A Thousand Moments
(A Heart of Vallantine Novella)
by Kelly Moran
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Pub Date 7 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2022
FIRST BOOK IN A NEW SERIES BY INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR KELLY MORAN!
Wallflower Rosemary Fillmore has never endeavored anything more than a good book, a cool glass of sweet tea, and a cat to curl up in her lap after a long day of teaching teenagers how to dissect literary masterpieces. Dowdy and shy, hardly anyone in her quaint southern town of Vallantine, Georgia, knows she exists, and the only time she has an ounce of confidence is if the world is a fictional one. So, when three of her star students suddenly start to show an interest in her personal life, or lack thereof, she wonders what on earth the girls are after. Or why. And how it involves a certain town librarian. Because she hasn’t exactly agreed with how he’s been running the beautiful landmark into the ground since taking over, and frankly, she’s been more than a little upset about it. Besides, he is probably the sole person more awkward than herself, despite how kind or understatedly handsome he may be.
As the only living descendant of the original town founders, saving the Vallantine Library from destitution falls on Sheldon Brown’s shoulders. And he’s failing. Miserably. The one-hundred and forty-year-old historical building, erected by his ancestors, has been in near ruins for a decade, and the state of the library system is declining. What he doesn’t need adding to his burden is giggling teenage girls hanging out between the stacks, spying on him, and asking silly questions about their teacher. Even if the woman in question is Rosemary. Pretty, sweet, and utterly endearing Rosemary, who he’s been attempting to ask on a date since forever. Except he’s chronically gotten the impression she doesn’t approve of him or his attempts to save the library. But then a mishap one night and a strange challenge from an unlikely source changes everything, and he wonders if perhaps two introverted bookworms can get a happy ending, after all.
Praise for Kelly Moran’s Books:
“Breathes life into an appealing story.”
“Readers will fall in love.”
“Great escape reading.”
“Touching & gratifying.”
“Sexy, heart-tugging fun.”
“Emotional & totally engaging.”
“A gem of a writer.”
“I read in one sitting.”
Roxanne St. Claire
“A sexy, emotional romance.”
“An emotionally raw story. A compelling read.”
“I devoured the book!”
Welcome to Vallantine, Georgia, where the only thing sweeter than the Belle Peaches we’re famous for are the patrons.
Founded in 1870 by William & Katherine Vallantine, our cozy, picturesque town is home to 2500 residents, not far from Savannah, and nestled beside the Ogeechee River. We have 3 inns and 2 B&Bs for convenience, or a hotel just outside the city limits. There are several family-operated restaurants for your dining pleasure to suit your palate or fancy.
On your visit, be sure to check out our main square. There’re over 45 locally-owned independent shops along the old-world cobblestone streets. Take a riverboat dinner cruise at sunset or a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic plantation district. Enjoy a walking tour of the Vallantine Cemetery or Peach Park, where multiple statues stand in remembrance of important figures in history, and stroll among the hundred-year-old oak trees teeming with Spanish moss. You can even view parts of the original library, still standing, that William built in 1875 for Katherine, who loved books. Some say she never left, that her spirit can be caught reading one of her favorite volumes between the shelves while she idly waits to assist all who enter seeking knowledge.
You may have been lured here for our annual Peach Festival or Pecan Fair, but our southern charm will make you never want to leave. Hospitality is our middle name. If you’re so inclined, before you do depart, go say hello to Miss Katie—the first Belle Peach tree ever planted in town, named after the one and only Katherine Vallantine. It’s legend around these parts that doing so will bring you good luck and a lifetime of love. She’s also been known to grant a wish or two if she’s in the mood.
Y’all come back now, you hear!
Gunner Davis, Mayor of Vallantine
Average rating from 32 members
This book has me so excited for the rest of the series! It was sweet, and sexy, and funny, with some characters I absolutely cannot wait to deep dive into.
Most of this novella is backstory of a centurion library in a small Southern town. Three teenage girls play matchmaker for a teacher and the librarian, and sparks fly. The chemistry between Rosemary and Sheldon was immediately strong, and I loved them together. Both a bit awkward, but Rosemary was straightforward and sweetly supportive, making Sheldon able to relax.
Each of the girls, Savannah, Dorothy and Rebecca had distinct personalities of their own, and I look forward to, I assume, read about them finding their own matches while working on the Vallantine library.
A Thousand Moments is a short novella that started in a fabolous way a new romantic series written by Kelly Moran.
