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Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley

(Valentine Valley #5)

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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Return to Valentine Valley, where Christmas lights are twinkling and first love burns brighter the second time around...

When Tony De Luca's ex, Kate Fenelli, waltzes through the door of his tavern and pulls up a bar stool, she turns his balanced world on end. Once they'd been each other's first love, first everything. But then life happened, and they walked away with broke
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ebook, 368 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Avon
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Shelley It can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. Each book in the series focuses in a different character and doesn't require the reader to know all…moreIt can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. Each book in the series focuses in a different character and doesn't require the reader to know all the previous characters. (less)

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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4 'second chance at love' stars!

Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley is the 5th book in Emma Cane's Valentine Valley series. These are small town, contemporary romance stories with lots of heart and plenty of steam. This time it's Tony and Kate's turn to shine, and to get a second shot at love.

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When Tony De Luca's ex, Kate Fenelli, waltzes through the door of his tavern and pulls up a bar stool, she turns his balanced world on end. Once they'd been each other's first love, first everything.
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Sarah
26/12 - Sitting on three stars at the moment, but I think if I had read the previous books in the series it's likely it would be four.

My main complaint is that Tony and Kate got divorced for a reason and I'm unsure whether their problems are being/will be properly addressed to really allow for them to get back together. Sure, they still have the attraction, but as Kate said, that was never the problem to start with. It was a matter of not talking and never having time for each other and I don't
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KatLynne
A Christmas story with a small town setting and a second chance at love for divorced couple, Tony and Kate. I admired how well they worked together sharing custody of their now teenage son. And while I never fully connected with the heroine, I did enjoy the sexy hero:)

This is my first read by Emma Cane. I like her writing style and look forward to trying more in this series.

Andrea Guy
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love stories about second chances, especially when they are marriages that have gone wrong. It is easy to see that Tony and Kate need a second chance. Neither of them have really moved on from their divorce. They both are good parents, but they need something and that is obviously the other one.

They have been divorced nine years, so there's a lot of life that's gone on. The thing I liked the most was that it was Kate that was the part time parent. She wanted a high powered career as a lawyer,
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Lover of Romance
When Tony's ex wife, Kate, comes into town, he is blown away, Valentine is the last place he would ever expect her to be. Then when she starts to share everything that's on her mind, and the reason she is here, he still can't believe it. They have been divorced for nine years, and share a son. Tony has never been able to fully get over Kate, but having her choose her career over him was hard to swallow, when they stopped talking to each other, he knew it was a matter of time before they would gr ...more
Samantha
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ms. Cane is back with a sweet, engaging second chance romance brimming with small town charm.

Kate Fenelli is driven and career focused. She is a successful lawyer making her way in Vail, Colorado. One of the most important cases of her career is proving to be more challenging and when she uncovers dirt that she shouldn’t have, her firm places her on a sabbatical. She heads back home to Valentine Valley to sulk and figure out how to pick back up the pieces.

Tony De Luca is surprised to see his ex-
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Kristine
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Original review can be found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...

I received an advance readers copy from Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I have to say that this was my first holiday book of the season and I enjoyed every second of this second chance romance. From the large cast of characters to the beautiful setting of Valentine Valley, it provided exactly what I was in the mood for to get the holiday season started. It is book #5 in the Valentine Valley ser
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Sharon Redfern
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Kate and Tony married, they were young and so in love. After a few years of her in law school and a new baby, the love isn't enough to keep them together and they divorced. Tony returned to Valentine Valley and opened a business and Kate went on to become a high powered attorney with a big name firm. Their son Ethan divides his time between them. Now Kate has come back to Valentine after being forced to take a two month sabbatical because of a disagreement with her firm's partners. After th ...more
Ann Lorz
This is a wonderful story of second chances. I usually don't care that much for love once lost type of books but I did like how Ms. Cane handled this one. It shows how when you grow, your needs change. This is a wonderful series!
Barb
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Return to Valentine Valley, where Christmas lights are twinkling and first love burns brighter the second time around . . .
When Tony De Luca's ex, Kate Fenelli, waltzes through the door of his tavern and pulls up a bar stool, she turns his balanced world on end. Once they'd been each other's first love, first everything. But then life happened, and they walked away with broken hearts. Now Kate is back in Valentine, and they can't seem to stay out of each other's way. When Tony begins wondering w
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Mary Dirksen
Such a great winter romance ♡
Karen
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
review to come
Kiki Belle
May 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF'd at 65%. I made the mistake of checking out a bunch of Valentine Valley books all at once. They're oddly written. The issues aren't really issues. Tony feels like Kate worked towards her career because she didn't trust him to support their family? What? Why can't Kate just want to be a lawyer? The fact that this is treated like a big deal is ridiculous beyond belief. And honestly, beyond belief describes the books I've read so far from this author. There's literally no chemistry and no reas ...more
June
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: divorce romances
Shelves: adult, divorce, romance
It has been 9 years since their divorce so why do Kate and Tony still feel a spark?

Maybe a 3.5 - not sure I buy into the ex-sex... However, I did enjoy the story of overcoming young love mistakes.
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sure to warm your heart and put you in the Christmas spirit!! This steamy little kept me captivated from start to finish!!
Jessica
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
Another boring one.
Laurie
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun read
Gaele
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
It isn’t often that people get a chance to ‘try again’ after a long separation. Emma Cane brings us a second chance at romance with two people who split to chase their dreams, knowing that staying together wouldn’t be good for them or their son.

