Kittens, puppies, chicks. Baby animals are always so much fun!
Growing up, we had our fair share of animal babies. While the only kittens we had were ones we received from other sources, we did raise several generations of some rather unusual pets. Our rats surprised us with babies (yeah, we found out my “Danny” was really a “Danielle”!) We also had some tortoises which laid eggs. After we rescued and incubated them we were able to watch the babies hatch. Not many can claim that. But probably the most exotic pet event, especially for this family of girls, was when my Jackson’s Chameleons laid eggs which hatched. Sadly, the babies didn’t survive for long, but still. . .
Valentine Gold: Sweet Romance
by Danielle Thorne
Publication Date February 13, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 24-35
Written for: Adults
When Natalie Boyd inherits an old cabin in the north Georgia mountains, she thinks it could be the answer to all of her problems. She's ready to start over after a heart-breaking divorce, and the cabin on the banks of a river once mined for gold is the perfect hideaway for her new, reclusive life.
No sooner does she settle in, and Natalie realizes that living in the shadow of Good Hope Mountain isn't what she expected. Her new neighbor, Jonathan Wilby, has plans for his property as soon as winter's over, and that means noise, traffic, and people. To make things worse, he's drop-dead gorgeous and could charm the skin off a snake.
Natalie braces herself to do battle over the land and to resist Wilby's charms, but her healing heart, an incredible discovery, and unexpected friendships along the way bring a gold mine of change she never expected - and just in time for Valentine's Day.
I would like to thank Danielle Thorne for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
It is always interesting reading a new genre from an author you are familiar with. I read A Pirate at Pembroke, by Danielle Thorne last year.
Valentine Gold is a contemporary romance, set in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. I really enjoyed the author’s descriptions of the beauty of the area, with the mountains, streams and even waterfalls. It made me want to pack up immediately and go for a visit!
Jonathan was such a kind and forgiving man. I loved his compassion for his mom’s cat, Griselda, which he inherited when his mom moved into town. I cracked up at the way he introduced her and described her multiple litters of kittens. And as a cat lover, it was fun to have Griselda and her granite-colored kitten as secondary characters.
I confess that I wasn’t a fan of Natalie’s, at least not at first. While I felt compassion for her rough divorce and understood her distrust of men (sorta), she was just so unkind. Angry, belligerent. Even after she had gotten to know Jonathan a bit, she listened to gossips rather than to what she knew about him. . .
So, gossips. All small towns seem to have them. (Yeah, big towns, too, though they never seem to play as prominent a role in stories that take place in them.) One of the lessons of the story is certainly to not listen to gossip, even when the source is your dear aunt’s friend!
If you enjoy small town romances, Valentine Gold was a fun story to while away a lazy afternoon.