Valley of the Shadow (Elemental World, #4.5)
“I’m sure of you. Everything else, we’ll figure out along the way.”For eight years, Baojia and Natalie have pursued their goals: family, career, friendship and love—trying to carve out an ordinary life in an immortal world. And for eight years they’ve been mostly successful save for a world-bending adventure every now and then.Except that their life was never ordinary. It was never going to be.Natalie and Baojia might have made plans, but when ordinary life comes crashing down, they’ll have to turn to the family they have chosen—vampire and human—for help keeping their world together.Five couples, four kids, three weeks, two paths… and a partridge in a pear tree? For Natalie Ellis, it’s time to come home.Valley of the Shadow is a novella in the Elemental World series by USA Today bestseller Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries, the Irin Chronicles, and Love Stories on 7th and Main.

Valley of the Shadow (Elemental World, #4.5) Details

TitleValley of the Shadow (Elemental World, #4.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 10th, 2019
PublisherRecurve Press LLC
Rating
GenreParanormal, Vampires, Novella, Romance, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Valley of the Shadow (Elemental World, #4.5) Review

  • Kate's Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Ever since I read Blood & Sand I have been waiting ages to see how Natalie's and Baojia story continues. Fortuna is not on her side and her time has come. However there are some loose ends to tie up. Their are the kids to take care of and a smooth transition is needed. It is a known fact that I am biased when it comes to Ms. Hunter's books and the world created by her awesomeness, being honest here though it this book isn't my usual cup of tea. It is sweet but quiet. It is clear that having Ever since I read Blood & Sand I have been waiting ages to see how Natalie's and Baojia story continues. Fortuna is not on her side and her time has come. However there are some loose ends to tie up. Their are the kids to take care of and a smooth transition is needed. It is a known fact that I am biased when it comes to Ms. Hunter's books and the world created by her awesomeness, being honest here though it this book isn't my usual cup of tea. It is sweet but quiet. It is clear that having an action packed book here would be ridiculous so it is me. Natalie needs time to enjoy what is left of her mortality and once immortal a lot will change. Her mourning is bittersweet but a necessity.The ending was open ended does this mean that Carwyn and Brigid will follow Natalie's lead?Two Elizabeth Hunter books in two weeks consider it to be Xmas. 
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  • Elizabeth Hunter
    January 1, 1970
    Valley of the Shadow, my new holiday novella, is now live!!Valley of the Shadow is LIVE and I'm so excited! For many years, Natalie and Baojia, who started their journey in Blood and Sand, have popped up in various Elemental books. We’ve gotten glimpses of their life, but there was always one question hanging over them.In Valley of the Shadow, you get to see the conclusion of their story. Or maybe it’s the start. Either way, I’m thrilled to share this little holiday novella with you. With lots Valley of the Shadow, my new holiday novella, is now live!!Valley of the Shadow is LIVE and I'm so excited!😊 For many years, Natalie and Baojia, who started their journey in Blood and Sand, have popped up in various Elemental books. We’ve gotten glimpses of their life, but there was always one question hanging over them.In Valley of the Shadow, you get to see the conclusion of their story. Or maybe it’s the start. Either way, I’m thrilled to share this little holiday novella with you. With lots of favorite characters showing up, I hope if feels like a warm hug from some old friends.READ TODAY:Amazon US (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2rgaLFBAmazon CA: https://amzn.to/2XvXLYCAmazon UK: https://amzn.to/2D0vdgDAmazon AU: https://amzn.to/2XuK9wTApple Books: https://apple.co/2O7ocRaNook: http://bit.ly/35juoLHKobo: http://bit.ly/2KEH7AVSmashwords: http://bit.ly/37lcgTEGoodreads: http://bit.ly/2QCwEJT
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  • Gigi
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Valley of the Shadow,’ was a wonderfully written novella. It brings us back into Natalie and Baojia’s world and the life they created with one another. A perfect world that revolves around his wife and two lovely children, from sunset to midnight. That is until their world is turned upside down... this Novella was incredibly sweet and heartwarming. I absolutely loved it!
