I just love the Debbie Macomber's books. Her Christmas books are particularly welcome and BUFFALO VALLEY is no exception.
Vaughn Kyle is visiting Buffalo Valley at the request of his girlfriend, an executive with a large discount superstore which has plans to open a store in the little town. It's been many years since Vaughn had visited the town his mother grew up in, but he's happy to check out the town as it is near his parents' home in Grand Forks. He also wants to take the opportunity to meet Hassie Knight, Buffalo Valley's pharmacist. Vaughn's mother had been engaged to marry Hassie's son, Vaughn, but he was killed in Vietnam. Although Hassie always remembered her son's namesake with cards on his birthday, the two have never met. But when Hassie stops at the pharmacy, instead of Hassie he finds young divorcee Carrie Hendrickson instead. When Carrie finds out who the handsome stranger is, she offers to take him on a tour of the charming little town. It isn't long before Vaughn meets many of the town's citizens and they are all taken with him - Carrie even more so. Carrie has closed her heart since her divorce and Vaughn is awakening feelings in her which have been long dormant.
Vaughn has told no one, not even his parents, that he is checking the town out. But the town soon gets wind that the superstore plans on moving in and they are none too happy about it. How will they feel when they find out Vaughn has ties to this company?
BUFFALO VALLEY is a fitting follow-up to Debbie Macomber's Dakota Trilogy and is sure to please her legions of fans, particularly those who have enjoyed prior visits to this fictional North Dakota town. Readers will also enjoy appearances by characters from the previous books. This book is a very pleasant respite from current world events. I got completely lost in Buffalo Valley this afternoon and felt the tension leave my body as I entered another world. Another great read from a master storyteller!