" Down in the Valley is a keeper."--Catherine Lanigan, author of Romancing the Stone
In Virginia, 1883, some things you can run from. Read more...
"Down in the Valley is a keeper."--Catherine Lanigan, author of Romancing the Stone
In Virginia, 1883, some things you can run from. . . some you have to fight.
Pauline Ray is on the run, and she won't get far. With thirty-four dollars, two small children to feed, the cold coming in fast, she has no idea how she'll hide her tracks from her monster of a husband, let alone support her family. But Pauline is done with convention, and with nothing from her old life worth preserving, not even her name, she's free to become a whole new person.
All she has to do is singlehandedly turn a run-down homestead into the haven she and her children need, in a town full of wagging tongues and watchful eyes. But one man is watching her with more than judgment. Pauline would never have considered his scandalous proposal in her days as an obedient, suffering wife and daughter. But "Lizzie" might dare to accept him--his love, his work, and his secrets--and wrest her story toward a happily ever after all her own. . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Shoup once more proves adept at taking on serious themes, this time in the second Green Valley romance (after Down in the Valley), which addresses domestic violence with care and sensitivity. In 1882, Pauline Ray finally leaves her abusive husband, Ethan. She takes the children and the little cash shes secretly squirreled away and boards a train, going as far as the money will take her. She arrives in Green Valley, Va., a mining town, and there she is immediately embraced by two wise, loving, and quirky sisters, April May and Cessie Blue. They convince Pauline to reinvent herself as Lizzie Carter, to protect herself and the children from Ethans pursuit. Lizzie falls in love with lonely Jeremy Sheffield, who also has secrets, and together they begin to make a life. A horrific mining accident and a violent confrontation with Ethan add drama; however, the storys real draw is timid Paulines complete metamorphosis into Lizzie, who is strong, courageous, and in love for the first time. Agent: Kimberly Cameron, Kimberly Cameron and Associates. (Nov.)