by Robyn Carr

April 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2664-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

After a long harsh winter itís time to enjoy the warmer weather, a cool beverage, and some pampering time. Wait...something is missing. What could that be? Ahhh...I know. A wonderful book that will truly help you escape lifeís woes and at the end leave you either desperate to reread right away, or for the next title in the series.

Luckily for fans of Robyn Carr there is such a book: Paradise Valley, the newest release in her much loved Virgin River series.

As I returned to the wonderful town of Virgin River I found myself totally engrossed in the lives of the community, and unable to put the book down. I was thrilled to see that Cameron and Abby were perhaps going to work through their issues and be able to parent together if not hopefully have a long, loving relationship.

I was however, soon again angry with Ms. Carr. After the daring move she had made in Temptation Ridge she was again going to hurt one of my favorite characters. My emotions were boiling over, and I know that this was indeed Ms. Carrís intentions, but in my opinion it was a risk.

Well, I was fuming mad, and that made me even more unable to put down Paradise Valley. I had to see if and how Ms. Carr could redeem not only herself, but my favorite character as well. It was with great relief that I read the ending of Paradise Valley and saw redemption was indeed happening.

Not having up close and personal experience with the ravages of war whether it is as our service men and women are experiencing in Iraq, or with personal demons as several of the residents of Virgin River are dealing with in Paradise Valley. It takes the writing of Ms. Carrís caliber to tackle those subjects and not have readers slam the book down in anger and frustration, but instead be so captivated that they have to root for the underdog to come out on top, and be unable to set the book aside until the last page is turned.

In closing I have to say well done to Ms. Carr for continuing such a long running series and delivering stories that are consistent and for being willing to tackle lifeís issues. Even if thereís a chance sheíll get hate mail from readers for disrupting the peaceful lives of our well loved characters.

Reviewed in March 2009 by Sandi.

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