You might not think that a woman who despises weakness and a man who can ‘speak’ to horses have a lot in common; but when they meet on the pages of a Robyn Carr novel – magic happens. Promise Canyon , the 11th book in the wildly popular Virgin River series, is as fresh, spirited and romantic as the first in the series. While we meet new characters we also catch up with many of the Virgin River residents that have become our favorites like Mel, Jack, Preacher and Paige. But this is primarily the story of Clay Tahoma and Lily Yazhi. Their attraction to one another is instant, but acting on those feelings doesn’t come easy`. Clay came to Virgin River to restore his soul and put miles of distance between him and his ex-wife. While Lily has been a resident for many years, she came by way of heartache and has no interest in starting a relationship and traveling down heartbreak road again.
Known as a ‘horse whisperer’ Clay is the new veterinary assistant in Virgin River. His Navajo roots and his love for family and nature give him a gentle yet powerful strength. It’s that quiet strength that makes him such a compelling character. In Lily, he knows he’s found a woman he can truly love, but he must break through the barriers she can’t seem to let go of. Lily is certain she couldn’t withstand another lost love. Broken hearts and shattered dreams is the thread throughout Promise Canyon, and asks the question: “Can a broken heart teach you about relationships or will it keep you from having another one?” This is the question that both Lily and Clay must answer.
Robyn Carr writes wonderful stories. They’re filled with family, friends, and neighbors. Her characters aren’t perfect and their relationships aren’t presented in neat little packages; instead her characters have issues they need to work out. You become invested in them - you feel their upset when they have a misunderstanding and you cheer them on when they resolve their problems. You get emotionally involved and that is why as a reader you want to dig deep into those issues as the story progresses. It also explains why I love reading Ms. Carr’s books – I get involved and I’m eager for the next one. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of romance novel series, and this is one series to glom onto, it will give you hours of reading pleasure.
So – can a broken heart teach you about relationships?
Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer
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