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Promise Canyon (Virgin River #11)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  7,268 Ratings  ·  385 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
Mass Market 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 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
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
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, audio-book
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
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
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok

Promise Canyon es el undecimo libro de los veinte ( por el momento ) que forman la serie Virgin River de Robyn Carr y narra la historia de Clay y Lilly, dos nuevos personajes.
Cuando lei la sinopsis de este libro pense que seria uno de los mas flojos de la saga, principalmente porque los temas que trataba no eran los que mas me interesaban pero la verdad es que no fue tan denso y aburrido como esperaba, aunque si es cierto que el ultimo tercio de la historia decae mucho y se vuelve un poco mas le
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
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!
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
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,
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
Nov 19, 2010 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.
Jul 06, 2010 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
Oct 02, 2010 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 29, 2011 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
Apr 27, 2015 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.
**Manjula ♥ Connor Cobalt**
Oct 25, 2015 marked it as z-will-finish-later-good-books
The sad thing about these books is that they aren't stand alone novels. You can't skip the bad ones to reach the good ones.
The good thing about these books is that they aren't stand alone novels... LOL. You always get juicy stuff about past couples.
These are getting better and better.
Patricia P
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the ending.
Jan 24, 2012 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
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
Nate Brightman
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
As a devoted reader of the Virgin River series I honestly felt Promise Canyon fell a little short of the quality of the other stories. That’s not to say I didn’t like the book. I just didn’t love it. Ms. Carr in her previous stories had set the bar incredibly high and I thought this book didn’t quite get over the bar.
What I liked
I guess if the women reviewers can swoon over the male characters it’s okay if I swoon a little over Lilly Yahzi the Hopi Indian female lead in this story. Short with an
Nov 28, 2010 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
Aug 04, 2015 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
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"..., I inhaled this in one setting and re-read parts of it the next day. This is a deeply satisfying book filled with lots of romance." From a review posted on, to read more go here.

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 Holland
May 16, 2012 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 10, 2011 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
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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.

RWA's Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award recipient 2016
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