Few chapters are all we need to pique the curiosity about the Bookish Belles, three friends who love reading and books, who gain an historical library thanks to a successful match making plan.
Dorothy, Scarlett and Rebecca were only teens when they decided to help their teacher, Miss Rosemary, and the town librariam, Mr Sheldon, to fall in love and to find their happily ever after.
Rosmary and Sheldon story is really sweet and lovely. They are both introverts and shy. They are perfect for each other but they definitely needed some pushing to spark a conversation and the results are even better than they expected.
I can't wait to go back to the small town of Vallantine and enjoy some new easy and delightful novels.
This novella is a great introduction to a new series. Set in Vallantine, a small charming southern town, the story centers on 3 women who were friends pretty much the day they were born, but now grown, are gifted a library. The Bookish Belles, as they are known had a hand in fixing up the library’s current owners, Sheldon Vallantine and Rosemary Fillmore.
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series!
Thanks to the, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book, but my opinions are my own.
This is book one in A Heart of Vallantine Novella series and it is Rosemary and Sheldon's story and what a great start to a new series. This might be a short story but it is a beautiful one that I absolutely loved and I couldn't put it down as it was a real page turner. Rosemary is a teacher and she is also shy, quiet and loves a good book. Sheldon is trying to keep the town library from falling apart as it is a important part of The Vallantine history but it is hard going but he will keep trying. Rosemary and Sheldon are perfect for each other so three of her student's decided to play matchmaker to get the couple together but will it work out, well you will just have to read this book to see what happens and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
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A short and sweet novella to kick off a new series of books by Kelly Moran. This book is set in 2004 and shows three teens playing matchmaker for their favorite teacher and the town librarian. Both Rosemary and Sheldon being very shy, the teens interference gives them the push they need to act on their attraction.
Excited to read the series, which I’m guessing will follow the teens in the present day.
A Thousand Moments by Kelly Moran was an enjoyable read. Loved the sweet story and characters! Highly recommend!
I had such fun with the novella, A Thousand Moments which introduces us to The Heart of Vallantine series. Rosemary and Sheldon might have a quick storyline to get us started on this series, but it packs a powerful emotional punch without a doubt.
Two unlikely candidates to fall for each other are the quiet, bookish, wallflower Rosemary and the awkward town librarian (and owner of the falling down library building) Sheldon. She’s convinced her future involves books and cats, he would love to ask Rosemary out but his clumsy ways seem to only annoy her. Plus, Rosemary isn’t exactly a fan of how Sheldon’s let the library crumble around him. While this couple might know each other on the surface, the fact is that they’ve not tried to get a bit below the top layer of their personality to the real people hidden inside. They’ll both be a bit surprised… eventually.
I adored Dorothy, Scarlett, and Rebecca aka The Bookish Belles. Even as teens these girls could see that Sheldon and Rosemary were perfect for each other. So, they set out to do a little matchmaking, a dramatic make-over and sat back to watch the sparks begin.
This couple has a fun romance ahead of them, well, once they get over their shyness and preconceived ideas about each other that is. One storm will change so much… and I’ll let you find out what happens next on your own. I have loved Ms. Moran’s paranormal romances and I was very glad to find just a touch included in A Thousand Moments, just the right touch in fact. The groundwork is being laid to continue this series (I always enjoy knowing what came before), and now the wait for the next release in The Heart of Vallantine series. If you love a good, solid romance with a touch of whimsy, laughter, awkwardness, and two people finding their perfect match then you’d enjoy Rosemary’s and Sheldon’s story.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*
A sweet novella, setting the background for a new series that takes place in Vallantine, a cozy, southern,small town . It's a heartwarming and cozy feeling story. A beloved teacher, Rosemary, has three teen girls who help her become a little more confident and attractive and they decide to help play matchmaker. They are known as the Bookish Belles because of their love for reading.
Sheldon is the librarian that is trying to save the old rundown library that his ancesters built. It is a town treasure and holds so many memories for so many.
Can two shy, introverted and lonely people find love and do what is best for the beloved library? Will the ghost of Katherine finally make an appearance? (I sure hope so)
I'm excited to see how the story unfolds in the next book. I've read every book that Kelly Moran has written and I know this will be another great series.
This is a very easy to read short story which is setting everything up for a new series which I will definitely looking out for.
All set around a library which, for obvious reasons I loved.
I presume the series will feature more on the bookish belles, which is good as we didn't get to know those too well in this novella.
