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A Town Called Valentine (Valentine Valley #1)

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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.
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Hardcover, 479 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Gale Cengage (first published January 31st 2012)
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Crista
A Town Called Valentine is the start of another "small town romance series". It seems like there are a lot of these around after the success of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. I've grown weary of that series, started Emily March's Eternity Springs series and have grown weary of that series as well. Perhaps this is just me needing a change of genre, but I found this book to be just "more of the same".

Emily Murphy has come to Valentine Valley, Colorado on the heels of a bad marriage/recent divor
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Mandi Schreiner
When Emily Murphy walks into a bar and sees a sexy cowboy looking at her from under his hat, she knows she is in trouble. After having a couple of beers and making out with him on the pool table in the back room, she knows she is more than in trouble.

Emily Murphy finds herself back in Valentine Valley, a mountain town she hasn’t been in since she was a little girl. Now that her mom has passed away, Emily has inherited a store on the main street of this town. Emily has decided now that she has di
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Dorine
A Town Called Valentine A Valentine Valley Novel by Emma CaneRomance is in the air in a charming small town filled with engaging characters who convince you that happy-ever-afters are not just expected, they're inevitable. Add in some alluring cowboys, their irresistible families, plus some meddling old ladies, a bake-off and a rodeo — and you have the ingredients for one heck of a fun ride!

Emily Murphy stops at a tavern intending to eat and be on her way. Nate Thalberg, one tall, long drink of water who Emily meets at the tavern, entices her into a game
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Mary Gramlich
A TOWN CALLED VALENTINE by Emma Cane
01/12 – Avon, a division of HarperCollins Publishers

Why are making choices so difficult?

Emily Murphy is free from her ex-husband and shedding the past to build a bright future. A few backward steps are required to do this, one of which is selling the building in Valentine Valley the town where her family is from. Emily led an eclectic lifestyle with her mother and rarely visited so why does this town feel like home. The unexpected need for some reconstruction
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Susan
Good book. I loved the small town atmosphere and all the quirky characters. I really liked Emily and the way she was taking control of her life. She planned to take a couple weeks and get her building ready to sell. She wasn't expecting it to be in as bad a shape as it was, and realized it was going to take longer than she thought. Nate is a really nice guy (sexy too) who is involved in many things around town. He offers to help Emily as she fixes up her place. It also gives them a chance to exp ...more
Heather Felder
A Town Called Valentine is Emma Cane's debut novel. I must say.....it was an excellent start! Emily Murphy takes what she expects to be a relatively short trip from San Fransisco to Valentine Valley after her mother passes away to sell the store her mother owned. She'll sell the building and go back to San Fran to finish college and adopt a baby. Well, she arrives in town on a rainy night and she's hungry. She stops in a local bar/restaurant for a quick bite to eat. She doesn't expect to see a g ...more
Melissa
When Emily Murphy walks into a bar and sees a sexy cowboy looking at her from under his hat, she knows she is in trouble. After having a couple of beers and making out with him on the pool table in the back room, she knows she is more than in trouble.

Emily Murphy finds herself back in Valentine Valley, a mountain town she hasn't been in since she was a little girl. Now that her mom has passed away, Emily has inherited a store on the main street of this town. Emily has decided now that she has di
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Margaret

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 i

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Betty
This is a wonderfully uplifting debut romance. Emily is a newly divorced woman who has come to the town of Valentine to check-out and sell a recently inherited property. Her first night in town she runs into Nate and sparks immediately fly. However, neither of them want a relationship. This, of course, sets up the sexual tension between the two. There is a definate romance in this story that is very warm and "homey" and yet it is sey and exciting. I am looking forward to reading more from this ...more
Samantha
I started off loving the vibe of the small town immediately. What can I say? I'm a sucker for small town romances. However, I fluctuated between liking and disliking the heroine. She was too hot and cold for my own taste. I did like the hero. Eventually I did feel the connection between them. I mostly enjoyed the secondary characters and I look forward to discovering what happens to them. Overall, not a bad start to a series.
Lisa Becker
It was a heartwarming story about second chances. I enjoyed how Emily started growing on her journey of self-reliance and was able to move forward with her life. The fact that Nate was a handsome "Cowboy" was just icing on the cake. I can't wait to read more about Valentine Valley. Please keep them coming.
Lover of Romance
Emily has just recovered barely from a bitter marriage which ended in divorce, and has come to the small town Valentine to sell her mothers restaurant, when she encounters a sexy cowboy who makes her head spin with his kisses. Emily's plan is to fix the place enough to sell, then go to San Francisco to go back to college. Nate is a rancher, and his life is full of taking care of his responsibilities. When he sees a beautiful young woman, he is intrigued when they share a passionate encounter tha ...more
Christine
I liked this book and was tempted to give it four stars, but there were a few details which held me back. I can understand why Emily was hesitant to start a new relationship, but Nate's explanation for not committing was really dumb- he hurts people because he's too helpful. Um, what? I also expected the drama surrounding Emily's paternity to be more exciting. There was so much buildup then we get the big reveal and... nothing. It fell flat. I also feel there could have been more added to the ep ...more
Sharon Chance
The charming beginning of Emma Cane's new series set in Valentine Valley, Colorado! This is a fun contemporary romance with great characters and a great story!
Beccie
Kind of boring. Didn't feel the chemistry between the characters and it took me a week to finish which is not like me when it comes to romances.
Monica
I loved this book and the start of this new series. I don't know if it's just me but I am noticing more and more how the romantic books just end quickly. There was 10 pages left to go and I couldn't understand how she was going to get everything figured out before the end. She did but it felt rushed, she spent this whole book on the romance and the other thing but to have it all come together was rushed. I think authors need to really look at how they are ending books so rushed now a days. I lik ...more
Maureen Hubley
I thought it was a great read. There are so many people involved. I hope she continues it with a series.
Cindy
I found another great series! What a fun read, you can't help but fall in love with the people of Valentine!
Merceda
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Babs
Dec 17, 2011 Babs rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance, Western
Shelves: romance, western
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 succee ...more
BBMoreB ~
Jan 26, 2012 BBMoreB ~ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love to read about romance in a small town - similar to Virgin River Series By Robyn Carr
Shelves: own, amazon-vine, arc
Received this ARC from Amazon Vine.

