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Promise Canyon

(Virgin River #11)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  11,926 ratings  ·  589 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
Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Mira
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Jun 21, 2010 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 sta
♡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
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book, favorites
As usual I loved my time in the Virgin River world! Clay and Lilly's romance was wonderful and there was only short lived drama, which I could understand. Isabel was something else, and I was glad she wasn't part of the story for very long. Good riddance!

The town was right shitty to Jack weren't they? He should've listened to Mel and Preacher. They did all pull together in the end, though.

Who is Denny's father?! Hopefully, I'll find out in the next book.

Colin Riordan was a prickly guy! He real
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
PROMISE CANYON is book 11 in the Virgin River series.

Clay is finally walking away from a divorce that he just can’t quite break off completely and Lilly has a troubled past from when she was just fifteen that has made her very cautious with men. She takes very good care of her grandfather and really only seems to have her best friend Dean in her life. Despite the fact that Clay and Lilly both share a Native background, she doesn’t want anything to do with Native men. Too much hurt in the past th
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
This once again showcases a couple I absolutely adored and wanted to keep reading more about in later books. At least we get to see both of them in subsequent books though. “Promise Canyon” follows Clay Tahoma and Lilly Yazhi. Both of these characters are Native Americans and I loved, loved, loved that we finally got a minority couple in this series. I honestly didn’t even realize til after the fact that besides Mike Valenzuela, there does not seem to be any other minorities running around Virgi ...more
Pam Nelson
4.5 Promise Canyon Stars

I took a little break from this series, because well I read like 10 books back to back. Now that I started it back up again it feels like an old friend.

I love this small town and all the characters in it. I think what I like best is even though each book is centered around one couple we always gets glimpse in to past couples. So you really never feel like you’re missing some of your favorite past couples.

Lilly and Clay are just to stinking cute together and the chemist
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I hadn't realized that I had read so many of these books...LOL A must read story for small town romance lovers! ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
this one had a LOT of stereotypes and racism that I just didn't like. many times I considered closing the book, but I stuck through. I was incredibly disappointed though ...more
Susan Crowe
Another great book in the Virgin River series.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: carr-robyn
I just love these stories. They are all so diverse, but with the same little town and characters from previous books that I have come to love, as well as adding new, interesting characters to the town "family" all the time. Just great books. ;) ...more
Sandra Hoover
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robyn-carr, romance
I always feel like I've "come home" when I read a book in this series. They just leave you feeling good about life, love, and possibilities. Clay is a member of the Navajo tribe who fully embraces his heritage. He's come to Virgin River to work as a veterinarian assistant with Nate. Clay has a gift with horses - many say he's a horse whisperer. Lily is a Hopi Native American with blue eyes who skirts around her heritage while doing her best to keep everyone, especially men, at a safe distance. W ...more
Audiobook: Narrator - Therese Plummer

What else can I say about this narrator that I haven’t already? She’s pure perfection and never more so when she’s narrating this series!

While I still enjoyed this one, it was not my favorite. I felt that there wasn’t really any chemistry between the main hero/heroine. The story felt stretched some as it covered so many other storylines. This is common for the series - to have two or more storylines going on at one time, and is my main complaint. But there is
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
Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is the second book I've read in this series with a hero who isn't a white dude and the characterization was just one stereotype after another. I appreciate the effort at diversity, but describing the Native American hero as "exotic" and having both hero and heroine have the ability to silently commune with animals is beyond ridiculous. ...more
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

This may be one of my favorites of the series. Clay was such a strong laid back hero that I couldn't help but fall in love with. Lilly was just as strong but in so many different ways. She wasn't as laid back as she was fierce and stubborn.

Both characters were battling demons of their pasts and had some pretty big hurdles to overcome. This didn't stop them from falling in love, but it did make the path quite rocky for awhile. Whereas Clay took his past in stride and just
I was enjoying Clay and Lilly's story, until it got lost in all the other random events. I appreciate the author trying to introduce new characters, but so much of the later half of the book was boring and unrelated to the main storyline. Also, the conflict is a huge pet peeve of mine and was redundant of the last book.

I am a big fan of the series and have no plans to stop reading. Hopefully, the next installment is better. I'm sad Clay and Lilly didn't get the full attention they deserved.
Cindy (Romance addict)
I was just a tad bit bored with this book. It just seemed to move a little slow for me, but it was ok. Needed to read it in order to keep track of the characters in the series.
Jun 27, 2010 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
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
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.
Jun 21, 2010 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
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
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,
This is the kind of book that might be better read than heard. Therese does a good job of narrating white characters but she can't do POC well. The accent is just not there.

While I appreciate Robyn Carr being inclusive and diverse in her writing, her characterization of Native Americans and of the queer character is riddled with stereotypes. Also, back-to-back nasty ex-wives are a bit much.

I still like this series but I'm tired of the introduction of several new characters who are not connecte
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I not sure I’ve ever been about to head into the 12th book of a series. That says something about the series, I suppose!! But mostly, it’s the characters that keep showing up for one another. Virgin River is a place/community to aspire to.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Native American or Small-Town Romance; Horse Lovers
Reviewed for THC Reviews
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
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
For me, Promise Canyon, the 11th installment of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, sets a new tone for the popular romance series. Readers are introduced to many new secondary characters, who will probably be focused on in future books. At the end of of Angel’s Peak, pretty much everyone single in Virgin River has had a book written about them. Carr introduces many new secondary characters, while at the same time, focusing on Clay, the new horse trainer/vet tech at the local veterinary clinic, an ...more
Vanessa *the Pixie Princess*
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite but still good.
T. Rosado

4 Stars

In Promise Canyon, there's a lot going on with the usual multiple character threads. Some I really enjoyed and others that I could care less about. I loved the main romance thread and it's diverse and cultural significance to the story. I'm very curious about the new character introduced towards the end of the story and his connection to Jack. That should be an interesting revelation in a future book. Great ending!
3.5 stars
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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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