Great read, and can't wait for the rest of the series
This was a lovely, sweet, clean novella, which seemed like a great starting point for a really good series. I don’t want to say too much and spoil it, but fans of hallmark romances would love this, and it’s a nice quick read before bed to leave it with pleasant dreams
Rosemary is a non-descript literature teacher who has some precocious, match-making students who want to give her a makeover and set her up with the local librarian. They start with her wardrobe, then move on to make up, hair, and nails. What happens is she leaves the librarian, Sheldon, gob-smacked.
The library is falling to pieces around Sheldon's ears and he wants nothing more than to keep it going, but there is no funding for the library. Often new books are acquired through his own funds. Rosemary finds a way to go to the townspeople and recruit help or supplies to give the library a face-lift, and this endears her even more to Sheldon.
The more time they spend together, the more attracted they are to each other. Kelly Moran has written a rather sweet novella that brings two like-minded individuals together by way of some meddlesome teenagers. Funny and heart-warming, this book is a quick read that will satisfy a craving for sweet romance. Four strong stars.
Smashwords Publishing provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
Lovely story, enjoyed the storyline, A librarian and teacher set up by three teens, years later the teens now adults get a unexpected windfall.The library itself sounds beautiful and a place would love to visit.
What a fun start to a new series. When 3 teenage girls, known as the Bookish Belles, are left with the town library they are asking why. Then they are reminded of how they played matchmaker for their teacher Rosemary and the local Librarian Sheldon. We go back to their courtship and are treated to a sweet romance. Now grown the girls are left with their dream of the library and how to make it into what they planned as teenagers. This was a light fun read and perfect escapism. Loved it
This novella is the start of a stellar new series by Kelly Moran. After reading this, I cannot wait for the rest of the Heart of Vallantine series!
I loved the sweetness of the story. These are very lovable characters who are a little too shy to come together on their own. I love that the 3 students care so much about their teacher that they want to see her happily in love. The library setting will be a favorite for all of the book lovers out there.
The history of the town and the library is what really makes this book special. I can't wait to see the girls find their happy ending in the series! You can already tell that this is going to be a must read series and you will feel like you made new friends after each and every tale.
4.5 Stars ⭐️
𝗔 𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗦𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗠𝗢𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 is an introductory novella to Kelly Moran’s new series - 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲 and has me incredibly excited to see what’s coming out next!
In this book we meet the Bookish Belles, Dorothy, Scarlett and Rebecca - three childhood friends that have weathered every storm together since the womb. In their early teens they decide to play matchmaker for their favorite teacher, Rosemary and the town librarian, Sheldon. We watch Rosemary and Sheldon fall in love and this is what then sets in motion what will then be future books in the series (I’m assuming/I hope).
I really enjoyed this book and fell in love with the Belles and the picturesque town of Vallantine. I can’t wait to lose myself in this series! I’m giving 𝗔 𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗦𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗠𝗢𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦 the judy.ann.loves.books stamp of approval, TBR and Enjoy!
Such a sweet prequel to the start of a new series by this amazing author.
Three young girls see something in their teacher that's hiding behind her glasses and bookworm clothes. Once they open they get her out of her shell, they set forth in setting her up with the local librarian. Little do they know, that by setting this romance in place, they are their future in place.
This story starts and ends in present time, but the meat of the story is a flashback to the beginning of the 3 best friends and how they set up Rosemary and Sheldon and their sweet romance. The story ends with present day and the couple setting the 3 now grown women up for the adventure of a lifetime.
I can't wait for the rest of this series to see where life takes the Belles. As usual, this author never disappoints!
three teenage girls play matchmaker, really enjoyed the story. looking foward to the next book in the series.
A sweet and entertaining short story that starts a new series. I enjoyed it, loved the setting, and rooted for the likeable characters.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
This is a good book. The two main characters are Rosemary and Sheldon. They have known each other all their lives. Rosemary is a teacher and Sheldon works in the family library. There is a mutual attraction. Some of Rosemary’s students give Rosemary a makeover and have her meet them at the library. They want Sheldon to see her with her makeover. He likes the changes. He ask her to lunch. They each have their issues but together they work them out and fall in love.
This novella is a quick read. It sets up a new series but also has a romance of its own.
The story did a nice job balancing seeing Rosemary and Sheldon finding love and meeting the three best friends who help them along the way.
I flew through this sweet, fun story and now I Am looking forward to more in this series!
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this Novella. Even though it's set in contemporary times, it has an old-fashioned, timeless kind of quality to it that I really liked.
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