Virgin River is a series of contemporary romance novels written by American author Robyn Carr.
The first book was published back in 2007, and since then, the series has attracted a massive readership around the world. And after the recent smash hit Netflix adaptation, Robyn Carr’s fanbase just got a whole lot bigger, once again.
The stories are set in the small fictional mountain town of the Virgin River, in the heart of California’s Redwood Forest. Home to just 600 residents, this is the kind of place where everybody knows everybody, and secrets rarely remain a secret for long.
But despite the gossiping neighbors, Virgin River is a warm and welcoming place, and once you start reading this feel-good series, you’ll probably wish you could move there yourself!
The Complete List of Virgin River Books in Order
|Virgin River (2007)||• Publication date- July 20, 2021|
• Print length- 400 pages
|Shelter Mountain (2007)||• Publication date- November 17, 2020|
• Print length- 400 pages
|Whispering Rock (2007)||• Publication date- August 24, 2021|
• Print length- 352 pages
|A Virgin River Christmas (2008)||• Publication date- October 26, 2021|
• Print length- 304 pages
|Second Chance Pass(2009)||• Publication date- July 12, 2022|
• Print length- 416 pages
|Temptation Ridge (2009)||• Publication date- August 9, 2022|
• Print length- 400 pages
|Paradise Valley (2009)||• Publication date- January 28, 2014|
• Print length- 411 pages
|Under the Christmas Tree (2009)||• Publication date- November 13, 2017|
• Print length- 93 pages
|Forbidden Falls (2010)||• Publication date- September 30, 2014|
• Print length- 377 pages
|Angel’s Peak (2010)||• Publication date- January 1, 2010|
• Print length- 380 pages
There are currently 21 books in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, and the author has recently announced a brand-new installment which will be published later this year.
Each book focuses on a new set of characters, and as you work your way through the series, you’ll get to know the entire community.
You don’t necessarily need to read these titles in publication order, but there are quite a few interweaving storylines and references to earlier characters, particularly in the first ten books. So, if you’re currently a Virgin River virgin, I’d recommend starting with book one and following the publication order that I’ve listed below.
1. Virgin River (2007)
Melinda Munroe leaves her life in the city behind and heads to the peaceful serenity of the Virgin River to reignite her nursing career and find a fresh start.
But when she arrives, her new home isn’t quite what she expected. Deciding she’s made a mistake, she gets ready to leave, but a surprise on the front porch leads to a last-minute change of plan.
2. Shelter Mountain (2007)
Single mother Paige Lassiter is in trouble, and she knows she needs help. But when she meets the kind-hearted ex-marine, John Middleton, she’s blown away by his kindness.
Yet just as these two lonely hearts begin to bond, Paige’s ex-husband arrives, and things suddenly get complicated.
3. Whispering Rock (2007)
After years of working in California’s broken criminal justice system, Brie Sheridan and Mike Valenzuela both have their fair share of baggage.
But now, these two wounded souls are about to unite in the safe haven of the Virgin River, where together, they’ll help each other heal.
4. A Virgin River Christmas (2008)
Marcie Sullivan heads to Virgin River to track down the man who helped her wounded late husband when he needed it the most.
Yet when she finds her hero, he’s not what she expected. He’s bitter and broken and determined to stay that way.
But Marcie insists on repaying her debt to the man who helped her family, and she sets about trying to mend his broken heart.
5. Second Chance Pass(2009)
Vanessa’s heart was broken in two after her husband Matt passed away, but time has passed, and finally, she’s beginning to heal.
Matt’s best friend, Paul, has been secretly in love with Vanessa for years, and now, suddenly, she finds herself feeling the same way about him.
But there’s just one problem; there’s another woman in the picture, and things are about to get complicated.
6. Temptation Ridge (2009)
Shelby McIntyre knows exactly the kind of man she’s looking for; a well-dressed, educated gentleman.
But fate has other ideas, and instead, she finds herself in the arms of a handsome, rugged playboy named Luke Riordan.
7. Paradise Valley (2009)
When he was younger, Rick Sudder didn’t have a care in the world. But after serving time on the blood-soaked battlefields of Iraq, now, this once happy-go-lucky boy is broken inside.
