Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley

Book - 2009
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For a favorite son returned from war and an outsider looking for a home, Virgin River offers both a chance to make peace with the men they once were and to find the dreams they thought they had lost.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2009
Branch Call Number: FICTION CAR
Characteristics: 410 p. ; 17 cm


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May 27, 2020

I've been really pleased with this series, so far, but Paradise Valley has been my least favorite. It's extra disappointing, because I was looking forward to Dan Brady’s story/romance since I met him in the first couple of books.

What I have really enjoyed about this series is the quality of the third person, multi-POV's and the way Carr continues or reminds readers of previous character and/or storylines by integrating them into future books. Unfortunately, it's the same reason that this particular story didn't work out as well for me. As much as I like the storytelling, this is the first in the series that I feel like the author is trying way too hard to fit every previous character into one book and therefore not spending enough time with the main characters mentioned in the blurb.

Paradise Valley focused primarily on Rick Sudder and Liv, Dan Brady and Cheryl, Cameron and Abby, and the Colonel and Muriel. I honestly felt cheated out of Dan Brady's story. Dan was a dubious character from previous books, but with subtle endearing qualities that hinted at something deeper. I've never been a big fan of Rick and Liv's story since it had started in high school and they were still only 18 and 21. I could have done with less of them and more of Dan and Cheryl. Cameron and Abby's story wasn't mentioned in the blurb, but I did enjoy their storyline. Regardless of the number of ongoing storylines and updates, the author still manages to keep me interested.

Overall, the first half was wonderful, but the second half had too little of the stories I was most interested in and too much focus on the ones I didn’t care as much about.

I'm a reader at heart, but I've predominantly listened to this series via Audible and I can't imagine experiencing it any other way but through Therese Plummer's magnificent narration. I do intermittently read portions of the books, but they're the type of stories that are easy to get lost in while doing mundane tasks in and around the house or while driving.

Apr 18, 2014

Book 7 in the Virgin River series, another great story.

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