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Buffalo Valley (Dakota #4)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  1,755 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
It's a time of change for a small prairie townBuffalo Valley, North Dakota, has a will to survive, to prosper. And the outside world has discovered Buffalo Valley. A large retail conglomerate plans to move in, which would surely destroy the independent businesses...and maybe the town.It's a season of change for Vaughn Kyle Just out of the army, he's looking for a life to l ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Mira Books
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Dec 02, 2015 Leona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A very disappointing read.

I have always enjoyed Debbie Macombers' stories, especially her Cedar Cove series. But unfortunately, I'm not enamored with her more recent work and this book was no exception. I think somewhat because it is part of a series, and unlike other series, I had trouble jumping in. The story was heavy on townspeople introduced in prior books and I just couldn't connect or relate. It was like going to a party and not knowing anyone. You try to start a conversation, but after
Connie N.
A charming holiday book revisiting Buffalo Valley and its friendly townsfolk. We meet Vaughn as he comes to the town to meet old friend Hassie as well as to get a feel for the town's reaction to the infiltration of his new employer, a large box store. There's a very quick romance between him and Hassie's friend and co-worker, Carrie. The book is sweet and very feel-good, but it's so short that there's barely enough time to get to know the characters or understand them very much. The author provi ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Cori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I kept wishing calamities on the characters. I don't know if it is the way that Debbie Macomber ties everything up so sweetly or if it is that I am so morose.
Michelle Molinari
This is hands down the best book of the Dakota series. A quick read, perfect for a domestic airplane trip. The love story between outsider Vaughn and local gal Carrie as they try to keep a Walmart-type big box store from taking root in their cute small town.
Apr 08, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very short (compared to the other 3), and good story. I liked how the town rallied together to keep Value-X from moving into the community, and ultimately destroying the town, with a love story thrown in for good measure. I also enjoyed how it ended with the wedding invitation.
Mar 04, 2014 Elainefosbrink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her series really brings to life what it is like living in North Dakota. This was the fourth in a series and when read it brings back memories from the others and feels like revisiting an dear friend.
Apr 23, 2013 Barbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The characters in this book are so well described and are so relatable.
Jan 06, 2017 Moira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abrupt endng!

I have to agree with other reviews-the ending was too abrupt. Hence a rating of 3 rather than 4 stars. Good story and great characters but the last chapter felt rushed. The storyline wrapped everything up but without a bow. Makes you think there's another story in the series but no!
Paula Stock
Mar 22, 2017 Paula Stock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ebook. I just find Debbie Macomber's books enjoyable and easy reads! Nothing fancy, and basically happy endings for all!
Maureen Wilson
Mar 05, 2017 Maureen Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I liked this book, but after really enjoying the Dakota Trilogy, this felt a little like a letdown. It wasn't as good as the rest of the books, but it was still good. I was hoping to see more of the familiar characters, but the only character from the town we knew and saw regularly was Hassie. I really enjoyed reading more about her, but I was just hoping for more of the others too. They were mentioned in passing, and at times they were more prevalent, but for the most part they were background ...more
Dec 11, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: "In this charming volume, Buffalo Valley faces a new challenge. Everyone thinks Vaughn Kyle has come to town to meet Hassie Knight. After all, Vaughn was named after Hassie's dead son, and this is the first time he's come to town. What the folks in town don't know is that Vaughn's fiancée, Natalie Nichols, works for the Value-X conglomerate, and that Natalie has asked Vaughn to use this visit as a scouting trip to evaluate Buffalo Valley as a location for one of their superstores. If t ...more
Nov 21, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Another sweet book by Debbie Macomber.
This is a continuation of the Dakota series. I have not read the others in the series and I'm sure I missed a few things, but honestly, it didn't seem to matter. Vaughn Kyle was a new character introduced to Buffalo Valley and he learned all about it as I did. I'm sure for someone who has read the other books, it was nice to meet up with all the old characters and find out how they are doing.
Vaughn goes to Buffalo Valley to meet Hassie Knight, the mother of
Feb 16, 2017 RICHARD LEWIS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series

Now I've read them all.I couldn't put any of them down . I really loved the characters and their individual stories.would highly recommend the entire series.
Nancy Silk
Feb 07, 2017 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Loved This Compelling Story"

In this delightful story, Vaughn Kyle has recently been discharged from the Army. He decides to work for Value-X a large marketing firm ... he soon learns this decision was not good. He has someone to visit in Buffalo Valley. His workaholic, almost-fiancee helps him get to evaluate the community and get Value-X information as to building a large retail business in the small town. He visits Hassie Knight, an older woman who owns a small store. Vaughn was named after h
Barbara ★
Unfortunately this book is a big flop. First of all there is no chemistry between Vaughn and his fiance, Natalie. It's so obvious that he's being led around by his manparts and Natalie is career-minded not at all involved in this romance. Vaughn is just too stupid to realize it.

Secondly, when Vaughn goes to Buffalo Valley, there's no visible chemistry between him and Carrie Henrickson. Yet after a few visits to town, he's changing his life plans to save Buffalo Valley.

