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Paradise Valley

(Virgin River #7)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  15,457 ratings  ·  716 reviews
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 and commitment of a young woman who has never given up on him mend his broken body and shattered heart?

As the people of Virgin River rally around Rick, anothe
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Mira
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
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.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read this one a few years back!
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Beanbag Love
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, audio-book
4.5 Stars

Oh, I loved this one even though I wanted to smack Rick more than a few times! Even though I know he had a right, Rick was very much throwing his own pity party. The whole thing was very emotional! Liz showed a lot of strength and, thankfully, spine!

After finishing the last book I thought Abby would've been worse. Don't get me wrong, she had her frustrating moments, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. Love that Vanny gave it to her straight up! Cameron was just all kinds of awesomeness!
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! :((
Pam Nelson
4.5 Paradise Valley Stars

I loved every book so far, I was looking forward to this book Rick grew on me with each book that went by. Liz and Rick were meant to be you knew it right from the very beginning. I don’t care that they were young when you know you know.

They went through more than most people do in a lifetime and come out the other side maybe not whole but still breathing and that’s really all you can ask for.

They both grew up so young. And if you read the other books you know what I a
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
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
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
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
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had me in tears at a few points. It was a build up of character development that began in book one. So many emotions and feelings. I just love this small town with multiple stories developing over all the books. And even when the story ends, the characters' stories continue as the books go on. ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sandra Hoover
Another awesome read in a fantastic series! A lot of angst & turmoil in this one, but a good, solid ending as always. Several couples share the spotlight: Cameron & Abby, Rick & Liz, Walt & Muriel, and even mystery guy Dan & Cheryl get some page time! Loss, grief, tears - this is a heartbreaker and yet through it all, you always feel the love of family in Virgin River. A Must Read! Looking forward to the next one!
Elizabeth Plunkett
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This Virgin River book in a twist from what I've read in the past, starts out sad and suspenseful. It was good in the end but it felt like the book split between three very different couples and as a result I wasn't super invested in any of them. It is still escapist reading and I enjoyed it but not as much as the first books in the series. ...more

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 and commitment of a young woman who has never given up on him mend his broken body and shattered heart?

5 Stars!!

As the people of Virgin River rally around Rick, another recent arrival tests the tightly knit mountain town's famous welcoming spirit. Dan Brady has a questionable past
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
BJ Rose
Jun 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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. ...more
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: carr-robyn
There were a lot of little stories going on in this book. A couple of romances of different characters were playing out. I particularly liked the one involved Walt ("the General") and Muriel St. Claire ("the movie star"). I love later in life romances. If Abby and Cameron had their own book and it was dragged out, I would have wanted to slap the crap out of Abby for being such an idiot because Cameron was a sweetheart and she was an immature fool. So their story worked well in among the others. ...more
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Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
What a fantastically emotional and hard hitting novel. I thoroughly enjoyed how Carr brought so many aspects of life forward. The realistic albeit at times larger than life storylines that intertwine created such an intimate feeling. The combination of life altering events of both the positive and negative variety was absolutely breathtaking.

The in-depth development of the entire cast of characters was fantastic. I loved getting back together with so many of the characters that I’ve come to love
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
Carly Ellen Kramer
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the most well written, emotional, jarring Robyn Carr book I've read. Love, love, love it. ...more
I love the humor that Carr has inter weaved in this series. This was not my favorite book in the series but I did enjoy it. There were almost four stories interconnected in this book and each played a part in this story. I like the addition of the new character Dan and his budding romance with Cheryl. Rick and Liz's story interested me the least. Looking forward to reading more about the characters of Virgin River. ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!! I love her books!! will read the next book in the series!!
Judy Churchill
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The kind folks of this small community continue to help each other with the realities of life.
Audiobook: Narrator - Therese Plummer

There is really nothing else I can add that I haven’t already said about this narrator. She is perfection and each audiobook is like listening to her perform on a stage without the visual. She does such an amazing job I do believe I’ve become totally addicted to her style.

Wow! This one just about broke my heart. Rick and Liz have been together since she was 14 yrs old. They’ve already survived some pretty traumatic stuff in their young lives. But Ms. Carr rea
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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The fourth novel, THE BEST OF US, in her fan-favorite Sullivan's Crossing Series was released in Jan. 2019. Robyn's new women's fiction novel THE VIEW FROM ALAMEDA ISLAND, released in April 2019, deputed on four bestseller lists: The ...more

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