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Redwood Bend
by Robyn Carr
(Harlequin, $7.99, PG-13) 978-0-7783-1310-6
Welcome back to Virgin River, California and met Katie Malone and Dylan Childress. Katie Malone is a widowed single mother of twin 5-year-old boys. Sheís been separated from her brother, Connor, for the last year and has decided her kids need to be closer to their uncle for the father figure they are missing. So, Katie packs up and moves from Vermont to Virgin River where Connor recently settled with his new girlfriend.

Itís a long trip and Katie is excited they have almost arrived when she gets a flat tire and is stuck on the side of the road in the pouring rain. Luckily a motorcycle group happens to drive by and they stop to help. This is when she first meets Dylan. They both feel an instant ďsomething,Ē but when the tire is fixed they leave each other still wondering what that is.

Luckily for them, they met again a short while later at the local bar & grill. This time they get to know each other a little better and Dylan finds that he canít stop thinking about Katie. Dylan was a child actor in a very successful TV show. He comes from a messed up family, which is typical of Hollywood. His grandmother moved him to Montana when he was a teenager because he was on a road to rock bottom. Dylan never looked back and has been in Montana ever since, but heís grown up with the messed up Hollywood DNA and knows heís no man for a relationship or a family.

Redwood Bend is a sweet story about two people who arenít ready for a relationship and struggle to keep their heart out of what is blooming. Robyn Carr gives reader s a beautiful landscape for the setting of this love story, which many readers have come to enjoy in the previous books of the series. The enjoyment definitely continues in Katieís story.

Katie and Dylanís inner struggle keeps the story going and help get the reader through a few lulls here and there. IĎm new to the Virgin River series, but donít feel that has an impact on the rating. Redwood Bend is easily read as a stand-alone book and I recommend it.

--Nichole Howell

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