Valentine's at the Graff

Valentine's at the Graff

by Sinclair Jayne

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Overview

Marietta native Miranda Evans has yet to find her niche...until a small legacy allows her to open a gift boutique featuring local artists in the historic Graff hotel. As Valentine's approaches, Miranda, who's always left romance to the pages of a book, reaches out to involve the community in random acts of kindness to celebrate the month of love. Miranda has no need for hearts and flowers until the boy next door she dreamed about in high school arrives back in town more handsome, brooding, and out of reach than ever.

Orthopedic surgeon Whitman Telford blew out of his small, Montana hometown at eighteen without looking back. When he's told to fill in for a month at Marietta's hospital before obtaining his dream job in LA, no is not an option. After getting sucked into the Valentine project along with half the town, Witt starts to wonder if he'll still be eager to see Marietta in his rearview mirror.

Opposites attract or so Miranda's heard, but will she have the courage to test this theory and take a chance on romance when so much more than her heart is at stake?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158986673
Publisher: The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Series: Holiday at the Graff , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 106,578
File size: 448 KB

About the Author

Sinclair has loved reading romance novels since she discovered Barbara Cartland historical romances when she was in sixth grade. By seventh grade, she was haunting the library shelves looking to fall in love over and over again with the heroes born from the imaginations of her favorite authors. After teaching writing classes and workshops to adults and teens for many years in Seattle and Portland, she returned to her first love of reading romances and became an editor for Tule Publishing last year. Sinclair lives in Oregon’s wine country where she and her family own a small vineyard of Pinot Noir and where she dreams of being able to write at a desk like Jane Austen instead of in parking lots waiting for her kids to finish one of their 12,000 extracurricular activities.

