‘Tis The Season
Harlequin MIRA, Oct 28 2014, $7.99
“Under the Christmas Tree.” Hairstylist Annie stops to admire a Virgin River Christmas tree only to find eight newborn puppies underneath it. Obviously abandoned, Annie brings the canines to the town `s vet Nathaniel.
“Midnight Confessions.” One year ago on New Year’s Eve, Sunny’s fiancé Glen jilted her. Though she wants to celebrate this New Year's Eve alone at home, her Uncle Nathanial and his fiancée Annie insist she accompany them to Jack’s Bar. UCLA Orthopedic resident Drew Foley and Sunny meet at the bar; whereas she rejects his attempts to get to know each other, he refuses to quit trying.
“Backward Glance.” In Durango five years have passed since John last saw his beloved Leigh, but every time he drives passed her mom Jess’ house he looks to see if she is visiting. Jess tells John she has a bad ticker but is not seeing the doctor. Worried about her mom’s health, Leigh, accompanied by her four year old twins (Mitch and Ty), returns home. When John and Leigh meet, they have a fight over who was at fault; as they reconcile another argument may destroy their love.
The first two tales are warm reprints of Virgin River novellas though the leads of Midnight Confessions seem unlikely to overcome their respective failed relationships as the prime icon etched in their respective brains. Backward Glance is a pre-Virgin River second chance but with an overused premise.