VIRGIN RIVER – BOOK 1
Melinda (Mel) Monroe—Nine months after losing her ER doctor husband in a violent, big-city crime, this burned-out RN, certified nurse midwife and nurse practitioner, age 32, comes to Virgin River, answering an ad to assist the local country doctor.
Jack Sheridan—40-year-old retired, decorated Marine who fought in four combat zones and now owns Jack’s Bar, the center of social life in Virgin River. There he meets Mel Monroe.
Doc Mullins—Virgin River’s grumpy 70-year-old town doctor, who has a difficult time accepting Mel Monroe’s help when she answers his ad for help.
Hope McCrea—The 76-year-old widow who donated the cabin and the first year’s salary when Mel answered her ad for an assistant for Doc Mullins. Virgin River town benefactor.
Liz (Lizzie) Anderson—Too wild, in her parents’ estimation, this 14-year-old is sent from Eureka to live with her Aunt Connie in Virgin River, where she meets Rick Sudder.
Rick Sudder—Surrogate son to Jack Sheridan, 16-year-old Rick Sudder falls hard for Lizzie. They become involved, and their romance is an ongoing story through the first six books.
SHELTER MOUNTAIN – BOOK 2
John (Preacher) Middleton—The 32-year-old cook at Jack’s Bar, this Marine friend of Jack’s is as tender as he is strong. Preacher is known for his pies and fancies himself a bit of a gourmet.
Paige Lassiter—29-year-old beautician on the run from her abusive husband, Paige and her 3-year-old son, Christopher, find shelter and protection in the person of Preacher Middleton at Jack’s Bar.
Mike Valenzuela—Having served in the Marines with Preacher and Jack, then shot while a sergeant in LAPD’s gangs division, Mike, 36, comes to Virgin River to recover from his injuries and eventually becomes the town constable.
Brie Sheridan—Jack’s youngest sister whose police detective husband left her for Brie’s best friend. A 30-year-old county district attorney, Brie comes to Virgin River to recover after losing a big trial. In Virgin River, a romance blossoms between Brie and Mike Valenzuela.
David Sheridan—Jack and Mel Sheridan’s first baby.
WHISPERING ROCK – BOOK 3
Tommy Booth—The new kid in Virgin River, this shy, athletic high school senior is the son of retired Army General Walt Booth and brother of Vanni. He plans to attend West Point.
Brenda Carpenter—Having recently suffered a miscarriage, Brenda loses her heart to Tommy Booth, who helps find the rapist targeting high school girls at area parties.
Walt Booth—The 61-year-old retired Army general and widow, whose two children, Vanessa and Tommy, have roots in Virgin River, as does his niece, Shelby.
Paul Haggerty—Now a local builder, Paul, 35, was best friends with and a Marine buddy of Matt Rutledge, who died serving his country. Living by the marine motto, Semper Fidelis, Paul honors his friend’s memory by helping Matt’s widow, Vanessa Rutledge, and her baby.
Matthew (Mattie) Paul Rutledge—Son of Vanessa Rutledge and her deceased Marine husband, Matthew.
A VIRGIN RIVER CHRISTMAS – BOOK 4
Marcie Sullivan—A year after her beloved husband, Bobby, died of wounds sustained while fighting in Iraq, Marcie, 27, leaves Chico, California, to go to Virgin River in search of Ian Buchanan. Bobby’s best friend and his first sergeant in the Marine Corps, Ian saved Bobby’s life, and Marcie wants to find out why he won’t answer her letters of gratitude.
Ian Buchanan—Suffering from the after-effects of war, Ian, 35, lives in seclusion deep in the forest above Virgin River until Marcie Sullivan finds shelter in his remote cabin during a snowstorm.
Erin Elizabeth Foley—Marcie Sullivan’s older sister, a 34-year-old attorney.
SECOND CHANCE PASS – BOOK 5
Vanessa (Vanni) Rutledge—Giving birth to her son, Matthew, after her husband dies fighting in Iraq, Vanni comes to love Paul Haggerty but has a hard time convincing him he isn’t dishonoring his buddy by loving her in return. A former flight attendant and roommate of Nikki’s, daughter of General Walt Booth.
Joe Benson—Paul Haggerty’s best friend, an architect from Grant’s Pass, who falls in love with Nikki Jorgensen in Virgin River.
