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Promise Canyon (Virgin River #11)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,141 Ratings  ·  335 Reviews
After years spent on ranches around Los Angeles, Clay Tahoma is delighted to be Virgin River's new veterinary assistant. The secluded community's wild beauty tugs at his Navajo roots, and he's been welcomed with open arms by everyone in town—everyone except Lilly Yazhi.

Lilly has encountered her share of strong, silent, traditional men within her own aboriginal community, a
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Published December 21st 2010 by Mira
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Jan 06, 2011 Auntee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Oh man, this is going to be hard. Why, you say? Because this series by Robyn Carr is just so darn good, and I've been raving about each and every book, that I think I've run out of fantastic things to say. The best way to describe Robyn Carr's writing? To me she is a master storyteller, one of the best in the business. She can wring the emotions out of you, just by the way she uses words and constructs her sentences (my God, she had me crying for a horse in this one!) And her characters? I've to ...more
4 stars – Contemporary Romance

Carr’s Virgin River is one of my favorite contemporary romance series that never fails to deliver intensely emotional, deeply heartfelt, achingly romantic stories. Promise Canyon didn’t quite meet my high expectations and is my least favorite book in the series, but I still enjoyed it. Even though it’s not the finest Virgin River installment, there is no denying that Robyn Carr’s writing is among the very best in the genre.

Clay Tahoma is looking for a fresh start
♡Karlyn P♡
What a great addition to the Virgin River series, and now one of my favorites in the series. I just loved it. In Promise Canyon, Robyn Carr has really outdone herself by creating one of her most intense and passionate romances yet. (Seriously, it got hot!) She also wove in a fun and touching side story that includes Jack, Hope and the entire town of Virgin River coming to odds with each other’s wishes, (and some really good laugh out loud moments!) And, of course, we briefly meet a few other new ...more
Another great addition to the Virgin River Series

Robyn Carr is one of my favorite authors. I love her talent of making the places so real that I want to visit or live there. My first thought after reading the synopsis was …horses??? How boring this is going to be to have to read through all the descriptive information pertaining to horses. And how wrong I was! I should have known that RC can tell a tale that draws me in and holds my attention completely.

I loved Clay Tahoma and all his oozing s
Mar 14, 2011 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Ah, Virgin River. The best fictional town in the romance book world. I just love reading this series.

Series Note:
Book 11 in the "Virgin River" series.

After a fairly amicable divorce with a woman he's having trouble separating himself from completely, horse expert/vet tech Clay Tahoma decides to make a clean break and move to Virgin River. He plans to work for his old friend Nate Jensen (from a previous story) and hopefully once he gets settled in, he'll be able to send for his teenage so
This book was pretty good, but just not as enjoyable to me as the others in the series. Frankly, I am not sure why it was written for this series, as the Native American main characters, Lilly Yahzi and Clay Tahoma, just don't have much to do with Virgin River, but mostly have to do with Grace Valley and the Vet's horse facility. It could have been a nice addition to that small series, 'Grace Valley'.

That being said, there are the 'regulars' from Virgin River, and we lose another old-timer chara
Dec 16, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
It is that time of the year again to return to my favorite small town, Virgin River. This entire series is a delight and I am so glad Ms Carr continues to write more books in this series :) This time around we meet a couple of new characters, Clay Tahoma and Lily Yazhi. Clay has come to Virgin River to work with Nate and Annie (That Holiday Feeling) as a vet assistant and he meets the feed delivery woman, Lily. They are instantly attracted to each, and not just because they are both of Native Am ...more
The 11th book in the fantastic Virgin River series set in northern California in/around the fictional small town of...Virgin River (2010). The two main characters of this installment are new: Clay Tahoma (Navajo) and Lilly Yazhi (Hopi). While the bulk of this story focused on them, as per this author's style, many other things/characters kept this tale interesting, updating past characters and setting up future stories.

I found Promise Canyon to be nicely written and expertly woven to add drama,
Apr 17, 2014 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Native American or Small-Town Romance; Horse Lovers
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I didn't find Promise Canyon to be one of the stronger books in Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, but it was still a pretty good read that had several positive points. Probably the first and foremost of those would be that both main characters were Native American. I think this is the first romance I've read in which that was the case. The hero is a bit more traditional with strong roots in the Native American community, while the heroine hasn't even visited the reservati
Dec 30, 2010 Ally rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2010
After years spent on ranches around Los Angeles, Clay Tahoma is delighted to be Virgin River's new veterinary assistant. The secluded community's wild beauty tugs at his Navajo roots, and he's been welcomed with open arms by everyone in town everyone except Lilly Yazhi.

