Jane Shoup is a very good writer. I just finished two of the books in her “Valley” series. The first one is “Down in the Valley”. Miss Emeline Wright left Green Valley, West Virginia to go to college. While there, she met a very nice man who invited her to visit him in Richmond and sent his aunt as a chaperone for her trip. But, he has NOT a nice man and kept her captive for a year as he tried to make her submit by beating and humiliating her. She finally escaped, making her way back home to her uncle. She was a strong woman who was determined to make a go of her uncle’s farm after he passed on. Tommy Medlin was a ranch hand on another spread, but fell in love with Emmie and offered to fund her dreams. They became partners in the running of the farm and soon fell in love, married, and worked hard to make a go of it. However, Ms. Shoup made sure that just when you thought everything would work out fine, she through another twist into the story. When I come across a story that keeps evolving; I cannot put the book away until I’ve finished it. This is one of those books. I stayed up way too late to finish reading this novel. I know readers will like this series.
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