Nikki Jorgensen—The flight attendant friend of Vanessa’s, Nikki is based in San Francisco and has a fling with Joe Benson in Virgin River.
Muriel St. Claire—This 56-year-old movie star, expert horsewoman and lover of dogs is the romantic interest of her new neighbor back home in Virgin River, Walt Booth.
Terri—When she learns she’s pregnant, she tries to convince Paul Haggerty that the child is his.
Emma Sheridan—Mel and Jack Sheridan’s second child is born.
Dana Marie Middleton—Paige’s little girl is born.
TEMPTATION RIDGE – BOOK 6
Luke Riordan—A 38-year-old newly retired Army Blackhawk pilot, who comes to Virgin River to repair some cabins that he co-owns with one of his brothers.
Shelby McIntyre—At age 26, Shelby is embarking on a brand new life after being a full-time caregiver to her mother for the seven years prior to her death. A niece of General Walt Booth, she plans to travel, visit family in Virgin River and apply to nursing schools, but her plans change when she meets Luke Riordan.
Cameron Michaels—In nearby Grants Pass, Oregon, Cameron, 35, is a family practice physician/pediatrician who is ready to fall in love, marry and have children when he has a one-night stand with a woman he met in a hotel bar (Abby MacCall Crawford). Subsequently he applies for the job as Virgin River’s town doctor to fill the post vacated when Doc dies.
Abby MacCall Crawford—Because her musician husband, Ross, is divorcing her for another woman, this former flight attendant is not in the mood to celebrate when she comes to Grants Pass, Oregon, as a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding. However, a romantic romp that night with Dr. Michaels leaves her pregnant with twins. She comes to Virgin River to stay with Vanni until the babies are born.
Maureen Riordan—61-year-old widow and mother of five Riordan brothers.
Art Cleary—His mother deceased, 29-year-old Art has Down syndrome and, after suffering abuse at his grocery store job in Eureka, leaves the group home where he has been staying and goes to Virgin River. There Luke Riordan takes him under his wing and offers him a job and a place to stay at his little group of vacation cabins.
Ness Valenzuela—Brie and Mike’s baby girl.
PARADISE VALLEY – BOOK 7
Dan Brady—Introduced in Book 1 as a mysterious local illegal pot grower, Dan, who served as a Marine in Iraq and is now a reformed grower, returns to Virgin River to work for Paul Haggerty’s construction company. He rents Cheryl Creighton’s parents’ old house, renovates it and falls for Cheryl. Lydie Sudder—Rick Sudder’s paternal grandmother, who raised him after his parents died when he was young.
Cheryl Creighton—The former town drunk, now sober, who finds more than understanding with Dan Brady.
Jerry Powell—Counselor for Lizzie Anderson and Rick Sudder.
THAT HOLIDAY FEELING – BOOK 8
Under the Christmas Tree novella
Nathaniel (Nate) Jensen—Large animal veterinarian who finds more than animal attraction with Annie McKenzie.
Annie McKenzie—A beautician with her own shop and the daughter of a local (retired) dairy farmer, who falls for Nate Jensen.
FORBIDDEN FALLS – BOOK 9
Reverend Noah Kincaid—Widowed Presbyterian minister from Seattle, who comes to Virgin River to renovate and reopen the abandoned church he bought on eBay. He shocks the townsfolk by hiring and falling in love with a former stripper.
Ellie Baldwin—The brassy, beautiful former exotic dancer who signs on as Pastor Noah Kincaid’s assistant in order to regain custody of her children, Danielle, 8, and Trevor, 4.
Lucy—Noah’s rescued border collie.
George Davenport—Noah’s best friend and mentor from Seattle.
ANGEL’S PEAK – BOOK 10
Sean Riordan—32-year-old cocky fighter pilot from Beale Air Force Base, who comes to Virgin River in hopes of a second chance with his Air Force sweetheart, only to discover they have something more to share than a smoking hot history.
Franci Duncan—Former Air Force flight nurse, who settles in nearby Eureka to raise her 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Rosie, who is a secret to her dad and Franci’s former boyfriend, Sean Riordan.
Vivian Duncan—Family nurse practitioner.
Carl—Vivian’s significant other, a physician.
Dr. T.J. Brookner—Marine biologist Franci Duncan has been dating casually.
