Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Town Called Valentine-Emma Cane

A Town Called Valentine

Emma Cane

Avon, Jan 31 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780062102270

Following her divorce, Emily Murphy drives from San Francisco to her late mom’s hometown Valentine, Colorado where she inherited her grandma’s restaurant. She plans to sell the establishment. Stopping at Tony’s Tavern after her car died, a tired Emily has too much to drink. She and cowboy Nate Thalburg play a game of pool for a kiss. He wins and kisses her and much more until she finally asks him to stop, which he does. Nate drives her to his grandma’s Widows’ Boarding House.

Emily meets the three widows who are kind to her. After breakfast Emily walks to the restaurant, which is a dump. Nate’s brother Josh worries his sibling is spread out too thin doing too much, but he ignores his sibling’s concern as he believes he must prove to his adopted dad that he loves their family ranch. He has not forgotten his biological dad abandoned him and his mom when she got MS.

Emily learns her late dad is not her biological father and wonders who is. Though she plans to sell the restaurant, Emily likes the townsfolk and is falling in love with Nate, but needs to know who her biological father is while he keeps a distance because he believes whenever he is nice to a woman she gets hurt.

This is an enjoyable character driven contemporary romance. The relationship between the lead couple changes in a logical deliberate manner while the prime support cast enhances the storyline. Although the “conflict” is weak, fans will enjoy A Town Called Valentine while looking forward to more visits.

Harriet Klausner

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