Redwood Bend (Virgin River Novel #16) (Mass Market Paperbound)
Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that started it all... 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 to punish whoever did this, but he knows immediately that this is more than just instinct. Paige Lassiter has stirred up emotions in this gentle giant of a man--emotions that he has never allowed himself to feel. Then Paige's ex-husband turns up in Virgin River. And if there's one thing the marines' motto of Semper Fi--always faithful--has taught Preacher, it's that some things are worth fighting for.