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Paradise Valley (Virgin River #7)

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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  6,149 ratings  ·  308 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 an
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published 2009)
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Shawna
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.
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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
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Auntee
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
Kathrynn
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
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jenjn79
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
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Regina
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
TJ
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
Denise
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
Pamela(AllHoney)
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.
Dee
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
Darcy
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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
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Christel
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
Mery
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
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Patrice
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
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Julianna
Nov 02, 2012 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming, Small-Town Romances
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"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
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Jack
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
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Cheri
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 storyline...wow. I worked in the Prosthetics field as well as the mobility (wheelchairs, etc.) fiel
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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
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Mary
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
Merceda
There were quite a few people who fell in love in this book! Walt and Muriel, Rick and Liz, Cameron and Abby, and Dan and Cheryl. It was overall a good book to read. And Abby had twins, when she and Cameron had only slept together one time, and she was getting divorced from her rock-star husband who was basically a loser, although when he wasn't stoned, he was a decent guy, and he had gone into rehab, and did not know that his manager and lawyer had screwed over Abby big time with money and gave ...more
Lizzie
Why why why did I do this to myself? I had quit Robyn Carr cold years ago and was quite happy with my decision. But then I went ahead and re-read her Grace Valley trilogy. I always had a soft spot for June and Jim in Just Over the Mountain. Then I re-read Temptation Ridge and wanted closure on Abby and Cameron (this is how they get you!). I read Paradise Valley in one sitting and the silly, trite plot lines and same-old conflict reminded me of how much I used to like Carr, and why I do not any m ...more
Brenda (b)
This is another fantastic continuation of the Virgin River epic. I loved reading about Cameron convincing Abby to give him a chance and Walt and Muriel moving their relationship forward. Rick's experiences had me in tears a number of times and the revelation about Dan Brady was great.
Ronica
This book was three and half stars for me, I was not that interested in the romance between Muriel and Walt although it was sweet at times. I felt it took a long time for Rick to get over himself and make amends with Liz.

Overall I enjoyed catching up with the rest town.
Ana T.
This story left me a bit annoyed with Carr. I think Rick and Lizzie deserved their own book after all they went through in the previous stories. And the same goes for Dan Brady which she had lead me to believe to be some king of undercover cop. I was still a good story but considering the baggage all those characters carried with them I think, like this, we never got as deep as we could have in knowing them and watching them heal.

In the Rick and Lizzie story I especially liked Lizzie, she did a
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Leea
3.5 stars. I love this series but felt that this book had too many love stories going on. I would have liked to have more focus on Liz and Rick because those two have been through some real heavy stuff. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Amanda
It is always nice to spend some time in Virgin River. This is my go-to series when I'm in the mood for a solid contemporary romance. Robyn Carr's characters are so true to life. And, of course, Jack Sheridan always brings a smile to my face.
Melissa
I really enjoyed the continuing story of all of the characters of Virgin River.
This book centers alot on Rick and his girlfriend, Cam and Abby and Walt and Muriel.

Looking forward to reading the next in this series!
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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.
More about Robyn Carr...
Virgin River (Virgin River, #1) Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, #2) Whispering Rock (Virgin River, #3) Temptation Ridge (Virgin River, #6) A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River, #4)

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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” 24 likes
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