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Down by the River (Grace Valley Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2010
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June is not alone in having secrets. Her Aunt Myrna has a hidden love as well, and the preacher is hiding something too. There is plenty to keep the tongue waggers busy, plus danger comes from natural and man made causes to keep life interesting.
**** With more tension than the Mitford series that this book could be compared to, Ms. Carr holds the readers' interests from page one. The suspense is mild, just enough to keep things from getting boring, and her portrayal of small town life seems well researched and accurate. ****
Things get interesting for Dr. June Hudson when she suddenly finds herself tired, crabby and constantly hungry and it's soon common knowledge to everyone in town that their beloved doctor and friend is going to have a baby. But June has some explaining to do and when the baby's father Jim Post is finally able to retire and comes to Grace Valley, everybody wants to know when the wedding will be... especially Elmer, June's father. But June and the town have more on their minds than just a wedding. When a down on their luck family with three small children appear in desperate need, everyone is willing to pitch in and help, but ex DEA agent Jim knows that something is not right about this young father and little does he know that his beloved June is going to find that out the hard way. Pastor Harry Shipton is hiding a devastating secret and when he is forced to leave, the town is devastated and continues to hope that somehow he will find his way back to them. But there is a lot to keep them busy until then as the river that runs through their town seems to be swelling by the minute and suddenly everything the town holds dear is at risk of being lost forever.
Robyn Carr is a wonderful storyteller and this Grace Valley Trilogy is a perfect example of why she has so many devoted fans. The stories are well written and engaging with characters you won't soon forget. I highly recommend it.
At about the same time June's octogenarian Aunt Myrna Hudson Claypool plans to soon present her mystery man to the crowd. Meanwhile, a druggie causes problems for everyone and a flood may destroy the town. In that atmosphere the townsfolk adopts Jim, though he had "deflowered" a favorite daughter, as if he lived there for life.
This is an interesting look at small town life with a touch of suspense thrown in on the side. The story line ambles slowly for most of the novel though the flood and the actions of a miscreant add suspense at the end. Readers see favorites from previous Grave Valley tales while also get deep inside the psyche of the key cast members to their inner essence. Robyn Carr shines a strong spotlight on life in small town California.
It is difficult in Grace Valley for anyone to have a secret for long. However, June Hudson has managed to keep her lover, Jim Post, a secret for a while. Now it is going to come out; but how will the town react to June’s being pregnant with no husband? When Jim does return to Grace Valley, will he be pleased with the idea that she is pregnant? Will he propose?
Chris Foster’s boys just keep getting into trouble. How will Chris get them out of it or will he? What will his wife Nancy do when she finds out what they have done?
Many questions come up in Grace Valley. Why didn’t Mrs. Mull go back to the hospital to have her second operation? Will she stay in the mountains while her children stay in Grace Valley? After running of their pastor, the Presbyterian Church gets a new pastor- a single man. What is he hiding? Which female in Grace Valley will get his attention? Who is the new man in Aunt Myrna’s life? How does Thanksgiving go for the town? You get hints that something bad is going to happen; but you aren’t sure what it is. How will the town react?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dr. June Hudson, pregnant and co-habitating with retired SWAT, Jim Post, find life in Grace Valley filled with new surprises like Jim's growing interest in woodwork and being very... Read morePublished 8 days ago by SoCal Gigi
Love the books, they transport you to another place and create a wonderful escape. Highly recommend for a wonderful, breezy and highly enjoyable read!Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Oh what a great story. It was so fun to read this series. Even if I read book 3 before I read book 2! Great author.Published 2 months ago by NANCY MCHUGH
Sorry I finish the series,the people was the way life should be,neighbor helping neighbors.I want June to have a baby girl in a few yearsPublished 2 months ago by margaret kinsey
what an interesting story. All the components I like, mystery, romance, crime, happiness, sadness, babies, all make for a good story for me, oh I forgot A happy ending.Published 2 months ago by Sunny
Loved the series, also Virgin River series, as well as the Thunder Point series. Didn't want them to end.Published 4 months ago by Linda