"A sweet romance"
Vaughn Kyle has just left the Army and seems to have
every thing ready to start civilian life in an upbeat
manner in Seattle. He has been thinking of marriage and
will start a job in the New Year, but returns home for the
holidays to see his family in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
A bit restless about his future, Kyle visits elderly
pharmacist Hassie Knight in Buffalo Valley. He never met
Hassie before, but they are connected as his parents named
him after her deceased son who died in Nam. At the
pharmacy, Kyle meets trainee Carrie Hendrickson. They
begin to fall in love. However, Kyle's employer in
Washington State plans to build a superstore that will put
the small shops out of business and potentially destroy the
serenity and optimism of the area.
BUFFALO VALLEY is a warm regional drama that returns
readers to a special place highlighted in Debbie Macomber's
Dakota trilogy. Fans of the series will enjoy learning
what has happened to the townsfolk in Buffalo Valley since
the last novel was published. Though the tale is Rockwell
in scope, painting a simplistic evil Goliath vs. idealistic
David landscape, the story line retains the flavor and
charm of the series, especially as the audience looks into
the lives of the cast. Ms. Macomber takes her myriad of
fans on a wonderful journey to a Shangra-La threatened
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 14, 2001
Since Debbie Macomber introduced readers to the town of Buffalo Valley in her New York Times bestselling Dakota trilogy, readers have watched the town revitalize, as long-term residents and newcomers fought to preserve it -- and often found love along the way. In this charming volume, Buffalo Valley faces a new challenge. Everyone thinks Vaughn Kyle has come to town to meet Hassie Knight. After all, Vaughn was named after Hassie's dead son, and this is the first time he's come to town. What the folks in town don't know is that Vaughn's fiancée, Natalie Nichols, works for the Value-X conglomerate, and that Natalie has asked Vaughn to use this visit as a scouting trip to evaluate Buffalo Valley as a location for one of their superstores. If that store gets built, it will be goodbye Main Street, including Hassie Knight's drugstore. Once Vaughn meets Hassie's assistant, Carrie Hendrickson, it doesn't take long for him to realize that he's facing one of the most important choices of his life. He's caught between Value-X and Buffalo Valley, between Natalie's corporate savvy and Carrie's country-girl smarts, and between the future he always envisioned for himself and the appealing way of life that he glimpsed in the unique little town.
Genre: Contemporary Romance