A Town Called Valentine (Valentine Valley Series #1)

A Town Called Valentine (Valentine Valley Series #1)

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by Emma Cane
     
 

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Welcome to Valentine Valley—where broken hearts come home to mend, and true love may lie just across the range . . .

Emily Murphy never thought she’d return to her mom’s rustic hometown in the Colorado Mountains. But after her marriage in San Francisco falls apart, leaving her penniless and heartsick, she returns to her old family home to find a

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Welcome to Valentine Valley—where broken hearts come home to mend, and true love may lie just across the range . . .

Emily Murphy never thought she’d return to her mom’s rustic hometown in the Colorado Mountains. But after her marriage in San Francisco falls apart, leaving her penniless and heartsick, she returns to her old family home to find a new direction for her life. On her first night back, though, a steamy encounter with handsome rancher Nate Thalberg is not the fresh start she had in mind . . .

Nate has good reason not to trust the determined beauty who just waltzed into town—he’s no stranger to betrayal. Besides, she’s only there to sell her family’s old property and move back out. But as Nate and Emily begin working side-by-side to restore her time-worn building and old family secrets change Emily’s perception of herself, both are about to learn how difficult it is to hide from love in a place known far and wide for romance, family ties, and happily-ever-afters: a town called Valentine.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cane’s debut contemporary sparkles with charm and gentle humor, buoyed by convincing protagonists who share a passion that slowly, deliciously ramps up. At loose ends, recent divorcée Emily Murphy arrives in Valentine Valley, a homey Colorado mountain town known for its romantic atmosphere, to take care of family business. Cowboy Nate Thalberg becomes an instant irritant yet unavoidable desire. As Emily attempts to recreate her unraveled life and handle staggering secrets while flailing around for the meaning of home, she unintentionally settles deeper into the welcoming town. Nate’s focus on not hurting Emily while trying to tame his own demons throws up realistic roadblocks. With an engaging narrative and charming setting, this cozy tale makes for a pleasurably satisfying read by a crackling fire on cold winter nights. Agent: Eileen Fallon, Fallon Literary Agency. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Reeling from a bitterly cruel divorce and needing money to go back to school, Emily Murphy leaves San Francisco and heads to Valentine Valley in the Colorado Rockies to sell her late grandmother's store. But when a storm, vandalism, and an impulsive, sexy pool game with rancher Nate Thalberg result in his taking her to the Widows' Boarding House, home to Nate's grandmother and her friends, Emily sees that there is more to this small mountain town than she'd thought. Then an old diary brings a lie bubbling to the surface. VERDICT A wounded heroine in search of herself, a capable hero who needs to cut himself some slack, a marvelous cadre of engaging secondary characters, and a setting with just the right emphasis on romance and Valentine's Day characterize this touching, family-centered contemporary debut. Cane writes historical romances under her own name, Gayle Callen; she lives in Liverpool, NY.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062102270
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Series:
Valentine Valley Series, #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
608,075
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Emma Cane grew up reading, and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, Colorado, a small town of her own creation nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband, Jim, and two rambunctious dogs, Apollo and Uma. Emma also writes USA Today bestselling novels under the name Gayle Callen.

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