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Down by the River (Grace Valley Trilogy #3)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,271 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
June Hudson is the town's doctor, a caring, capable woman who now has a bit of explaining to do. People are beginning to notice the bloom in her cheeks--and the swell of her belly. Happily, DEA agent Jim Post is back in June's arms for good, newly retired from undercover work and ready for new beginnings here in Grace Valley.Expecting the unexpected is a way of life in Gra ...more
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Published August 1st 2008 by Mira Books (first published 2003)
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Brenda (b)
A wonderful ending to the Grace Valley Trilogy. I loved this book - and the whole series. I can't seem to gush too much about these books, can I? Jim finally becomes a permanent resident of Grace Valley. Many old friends put in appearances, we learn more about everyone and a new face or two arrive too. The last 30 or so pages had me in tears as the town comes together and offers each other so much optimism and support. I would love to be a part of a community like this one. I was sad to see the ...more
May 16, 2010 jenjn79 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Another solid story from Carr. This book is very similar to the other Grace Valley books, and if you liked them, then you'll most likely like this one.

Series Note:
Third and final book in the Grace Valley trilogy...which should really be read in order. This trilogy is loosely connected to the Virgin River series.

For local town doctor June Hudson, things in her life are coming together with the return of her secret lover, now retired undercover agent Jim Post. After learning June was expec
Michele bookloverforever
I did not enjoy this book as much as I did Ms.Carr's Virgin River series. The characters are well drawn. and sympathetic. As usual she assembles quite a cast of characters and several interesting plot points but it feels like this was her apprenticeship and she was still polishing her skills. It was ok but not great. Enjoyable, but not as satisfying as her Virgin River stories..
I wish there was a genre named "living life" or "relationships" rather than "romance" where Down by the River will be put. Ms. Carr puts so much grit, so many hurdles of life in her books that I can proudly recommend her guys, to gals and most happily to readers of "quality" literature.

Just to whet your imagination, a couple of the secondary protagonists cope with the situation of the woman / mother being the breadwinner.

Down By The River has a couple nice plot twists but it isn't suspense or e
I loved this trilogy and am sad that it has come to an end. As usual Ms Carr wrote a fantastic story which was extremely well narrated by Therese Plummer who manages to bring every character to life.
Aug 19, 2010 Mom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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It was okay, but I was just glad it was finished. I wanted to know what happened, but, was not excited about getting through it.

June Hudson is the town's doctor, a caring, capable woman who now has a bit of explaining to do. People are beginning to notice the bloom in her cheeks -- and the swell of her belly. Happily, DEA agent Jim Post is back in June's arms for good, newly retired from undercover work and ready for new beginnings here in Grace Valley.

