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Carr first introduced the town of Grace Valley, California, in Deep in the Valley (2000). In this visit, there's big news about beloved physician Dr. June Hudson--she is pregnant--and the locals, especially her father, are wondering when she's going to tie the knot with retired DEA agent Jim Post. The serendipitous, quirky townsfolk include a preacher with a gambling problem; June's octogenarian novelist aunt, who murders her absent husband over and over again in her books; and an insurance agent who wants to risk everything to become a carpenter. There are just enough real-life problems in this town to keep it from being literally too good to be true, and readers who enjoy books about small-town life, such as Curtiss Ann Matlock's Oklahoma series (Driving Lessons [2000], Cold Tea on a Hot Day [2001]) and Marilyn Pappano's Bethlehem, New York, series (Heavenon Earth [2002], Father to Be [1999]), will also enjoy reading about the good folks of Grace Valley. Shelley Mosley
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Product Details

  • Series: Grace Valley Trilogy
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Reprint edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778328988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778328988
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometimes in small towns, gossip spreads so fast that your neighbors now what you have done before you do. However, that is not always the case. For example, town doctor June Hudson managed to keep her secret romance hidden so well that no one knew about it until she was several months pregnant. Fortunately, by the time it was noticed, the father had returned to June's life. Now that Jim Post retired from the DEA, he wanted to make a new life in Grace Valley with June and his child. Hopefully, they can make it to the alter before the baby makes it to the world.
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. ****
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Down by the River is book three in a wonderful trilogy by Robyn Carr that is a reading pleasure from start to finish. The characters are so well drawn and the dialogue is written with warmth and humor and these three books have already found a place on my shelf of favorites.

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.
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Seems like everyone living in Grace Valley, California knows that Dr. June Hudson slept with an unknown man last night. June's partner in a local medical practice, Dr. John Stone, also confirmed she is four months pregnant. The amused and embarrassed June plans to introduce her beloved retired law enforcement agent Jim Post to her family and friends as she knows the town waits for them to show up at the café.
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.
Harriet Klausner
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Down By the River is book 3 in the Grace Valley trilogy by Robin Carr. I didn’t think a third book would keep my attention as well as the first two. I was pleasantly surprised; but the third book is as good as the first.
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?
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