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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 477 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410416224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410416223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,900,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Carr offers a well-written, warm-hearted story and a genuinely fun read".-- Publishers Weekly on THE HOUSE ON OLIVE STREET. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Interesting characters, great setting, easy reading.
Marcia
I realized that the Grace Valley Trilogy actually preceded the other series, so I ordered all three of those books and read them.
C. A. Conatser
I started reading Robyn Carr with the Virgin River series.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By K. Morgan on July 29, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deep in the Valley is the story of the townspeople of Grace Valley and also the surrounding area. The main character is June Hudson, the town doctor. June is in her thirties and is beginning to really think about having her own family. Surrounding June is a whole town of friends and family. All of whom know everybody else's business.
Deep in the Valley is written much in the same way as Debbie Macomber novels. There is a whole town of people with real life issues to learn about and keep track of. While there is the main character of June, there is also many secondary characters who get their fair share of space in the book. At times though it seems as if there are too many characters, since it's hard to keep everyone straight. Eventually though the reader prevails and the characters become like family, friends, and neighbors. There are characters to like and dislike.
This book was easy to read, though at times seemed choppy. Again, to compare with a D. Macomber novel which goes easily from scene to scene and character to character, Deep in the Valley seems to at times jerk from one character to the next and also from one storyline to the next. The book seems to lack a smooth trangression at times, making it less enjoyable to read.
Overall, Deep in the Valley is a good book. It's a nice way to spend a few hours meeting new people and learning about their lives. Not a romance, yet still a good read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In her late thirties in Grace Valley, California, Dr. June Hudson wonders if she will ever find a lasting relationship. She would like something similar to that shared between her dad and her mom who died nine years ago. Even as she speculates that no one is available for her, June interviews a new doctor, John Stone, to share the overwhelming workload, but he has a past that makes him seem shaky.

Beneath the surface of the small Mendocino County town lies different extremes of sexual harassment. Gus Craven is physically and mentally abusive towards his wife and children. Gary Baker not only hits his spouse Christina, he demands she remain model thin even though she carries his baby. Even the married pastor makes plays for females and has had affairs. Can June and company idly sit by while her gender is under attack? She is also beginning to fall in love with an undercover Drug Enforcement Agent.

DEEP IN THE VALLEY is a complex look inside relationships in an isolated small Northern California town. The story line is enjoyable yet scary because the large cast of charcaters seems genuine. Although the ending lessons the impact of the problems of spousal and child abuse, and the need to bring medical attention to remote areas, the plot works because fans care about the vast ensemble. Robyn Carr provides readers a powerful, thought-provoking work of contemporary fiction that centers on some members of our population living their lives under constant terrorist activity.

Harriet Klausner
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Frat Çng on November 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
DEEP IN THE VALLEY shares the day to day happenings of the Grace Valley inhabitants who can count among their townsfolk those who are loopily odd and charmingly eccentric, those who are pillars of the community and irreplaceable, and those who are bottom-of-the-barrel bad, so bad even prayer is wasted on them.
One gets the feeling that Robyn Carr placed each of these characters on a tiny square town map that she created, then shuffled them around like chess pieces until they fell into their comfort zones. They operate as fluidly.
June Hudson is thirty seven, single, and Grace Valley's general practitioner. The alarm on her biological clock is a tick away from shrieking and she knows that if she is to have a child she has to do something about it now. But in this town where everyone knows every blessed thing June doubts that her dreams will ever bear fruit. Because it is a known fact that if you live and work in Grace Valley you needed to have picked out your husband way back in the ninth grade. June didn't. Dumb, dumber, dumbest. Now she is overworked, underpaid, and time is galloping past so fast it is like witnessing the wind from the interior of a vacuum pack.
Sam owns the gas station a block from the town center. His priorities are clearly flagged -- when he is not fishing Sam is happy to pump gas. Sam is seventy if he is a day, with a body like a seventeen year old and eyes that Paul Newman would gouge for. Justine, twenty-something, is the town florist who provides flowers for the church. Busy-bodies in town have her supplying more than flowers for the local minister, a randy devil whose sexual exploits are legendary. As are his wife's instincts for sniffing young ladies out of the presbytery.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kos on August 30, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not a great start to the 'Grace Valley' trilogy. I was expecting to love 'Deep in the Valley' as I couldn't get enough of the 'Virgin River' books but there was no comparison.

Basically the book is nothing more than an introduction to the people living in the valley. If you're looking for something similar to Jack and Mel's story in Virgin River you'll be disappointed. There wasn't a love story worth talking about and there were so many secondary characters and their stories that it was hard to keep track of who was who. I would have liked to have seen more of Jim and June together but he only appears 4 or 5 times throughout the story.

Having said all this I won't give up on the series yet. I'll try Book 2 to see if there's any improvement.
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Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at www.RobynCarr.com.

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