Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr

Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, #2)
Title: Shelter Mountain
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Mira; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Bought



For the second time in a year a woman arrives in the small town of Virgin River trying to escape her past.
John "Preacher" Middleton is about to close the bar when a young woman and her three-year-old son come in out of the wet October night. A marine who has seen his share of pain, Preacher knows a crisis when he sees one--the woman is covered in bruises. He wants to protect them, and he wants to punish whoever did this to her, but he knows immediately that this inclination to protect is something much more. Paige Lassiter has stirred up emotions in this gentle giant of a man-emotions that he has never allowed himself to feel.
But when Paige's ex-husband turns up in Virgin River, Preacher knows his own future hangs in the balance. And if there's one thing the marines' motto of Semper Fidelis--always faithful--has taught him, it's that some things are worth fighting for.

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My Thoughts
Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr is a poignant tale that will leave a tear in your eye and a warm glow in your heart.

Shelter Mountain was a touching story about a woman trying to get away with her son from an abusive husband and finding love in the most unexpected place at the most unexpected time.
Paige was a very strong character even though she did not believe so. I really felt for both her and her son Christopher (who is one of the cutest kids ever). Paige went through so much hurt in her life and she was still able to believe that there might be a chance of happiness for her and Christopher.
John aka Preacher is a former marine and never had time for much romance in his life. That was until Paige Lassiter came into his bar. I loved Preacher the most because he was such a kind and loving man. You wouldn’t know it by looking at this giant of a man, but he is extremely patient and skilled with his hands (very sexy). He takes Paige and her son in and does everything he can to help them and eventually he falls in love with his new charges.
The only real problem I had with this story is that it didn’t focus on the starring couple as much as I would have liked. It was constantly switching to different characters points of view and I really wished the author would have focused a bit more on the main characters.
If you are looking for a heartwarming contemporary romance I highly recommend “Shelter Mountain” by Robyn Carr.