Romance novel heroes tend to be sports stars or billionaires or cowboys. Not so in Emma Cane’s At Fairfield Orchard. Her leading man is a professor. His field is history, and his future tenure rests on proving a theory about Thomas Jefferson. To do so, he seeks out the current owners of land sold to their ancestors by the great TJ himself.
Amy Fairfield and her siblings are in the process of trying to turn the orchard into a profitable endeavor. She’s put her real estate career on hold to come home and reconnect not only with the land but also with friends that she had put aside in favor of a relationship that’s now gone sour.
Professor Jonathan Gebhart suffered a broken relationship too. Unlike Amy, he doesn’t have a loving family to support him.
I have to confess I felt the plot was lacking something. What were supposed to be dramatic secrets fell flat. The few complications got resolved too easily.
That said, I liked the supporting characters, particularly the grandmother. This book is number one in a series, so I’m looking forward to additional stories.
EVER AFTER AT SWEETHEART RANCH—the finale of Emma Cane’s contemporary romance Valentine Valley series—went on-sale yesterday. To celebrate the release, have some fun and take a look back at some of Valentine Valley characters, the folks at Avon Romance created a fun little quiz.
Here’s the blurb:
The only thing hotter than a cowboy…
Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone-least of all herself-until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now Lyndsay’s scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality.
Is a cowboy in love.
Ever since Will’s high school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn’t been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who’s been able to catch-and keep-his attention. She’s fascinated by his work at Sweetheart Ranch, and a glance from her gorgeous brown eyes sends Will’s thoughts wandering. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart?
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, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies. Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.