Lilly has encountered her share of strong, silent, traditional men within her own aboriginal community, and she's not interested in coming back for more. In her eyes, Clay's earthy, sexy appeal is just an act used to charm wealthy
Jan 09, 2011 Rochelle rated it really liked it
Everybody else loved this, why didn't I?
The "Horse Whisperer" angle was fine, it was just such a large part of the book in the beginning. I found myself checking the Virgin River series list to see who the characters were in the next book, instead of concentrating on Clay and Lilly. (BTW, the characters include one of the three ladies staying in the cabins, and a sexy, but broken, Riordian man, can't wait!)
A lot of the book was setting up the next several books, introducing new characters
Apr 12, 2012 Leea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, cont-romance
3.5 stars, buddy read with Regina.

The Virgin River Series is one of my favorite Contemporary series of all time. Having said that at times in the series the books can be more of a transition book where part of the storyline is going to change or the town might go through a transition. In Promise Canyon we feel the loss of a founder member of Virgin River. We meet Clay and Lilly and we learn more about that other Riordan brother, Colin

 “Where are you from?”
“Flagstaff.” He answered.
“Navajo?” She
Nov 19, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc
Robyn Carr brings readers back to her town of Virgin Rock with another emotionally gripping love story.

Clay Tahoma arrives in Virgin River to help his good buddy, Nathaniel Jensen (Under the Christmas Tree) at his Veterinarian practice. Clay is an experienced and well known farrier and is excited to help Nate as his new vet tech. Clay seeks the quietness and solitude of his work. Clay is sort of a “horse whisperer” and people in the equine industry want him to work with them to use his talents.
Apr 28, 2015 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book from the Virgin River series is another mixed bag. It probably doesn't help that I read it out of sequence due to unavailablity at the on-line library. The focal point romance, Clay and Lily, started strong but fizzled at the end. There were also too many other story threads introduced, to the point of distraction. Those threads ultimately set up the next book in the series, Wild Man Creek, which is a much better book, in my opinion.
Oct 31, 2010 Emma rated it really liked it
A very good addition to this series. The romance between Clay and Lily was very engaging and I had a great time reading it. The secondary storylines involving Hope's house and Luke's siblings didn't really interest me though. I pretty much skipped all those pages (I know, I'm not a Virgin River Purist !!).
I loved reading about the native culture and those two exotic heroes. I hope there'd be more native characters in romance... it definitely added something more.
Aug 09, 2015 Xiki71 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Este libro me ha decepcionado muchísimo. Siempre que cogía un libro de Robyn Carr sabía que iba sobre seguro pero esta vez no ha sido así. No sé si es que no he terminado de entender el tema de las tradiones de un nativo américano (aunque lo dudo) o es que al libro le faltaba la chispa habitual, pero no me ha gustado.
Para empezar no entiendo a la protagonista, me parece una llorona que se pasa el día pensando en el pasado y no me parece razón suficiente para hacer todo lo que hace justificándol
Navajo vet tech Clay Tahoma needs a change and comes to help his friend Nate build his business. Hopi Lilly Yahzi helps her grandfather run the local feed store. While there could be a bit of attraction and an iota of commonality, through their tribes, Lilly couldn't be less interested in having a Native American mate.

Plagued with issues of abandonment Lilly's aloof and immune to Clay's light flirtation; Clay on the other hand is distancing himself from a not so good marriage and is looking forw
These are getting better and better.
Jan 25, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Ok, note to self, the Virgin River series probably should be read in order. I actually read this book 2nd, after reading "Virgin River" and I was a little lost when it came to some of the plotlines and characters. While it probably could be read as a stand alone, I don't recommend it.

Clay has decided to make a move to Virgin River. After a divorce and being away from his son too long, its time to settle down and he finds a job with a Vet there, helping to rehabilitate horses. Because Clay's got
Aug 29, 2015 Quinn rated it really liked it
Well I liked this one way more than the blurb lead me to expect! During the course of this series, Ms Carr has written some heroines who I have found less than appealing. Based on the synopsis, I wasn't expecting to like Lily, and therefore, the book:
After years spent on ranches around Los Angeles, Clay Tahoma is delighted to be Virgin River's new veterinary assistant. The secluded community's wild beauty tugs at his Navajo roots, and he's been welcomed with open arms by everyone in town—everyo
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My personal thoughts:

