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Paradise Valley (Virgin River #7)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  7,187 ratings  ·  344 reviews
Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that started it all…

A moving story about survival, forgiveness—and the power of love to heal a wounded spirit.

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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published 2009)
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Jessica Hatfield
It would have been a 4 but I freakin hated abby so so so so sooooooooo much. Gwahhhhh I fuckin hated her!!!!
5 stars – Contemporary Romance

Paradise Valley is perhaps the darkest and most depressing book of the series so far and it’s very light on romance.

I really enjoyed the sweet, funny dynamics of Muriel and Walt’s relationship, but I didn’t necessarily want them as the main spotlight couple.

Rick’s traumatic ordeal in Iraq and subsequent downward spiral into anger, depression, and despair is truly heartbreaking. Rick and Liz have already endured so much together, and I’ve been rooting for their HEA.
Beanbag Love
Okay, I had no business reading this book as relentlessly as I did. I couldn't put it down and now I've accomplished exactly nothing today but finishing this installment in record time.

There are four couples in this one. Rick and Liz seem to be considered the primary, but Abby and Cameron take center stage just as much, IMO. Walt and Murial are a nice side story, being nearly senior citizens and all. While some people might be grossed out by the old person sex, I think there's enough to let us k
Mar 26, 2009 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
I can't believe these words are coming from my keyboard, but I was actually a little disappointed with this one. Don't get me wrong, Robyn Carr can write the most mundane stuff about Virgin River and I'd still be interested enough to read it, but I was nearly half way through this book before things really started to happen. And yes, I like the older couple, retired Army General Walt and former movie star Muriel, but I don't want them to be the front-burner romance. And sorry to any sixty-someth ...more
3.5 Stars

Very sad about Rick and what happened to him, just wished the story had focused more on his recovery, instead his and Liz's story seem to fade into the background.....I would have possibly rated this 4.5 - 5.0 Stars if there had been more of them, after all the synopsis described this as their story! :((
Depressing. Because this was #7 in a long series where I was already attached to many of the characters I enjoyed this book. The author used a lot of ink explaining previous stories, summing up earlier books and though it might be necessary for those new to this series, it was annoying for me--who read them all--to have to be spoonfed the drama all over again...filler.

As usual, this had several stories running through it:

Cameron and Abby: Their story held my attention the most and wish they had
What to say...what to say...I find myself a bit torn on my feelings for this book. Because I liked it a lot. It was a quick, enjoyable read with characters I love. At the same time, I was disappointed in it and somewhat frustrated because it wasn't what I expected, or what I necessarily wanted.

Paradise Valley is the seventh book in Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, and the third and final book in the most recent trilogy. This book basically picks up threads started in previous books, which makes
Another solid installment in the Virgin River series. Paradise Valley is more about the town and community of Virgin River than any one romance, although it does center around four couples -- Liz and Rick, Abby and Cameron, Dan and Cheryl, and Muriel and Walt. The theme of the Paradise Valley was one about rebuilding from a damaged background – Dan and Cheryl are coming back from some painful experiences and Rick is back in California recovering from a war injury. A credit to Robyn Carr, the cha ...more
I have finally come to the conclusion that this series is no longer about one particular romance with each installment. It has evolved into a love story that is more about a community rather than a couple and it reads more like a soap opera (minus the over-the-top dramatics) than a single tale. That can be a good thing for those who like continuing sagas where one gets to keep up with previous players while enjoying new and interesting characters. It can also be a bad thing if one prefers focus. ...more
This was not my favorite in this series. First of all, Cameron got on my nerves. Really I could not stomach him. So his whole story with Abby just made me want to throw the book against the wall. There was a wonderful part with Dan and Rick that just had me in tears. I don't even know why I continued with this series. It was OK, but every single book had the same sort of theme and why does everyone HAVE to get pregnant? sheeesh... it seems these stories can't be complete without all the babies. ...more
The seventh book in the continuing saga of the Virgin River series. A bit disappointing for me but still a solid read. The book was supposed to focus on Rick Sudder and Dan Brady. I didn't feel that either of them got the page time due them nor the women they love. Nevertheless, I will continue on with the series.
Two-haiku review:

Ricky's injured bad
Shady Brady's back in town
Doc Cameron, too

Three stories at once
Essential read in order
Ongoing saga

Originally read Nov. 2012
Re-read Dec. 2013
Actually 4.5stars

This visit to our favorite, (for now), small town wastes no time catching up on several couples and recapping how we got to this point. Walt's missing Muriel, Shelby and Luke are solid where Rick and Liz are not. Cam's trying to get Abby to believe. 'trouble's companion' now has a place and a name in Virgin River, Dan Brady, the latest bachelor with a tale to be told.

While I understood and empathized with Rick's trauma, I found his self-pity tiresome (and realistic). Though th
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No me ha gustado. ¿Es un libro necesario para el resto de la serie? quizás pero si queréis que os diga la verdad eso de que tenga tanta pareja y que no profundice en ninguna no va conmigo. Y no estoy exagerando cuando digo que hay muchas historias paralelas, ¡ni mas ni menos que cuatro! Cuando las autoras quieren condensar tantas historias en un solo libro se corre el riesgo de quedarse a medias con todas y eso es lo que, bajo mi punto de vista, sucede aquí.
Con las historia de Rick y Liz me he q
Christina Montminy
this was a really good one. Rick is injured in the war & has to grow up real fast & tries to make Liz let him go. The pain & suffering that these 2 have gone thru is unreal. Abby & Cameron meet up again by accident & Cameron realizes her secret. She tries to run but he stops her & tries to make her see that they are right for each other. Walt & Muriel's relationship takes another turn & Luke man's up to Walt(the general) about his feelings for Shelby. Shady Brady( ...more
BJ Rose
I was really looking forward to this book, even though I knew it would not be a light-hearted read, but I admit to being very disappointed in having Rick's very serious story so diluted by all the others. What happened to Rick in Iraq obviously impacted all the major players in Virgin River, and I figured that would be plenty to fill a 400-page book. Obviously, I was wrong.