Welcome to the Colorado Mountains.

This debut novel is hopefully the beginning to many additional installments.

Emily Murphy came to Valentine, Colorado to escape her past. Emily is recently divorced and hoping to quickly sale the building she inherited from her mother – she is going to use to the proceeds from the sale to fund her college tuition. However, she runs into problems at every turn; she has a meet and greet, make that meet-and-grope, session with a
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Kym McNabney
Emily Murphy returned to her mother’s hometown for one reason and one reason only. For a quick sale on the building willed to her. But as life often goes, another plan started to materialize.

Nate Thalberg is a real ladies man. Not that any woman got past his ten date rule. Nate has wounds, and refuses to hurt another woman…or himself for that matter.

Emily discovers something she never imagined. As her mother’s secret unravels, so does Emily’s heart. Nate learns to live life, and in the process
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Lisa (Fic Talk)


Not too bad for a first book, but it had some storyline issues. One minute a character says this then the next minute it's something else. And the character wasn't lying or anything. The author just seemed to have forgotten what road she was going down with her story and the book just wasn't edited properly.

Besides that problem, I liked the feel of the story and its setting. I seem to have this thing for small town-esque books with the whole everybody and their grandmother knows about you. Ha.
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Virginia Campbell
"A Town Called Valentine", by Emma Cane, has all the elements that make romance reads so enjoyable: sparks-fly romance, personal conflicts, problematic pasts, playfulness & passion, and family, friends, and fun. Emily Murphy returns to her mother's hometown of Valentine, Colorado for closure after her mother's death. Since her marriage and personal life fell apart in San Francisco, Emily is ready for a change. She doesn't count on a very up-close and personal encounter with a handsome cowboy ...more
Danielle
Emily Murphy decides to escape to Valentine, Colorado to move on from her old life and start a whole new one. Since Emily is just recently divorced she is hoping to sell the building her mother had left her so she is able to go to college, but that doesn’t even almost cover it. She is just about broke. Who said this was going to be as easy as she planned.


Nate Thalberg, has always lived in Valentine and is the local cowboy who all the woman would love to get a hold of. Unfortunately for them he
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Yessyka Widy
Well, I like the small town with its beautiful and fresh environment, it gives such pleasure.
It's about a woman who had deep sad past who go to her mother's town she grow up, a town that gives her much love and revealed secrets...
She doesn't need to be tough, but she does...
Even she does need love or husband, but she does...
She needs someone who can make her believe that love still exist.
All her adventures in that town is worth it for her future...
Sara
The debut by a new author that I will be glad to add to my favorites.
This story about a woman returning to her mother's home town to sell her building and then head back to school is so much more than that. It's a story about finally standing up for yourself and realizing your true potential.
Along the way she discovers secrets that her mother hid from her and a town and new friends to call her own.
It doesn't hurt that the hero of the story is an all around good guy trying to take care of ever
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Shana
I won't go into the plot much as the other reviewers have covered it numerous times. Though, I did love the way from the very first chapter how Nate and Emily were just drawn to each other even though they were polar opposites. It was a lot like how I met my husband so, on a personal note I really enjoyed that dynamic of the story.

All I will say is that I grew up in and around small mountain towns like Valentine. So, I was really looking forward to reading a romance set in the locale of a mounta
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Aleksandra Branka
Love, love,love.

I'm not a romantic person. Shock I know especially that I am a woman, but nevertheless I have no romantic bone in my body. And still I enjoyed immensely this book. Nicely written, funny, sad, true. All of those things and more. Wants you to live in Valentine's Valley with rest of the characters. Good read!
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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 Valley, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.

Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not
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