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Deep in the Valley (Grace Valley Trilogy #1)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,064 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
Welcome to Grace Valley, California---where blood runs thicker...ties bind stronger...and love is all the more sweet.

Visitors to the town often remark about the valley's peace and beauty---both of which are plentiful. Unlocked doors, front porches, pies cooling in the windows---this is country life at its finest. But visitors don't always see what lies at the heart of a co
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Brenda (b)
After seeing several rave reviews and recommendations online, I read Virgin River by Robyn Carr - my first read by her and I loved it. Being the obsessed reader that I am, I felt I had to stop and read the Grace Valley Trilogy before continuing with the Virgin River series. These 2 sets of books are loosely related in that some of the characters are mentioned as friends of each other later on. So here I am just having finished reading Deep In The Valley Oh. My. God! I loved it so much! This book ...more
Lisa Kay
"California Poppy Field," by Granville Redmond circa 1926.

(This is a review of the audiobook.)
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I enjoyed Therese Plummer’s narration of the first in Robyn Carr’s Grace Valley Trilogy. She differentiates the characters nicely, her pacing is good, and you can tell she has some fun in spots with her tone and inflection.

Nevertheless, this book is billed as a “romance” and it doesn’t quite live up to that claim. I’m not talking about the “one foot on the fl
May 10, 2010 jenjn79 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: Virgin River precursor
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Sometimes I'm a little surprised at home much I enjoy Robyn Carr's books - from a romance reader standpoint. But this book just sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. Carr really knows how to tell a story.

Series Note:
First book in the Grace Valley trilogy, which is a precursor to the Virgin River series (the two are loosely connected).

June Hudson is the town doctor for the small town of Grace Valley California. It's the place where she grew up, and where she returned to
Oct 08, 2009 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Deep in the Valley is the first book in Robyn Carr's Grace Valley Trilogy. This book is billed as a romance, but there's very little romance to be found here. I chose to read this book because I love Robyn Carr's Virgin River series and we meet many of the characters from Grace Valley in that series.

Deep in the Valley centers around Dr. June Hudson and the daily lives of the citizens in Grace Valley, CA. This is a small town of approximately 1500 people, and I think Robyn Carr introduces us to
The first book in he Grace Valley Trilogy by Robyn Carr. The focus on the story is June Hudson, a doctor in the small community of Grace Valley, California. It is not a romance but more of chicklit or women's fiction, though there is a small romantic element introduced well into the story. It's sort of a small town soap opera. But it was good. The story moved nicely along without lagging or getting bogged down in too many details or explanations. I would have loved to have gotten more of a roman ...more

I was disappointed with the lack of romance and if I I was rated it as such then it would scrape 2-3 stars, but I have to rate this higher as it a good solid enjoyable story and deserves more.

I hope we get to see a bit more of Jim in the next book and the romance between him and June really gets going!
I am glad that I read some GR reviews that led me to read this Grace Valley series before I began the Virgin River series. For a review of the storyline, click on Deep in the Valley.

This is my first book by Robyn Carr and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audiobook. Therese Plummer did an excellent job with the pacing of the story as well as differentiating among the various characters. It was easy to keep ALL of them straight.

June Hudson, the town doctor, knows exactly what she has given u
May 31, 2011 Annika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is ultimate fluff. It's perfect for a grandmother who wants to pass the time between crocheting afghans and petting her cat. It's safe and so sweet your teeth will hurt. I'm sure in some part I was supposed to cheer, but I'm too "POLICE BRUTALITY" to do so, even if the guy DID deserve an asp in the kneecaps.

I guess that's fiction.

This saccharine-sweet story was given its chance because Robyn Carr wrote the Virgin River series, which only the first 3 books of those are worth thi
Nov 27, 2015 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, audio-book, romance, 2015
I really love the Virgin River series, so I have been wanting to try this one as I have seen some of these characters in those books. I wonder though if I went into these books with too high expectations. While overall I did like this book it just didn't have the greatness of VR.