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Valentine's at the Graff 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
Valentine's at the Graff (Holiday at the Graff Book 4) Sinclair Jayne. This is Miranda Evans and Orthopedic surgeon Whitman "Whitt" Telford's story. If you like small town sweet romance, then sit back and escape into Miranda and Whitt's journey to find love. If you have read other Marietta stories, you will enjoy getting to see old friends. Miranda and Matt are opposites but there is definitely chemistry between them. Matt is only in town temporarily and has his life planned out and it doesn't include staying in this small Montana town. Well, will meeting Miranda change Matt's plans? I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Looking for a heartwarming romance? Look no further – this is a delightful, contemporary one set in Marietta, Montana. After the untimely death of his mother, Whitman Telford went to live with his biological father, his stepmother and their children. He resented everything about the people and place so he couldn’t wait to get away from the town when he was eighteen and has never looked back. Now he’s an orthopaedic surgeon and has been made to work at the Marietta hospital for a month before starting his dream job in LA. He hasn’t contacted any of his family, arranging to stay at the Graff for the duration of his tenure. Whilst there he meets Miranda Evans. He can’t remember her but she sure remembers him! They were at High School together and she had a crush on him that she’s never forgotten. Now she’s opening up a gift boutique shop in the Graff, where she plans to feature products of local craftspeople. She has a heart of gold, always striving to help others rather than putting herself first. When she hears people complaining about the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, she decides to run a promotional event to reward random acts of kindness and giving. Whitman inadvertently ends up rescuing Miranda and the attraction between them begins slowly but surely but with plenty of angst and turmoil along the way! Get ready for an endearing page turner with great characters and, if you’re a fan of Marietta based stories, lots of familiar places and events. I loved escaping into this community again and into this story. It will work as a standalone, but I hope it tempts you to read other Marietta romances in future! I have to admit that I tend to grab them whenever they become available. Although they are written by a variety of authors, they’re all talented individuals who work well to create this great community, the people and places therein and fantastic romances to escape into. I requested and received a copy of this novel. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I found Valentine’s at the Graff by Jayne Sinclair, book four in the Holiday at the Graff series, a sweet, warm and wonderful story that I really enjoyed. Miranda Evans loved living in Marietta, helping out her grandparents and finding a place where she fits in. She just opened a gift boutique in the historic Graff Hotel that would feature local artists, food and wine. Miranda decides to involve the community in random acts of kindness to celebrate February, the month of love. Miranda has had little time to find love, at least until her high school crush arrives back in Marietta more handsome and out of her reach. Orthopedic surgeon Whitman Telford left town right after high school graduation without planning to return. He resents being told to fill in for a month at Marietta’s hospital before he could work at his dream job in LA. Somehow after getting sucked into the Valentine project along with half the town, Witt starts to wonder if he will still want to see Marietta in his rearview mirror. Miranda shows Wilt that there’s so much more to life than what he anticipated and expected. These two opposites need to decide if a romance might be too much to take a chance on or what they really need. I enjoyed reading this story. Ms. Sinclair is an excellent storyteller, keeping me interested in this story so that I had trouble putting it down. I highly recommend this outstanding book to other readers and look forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Shweetsandi More than 1 year ago
There is just something extra special about the Graff Hotel. Not sure what it is but I have to think it has something to do with the ghost that appears somewhere in every one of the Graff books. Just a little Easter egg. Make sure to look for it while you are enjoying the storis. This story is more about one of the small boutiques inside the hotel and it's owner Miranda. ... AND What a wonderful story this is between Witt and Miranda too. Our author Sinclair Jayne gives us amazing love stories , ones that have you cheering for the nerd that looks like superman. He is our local super doc who can't wait to leave our favorite town of Marietta for anyplace else. Yes, don't worry we will all find out why inside the book and wow it was not at all why i thought either. Then we have Miranda who is really the opposite of Witt. I love the way our author introduces us to Petal, Witts cousin who has been left to him care rather quickly and suddenly. To me Petal is the perfect mid of Witt and Miranda but hey don't tell them I said so okay. I love Marietta and it's wonderful sense of community. There are some great ideas Miranda and Petal used in this book that all of us can use use everyday. Maybe even think of a way to do it from social media but for sure we can do it from our own websites. Oh this book has opened up a wealth of Paying it forward ... Great Read and a Great Way to Help Others As Well.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Valentine’s At The Graff by Sinclair Jayne Holiday at the Graff #4 Valentine’s Day – what does it mean to you? Well, Miranda Evans hears people talking one evening that remind her of grinches…Valentine’s Day Grinches. They spout off about the commercialization, expectations and how overblown the day has become and it makes her put her thinking cap on. She is opening a new store in the Graff Hotel on the first of February and decides to run a Valentine’s Day promotional event that will incorporate random acts of kindness and giving. She is a person who has given and given to family and community but hasn’t necessarily been given back in return. As she is retrieving an item to be repurposed she falls from a ladder to the ground at the feet of handsome orthopedic surgeon Whitman “Witt” Telford. He was in her high school class but a bit aloof and never really saw her – or anyone else – though she had a crush on him. He is back in town for a month to help out at the local hospital until his fellowship begins in California but he has no desire to be in Marietta and is eager to leave as soon as he can. When his stepmother puts him in charge of a young female cousin he is a bit at loose ends until Miranda steps in to help out. With one thing leading to another he offers her the job of part-time Nanny until his father and stepmothr return. Miranda is a cheerful, warm, positive and loving person that brings Petal out of her shell. She also begins to make an impact on Witt that provides them both with a warm friendship. There are conversations, activities, sharing and caring that end with the Valentine’s Ball at the Graff. Both know that Witt has to leave but Miranda really wishes he wouldn’t. This is a story of family, community and friendship. It is a story of childhood misconceptions that have lingered and festered and need to be lanced. It is a story of becoming aware of what is really important in life and then learning to reach out and grab for it rather than letting it slip away. And, it is a sweet heartwarming story that made me smile and care and wish I could be there. Thank you to NetGalley and Tule Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful sweet read in the Holiday at the Graff Series. Miranda & Whit are such different people but they work so well together. Miranda helps to smooth Whit's rough edges and gets him to see that his memories may not be exactly how things were in his youth. The story if fun yet emotional and definitely one I think everyone will enjoy. I highly recommend it.
SOMDReigel More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance of two complete opposites. Words are easy for her and so painfully hard for him. He has spent his life running away from love, and she’s running towards it. He’s awkward, goal oriented, a loner while she is very social, embraces life, warm and friendly. She is small town Marietta while he dreads his temporary job here. Written so you feel Witts painful social struggles and cringe as you just know that Miranda is likely to get her heartbroken. Cute story involving the towns involvement in Miranda’s Valentine’s project of encouraging random acts of kindness. I enjoyed watching their friendship grow as they become a temporary family. Petal was a bonus to this story and just what this couple needed to bond.
DJTP More than 1 year ago
Valentine's at the Graff by Sinclair Jayne, book four in the Holiday at the Graff series. A heart-warming storyline. I enjoyed the connection between the characters especially Miranda and Whitman from the very first page. I look forward to read more in this series.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
Valentine’s Day. You either love it or hate it. But for two special people, their lives are changed when they least expect it. Miranda Evans just wanted a place in Marietta where she could fit in and be an important part of the town. She finally found it when she opens a gift shop at the Graff Hotel just in time for Valentine’s Day. While she was preparing her shop to open, she discovers her high school crush, Whitman Telford, has returned to town. And when he talks to her, even though he doesn’t remember her, her memories and fantasies run wild. But she keeps them to herself. Witt didn’t want to be back in Marietta, but he was needed for a month to fill in for a doctor at the hospital. He couldn’t escape the town fast enough when he finished school. He never felt like he was part of his father’s family or part of the town. He will do his job and then blow out of town like the wind to the new life he has planned in California. But when he finds his step-mother, Sarah, at the hospital and learns his father is a hospital in Denver and Sarah needs Witt to look after his cousin Petal while she goes to be with her husband, Witt can’t say no. When Witt employs Miranda as Petal’s temporary nanny and moves her into his room at the hotel, things take an unexpected turn. Witt will have to choose between the life he planned and the growing attraction he has for Miranda This is a wonderful addition to the Holiday at the Graff series. The characters felt real and their story was one that made me remember what new love was all about; the growing attraction, the struggles and confusions that we all feel when starting a new relationship. Petal was a great addition to the story as well. Favorite quote: “You’ve made me realize I need to reach out and grab my happy. I don’t want any regrets. I don’t want to wish I’d tried harder”.