Promise Canyon was a great read. I liked how the beginning ties in with the ending in a way I wasn't expecting. The middle may seem like a bit out of place to the story but I think the tie-ins work well and it was a great way to get
Angela Lynn Holland
May 18, 2014 Angela Lynn Holland rated it it was amazing
As with the rest of the Virgin River series I loved this book and was sad to finish it. I will have to say though that it took me just a little a bit to get into this story, which was unusual for me. The story line with the horses and Native Americans was great for me as I love story with both of those in them. You can't help but love Clay and Lilly from the first page, both of them have old souls to me and they both have been through bad times and deserved to be happy. There is also a twist wit ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Eileen rated it it was amazing
I'm drawn to the Virgin River series because I want to know what is happening in that small world of Virgin River. She introduces two new characters to the fold and have connections to Grace Valley and Virgin River which makes it a small world. Clay and Lilly find a connection to their Native American roots, along with their love for horses. I wasn't disappointed when we got introduced to the last Riordan brother, Colin, which leads me to believe that his story is right around the corner. Makes ...more
Tara Choate
Sep 11, 2012 Tara Choate rated it did not like it
I hate to be so criticial of such an obviously earnest and sweet-natured author; however, there were two basic problems with this book that simply could not be overlooked. The first: show, don't tell. There was very little dialog or action and A LOT of explanation. The second: pick a plot and stick to it. It is clear this book was part of a series; however, if you need to write more about previous or future books, write those books, not this book. Probably 1/2 of "Promise Canyon" was the plot of ...more
Great story! Clay the was so sexy, beautifully described and I could picture his long hair. His sexual, in-charge way in the bedroom (or kitchen) was hot! Lily's gay friend's reaction to Clay was priceless. Carr just has a way of connecting her characters that I just love. I enjoyed the nasty ex-wife and her manipulations even though it lead to a heartbreaker. I always like that 3rd party conflict when they get caught. I can't get enough of Virgin River, the stories always touch me, make me cry ...more
I liked the latest addition to Virgin River, it felt like talking with old friends. I didn't mind the horse talk, but it felt at times that the romance was taking a backseat to other information being imparted in the book. Lilly at times drove me crazy with her childishness, but eventually she got it together. I liked Clay, but at much info as we had, he still never felt totally fleshed out to me. I liked seeing some of the old couples and their interaction. I am looking forward to the next one ...more
May 24, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
Promise Canyon is a Virgin River Novel by Robyn Carr. It is totally realistic in characters and plot.
Clay Tahoma has come to the Jensen Veterinary Clinic and Stables to be the new vet assistant and farrier. His friend Nathaniel Jensen was expanding his father’s business and needed an assistant he could rely on. He knew Clay was known and wanted by large horse establishments and was thrilled when Clay decided to come to Virgin River. Clay has other reasons for leaving Los Angeles. First, he need
Nov 21, 2014 Cheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this story. I appreciate Robyn Carr veering off from her usual former military hero trope. Not that I don't love those former military men in her books, I really do. I just enjoyed a different change of pace.

One of the things I like about the Virgin River series is that, in most cases, there aren't a lot of silly misunderstandings. If there is one, it's only one per book and it is resolved without everyone losing face. Of course there was a pretty big blowup in this one, but Carr
Jul 25, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Lilly Yazhi is a young woman working for her grandfather in a small California town. She keeps to herself, not wanting a relationship since she sworn off men after a teenage romance went bad. But the new veterinary assistant, Clay Tahoma, has caught her eye. Clay is a talented "horse whisperer" who wants to use his persuasive talents on Lilly, if she'll let him close.

This is the 13th book in Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. This time we have two new characters taking the lead in the book. Both
Apr 01, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-shelf
First time reading this author...and I was a little underwhelmed. I know a lot who read and love her, but it wasn't there for me. I feel like I'm missing something. Is it because I started in the middle of the series??? It came across really sappy...are they all like this or is there a better book to try?
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Western and Medie...: Promise Canyon (Virgin River #13), by Robyn Carr 20 11 Oct 31, 2014 07:32PM  
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  • Whisper Falls (Destiny, #3)
  • Hummingbird Lake (Eternity Springs, #2)
  • Marrying Daisy Bellamy (Lakeshore Chronicles #8)
  • More Than Words, Volume 6 (Virgin River, #10.1)
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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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  • Temptation Ridge (Virgin River, #6)
  • Paradise Valley (Virgin River, #7)
  • Forbidden Falls (Virgin River, #8)
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