Welcome to Grace Valley, California - where blood runs thicker…ties are stronger…and love is all the more sweet. Visitors to the town often remark about the valley's peace and beauty - both of which are plentiful. Unlocked doors, front porches, pies cooling in the windows - this is country life at its finest. But visitors don't always see what lies at the heart of a community. Or just beyond.…
June Hudson grew up in Grace Valley, the daughter of the town doctor. Leaving only to get her medical training, she returned home and followed in her father's footsteps. Some might say she chose the easy, comfortable route…but June knows better. For June, her emergency room is wherever she's needed - or wherever a patient finds her. She is always on call, her work is her life and these people are her extended family. Which is a good thing, since this is a town where you should have picked your husband in the ninth grade. Grace Valley is not exactly the place to meet eligible men - until an undercover DEA agent suddenly starts appearing at all sorts of strange hours. Everybody has secrets down in the valley. Now June has one of her own.
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I like the vivid descriptions of "country medicine", the emphasis on women's rights, the realistic exposé of battered women's dilemma. The author even alludes to PTSD in veterans.
None of these issues are original; they have been explored in books, MOVIES etc. But they're woven into the plot without distracting the reader.
There are several subplots: June the doctor who is slowly accepted, the accusations against the new OB/GYN and the DEA agent.
What really irked me is the one-sided view of the author against marijuana. There are other drugs more lethal and dangerous, crystal meth for instance. THC on the other hand has its benefits for chronic pain, cancer patients and is less dangerous than alcohol.
While Carr can spin a relatively interesting story, the prose is simplistic and unimaginative. She describes a utopia that is ridiculously goody two shoes. It was too sweet with Pollyanna's optimism to be bearable.
Enjoyed the book story line very similar to other books written by the author. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.
I would listen to this again because it is an easy listen and entertaining story. I like Robyn Carr in general.
The characters are well developed in the story.
Therese Plummer is an amazing narrator. Her range of voices for each character makes it seem as if several people are reading parts. She has a great voice and quite a talent.
I love the reader. If you like this series then you will love Virgin River.
Another good read!
June Hudson is a down to earth Doctor who goes out of her way to help everyone, even if she has to locate the person who can help most when she can't personally do the work.
I like the fact that Therese Plummer has read every Robyn Carr book I have purchased, because I can recognize the character from one book to another, just by their voice. She makes the voice fit the character. I do not have the ability to read in voices of the characters, I think listening to the different voices and having them remain consistent adds to the depth of the ongoing story. I have listened to series books by other authors where there is a different person reading every book, and I catch myself thinking, 'That voice is not right!'
I do a 3-3.5 hour drive twice a week and I always listen to audible books on the drive. It is a great way to pass the time if I get stuck in traffic.
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