Promise Canyon: Virgin River
Mira, 2011 (2011)
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Reviewed by Joan Burton
avajo native Clay Tahoma is a skilled horse trainer and farrier, who has a natural gift with animals. When Clay works with them he can almost hear their thoughts. Clay wants to start life over, away from his ex-wife, so he accepts a job as a vet assistant for an old friend, Nate Jensen, in Virgin River. His relationship with his ex is complicated - even after the divorce, she still turns to Clay for advice and often expects to share his bed.
hen Clay starts his new job he meets Lilly Yazhi, a Hopi native who shares his love of horses. But when she was young, Lilly was badly burned by good looking men and cannot get past it. She knows Clay is attracted to her and it's mutual, but she shies away because of the risk involved. Lilly sees Clay often at Jensen's as she delivers feed for her grandfather's business. Lilly was raised around horses, started riding at a young age, and has a special way with them. Clay soon discovers she is truly gifted, more so than he is.
wo horses at Jensen's draw Lilly and Clay together. Lilly finds Blue abandoned and sick, and brings him to Jensen's for treatment. Streak, a stallion belonging to Clay's ex, needs therapy for an old injury. Soon both horses begin to thrive under the care and love given to them. As Lilly begins to open her heart to Clay, his ex-wife returns, determined to win him back at any cost. Just like a horse, Lilly is spooked, and Clay has to earn her trust all over again.
is filled with great characters and old friends from past books in the
series. An interesting sub plot has the town divided on the spending of a legacy left to Virgin River by a deceased elderly woman. Overall,
is a good romantic read with a few twists.
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