Expecting the unexpected is a way of life
Sep 04, 2015 Belle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Einfach unverbesserlich
Kaum ist die Katze aus dem Sack, da muss sich die Landärztin June Hudson auch schon mit den neugierigen und besorgten Bewohner von Grace Valley auseinandersetzen. Dabei meinen es ihre Familie, Freunde und Patienten doch alle nur gut. June ist schwanger, soll sich schonen und gefälligst den Vater ihres Kindes heiraten. Dabei nimmt man natürlich auch noch den früheren Ermittler Jim Post genauer unter die Lupe. Zwar denken Jim und June sich eine ‘Geschichte’ aus, doch sein Geheimnis wird von den sc ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Down By the River is book 3 in the Grace Valley trilogy by Robin Carr. I didn’t think a third book would keep my attention as well as the first two. I was pleasantly surprised; but the third book is as good as the first.
It is difficult in Grace Valley for anyone to have a secret for long. However, June Hudson has managed to keep her lover, Jim Post, a secret for a while. Now it is going to come out; but how will the town react to June’s being pregnant with no husband? When Jim does return to Gr
Aug 14, 2014 JoAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last in the Grace Valley Trilogy. June and Jim are finally together. The town knows. They all want to know how and why. Jim wants to get married but June wants to make very sure that he is the one. Myrna has had a secret love too. She has been writing letters to Edward for 20 years. He is coming on Thanksgiving to see her. the town has a new pastor but he also has a secret. Chris and Nancy are having financial problems - among the many they have - since both of the boys are healing f ...more
Sharon Hughson
This gets a 3.5 out of five stars for me. It was much easier to put down than the other two books in the series. Also, it was a mite more predictable.
I still enjoyed it. I like June and the quirky characters of the town who rally around their own when the chips are down.
I found Jim to be too perfect. I mean, seriously. No man is that awesome. I know this because I'm married to a very nearly perfect man, but he has a few flaws (which I won't go into here). It robbed some of my enjoyment that Jim
Jul 01, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic ending Jim and June's book really and all I can say is it was worth the wait. Got teary eyed several times that should be telling. Truly a village made this trilogy work.
Rachel Rogers
Sep 29, 2014 Rachel Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Robyn Carr delivers a fast-paced, real story about real people. The Grace Valley stories are a little bit grittier than the Virgin River stories, or maybe it's that she stopped herself at a trilogy and felt the need to pack the same number of issues into the smaller number of books. It feels a little overwhelming at times, that these people have so much to deal with, but in a small town like that I suppose it can happen that way. Really enjoyed the whole series. Again, a little more f ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Marjorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When Dr. June Hudson tells her DEA boyfriend, currently working undercover in the Ozarks, that she is pregnant, he immediately retires and finds himself in Grace Valley. He lets June know he wants to marry her but she has doubts. Soon he is helping neighbors, including June's old boyfriend and his wife, and fitting in well with the community.

June's father is not happy that she isn't getting married right away but he and the town let her know they support her.

Great ending to a series. Makes you
This the final book in the Grace Valley trilogy. Dr. June Hudson's pregnant, and the big question is whether or not she'll get married. Myrna Claypool is about to meet the man with whom she's been corresponding for twenty years. Another down-on-their-luck family moves into Grace Valley, and the Presbyterian church has a new pastor with a secret. All of the storylines are satisfactorily wrapped up in this installment, and we finally get the answer to what happened to Morton Claypool. It's been a ...more
Mar 31, 2016 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robyn Carr sure knows how to draw you into her stories. Grace Valley is a wonderful small town where gossip is ranpet but love and friendship are everywhere. Dr. June Hudson very pregnant and very happy since her love Jim Post has retired from undercover work and has moved in with her. When a flood overruns the town everyone pitches in to help and the preacher who has a little problem has returned, Grace Valley is at it's finest in welcoming him back. This is a very good series. Can't wait to re ...more
This installment is the end of the Green Valley trilogy where Jim finally comes to live with Doctor June and his appearance shocks the town and gives them plenty of fodder for the small town gossip mill. Caring, capable and presumed spinster June Hudson can no longer keep her relationship with retired DEA agent Jim Post secret - her pregnancy is showing and he's more than ready to be a husband and father.
All of my issues with this read really boils down to one issue, the town is much too perfec
Suzanne Barrett
Mar 09, 2011 Suzanne Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Down By the River is the third book in Robyn Carr’s Grace Valley trilogy and is primarily a continuation of the events featuring the characters in books one and two.

June’s lover, Jim Post, has retired from his DEA job and returns to Grace Valley to live with June and their forthcoming child and learns that pregnant women are subject to mood swings.

June, used to working all hours, doing everything, learns she must delegate, and she finds this hard to do.

Aunt Myrna has been corresponding with anot
Angela Lynn Holland
Why I Read This Book: I read this book for two reasons, first I am a Robyn Carr fan and have read this entire series and second I read this with some of the Novel Ladies.

What I liked: I liked reading about the small town and all the residents. I also enjoyed how the people in the book felt real, this could be a town you live in or have traveled thru.

