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Paradise Valley (Virgin River, Book 7)

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A book by Robyn Carr

Rick Sudder, who joined the Marines to escape his past, returns from Iraq a sullen and withdrawn amputee, pushing away the town’s concern and support—especially that of Jack, who raised him, and Liz, his almost-fiancée. Dr. Cameron … see full wiki

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Author: Robyn Carr
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Mira
1 review about Paradise Valley (Virgin River, Book 7)

More superb stories in the Virgin River series

  • Feb 21, 2011

Book 7 in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series is Paradise Valley which has four stories running simultaneously. First, a continuation of the growing attraction between Dr. Cameron Michaels and Abby Crawford who, after their one-night stand in Grants Pass, is expecting twins. A crazy prenup has Abby trying desperately to drop out of sight, because her divorce settlement requires her to remain chaste in order to receive alimony–money she desperately needs to pay off staggering credit card debt incurred by her ex-husband.

Cam has spent some time searching for Abby–the time with her has made him realize he wants her in his life. Finally, he moves to Virgin River to take over the old doctor’s practice...and runs smack into Abby who is hiding out at Vanni’s and Paul’s until her babies are born. Thus begins a tenuous relationship with Cam trying to win her trust.

The second story is about Rick Sudder, Jack’s protegee, who has gone to Iraq. When his platoon is ambushed, he suffers serious injuries and loses a leg. Jack and his girlfriend Liz fly to Germany to see him, but Rick has problems dealing with his loss. When he returns to Virgin River, he’s not the same boy. Liz still loves him but he won’t allow that love to grow and he pushes her away. Counseling helps, but it’s not until a confrontation that Rick comes to see that he’s the obstacle in their relationship.

Story three (and my favorite) brings a man never before named in earlier episodes into the light. Dan Brady, once a pot grower, has done time and is ready to resume the life he had before he made bad choices. He returns to Virgin River and is hired by Paul Haggerty on his construction crew. Little by little, the details of Dan’s life come out, and gradually, he draws closer to the bar regulars. I like Dan’s character and his wit–Ms. Carr has made him a wonderfully likable character.

Dan rents the Creighton house. Mr. Creighton has gone to live with a brother, Mrs. Creighton has passed away, and Cheryl, formerly the town drunk, has sobered up and is in rehab and holding down a job in Eureka. She wants nothing to do with the falling-down place except to rent it to someone who will help her make the tax payment on it. Dan jumps at the chance, even though the old place needs lots of work. They strike a deal and Dan begins to rehabilitate the house in his spare time. He finds Cheryl attractive and a friendship develops. Sunday afternoons find them sharing sandwiches at a park in Eureka where they talk about their experiences and enjoy each other’s company. Dan is attracted but decided to play it slow since Cheryl isn’t ready for anything more than friendship.

Walt Booth struggles with being separated from Muriel who is in Montana filming a movie. Finally, out of fear of losing her, he flies to see her for a long weekend and finds he isn’t at all out of place there. Thus begins a series of visits where their love for each other grows.

Rick and Liz make plans for the future that include being together. Abby delivers twins and she and Cam make plans to be married. Walt and Muriel grow closer than ever and I suspect, we’ll see more of Dan and Cheryl in a future story.

Ms. Carr has superbly woven these threads together into a satisfying book. Do your self a favor and get the entire series and read them in order.

Two thumbs up on this one.

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