One of my big issues with this book was that so much happened in this book. Granted the book did take place over a few months, but in such a little town I have to really wonder how so many different events happened. I al
Nov 21, 2015 Nan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
I want the hours of my life back that I spent with this pointless, meandering, preachy, obnoxious drivel.
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
The pre-quel series to Virgin River. This has Robyn Carr's characteristic writing style, an ensemble cast of good and bad small town characters and an interesting secret romance between the town's doctor and an undercover federal agent. Despite the close-door love scene which I am not a fan of, I do enjoy these home town romances of Robyn Carr's and look forward to continuing the trilogy.
Feb 13, 2016 Masanobu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-in-2016
Deep in the Valley is really light on romance. In fact, shelving it as romance is probably a mistake. It's more like a mashup of small town and medical novels, if those were genres at all. The undercover DEA agent who is going to be the hero? Doesn't appear until midway through the novel. And he interacts with the heroine a grand total of three times. He has no more than ten sentences on the whole book! It's not a relationship in which one can become invested, definitely. If I hadn't read Virgin ...more
3,5 Sterne
Aug 16, 2010 Mom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-during-2010
It was enough to make me want to read the rest, but was kind of boring.

Visitors to the town often remark about the valley's peace and beauty---both of which are plentiful. Unlocked doors, front porches, pies cooling in the windows---this is country life at its finest. But visitors don't always see what lies at the heart of a community. Or just beyond...

June Hudson grew up in Grace Valley, the daughter of the town doctor. Leaving only to get her medical training, she returned home and followed i
Dec 12, 2014 Margaret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Yikes....what was I thinking when I started this book? I have to admit I was pulled in by the allure of the location of the story; in a small town located in Humboldt Co. in Northern California. I live in Northern Cal. and I vacation frequently in Humboldt Co. This story was a regular Peyton place, depicting us Nor. Cal. people as either pot growers (there is a lot of them), dense mountain folk, and without any mention of hippies which is a cultural mainstay here and there. No worries, I am not ...more
La verdad es que decir que "Un lugar en el valle", es una novela romántica, es mucho decir.. La historia narra las aventuras de una doctora de pueblo y su relación con las diferentes personas del valle. Hay acción, misterio y tensión... pero poco más. Me ha gustado como siempre la forma de narrar de Robyn Carr, volver a ver a algunos de los personajes de Virgin River.. como al terapeuta que ve "platillos volantes", y desenmarañar algunas tramas que van generando un suspense a lo largo de la hist ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading most of the Virgin River series I noticed that Robyn Carr had also written a trilogy about Grace Valley. I checked out the descriptions of the books and found out that some of the characters that have appeared in the Virgin River books, most notably June Hudson, John Stone and Chief Toopeaks, are among the main characters of this trilogy. Deep in the Valley starts off the trilogy in fine form. Great plot and characters and a lot of heart!
Feb 12, 2016 Reen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp-romance
Book 1 of a trilogy. June is a small town doctor who has taken over her father's practice but the town is growing and she needs a partner. An unlikely candidate shows up and he might be too good to be true. Great story that revolves around the community. There are quite a few characters but Carr makes it easy to keep track of them. Looking forward to book 2
Mar 15, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going back 9 years (that's publishing years) we see the village of Grace Valley, the over-the-mountains neighbor to Virgin River. I ordered the Grace Valley trilogy on line when I ran out of Virgin River books. The anchor character is Dr. June Hudson, later to become the good friend of Mel, midwife of Virgin River. Here June is looking for a partner in her father-daughter medical clinic, and thinks Dr. John Stone may be too good to be true. On the other hand, she almost instantly trusts Jim, who ...more
Jul 31, 2013 June rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not your typical romance book. The book was more focused on the heroine, Dr June Hudson, her clinic, and the goings on in her small town, Grace Valley. While the romance pretty much happened in the background. I'm not sure if I like that, but Robyn Carr really great at creating such a serene small-town atmosphere full of likeable character with their everyday problem.
I give this book 4 stars because I admire the way Robyn Carr write sensitive issue like domestic violence which feat
May 16, 2011 ReaderOz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I fell asleep reading this book, which should tell you how uninteresting it is.

