If you’re in the mood for heartwarming and comfortable romance to keep you warm this winter, you need the Virgin River books in order.
Robyn Carr is a prolific author with many successful book series to her credit, but Virgin River is undoubtedly her most popular and enduring work. The Virgin River series follows the lives and loves of the residents of a small town in Northern California, and fans can’t get enough of it. In 2019, Netflix released a TV series based on the Virgin River romance novels.
The chronological order of Virgin River books
We will list all Virgin River books in order, so you can catch up on the series or jump in at the latest installment.
Melinda Monroe, a former nurse and recent widow, finds an ad looking for a nursing practitioner and decides that the distant mountain village of Virgin River could be the ideal spot to escape her sadness and return to her once-beloved profession.
A young woman and her 3-year-old boy walk into a bar just as John “Preacher” Middleton is preparing to close. The woman is distressed and bruised, and as a veteran. John cannot stand idly by.
Brie Sheridan, a Sacramento prosecutor, finds refuge in Virgin River after nearly losing her life at the hands of a psycho. Meanwhile, LAPD officer Mike Valenzuela, a distinguished Marine Reservist, becomes Virgin River’s first officer. He knows it’s time for him to settle down.
A Virgin River Christmas
In A Virgin River Christmas, Marcie Sullivan comes to Virgin River for the holidays after bidding farewell to her beloved husband a year prior. She’s looking for the Marine who saved his life and allowed her to spend three more years by his side.
Second Chance Pass
Paul Haggerty has been in love with his Marine friend Matt’s widow Vanessa for a long time. But now, as he is about to make a move, another woman enters his life.
Shelby McIntyre seeks to find Mr. Right. Her ideal partner will have a clean-shaven jaw and, preferably, a higher education. But instead, she gets the rugged player Luke Riordan.
Marine corporal Rick Sudder returned home from Iraq early after his tour was cut short on the battlefield. The carefree youngster has vanished. A man who sees his future as grim as his mirror image has now replaced him. But a young outcast like himself has never given up on him.
Under the Christmas Tree
The good folks of Virgin River gather on the town square every Christmas. But when the townsfolk discover a package of lovely pups under the town’s Christmas tree, they seek the assistance of local vet Nathaniel Jensen.
Pastor’s assistant is hardly a term that comes to mind when Noah meets Ellie Baldwin with her tight blouse and short skirt. The ex-exotic dancer needs a regular job to reclaim custody of her children. And Noah admires her tenacity and motherly resolve.
Franci Duncan and Sean Riordan, Air Force sweethearts, went their separate ways four years ago. She desired marriage and children, but he didn’t. However, when Sean meets a new little one, things are about to take a turn.
Erin Foley, suffering from empty-nest syndrome at 35, retreats to an isolated cottage near Virgin River. Erin intends to learn about herself but, instead, gets to know a mountain guy with peculiar shaggy hair.
Drew Foley and Sunny Archer are both spending the holidays in Virgin River. Sunny isn’t interested in partying after being dumped on New Year’s Eve the previous year. But her uncle and his fiancée all but drag her to Jack’s Bar. While dealing with his own grief, Drew notices Sunny in her loneliness across the busy room.
Clay Tahoma is overjoyed to be Virgin River’s new veterinary assistant after years of working on ranches near Los Angeles. The raw beauty of the secluded town appeals to his Navajo origins, and everyone welcomes him, except for one Lilly Yazhi.
Wild Man Creek
Colin Riordan moved to Virgin River to recover from a horrible helicopter crash that left him scarred inside and out. Jillian Matlock rents an old Victorian home near Virgin River after failing personally and professionally thanks to an unfortunate romance.
Kelly Matlock, a rising sous-chef, collapsed unexpectedly during work. Disillusioned and exhausted, she retires to her sister Jillian’s home near Virgin River to recover and reflect.
Bring Me Home for Christmas
Becca Timm’s No. 1 Christmas wish this year is to get over Denny Cutler. Denny left her heartbroken three years ago before going to war. It’s past time she moved on from her college love.
When Connor Danson accidentally becomes a witness to a crime, he flees Sacramento to maintain a low profile until the trial is complete. He arrives at Virgin River, a little mountain community, with a chip on his shoulder and sorrow in his heart.
Katie Malone and her twin sons are on a trek to Virgin River along the picturesque mountain roads. Unfortunately, the trip is cut short by a flat tire. One as flat as her failing relationship.
Nora Crane has two young daughters to care for, so she is prepared to work hard and assist with the harvest at the Cavanaugh orchard. Tom Cavanaugh is her new employer. After serving in the Marines, he returned home to take over the family farm.
My Kind of Christmas
Angie LeCroix wants to spend the festive season resting in Virgin River, away from her well-meaning but overbearing mother. Instead of independence, she receives Jack Sheridan, her uncle. She’d never go out if he had his way. Especially not with Patrick Riordan.
Return to Virgin River
Kaylee Sloan, a successful novelist, wanted to throw herself into her work. Instead, she’s suffering from debilitating writer’s block and a nearing deadline. She borrows a cottage near Virgin River to escape distractions and avoid the Christmas season. But in Virgin River, things rarely go quite as planned.
Other book series by Robyn Carr
Along with the Virgin River series, Robyn Carr is also the author of the Thunder Point, Sullivan’s Crossing, and Grace Valley series. She has written over 50 novels and sold over 30 million copies of her books worldwide. Carr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
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What order should I read the Virgin River books?
It is best to read the Virgin River books in chronological order. However, they are self-contained stories, so you can check them out in any order.
Does the Virgin River TV show follow the books?
The TV series does not follow the book series precisely since each book in the Virgin River series focuses on a different story and set of primary characters.
What is the next book in the Virgin River series?
Holidays in Virgin River is the latest special edition set in the Virgin River universe, containing two short stories and recipes inspired by the characters.