Grace Valley is a trilogy written by one of my newer favorite authors Robyn Carr. This is the beginning of a run of series by Ms. Carr. I’ll be honest I didn’t know Grace Valley existed when I first read Virgin River the first book in the series of the same title. As soon as I realized it had a set of books of it’s own however I hit the library website to put them on hold.
While this trilogy takes place in a small town it is not like so many other author’s small town series where each book focuses on a new set of main characters, a new couple. All three books of GV center on Dr. Jane Hudson. Born and raised in GV, Jane only went away for college and medical school, then returning home to assist and finally take over her father’s medical practice. Deep Valley the first book introduces us to Jane, her father, and many other residents of this small town. We also meet a mysterious DEA agent when he brings someone to Jane for medical aide. Jane may have just found the man she didn’t know she was looking for.
Book two: Just Over the Mountain continues Jane’s secret affair with the DEA agent but it’s easy to keep him a secret when things in town are so exciting, a local woman has shot her husband to the delight of many of the residents. Jane’s eccentric aunt, a murder mystery novelist, is suddenly under investigation when bones are found in her yard and she can’t explain what happened to her husband whom she hasn’t seen or heard from in years.
Jane’s story concludes in Down by the River. She’s set the town to whispering madly with a new not-so-secret secret. All falls to the wayside when the town faces a tragedy you can guess by the title.
I think one of the things I loved about this trilogy is that it really is not just about Jane, it’s about her grumpy old dad, his grumpy friend the Judge, it’s about the town police chief and his family, the town minister how it turns out is quite human and susceptible to human foibles, the new doctor in town and his wife, and so many more people, including that eccentric aunt. This town is someplace I wish were real so I could visit for a while and spend some time with these characters.