Review: A Town Called Valentine by Emma Cane

About A Town Called Valentine

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.

My Thoughts

Emily arrives in Valentine to sell her mother’s storefront, and then move on. She’s recently divorced from her verbally abusive and emotionally distant ex-husband, and she’s just about broke.

Nate, who has lived in Valentine all of his life, doesn’t form meaningful relationships with the women he dates. As a rule.

But when Emily arrives in town and meets Nate at a bar, sparks fly immediately, they’re both embarrassed (and intrigued) over what happens. And when Emily’s car won’t start, she must rely on Nate to take her to her destination. Lastly, when she arrives at the storefront and the apartment above it, both Emily and Nate realize both units are in to bad of a shape for her to stay there, so Nate to the rescue again when he suggests a room in his aunt’s house for the night.

Emily and Nate can’t seem to get away from one another, and they start to develop feelings – feelings neither of them wants or expects.

Emily learns that maybe fixing up this storefront to put it up for sale just might be the distraction she needs from her painful past. Nate learns that maybe he can have a relationship with a woman beyond the physical.

This book is a fun read, if uneventful, since we all know how it will end.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book through Amazon’s Vine program. The opinions expressed above are my own.

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  1. Pretty cover. Thanks for the review. Souns something I would enjoy reading.
    Sue B