Title: Just Over the Mountain
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Grace Valley Trilogy #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Dates read: 23rd March 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: He was looking for a kinglet and a bobolink.
WELCOME BACK TO GRACE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, WHERE THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE NEVER CHANGE…
Here in this peaceful community, folks look out for one another like family, though sometimes a little too well. In a town like this, it’s hard to keep a secret – but Dr. June Hudson has managed to keep one heck of a humdinger…
Though visits from her secret lover, undercover DEA agent Jim Post, are as clandestine as they are passionate, somehow it fits with her demanding schedule as the town’s doctor – a calling that requires an innate ability to exist on caffeine, sticky buns and nerves of steel.
But how can a secret lover compete with a flesh-and-blood heartthrob from her past? June’s old flame has just returned to town after twenty years – and he’s divorced. June is seriously rattled. So when the town’s most devoted wife takes buckshot to her husband and some human bones turn up in her aunt Myrna’s backyard, she’s almost happy for the distraction.
Sooner or later, love will have its way in Grace Valley. It always does.
High school sweethearts are always an interesting topic. An interesting thought process – the entire centre of the whole “what if” thought. So a novel in which June has finally found a guy, but then her big “what if” returns home? It was always going to be one that drew me in… especially when there is this sense of unanswered questions and serious history rife throughout the story. And anger, because where would a history and intensity be without a sense of anger and outrage?
One of the things that I’ve loved so far about the Grace Valley Trilogy is that it actually embraces some of the more awkward, uncomfortable aspects of small town life. One of them being that everyone knows everyone. Everyone knows everyone’s business… and that high school sweetheart that you’re mad at? Well, he may just be the son of one of your best friends… this story doesn’t try and make this awkwardness and annoying factor of small town life seem trivial and kind of cute… it embraces the fact that it’s kind of shit at times, but then there are enough times that it can be amazing to make everything worthwhile.
Yet, for all of the angst in this story, it gives a great sense of closure at the end. Everything is starting to move to an ending, even if there is another whole novel to go. But, everything is being set up for that. Most of the big difficulties begin to become not-so-big and the realities of daily life become a little more important. Not to mention a number of intense medical emergencies and moments of revelation to just sweeten the pot…
If the conclusion to this series is anything like the first two books, this will definitely be one that I will read again and again and again. I’m already ranting and raving about how great this book series is to my sister, so I can’t wait to see how it all ends! Alright, I know a little bit… because I read Virgin River before I even knew that this series existed. But I still can’t wait to see how it all ends! Especially with a final scene like the one in this novel!