Everything just seemed ru
Linda C
This is the concluding volume in the Buffalo Valley series and the most predictable of the series. This story takes place 5 years after the last one. All of the couples in the previous volumes appear as integral parts of the story and the side stories which had been resolved are all mentioned. This is the shortest of the 4 stories and this back story telling becomes a little jarring when the heroine here is constantly telling the hero everybody's life story. Vaughn, the hero, is named after Hass ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buffalo Valley is a nice Americana town where family and community are the most important things in life. Now a big conglomerate store is setting it's site on the area where it could endanger many small businesses. Vaughn Kyle is visiting Buffalo Valley where his parents now live and just so happens, will also be an employee of this big superstore that his girlfriend got for him. It's been years since Kyle has been back and wants to visit Hassie, the mother of his namesake who was killed in Viet ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, all-books
I was so excited to finally find this book to be able to read the last book in the Dakota series since the first three were so good. Unfortunately this book was bad. It was an ok story but not enough involvement from previous characters in the series to overcome the main characters. The main couple had little chemisty; the courtship was full of lies; and then wrapped up in 5 minutes to a happy ending. The other focus of the story was Value X coming to town and how the people were fighting back y ...more
Medea Royal
Jul 28, 2013 Medea Royal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished Buffalo Valley and I have to say I really liked it, once again Debbie Macomber has shown us small town America at its best and how it can hold out against big corporate companies trying to take over small businesses. Those small businesses are the cornerstone of America and as Americans we forgot how this great country got started and it's small towns like Buffalo Valley that shows us that small town America will not die quietly, but live and prosper just fine. I am really glad I r ...more
Valerie (He Said Books Or Me)
In these four books, we get to visit North Dakota and the tiny town of Buffalo Valley. In each book, we get a closer look at the town, the people who live there and their lives. I enjoy Debbie’s books because you can tell that she tries infuse things that are natural to the place in her writing. She mentions a few real cities in North Dakota, as well as the University of North Dakota in her books. I also enjoy that there is elements of romance in each of the stories. While romance is not always ...more
Kim Hampton
Mar 19, 2014 Kim Hampton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fitting ending to the "Dakota" series. Vaughn comes to town to meet the mother of the man he was named after. Hassie's son died in Vietnam and his fiancee married his best friend instead and named her only son after her first love. What the town doesn't know is that Vaughn has a secret: he's working for the big-box retailer that wants to open a chain store in Buffalo Valley. He doesn't plan to fall in love with Carrie, the pharmacy intern, but he can't help himself. Will his secret destroy any ...more
J.B. Stockings
Sep 18, 2012 J.B. Stockings rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A totally predictable, totally forgettable story. Macomber spends so much time trying to review all her town's characters, she spends very little time developing the two people the book is supposed to center around. They start to do something together, and she just cuts off to some part of the story we couldn't care less about. There's never any real confrontation with the big, bad Value-X that is supposedly coming to destroy their town, and the climax just falls flat. She obviously just rushed ...more
Paula Baker
Sep 01, 2014 Paula Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book by Debbie Macomber! Her simplistic style of writing and her characters are always so believable and easy to relate to. I have read many, many of her books and haven't been disappointed yet. She is remarkable in the way she weaves real life romance into her work without making it a steamy sex scene. I, personally, would rather leave those details to my own imagination rather than have them explained vividly to me. I would highly recommend Buffalo Valley ... easy read and ha ...more
Robin Clemons
Aug 15, 2014 Robin Clemons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good old fashioned values win everytimw

Good old fashioned values win everytimw

a great way to revisit values that are sadly lacking in today's young people. It reminded me of the town that I have grown to love. People pulling together to bring the best to their communities.

I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn or be reminded of the way things were for past generations.
Jul 05, 2011 Jackie rated it it was ok
I was excited to find another book in the Dakota series. They were my favorite series written by D. Macomber. I was disappointed in this story. In the other Dakota books, you were drawn into the story, into the lives of the characters. I didn't feel it in this book. I felt it was more of a review of the last three stories. I wasn't able to make a connection with the two characters. Very disappointing.
Jan Mcleod
Mar 01, 2014 Jan Mcleod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As expected, this is basically a love story between Vaughn and Carrie, but it has so much more to it--the love and support of family unity and the unity of a community as well.
Vaughn completely changes his mind about Buffalo Valley after seeing the values people have about their community and each other.
It definitely is a book I would recommend, but I'm sorry to see the send of the series and the friends we've come to know and love.
Julie Akeman
Jan 10, 2017 Julie Akeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boy, was this an indictment of Walmart or what? The big baddie was a big box store coming in to this small town that is just getting it's small business up and running, and thriving I might add. I try to shop local, this book reminds you to shop local. Oh yeah, there is a sweet romance here, a guy gets to understand the small town strength of it's citizenry. It's a good cozy Christmas read, now I want something more in depth.
Aug 05, 2015 Corriejane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series despite it being older and out of date. I was really excited when I stumbled upon this 4th book. I read it in a day so I wish it was a little longer but it was good. It is set a few years after the trilogy so I enjoyed hearing how things changed since the last novel. I am never disappointed with Debbie Macomber!
Lindsey Ruppe
Mar 03, 2012 Lindsey Ruppe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a holiday favorite of mine. This is the 4th of the Buffalo Valley series, and it is incredibly hard to get... Seeing as though it has never been issued in a paperback, only available in a gift sized hardback, and is long been out of print. If you come across it, read it! It's a heartwarming, holiday read!
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