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Virgin River: Netflix's PNW romance returns with fire and heartbreak (actual fire, proverbial heartbreak)

Mel's got some more to struggle with in Virgin River season 5

Virgin River season 5
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For fans of the bucolic Netflix romance series Virgin River, it's time to get ready for a heartbreak - as the release date and first trailer for the new season is upon us.

(And we didn't even mention Mel quitting her job and a fire in the heart of Virgin River.)

Grab some tissues, here is the first trailer for Virgin River season 5:

Cover image for YouTube videoVirgin River: Season 5 Part 1 | Official Trailer | Netflix

And in a first for the series (but not the streamer), Virgin RIver season 5 is being split into multiple parts - with a portion of the episodes being released September 7, and the remainder coming later this year.

"Season Five of Virgin River features surprising new relationships, a shocking break-up, a difficult court trial, a heartbreaking goodbye, and a wildfire that threatens the town, bringing some people of Virgin River together while tearing others apart," reads Netflix's description of the upcoming season.

"Issues of motherhood push Mel to make a big decision about her future at the clinic while her pregnancy unexpectedly sparks an emotional connection to her past. To further prove himself to Mel, Jack squares off with some long-overdue confrontations--with his own demons, and of course, Charmaine. And as Doc and Hope’s respective impairments throw their identities into question, the doctor and the mayor must find solace in their community, in their young new family, and in each other."

Based on the Virgin River books by Robyn Carr, this romance show stars Alexandra Breckenridge as widow who moves to the Pacific Northwest to find a new life (and does so).

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