Down By the River is the third book in Robyn Carr's Grace Valley trilogy and is primarily a continuation of the events featuring the characters in books one and two.
June's lover, Jim Post, has retired from his DEA job and returns to Grace Valley to live with June and their forthcoming child and learns that pregnant women are subject to mood swings.
June, used to working all hours, doing everything, learns she must delegate, and she finds this hard to do.
Aunt Myrna has been corresponding with another writer for twenty years and she's all aflutter because he's coming to visit. Jurea Mull's husband, Clarence, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds life in town more than he can handle, and Chris, June's old flame, is unable to control his wild teenage sons who seem bent on pranks. A horrific accident makes him rethink his position and brings back to Grace Valley his wife Nancy, once June's enemy as they both were after Chris. Even the Reverend Harry Shipton has his own demons.
Perceptions change, and events cause people to change over the course of time. June and Nancy become best friends, Chris discovers an occupation where he feel competent and Jim fits in with the regulars just fine. And everyone wants to know when June and Jim are going to marry.
Down By the River shows what caring is all about, especially when flood waters threaten to overtake the town. In each of her books, Ms. Carr has created characters with such depth that you want to continue reading about them, but especially in Down By the River does this characterization shine.
I finished this book reluctantly, knowing there isn't going to be a fourth Grace Valley book, but the people of Grace valley will remain with me for a long time to come.