Kate is an attorney, and when she left Tony to take a position in the city, she thought she was getting a chance at her dream. Now years later, she has been put on sabbatical by her firm after questioning some decisions and results. With two months of fr
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Smitten
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Smitten by Books Blog

Ms. Cane is back with a sweet, engaging second chance romance brimming with small town charm.

Kate Fenelli is driven and career focused. She is a successful lawyer making her way in Vail, Colorado. One of the most important cases of her career is proving to be more challenging and when she uncovers dirt that she shouldn’t have, her firm places her on a sabbatical. She heads back home to Valentine Valley to sulk and figure out how to pick back up the piece
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Marina
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this 3.5-4 stars. Sweet story.
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Note to Self;Colorado
Tony De Luca(tavern owner,bartender,divorced)+(ex-wife,lawyer)=(their son,13yo),
Monica Shaw(twin sis,30yo,florist,flower shop owner,activist,pal)+ Travis Beaumont(35yo,Secret Service agent,ex-Marine,divorced,bro,pal1),
Melissa Shaw(Missy,activist,twin sis,CNN reporter,30yo)+Royce Ames (lead advance secret service agent counter sniper team,pal1),Janet Shaw(mom,ac
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Rob.C. Rob.C.
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Christmas stories, small town settings and second chance romance. This book has it all. The setting is beautifully described, making the reader feel in Valentine Valley and see all the beautiful decorations, feel the snow flakes and the chilly wind. I think the author's way of describing the setting pulls you right in, even if you've never been to Colorado (I haven't, but I could very well imagine every detail).
I liked the hero more than I liked the heroine. It took me a long time to real
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Books and Spoons
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story of little town living, the first love, second chances, and Christmas miracles.
This story has so many outstanding aspects to it, it was a joy to read every minute.
The Valentine Valley with its lovely inhabitants, the Widow's, the families, the circle of friends, it is a tight knit group, that lives and love, and support each other. The whole concept of 'it takes a village' is truly lived with this community, and they made me smile, what a joy!
Tony and Kate were each others
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Jane
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
I have discovered many new authors from Goodreads and Emma Cane is one of them. This is a great story about second chances. Kate Fenelli and Tony De Luca got married very young when she discovered she was pregnant. Unfortunately, due to lack of communication and being very young they each had different goals in life. Tony was laid back and content to focus on their new son. Kate was very driven almost obsessive. All she wanted was to be the very best lawyer she could be and missed much of Ethan' ...more
Lynda
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Divorcee and mother, Kate Fenelli returned to her childhood home in Valentine Valley Colorado for the Thanksgiving holidays. On edge about her forced sabbatical, Kate had to face her family and her ex-husband, Tony De Luca. Shared custody of their son Ethan was easy but the impact of ongoing encounters with Tony was another matter. His good looks and kindness were hard to resist, add in the smoldering memories and a second chance at love was a real possibility.

“Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley”
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Eileen
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, nook
This is a second chance love story for Tony and Kate. She's returned to Valentine Valley for a 2 month work sabbatical and is at loose ends. Her job as a lawyer and a case has put her in a difficult position and she goes home to be near her son and family, plus the ex-husband. Its been 9 years since the divorce but there has never been anyone serious for both Tony and Kate.
This was a good little story with familiar faces and new ones for a story told around the holidays. It is hard facing the pa
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CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
This installment of the Valentine Valley series features two very strong characters. Kate and Tony have been in love with each other since childhood, but are very different in character. They married too young and did not listen to each other enough. Nine years later, they are grown up and successful, more importantly, they are a little more willing to bend. The plot is well-crafted, making this story difficult to put down. Valentine Valley is full of memorable characters, and I am looking forwa ...more
Michele
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
“But we’re not dating or making plans, right? We’re not expecting anything of each other. We’ll take each day as it comes.”
He rolled onto his side, taking her into his arms and speaking between kisses. “And comes…and comes…and comes.”

Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley is an incredibly touching second chance romance in which our hero and heroine finally move past the anger and hurt of their divorce, and give in to the love and passion that never went away.

Emma Cane’s Valentine Valley series is so e
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Cara
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for a story that reunited parents of a 13-year-old boy who had been divorced for nine years. I appreciated that the leads were in their mid-30s and more mature than a lot of contemporary romance leads. Tony and Kate's process of reuniting was done slowly but felt so genuine and was well worth the wait. Both characters were devoted parents and very decent human beings that grew up and matured nicely.
The book is a great one to read during the holiday season as it takes place between Than
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Cathy Genna - 2013 RWA Bookseller of the Year
I love this small town of Valentine Valley. Emma Cane has created a cast of characters you simply fall in love with.
It's my opinion that Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley rocks the series so far! A story of young, first love that left two people broken with their son Ethan being shuffled between two homes. Kate's fears and ambition sent her on a different path.

Nine years later Tony DeLuca's ex wife Kate Feneli comes back to her home town and fate takes them through s series of life changing eve
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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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Valentine Valley (6 books)
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  • True Love at Silver Creek Ranch (Valentine Valley, #2)
  • The Cowboy of Valentine Valley (Valentine Valley, #3)
  • A Promise at Bluebell Hill (Valentine Valley, #4)
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