Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Second Chance Pass - Robyn Carr

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.

Paul falls for the bestfriends girl before the girls belonged to the bestfriend.  But in true Paul form, he steps back and lets Matt woo the woman of his dreams.  Years later, he is still in love with her.  Matt died in the war in the last book, and Paul helped Vanni cope and give birth to her son.  In this book he tried to distance himself from her a the beginning, thinking she needed more time to grieve.  She is getting more and more frustrated because she misses him and he keeps avoiding her.  Through many challenges, tears, and a nosey mother-in-law they finally find their way.  We visit with lots of secondary characters in this book as well.  Tom and Brenda are getting ready to be separated by West Point and are trying to come to grips with what that change will bring to them.  Rick comes back from basic with his own set of news that Jack doesn't take so well.  Mel & Paige deliver their babies with a few complications.  And good ole General might just get his own HEA!!!

Notable Quote:
"Not mch longer.  Jack promises we're going to take a break after this one.  And I've promised that if he doesn't keep his word, I'm going to shoot him in his sleep." (Mel chatting with Cameron about her upcoming baby)

It is no secret that I have loved the Virgin River series, and truly look forward to each book.  This book was especially hard for me to get through.  The focus was rarely on the headlining couple, which has its good points and its bad.  Seems like the Paul and Vanni situation was wrapped up early on then we moved on to Joe, then back to Jack and Mel...I think it is great to revisit characters, I actually look forward to it.  This time the book seemed to focus on others more than the main characters Second Chance Pass was billed for.


  1. I thought the same thing. I'm finding all her books (In my opinion) revisit old character just a little to much. If she could revisit them and keep the main characters on focus that is would be okay. It is like you said Paul and Vanni's story was wrapped up with a lot of book left to read.

  2. Good review. I've discovered a few new authors through you!

  3. Crystal...thanks for stopping by :)

    Erin, I am glad that I can help you out, lol. I have an addiction to books and a pretty big opinion about them too...