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  • Norma
    January 1, 1970
    Valley of the Shadow is a beautiful novella that catches up with almost the entire Elemental World, but especially Natalie and Baojia. Set at Christmas, this sweet story runs the gamet of emotions I've come to know and adore from Elizabeth Hunter. Tears led to laughs and pain becomes love and second chances. This book is all about the curveballs that life throws and the strength and perseverance needed to get that happy ending. A lovely story of family coming together and a perfect way to Valley of the Shadow is a beautiful novella that catches up with almost the entire Elemental World, but especially Natalie and Baojia. Set at Christmas, this sweet story runs the gamet of emotions I've come to know and adore from Elizabeth Hunter. Tears led to laughs and pain becomes love and second chances. This book is all about the curveballs that life throws and the strength and perseverance needed to get that happy ending. A lovely story of family coming together and a perfect way to celebrate the holidays.
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  • Angela Hillier
    January 1, 1970
    I was very excited when I received this early copy of valley of the shadows for my honest opinion. Firstly because I love Baojia and Natalie. I was so thrilled to get to read how their lives are progressing and what is happening in their world. Second revisiting this couple and their chosen family will leave you warm and satisfied. Dive in and catch up with this amazing bunch of characters as they support one of their own.Heartwarming and thoughtful this is a wonderful continuation of this I was very excited when I received this early copy of valley of the shadows for my honest opinion. Firstly because I love Baojia and Natalie. I was so thrilled to get to read how their lives are progressing and what is happening in their world. Second revisiting this couple and their chosen family will leave you warm and satisfied. Dive in and catch up with this amazing bunch of characters as they support one of their own.Heartwarming and thoughtful this is a wonderful continuation of this branch of the elemental world.
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  • Nena
    January 1, 1970
    What a lovely story! I love the reunion and bonding of this vampire family. It flew by so fast though. When I got to the last page I was dismayed... if it was physical book I would have been turning it around to see if there were more pages. There is a little boy in this story that stole my heart. I hope he will show up in the future . My favourite quote from this book is this one:“Want to get a horse and ride into town so I can get a tattoo from a guy who tattoos people in his kitchen?” What a lovely story! I love the reunion and bonding of this vampire family. It flew by so fast though. When I got to the last page I was dismayed... if it was physical book I would have been turning it around to see if there were more pages. There is a little boy in this story that stole my heart. I hope he will show up in the future ❤️. My favourite quote from this book is this one:“Want to get a horse and ride into town so I can get a tattoo from a guy who tattoos people in his kitchen?” 😂
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  • Chantell Reid
    January 1, 1970
    Per usual with Hunter’s work, I couldn’t put it down. Finally! Natalie and Baijio-I’ve been wanting more forever! And the snippets of B and Gio and Carwyn and Brigid are the icing on the cake. My only disappointment-when the words “The End” appeared. Even at 1:30am, tired from all the thanksgiving food, I wanted more!
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  • Angela Whitmore
    January 1, 1970
    I had mixed feelings reading this one. It brought back some very recent, very painful memories for me and I cried buckets. It is also about my favourite Elemental couple, and is a wonderful story of family coming together to help one of their own in need.Although it's set at Christmas time, it's not one of those niche stories that can only be read at that time of year. Any day is a Baojia day as far as I'm concerned.I've waited a long time for Natalie's story to continue, and this does her I had mixed feelings reading this one. It brought back some very recent, very painful memories for me and I cried buckets. It is also about my favourite Elemental couple, and is a wonderful story of family coming together to help one of their own in need.Although it's set at Christmas time, it's not one of those niche stories that can only be read at that time of year. Any day is a Baojia day as far as I'm concerned.I've waited a long time for Natalie's story to continue, and this does her proud.WARNING: there is some spoiler info about Nights Reckoning in this novella. If you haven't read Nights Reckoning yet, first of all why the heck not? And second you must read that one before reading Valley of the Shadow.
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  • Shelly K
    January 1, 1970
    Baojia and Natalie have it all. A home, kids, successful careers until it all comes crashing down. Old friends gather around for a trip to Patagonia. What happens there is wonderful and frightening and hopeful. This is a fantastic novel about the power of love. It can tear you to pieces then heal you into something so much more. A beautiful story.
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  • Virginia Hill
    January 1, 1970
    What a lovely HEA for Baojia and Natalie. Valley of the Shadow was a very rewarding gift for this human admirer of theirs. What a lovely HEA for Baojia and Natalie. Valley of the Shadow was a very rewarding gift for this human admirer of theirs. ❤️
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  • Lin Cunningham
    January 1, 1970
    I just loved this novella featuring Natalie & Baojia whose story really needed to be told. They chose their own path previously but this has to change due to new circumstances. Their family interactions were beautiful & the added bonus of meeting old friends for a Christmas holiday. It’s always good to catch up with the other couples from this most excellent series making it a very enjoyable read.I have yet to come across a bad book in the entire series so if you haven’t read the others I just loved this novella featuring Natalie & Baojia whose story really needed to be told. They chose their own path previously but this has to change due to new circumstances. Their family interactions were beautiful & the added bonus of meeting old friends for a Christmas holiday. It’s always good to catch up with the other couples from this most excellent series making it a very enjoyable read.I have yet to come across a bad book in the entire series so if you haven’t read the others do it now!!
