It took a disastrous accident and months of painful physical therapy before Jack and Brie’s niece, Angela LaCroix to decide to come to Virgin River for space and privacy to rethink her life plan. Against her mother’s best advice of returning to medical school, Angie’s not sure that’s in her future, let alone her immediate future.
Patrick Riordan’s girl broke things off, his best friend died in battle, the Navy’s given him six weeks leave and he has to decide if he’ll accept a re-assignment when the leave is up. He’s also pledged to care for his friend’s family. He didn’t need to meet Angie now, especially when he’s decided to marry his friend’s widow when she’s done grieving. Topping it off his family doesn’t know most of it.
Glimpsing each other at Jack’s bar, Paddy thinks Angie’s cute but too young for him while Angie thinks Paddy has great eyes and would be great to know. Jack doesn’t hesitate to play over-protective uncle, he goes so far as to try to enlist the Riordan brothers help. Meanwhile Angie takes every opportunity to commiserate with and befriend Paddy while she polishes her imaginary flirtation skills.
It’s nice and somehow fitting this long running series wraps up with members of these two families meeting and coupling over yet another special Christmas. Many of the characters this reader enjoyed got a chance to wave goodbye giving this last regular, comfortable but not always predictable visit to Virgin River, a satisfactory ending.