for me. I think I spoiled it a bit by watching the Netflix adaptation before reading the book. I did enjoy both, but usually prefer to read the book.

The story didn't feel like it went deeply into many of the characters other than the protagonist's, but I did appreciate Mel's love of her job/calling as an NP and midwife. Happy year of the nurse and midwife!
#romantsy

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LauraBrook I read the first 3 before watching the series, and I‘m just starting the 8th or 9th book today. They‘re fun, escapist reads, and I like that you keep seeing characters from previous books. It feels like a real place, and I‘d love to go there. 2y
ScientistSam @LauraBrook wouldn't that be fun? 2y
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Sresendez12
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So excited to finally start this series! My mom read them before it was a Netflix series and loved them. She actually introduced me to the show. Loved the show and have high hopes that the books will tide me over until the next season comes out!

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margreads
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Super excited to hear that there is going to be a new Virgin River book in a few months!

https://ew.com/books/exclusive-see-the-cover-for-robyn-carrs-first-virgin-river-...

I love this series, and enjoyed the TV adaptation too. There's also going to be a season 2 as well not too far away hopefully

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GloVerdino
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Not a fan of this one. I thought Mel was annoying and not the tough woman they were playing her to be. I felt like we didn‘t really get to see the relationship between Mel and Jack grow before they were sleeping together. An adult conversation between the two of them would have been nice. Some of the lines were eye-rolllingly cheesy. Package it up as a 2 hr TV movie and I‘m all in, but a book that I‘m gonna invest time in reading? No thanks.

Prairiegirl_reading But they didn‘t make a 2 hour movie, they made a series. I haven‘t read the book but I did watch the show and I have to agree with your points here. 2y
GloVerdino @Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t watched the series yet but I plan to. I‘m just saying I can see how this would work well as a Hallmark-type movie but I‘m not interested in investing the time to read it 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @GloVerdino it probably would have been better as a two hour movie. 2y
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Karisa
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Been hearing good things about this book's Netflix adaptation. So decided to read the book first. Solid, sweet read with a little romance and a chance to "escape" to a tiny mountain town.

Plus it is on sale for $1.99 on Amazon. ?

#LitsyAtoZ2020 @BookishMarginalia

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kimba7
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The Netflix series was good, so I thought I'd try this. The books are way better, I'm up to #7 in the series, thanks to Libby. They're quick and easy reads and very good escapes. I usually avoid books in the romance category, but I admit I'm enjoying this series. I date a veteran, and I appreciate that there are quite a few veterans in these stories.

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Liatrek
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Loved it! Can‘t wait to start the next book and watch the Netflix series.

Puredragonstar Hey me too! I‘m so glad they made it a tv series, if not I would have never known about the books which are fantastic! 🥰🥰🥰 3y
DakotaWilde Loved the Netflix series! 3y
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Liatrek
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Doing a buddy read of this with my bestie before watching the Netflix series. Pretty good so far 😊

CocoReads The books are better but the series is definitely worth watching! Enjoy. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My bestie 😽 won‘t sit still long enough!! When does the active kitten phase pass?! Lol 3y
Liatrek @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks He is just over 1 years old. He has his crazy moments but he loves a good book cuddle😊 3y
NeedsMoreBooks 😻😻 3y
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Bookjunkie57
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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ashlyc73
Pickpick

I watched the first season on Netflix before reading. While I'm not typically into romance like this, it wasn't a bad read. It seems as if the tv show is combining the story lines of all the books though that guess as I haven't read any other books in this series.