What I didn't Liked: The ending of the book because I felt like I was moving away from my friends and would never see them again. I wanted this boo
Jan Mcleod
Mar 04, 2015 Jan Mcleod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #3 in the series. In several places in this book, there are summaries of the lives and happenings of the towns people that occurred in the first two books (not really necessary if you've read the first two books).
There are new characters introduced, as well as all of the other characters, and old conflicts resolved. The masterful writing is still filled with humor, interesting developments, and definitely very colorful characters.
You really don't want to miss the whole series!
This book completes the Grace Valley Series and has Dr. June adjusting to being pregnant, living with her ex-DEA agent boyfriend Jim Post, and deciding on when and whether to marry him. She also develops a friendship with her high school boyfriend's wife and helps her aunt with a visit from her writer pen-pal. There is excitement from a pending flood. This book was a good ending to the trilogy!
Donna Mcnab
Jul 06, 2015 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When June Hunter, the doctor in Grace Valley announces that she is pregnant (and single), the whole village wants to know all the details, but in a friendly fashion. At the same time, people are beginning to worry about the heavy rains in Northern California and what they might mean to their little town. Robyn Carr just keeps coming up with interesting stories, and this is another one.
Oct 13, 2010 Rochelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
aw, I wanted to love this book, and I wanted to love the Grace Valley series. It just wasn't quite there.
Jim is magnificent! He is always there for June, for the town, and he gives and gives and, for the most part, gets little back. And he doesn't complain! And he cooks, and cleans. And there's no way he's real. I like do it all guys, Jack, from Virgin River is amazing, but has a few faults, and is a little more real.
Maybe I'm just too negative, but I don't see how the town would completely look
Jul 06, 2016 phoebess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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God's honest truth, I was starting the reading of this book with only positive thoughts. I was prepared to love it. But sadly, soon enough those thoughts all started to disappeared fast. That town had to have the highest rate of domestic violence and drug abuse in the whole world. The almost same plot twists got so old and I couldn't wait to be finished with this trilogy...
Emily Higgins
Aug 12, 2014 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Dr. June Hudson is expecting a baby. Fortunately, the baby's father, former DEA agent Jim Post, has retired from his job and moved to Grace Valley. Jim has his hands full convincing June that they should get married. In no time at all, Jim is busy becoming acquainted with and involved with the people of Grave Valley. Delightful story.
Apr 21, 2014 penelopewanders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Unfortunately this seems to be the last in this trilogy... I do have a different series (Thunder Point?) by Carr to begin, so all is not lost. Fun stories, a sort of almost too good to be true kind of community despite all the many foibles of the characters. Read this on holiday and getting ready to send to a bookcrossing/ERTG/Goodreads group friend.
Mar 22, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful ending to the Grace Valley Trilogy. June faced the town with her pregnancy and introduced them to Jim. It was important to June that she and Jim get to know each other before they marry but the town and especially her Father disagreed. Robyn Carr is such a great storyteller that you will enjoy every page of this book
Feb 08, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Robyn Carr a lot. Her books are very easy to read and her characters are very colorful. This book is about June Hudson, a small-town doctor in the northwest, who finally decides to marry Jim Post, a retired DEA agent. Good thing, since she's already 4 months pregnant.
Aug 12, 2012 Phyllis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this third and final book in the Grace Valley Trilogy. It is a continuation into the lives of the previous characters in book 1 and book 2. Therefore the books should be read in order. By the time I got done with this book I felt like I had known the characters for a long time. I was able to picture them all in my head. It was so nice to see how they interacted with each other in a small town. I did not grow up in a small town where you know everyone so I was asking myself in the end if ...more
Down by the River is the last book in the Grace Valley Trilogy by Robyn Carr. Click on the link if you want a quick teaser about the plot.

I really enjoyed this series, and was glad to have gotten the information to read these before the Virgin River series. Carr throws in many social/economic issues in a short amount of time and it can get overwhelming. However, it's a novel so things do tend to work out.

Again, Grace Valley reminds me so much of Danby, VT. Good solid people helping each other, e
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“Do you agree with that About saying 'forever' and being sure? I do. Will you tell me when you think you're there? Sure. Good. June? Yes? I'm there. You go ahead and take your time.” 9 likes
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