Thursday, March 24, 2016

Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr

Title:  Paradise Valley
Series:  Virgin River #7
Author:  Robyn Carr
Publication Date:  November 1/10 by Mira Books
Length:  416pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Marine corporal Rick Sudder is home early from Iraq--his tour ended abruptly on the battlefield. The carefree boy is gone, replaced by a man who believes his future is as bleak as his mirror image. But can the passion and commitment of a young woman who has never given up on him mend his broken body and shattered heart?

As the people of Virgin River rally around Rick, another recent arrival tests the tightly knit mountain town's famous welcoming spirit. Dan Brady has a questionable past, and he's looking for a place to start over. He'd like it to be Virgin River...if he can find a way in. But he never expects to find it in the arms of a woman who was as much an outcast as himself.

For a favorite son returned from war and an outsider looking for a home, Virgin River offers them a chance to make peace with the men they once were...and to find the dreams they thought they'd lost.

My Review:

What a fantastically emotional and hard hitting novel. I thoroughly enjoyed how Carr brought so many aspects of life forward. The realistic albeit at times larger than life storylines that intertwine created such an intimate feeling. The combination of life altering events of both the positive and negative variety was absolutely breathtaking.

The in-depth development of the entire cast of characters was fantastic. I loved getting back together with so many of the characters that I’ve come to love so far in this series. That said, Abby is such a self-centred, sanctimonious character throughout most of the novel that I couldn’t bring myself to like her, even when she did start to consider others. But above it all, Rick and his tale really hit hard in this one. I hurt for him, yet I loved seeing him come out the other side of it. And what strength, from both him and his girl.

Once again Carr has taken me back to Virgin River to experience the beautiful scenery and to live for a while alongside these fantastic characters. It’s a solid addition to the series and a great read on its own as well.

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