This read like the last book in a series, where all the relationships had to be brought to a conclusion. In the process, wha
Rating: 3.75

This story had some great moments and then moments that just kept the story together. The strength of the earlier books was how RC could make you feel for each of the characters.

Again three romances in one, not real fond of that because the story lines don't get the depth to make them really memorable but just a series of couples.

Three couples: Rick & Liz, Ricky from Virgin River and his girlfriend Liz whose romance and trials were memorable in both VR and Shelter Mountain. They
Was okay but not what I expected and for Rick to treat Liz the way he does in this book was just really ticking me off. They have been through so much and this is the way he acts. I would have smacked him. But I do believe there are more future books in this series just by the way things are left
Huuu... keren banget ceritanya.

Bikin mata berkaca-kaca.
Buku yang indah...

Aku ga baca buku ini dari buku pertama. Dan langsung baca buku ini.

Tokoh-tokohnya keren. Penuh kepedulian dan selalu bersikap saling menolong. Walau tempat Virgin River itu kata pengarangnya cuma fiktif, tapi benar-benar kayak nyata...

Awalnya aku suka konflik antara Abby dan Cameron. Tapi kisah Rick dan Liz, bikin hati teremas-remas. hiks..

Di sini Rick pulang dari Irak dan mengalami berbagai kekacauan dalam hidupnya. Tapi L
Great story, as always, from Robyn Carr. Makes the reader want to believe that Virgin River actually exists so that we could meet these characters in real life, since after reading a number of books in the series, they have become friends if not actually felt like family.
This story begins with Walt lamenting the fact that his “girlfriend”, Muriel, has gone back to Hollywood to star in a new movie. It’s just Walt’s dumb luck that after years as a widower he finds himself falling for his beauti
Nov 02, 2012 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming, Small-Town Romances
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" Every return visit I've made to Virgin River so far has been a pleasant and enjoyable one, and Paradise Valley was no exception. I only had a few small complaints (hence the half star deduction). The first is that the back cover blurb made it sound like this book was going to be Rick and Liz's story, and after all this young couple has been through, I was really looking forward to them having a book that was virtually all their own. However, this wasn't quite
Shirley and I just finished reading this book yesterday. We both found it absorbing enough to soak up a couple of evening each while we finished reading.

There are three couples that we follow throughout the book. Rick and Liz and their trails as a couple are back again. This time rather than being one of the minor sub plots they get to share the spot light with the General Walt, the Movie start Muriel, the doctor Cam and ex rock star wife, Abby.

There are a couple of subplots going on as well. T
This is book 6 in the Virgin River series, and probably the most depressing. I wouldn't classify this as a romance. Really not sure how I would. Maybe just an ongoing story about life in this little mountain town.

the storyline between Rick and Liz
the continuing presence and glue of Jack, holding the town together
Mel of course!
the introduction of Dan Brady

Walt/Muriel storyline
Cameron/Abby storyline
Vanni - period. That woman grates on my nerves.
Paul - such a wuss but wannabe bad bo
One, I think Rick and Liz deserved their own book or at least a bigger part of this book (even though I'm still a little leery about their age difference when Liz was pregnant. She was under sixteen and he was over sixteen. I wouldn't condone it in real life but they were cute enough). Two, I'm getting really sick on "everyone's a military man and bad things happen." I've seen it in so many books and it's one of the things I hate most about this series. The main thing is the sheer amount of coup ...more
I'm torn to give this book just 3.5 stars, 'cause at times it was definitely 5 stars and above. Alas some stuff in this book just kept on pushing on all the wrong buttons for me.
First, Abby. Yikes! I hated her and wanted to slap her for a good deal of her story in this one, Her treatment of Cam just pissed me so much, that when she finally got to her senses I kind of could not warm up to her and kept thinking that Cam could have done so much better. Well, go figure. Their story gets 2.5 stars.
From the first time we meet Dan Brady, way back in the first Virgin River book, I knew he would factor in later. Then we kept getting teases of him every so often, each time making me think "this time he'll be pulled into the stories more". Each time I was wrong. I'm so glad we were finally able to get to know him a bit better. I hope he sticks around for a while.

**Possible Spoilers**

As for Rick's I worked in the Prosthetics field as well as the mobility (wheelchairs, etc.) fiel
Rachel Brand
I think this may be one of my favourite books in the series. Rick and Liz's story was so touching. I know some people have said that they aren't a big fan of their storyline, but I have a soft spot for people who fall in love young, mainly because I met my husband when I was 18 and married him when I was 20. Rick and Liz have been through a lot in this series, and it gives them a maturity that might seem unrealistic in other circumstances, but I've loved watching them grow.

It was really tough to
Paradise Valley is my favorite of the series so far behind Virgin River. No one else's story comes close to Jack and Mel's but this book comes close. There are three stories continuing in this book and one new one. Rick and Liz's saga continues and is as intense as ever. Readers have watched this couple grow from young teens and have cried and laughed along with them. Walt and Muriel's story is nice but has gotten somewhat boring. Cam and Abby finally make strides to be together but Abby almost ...more
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A RITA award-winning author of 25 novels, Robyn Carr has found a whole new following with her stories about the independent women and former marines of Virgin River."

RT's Career Achievement Best Author Award winner (2010) for Contemporary Romance.
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“Muriel, you're not a convenience. I'd walk across a mile of cut glass in my bare feet to hold your hand and talk to you for one hour. You're everything to me.--Walt” 26 likes
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