Title: Promise Canyon (Virgin River, Book 13)
Author: Robyn Carr
ISBN: 9780778329213
Published: 2010
Pages: 342

“Whether we like it or not, the people who raise us leave an indelible mark.” p. 323


I’m very happy to see that this series bounced back with a good story and a well written book compared to what I read with Moonlight Road.

The story flowed as smooth as a stream and the characters were so likable it wasn’t hard to get enraptured with Lilly and Clay’s story, Promise Canyon. The characters were Hopi and Navajo respectfully and it was a nice to have different nationalities brought into the story as it brought a fresh change to the usual characters that are within the earlier books of the Virgin River series. In addition to their different upbringings, they didn’t fall into the same group as the others as neither Lilly nor Clay came from money and neither were in any form of military. Instead, they both dedicated their lives to family and horses, and who wouldn’t like such a structure?

This wasn’t my absolute favorite of the series but it was pretty high on the list of bests of the series.

Both Lilly and Clay are very down to Earth in this book and stick to their beliefs. However, I did get a bit annoyed when it came to Lilly and how she refused to move on from the past. She had hooked up with an 18-year-old boy at the Reservation she was living in when she was only 13 and ended up getting pregnant. And of course the boy denied that it was his. When her grandfather, Yaz, whom she was living with as her parents where nowhere to be seen in her life, went to confront the boy, shotgun in hand of course, the boy ran for it to never be seen or heard from again, at least by Lilly. Yaz then ended up deciding to move them out of the Reservation and to the outskirts of Virgin River.

Lilly ended up losing the child, which is a very difficult experience to get through as I very well know, but the experience she had all those years ago with that boy held strong within her mind and she refused to move on from it. I can understand the situation leaving scars in the heart and mind, as well as making it hard to trust another, but I was frustrated that she let it rule her life, especially her love life. Something such as that shouldn’t define one’s life, especially when it’s something that happened at a younger age. At some point it’s time to push things out of the mind and move on. Thankfully she came to her senses eventually and realized all the good she has going on with her adult life which also ended up renewing my faith in her.

Clay ended up being such a great match to Lilly, once she got out of her head that is. He’s a sweet man with great looks who makes sure that his family, especially his son, Gabe, is taken care of. Clay also ended up getting a girl pregnant at a young age, not as young as Lilly, but he was only 17-years-old. When he found this out after the girl’s parents made them split up and then tried to give the baby up for adoption without Clay’s knowledge. Well, of course Clay was having none of that so him, along with a few members of the tribe and family, headed over to confront her family about it. After a bought with the system Clay was able to bring two-day-old Gabe home.

Now, I’m sure there are many out there that don’t agree with how Clay handled the situation with raising his son as he wasn’t around quite a bit, instead he was always out traveling – looking for a good job – while keeping Gabe with his family back on the Reservation. I can imagine quite a few people will believe that he should have dragged Gabe along with him from one place to another but I actually agree with how Clay handled the parenting situation. Gabe had a stable life with his grandparents and other relatives back on the Reservation, dragging a kid from one place then another time and again never turns out well. In the end everything turned out quite well when it came to Clay and Gabe’s relationship as, after Clay found a permanent spot with at a well-known friend’s vet clinic outside of Virgin River, Gabe ended up moving in with his Aunt until Clay had a big enough place for them to both live in, allowing them to see each other on a daily basis. Gabe even ended up working at the clinic part-time himself.

With their gentle souls, their love of horses, and their affection for their families, Clay and Lilly meshed quite well together. Now, things did almost get screwed up between the two of them thanks to a couple of hard-heads and Clay’s ex-wife showing her selfish face in places it doesn’t belong. It’s about the time I wanted to smack Lilly upside the head and tell her to stop being stubborn, to hear Clay out on the situation she caught him in, but it did allow some tension and excitement come into the story some more. Of course, I’m sure you can come to the conclusion quite well how things ended up turning out in the end.

About Promise Canyon

After years spent on ranches around Los Angeles, Clay Tahoma is delighted to be Virgin River’s new veterinary assistant. The secluded community’s wild beauty tugs at his Navajo roots, and he’s been welcomed with open arms by everyone in town—everyone except Lilly Yazhi.

Lilly has encountered her share of strong, silent, traditional men within her own aboriginal community, and she’s not interested in coming back for more. In her eyes, Clay’s earthy, sexy appeal is just an act used to charm wealthy women like his ex-wife. She can’t deny his gift for gentling horses, but she’s not about to let him control her. There’s just one small problem—she can’t control her attraction to Clay.

But in Virgin River, faith in new beginnings and the power of love has doors opening everywhere…. 

A list of Robyn Carr’s books can be found on her site here – Book List

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