But back home in the Virgin River, a woman is waiting to help him heal his wounds and fall in love once again.
8. Under the Christmas Tree (2009)
Snow is falling over the Virgin River as the locals gather in the town square to sing carols and celebrate the season, just like they do every year.
But this year, there’s an extra special surprise waiting for them under the Christmas tree.
9. Forbidden Falls (2010)
The pious Reverend Noah Kincaid and ex-stripper Alicia Baldwin couldn’t be more different.
But despite their contrasting worlds, when they join forces to reopen an abandoned church, the pair discover they have more in common than they ever could’ve imagined.
10. Angel’s Peak (2010)
It’s been four years since Sean blew it with Francie, and he’s not seen her since. But when they’re reunited in Virgin River, he’s determined not to make the same mistake again.
11. Moonlight Road (2010)
Ex-Navy medic Aiden Riordan and lawyer Erin Foley have found themselves in the most unlikely summer romance, and for the first time in years, they’re both happy.
But now, an unwelcome visitor has arrived to put their new relationship to the test.
12. Midnight Confessions (2010) (novella)
It’s a busy New Years’ Eve at Jack’s Bar, and the countdown to midnight has begun.
Drew has never met Sunny before, but when he sees her across the crowded bar, he immediately falls head over heels in love. Will she be his New Year’s kiss?
13. Promise Canyon (2011)
Clay Tahoma is handsome and mysterious, but Lilly isn’t falling for his charms. She knows his type, and she’s unwilling to put her heart on the line for him. At least, that’s what she keeps trying to tell herself.
14. Wild Man Creek (2011)
Colin Riordan is recovering from a catastrophic helicopter accident, and he’s in no mood to find love.
But then he meets Jillian, and for the first time since the crash, he’s beginning to feel whole again.
15. Harvest Moon (2011)
After collapsing at work, Kelly Matlock knows she needs to take some time out. So she heads to Virgin River to stay with her sister and get some well-deserved rest.
The last thing she expects to find in this sleepy little town is the man of her dreams, but then, like magic, he appears.
16. Bring Me Home for Christmas (2011)
Becca Timm knows it’s time she finally got over her no-good ex Denny Cutler; after all, it’s been three whole years since they broke up.
But when fate reunites them in Virgin River, he’s no longer the immature boy she once knew. Now, he’s a strong, self-assured man, and he’s determined to win Becca’s heart once again.
17. Hidden Summit (2012)
Leslie Petruso and Conner Danson have both seen their fair share of heartbreak, and so they’ve each sworn off love for good.
But everyone in Virgin River knows the pair are perfect for each other, and it’s only a matter of time until they figure it out for themselves.
18. Redwood Bend (2012)
When Katie Malone is stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire, Dylan Childress comes to her rescue.
But this handsome stranger does much more than fixing her car; he sweeps her off her feet.
19. Sunrise Point (2012)
Tom Cavanaugh is back in his hometown of Virgin River for the first time in years, and already, someone has caught his eye; single mom Nora Crane.
But the pair have very different ideas about how to raise a family. So, can they set their differences aside for the sake of their newfound love?
20. My Kind of Christmas (2012)
Patrick Riordan was heartbroken at the tragic loss of his best friend, and so he sought comfort in the arms of a beautiful young woman named Angie.
Now, Patrick and Angie are looking forward to their first Christmas together as a couple, and they’re determined to spend it by themselves. But only if their families will let them.
21. Return to Virgin River (2020)
Best-selling author Kaylee Sloan is still grieving after her mother’s death, so she decides to throw herself headfirst into her next book. But there’s just one problem; she’s suffering from a crippling case of writer’s block, and the words just won’t come.
And so, she heads to the peace and tranquility of the Virgin River, hoping her inspiration will return.
But she finds much more than ideas for her next novel; she finds a loving community that embraces her with open arms and gives her a reason to smile again.
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22. Holidays in Virgin River
Robyn Carr hasn’t given much away about her upcoming release just yet, but it’s bound to be just as endearing and addictive as the rest of the series.
Robyn Carr’s Virgin River Series is a collection of heartwarming tales told through the eyes of some unforgettable characters.
Have you read any of the Virgin River series? If so, which books are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!