MOONLIGHT ROAD – BOOK 11
Erin Foley—Having raised her younger siblings after their parents’ early deaths, this 35-year-old, burned-out attorney and sister to Marcie Foley Sullivan (A Virgin River Christmas) and to Drew Foley, medical resident, comes to Virgin River to get to know herself.
Aiden Riordan—After serving in the Navy as an OB/GYN, Aiden leaves his last duty station (San Diego) and comes to Virgin River to recharge. There he falls for Erin Foley, but his crazy ex-wife complicates matters.
MIDNIGHT KISS – BOOK 12
Midnight Confessions novella
Drew Foley—Erin’s younger brother and a medical resident whose fiancé left him.
Sunny—Nathaniel Jensen’s niece, who’s soured on love after being left at the altar the previous New Year’s Eve, visits Virgin River for the Christmas holidays.
PROMISE CANYON – BOOK 13
Clay Tahoma—Born in Flagstaff, Arizona, this 34-year-old divorced Navajo horse whisperer/farrier comes to Virgin River to work as a veterinarian assistant for his old friend, Nate Jensen. There he falls for Lilly Yazhi.
Lilly Yazhi—The Hopi woman who delivers feed and does the books for the feed store owned by her grandfather, Yaz, who raised her after her mother ran off. Not enamored with old-world, male-dominated tribal relationships, especially one with a Navajo with traditional ways, she nonetheless finds the new Navajo farrier irresistible.
Gabe Tahoma—Clay’s son from a teenage relationship.
WILD MAN CREEK – BOOK 14
Colin Riordan—Retired Army Blackhawk pilot, seriously injured when shot down, comes to Virgin River to recuperate. Younger brother of Luke Riordan.
Jillian Matlock—VP of Corporate Communications for Benedict Software Systems, on a leave of absence after being falsely accused of sexual harassment, comes to Virgin River.
Kurt Conroy—Former employee and one-time love interest of Jillian Matlock, who accuses her of sexual harassment.
Denny Cutler—Twenty-four year old former Marine, comes to Virgin River to find biological father.
Kelly Matlock—Older sister to Jillian Matlock, a five-star sous chef in San Francisco.
Lief Holbrook—Widowed stepfather of 13 year old girl and writer from Los Angeles.
Courtney Holbrook—Thirteen year-old stepdaughter of Lief Holbrook.
Luca Brazzi—Mentor and owner of five star San Francisco restaurant where Kelly Matlock works.
Shiloh Tahoma—Cousin of Clay Tahoma — artist and gallery owner in Sedona AZ.
HARVEST MOON – BOOK 15
Kelly Matlock—Thirty-four year old sister to Jillian Matlock. A five-star sous chef in a five-star restaurant in San Francisco, who comes to Virgin River to recuperate from an emotional collapse at work.
Lief Holbrook—Recent widower with a fourteen year old stepdaughter. Relocates to Virgin River from Los Angeles where he is a screenwriter hoping for a better environment to raise his troubled teen stepdaughrer.
Courtney Holbrook—Fourteen year old stepdaughter of Lief Holbrook with definite attitude issues.
Amber Hawkins—Girl who befriends Courtney at school in Virgin River.
Rory Hawkins—Wheelchair bound nephew of Amber who suffers from muscular dystrophy.
Sinette & Hawk—Parentsof Amber and Rory.
Luciano Brazzi—Famous and successful chef and close mentor to Kelly.
Olivia Brazzi—Wife of Luciano.
Spike—Courtney’s new golden retriever puppy.
BRING ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – BOOK 16
Becca Timms—Several years after her final break-up with Denny, 25 year old Becca, an unemployed teacher, heads to Virgin River, where she plans to confront the man who broke her heart. She simply wants to let go so she can move on.
Denny Cutler—age 25, a former Marine, came to Virgin River from San Diego looking for roots and found a permanent home. The last person he expects to see in Virgin River is his former girlfriend Becca.
Nora Crane—single mother of a newborn & a two year old; very young & extremely poor.
Adie Clemens—elderly widow in need of some Christmas charity; very concerned for her young neighbor, Nora and her children.
Thickson Family—Frank, a disabled & disgruntled logger; his wife Lorraine, a hard working waitress & children: 8 year old Megan, the oldest & three young sons.