Review A Town Called Valentine ( A Valentine Valley Novel )by Emma Cane

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.


  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062102273


My thoughts:

Emily came back to the small town of Valentine to see her mothers store after she passes away.  She meets Nate on her first night in town.  A handsome cowboy she has issues with and seems to make a fool out of herself.  All she wants to do is get the place fixed up after the last tenants destroyed it and get back to San Francisco.  She wants to be independent after her divorce.  She plans to adopt and be a single mother.  Not wanting to be in town long she tries to stick to herself, but doesn’t succeed as Nate takes Emily to his grandmas boarding house for a few days until she can get her place ready enough to move in.    Working side by side with Nate takes a toll on them both and they start to date.  As things move along she finds out a secret her mom has held out on her.  Nate helps with the situation and things start to change.

I enjoyed Emily and Nate’s relationship.  Emily does go from hot to cold several times, but has her marriage and self-esteem was low you could see why she acted that way.  Nate had he own issues and together they made a great team.

The book does have a small town feel to it that can draw the reader in.

A great start to a new series and I look forward to book 2.