Robyn Carr's acclaimed novels may have had the adaptation they deserved in 2019. Netflix's Virgin River, taking the same name as the novels, follows Mel Monroe, a nurse, as she travels to the town of Virgin River to start fresh.
Of course, it isn't all that simple, or they won't have made a show about it. Nevertheless, the series has romance, and drama in equal measure, making it the go-to series to watch with your S/O.
If you're one of those who are just getting into the fandom or have been here since the beginning, you might recognize some of the faces. Virgin River has a star-studded cast, and you'll be surprised who plays in the show.
The protagonist, Mel Monroe, is played by Alexandra Breckenridge. The name fans of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story would undoubtedly recognize. She also lends her voice to various characters in the comedy series Family Guy. If you were wondering where you have heard her voice before, perhaps now you know.
She's still young and has an impressive resume, ranging from comedy to action to horror. Not bad for an actress who started with supporting roles in comedies like She's the Man and Big Fat Liar.
That's not all. Martin Henderson plays Jack Sheridan, Mel's love interest and all-around heartthrob. The New Zealand actor has graced many a television screen in shows like Grey's Anatomy and Off the Map. Both are medical dramas, but he got his big break from his role as Stuart Neilson in a local soap opera, Shortland Street.
Martin Henderson and Alexandra Breckenridge undeniable chemistry is so strong on screen, may Virgin River fans couldn't help but wonder if these two are romantically involved in real life. However, that's now the case: although Alexandra and Martin maintain a good relationship, in reality they do not date each other.
You may be wondering if this is how the Virgin River books end. Does the pair drift away as the actors have? Well, to learn more about this intriguing romance, you will have to venture deep into spoiler territory.
The following paragraphs spoil the ending of the Virgin River books and possibly the TV show
The books somewhat deviate from the show, as is common with adaptations. However, in the books, Mel and Jack do end up together. In fact, the couple has two children together - a son named David and a daughter named Emma.
Their relationship continues at the time of writing, so we hope to see them together for a long time coming. If you were one of the people who were devastated that the real-life actors weren't dating, maybe this is the solace you needed.
The show recently wrapped up its fourth season and has been renewed for a fifth. Fans are excited to see the characters they love played by actors they know on the screen once again. Keep an eye out for teasers of leaks.