Miss Emeline Wright risked everything to escape the monster who stole her innocence, her dignity, her pride. Now, no one in her small home town nestled in the Virginia hills must ever know what she was forced to do while a captive in the city. Her only chance is make a go of her uncle’s failing farm, but how can a woman alone in rough country, survive?
With unfailing courage and an open heart, Em wins over the townspeople who’ve judged her so harshly in the past, taking in a motley crew of misfits who show up, one by one, to lend a hand. But it’s the quiet strength and unfailing love of a single man that will show her show to trust again as they build a home to last forever ….
“Heartthrob has a new definition and it is defined by Jane Shoup in Down in the Valley. My heart is still in my throat from the tension of reading this page turner. The heart-stoppingly endearing, shy hero, Tommy, who evokes memories of a young John Wayne, is unforgettable. My criteria of a good book is if it has enriched my life. Down in the Valley is a keeper.”Catherine LaniganAuthor of Romancing the Stone
“Shoup’s western is a touching, emotional read. There is a sweetness mixed with the roughness of events that mirrors the characters’ personal fight to maintain their independence and self-respect. Readers will not be immune to Shoup’s storytelling talent or her gift of creating three-dimensional characters.”RT Book Reviews4 Stars
“Shoup moves assuredly through trauma, family discord, and romantic misunderstandings to capture lovely bits of Americana and a bygone way of life.”Publishers Weekly