Love Valley, NC

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Cotton Ketchie

 Iredell County North Carolina detective Marci McLeod and her artist husband Jake are back, along with the same delightful cast of characters from Ketchie’s first novel, Little Did They Know. This time they are joined by Meredith, the McLeods’ four-year-old daughter.

While Marci is tracking a vicious killer who is wreaking havoc in and around the picturesque town of Love Valley, a lookalike stranger compounds the detective’s challenges. The killer is no mastermind, but he possesses enough animal cunning and cold-blooded ruthlessness to make catching him a difficult and dangerous proposition. Marci, good cop, wife, mother in equal measure, struggles to keep work and personal life balanced.

Ketchie uses North Carolina’s Love Valley — where Old West ambiance allows only horses and horse drawn vehicles on the streets — and some of its real life residents to create a true to life backdrop for the action.

Melinda Evaul

A modern day
Beauty and the Beast, meet in their fifties when a disfigured carpenter becomes a guest at a bed and breakfast in the western-style tourist town of Love Valley, NC.

Benjamin Pruitt plans to repair the town’s buildings before retiring to a solitary life. Sarah Campbell longs for freedom since her long task as caregiver has ended.


Can Benjamin and Sarah piece the tattered remnants of their lives into a beautiful design to warm their waning years?


Conrad Ostwalt
Love Valley is a small town in rural North Carolina. Its genesis in 1954 marked the fulfillment of a dream for founder Andy Barker. Barker cultivated two visions as a young man—he wanted to build a Christian community, and he wanted to be a cowboy. The result of his vision is Barker’s utopian experiment.
The town boasts a saloon, general store, hitching posts, and rodeos. Yet, above all of this stands a little church—the heart of what Barker conceived as his Christian utopia. This unique combination has led to more than forty years of philanthropic ventures, controversial events such as the Love Valley Rock Festival, stories and legends, and political ambition. Love Valley: An American Utopia captures the history of this town in narrative form while arguing that Love Valley’s founders were motivated by utopian goals.

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