Robyn Carr specialises in writing about everyday events, but she generally has a plot to go with them. This book had nothing happening. We met just about every resident of the region and followed them around doing everyday things, but I couldn't figure out what the actual story was.

The Virgin River series is not without its faults, but at least there is usually a story! You do not need to read the Grace Valley trilo
Nov 28, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep in the Valley is another winner by Robyn Carr. I'm looking forward to reading book 2.
Jul 29, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep in the Valley is book 1 in the Grace Valley trilogy by Robin Carr. This novel begins the stories of Grace Valley, California and the people who live there. The characters are believable and well-developed. The plot is pretty pedestrian but has its ups and downs. It is the story of the redemption of people, spousal abuse, illegal pot farms, and love. Robin Carr has outdone herself in this series.
June Hudson is the town doctor of Grace Valley, California. She grew up in the home of the previ
Jul 28, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever read Robyn Carr before. If her other books measure up, I may have found myself a new author to read.

June Hudson is a family practitioner in a tiny rural community in northern California. She's taken over her father's practice and has just hired a 2nd doctor to help her run the clinic. Is he too good to be true? Life in her small village of Grace Valley is too hectic to investigate too deeply into her new partner's past. Between trying to provide quality medical care, pro
Sharon Hughson
Jun 22, 2015 Sharon Hughson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a woman's fiction saga-type story set in a small town in California. Carr's authentic voice and clear descriptions drew me in right away. The story earns four out of five stars.
This story begins with a bang. It has a few slow moments, but tons of little sub-plots that needled my interest. I'm not sure I buy the romantic element of the story - the whole "love at first sight" and "I know nothing about you" themes don't ring true to me. That is just lust, which I could certainly see happeni
Aug 09, 2014 JoAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not know that this Grace Valley trilogy was written before the Virgin River series. So I was familiar with the characters from reading the other series. But that was ok because I learned more about them from this book, which is the first in the trilogy.
June Hudson is the town doctor in Grace Valley. She took over the practice from her father. She has advertised for another doctor. John Stone has applied. He is rich. She likes him but wonders if this is the right place for him. She gives hi
May 22, 2014 78sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,6 von 5 Sternen

*Wie kam das Buch zu mir*
Ich liebe die Virgin River Reihe der Autorin und daher reizte mich diese Reihe ebenfalls. Als es das Buch dann auf BlogDeinBuch als Rezensionsexemplar gab, versuchte ich mein Glück. Tja und meine Glücksfee war mir hold.

Ich finde das Cover wunderschön. Auf manche mag es vielleicht etwas altmodisch/altbacken wirken, aber ich finde es einfach herrlich. Außerdem stimmt es einen gleich auf die doch eher rustikale, teilweise etwas biedere
Nov 08, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
June Hudson grew up in the small of Grace Valley, and after college came back to be the town's doctor after her father, Dr.
Elmer Hudson's semi retirement. It has become too much to care for everyone and has taken on a new physician, John Stone. His past seems a little "shady" to June, so she begins a background search of the gorgeous, family man doctor. She is getting mixed reviews on this man, but his way with patients is beyond remarkable. Is he just passing through, or is this just what the
Dec 16, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not the first time that I read "Deep in the Valley," but the second time around was like visiting an old friend. The main character is June Hudson, the doctor in Grace Valley. She's taken over as the town doctor following her now retired father.

We follow June as she takes care of the town and meets and secretly starts dating undercover DEA agent Jim Post. Along the way you get an inside view of small town life in Grace Valley. The characters are distinctly drawn and one of the things I
Mar 29, 2016 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually, I probably wouldn't go back to read the first book in a romance trilogy, but I did on this one. Although I was worried that I knew pretty much what had happened in Book #1, I wondered how Carr had started off, how she pulled it together and set the stage for #2 and #3. Not disappointed. Although I did know most of the events, how they transpired was interesting and thoughtful. Now I have to say a word about the genre labeled "romance". What defines that genre? Is it having one or more r ...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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Grace Valley Trilogy (3 books)
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