Book 2 in the Virgin River series is about John Middleton "Preacher" and Paige Lassiter and her son Chris. Preacher has worked in Jack's bar since he retired from the marine corps. He's closing the bar on a rainy night when Paige and her son come in. Paige is covered in bruises and obviously on the run. Preacher offers her a place to stay in the apartment above the bar and Paige agrees.
Paige thought she'd never feel safe again after the hell her husband put her through. Everyone in Virgin River has gone out of their way to make her and her son at home; especially Preacher. She's never met a man like him before and little by little she allows herself to open up and begin a relationship with him. Preacher never really saw himself as a family man, but Paige and her son have him thinking differently than he ever has before. When Paige's ex-husband shows up, Preacher and the residents of Virgin River must band together in order to protect her and her son.
This book also brought continuing storylines from the first book into it. You had a lot of Mel and Jack and their dealings with pregnancy and birth and then Ricky and Liz's surprise that ends in tragedy and makes them grow up much too fast. You meet Jack's sister Brie and Jack's Marine buddy Mike Valenzuela who each have their own issues and are the hero/heroine of Book 3 Whispering Rock.
I loved this book for the humor between Preacher and Paige, as Preacher was completely clueless about love and sex. This book was tender and sweet and not in a gag-me-with-a-spoon way.