About the Book
Book: Valentine Gold
Author: Danielle Thorne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 13, 2019
A Second Chance Clean & Wholesome Romance with Small Town Charm
Her chances of finding a Valentine are about as good as striking gold, but an old cabin, a new neighbor, and the mountain of Good Hope just might shift the odds.
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 heartbreaking 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’ve only read one book by Danielle Thorne — A Pirate at Pembroke — and I loved it. When I saw Valentine Gold and read the premise, I knew I needed to purchase this novel ASAP. What a great read! I enjoyed everything about this book: the sweet characters, the chemistry, the slight disdain for Valentine’s Day, and the thematic discussion on not getting caught up in gossip. Valentine Gold is a sweet clean romance I highly recommend this Valentine season.
Gossip is such an easy trap to fall into. I hate gossip because it’s nine-times-out-of-ten just busybodies being mean. It’s so pervasive, gossip can infiltrate even the most innocuous of conversations. Natalie Boyd, the heroine of Valentine Gold, is not a fan of gossip but falls prey to it. Someone says something. Words are overheard and taken out of context. Those out-of-context words are spread like wildfire and feelings get hurt. To make matters worse, Natalie makes a judgment and a decision based on these out-of-context words and major conflict ensues. This is all good for a fictional tale — novels thrive on conflict. But in real life, real people can be really hurt by gossip and its effects. In the Bible, we are actually directed to stay away from gossipers: Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler (Proverbs 20:19). God takes words very seriously and we should too. Don’t be a simple babbler! I appreciate Ms. Thorne’s warning on gossip. It’s a great reminder for me today to be a bit more careful with my words.
Valentine Gold is not your typical lovey-dovey Valentine’s novel. This fun and unique story has depth and feeling and substance. I enjoyed this story from start to finish and will miss my time with these endearing characters. I highly recommend this story. Purchase a copy today to enjoy this Valentine season!
I purchased a review copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon on January 19, 2020. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.