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  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsWoohoo! We’re back in the Elemental World series, and I love it! This novella is a follow up story for Baojia and Natalie, and should not be read as a standalone. Beware that it also has spoilers for the Elemental Legacy spin-off series. So this is definitely one for the fans, who will adore catching up with so many of their favourite characters. It’s been eight years since Baojia and Natalie met and fell in love. They have created a life together they have a family, and they live as 4.5 starsWoohoo! We’re back in the Elemental World series, and I love it! This novella is a follow up story for Baojia and Natalie, and should not be read as a standalone. Beware that it also has spoilers for the Elemental Legacy spin-off series. So this is definitely one for the fans, who will adore catching up with so many of their favourite characters. It’s been eight years since Baojia and Natalie met and fell in love. They have created a life together they have a family, and they live as normally as possible in their paranormal world with a vampire husband/father. But when life takes a turn, their plans must change, and it throws them into a spin. Natalie’s time has come.With help and support from their close friends, they all travel to a special getaway in Chile to spend Christmas and New Year’s together before Natalie’s life changes forever. It was always inevitable, but it’s a bittersweet time, and it’s realistically and sensitively handled, and I loved watching Baojia and Natalie both come to terms with everything they are about to face. They are an amazing couple, so strong together and very much in love, and I loved seeing them so happy and still so wild for each other. “Thank you.”She smiled. “For what?”“For loving me. You knew this day was coming. From the beginning, you knew. And you loved me anyway.”Natalie threw her arms around his neck. “It wasn’t a choice.” A good portion of the Elemental crew are by their sides as they take this big step together, and of course I loved seeing them all again. And there is a hint dropped at the end there… are we getting another Carwyn and Brigid book?I thought that this book ended a bit abruptly, and I would have loved just a little bit more, but it’s a beautifully written story and a wonderful chance to catch up with these characters that I love so much. 4.5 stars.An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewl.
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  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Books of My HeartReview copy was received from Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Elemental World is a PNR spin-off series from the Elemental Mysteries which was more urban fantasy following one couple. Elemental World series starts during the Elemental Mysteries but has a different couple in each book. I don't recommend reading the series out of order - I never do - but with the ongoing story throughout, it This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.  Elemental World  is a PNR spin-off series from the Elemental Mysteries which was more urban fantasy following one couple.  Elemental World series starts during the Elemental Mysteries but has a different couple in each book.  I don't recommend reading the series out of order - I never do - but with the ongoing story throughout, it wouldn't be the best plan. The series plot and the world-building are excellent.A holiday story, just longer than the 100 pages I use as a novella delimiter, Valley of the Shadow continues Baojia and Natalie's story which came to life in Blood and Sand.  The couple wanted to have children so Natalie has remained human to have their two children and raise them. Their schedule and plans have gone well; they are happy. Natalie has continued her work as an investigative reporter. The plan has always been for Natalie to turn vampire when the children are over 18.  But now there's a problem.We see Natalie's decisions about her life and death with the support of all their friends and family as they come together for the holiday at the South American ranch. In addition to allowing us to go through this emotional journey with the couple, we also get to catch up with everyone in the Elemental World. This sort of holiday "love letter" is appreciated since we see all our favorites and hear their latest antics. Combined with Hunter's stellar writing and emotional character progression, it's a must read for me.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I have been reading this series since the beginning with the Elemental Mysteries and am always happy when a new book from any of the various offshoots from the original. The characters have always been vividly drawn and lively making for a fun group. The world they inhabit is equally vivid which means you can recognize the real world among some of the imaginative parts. The writing is superb and always brings me back for more. I love this author! This book brings together many of the couples I have been reading this series since the beginning with the Elemental Mysteries and am always happy when a new book from any of the various offshoots from the original. The characters have always been vividly drawn and lively making for a fun group. The world they inhabit is equally vivid which means you can recognize the real world among some of the imaginative parts. The writing is superb and always brings me back for more. I love this author! This book brings together many of the couples from previous books as we not only celebrate the holidays but band together for a special occasion. We are to get a chance to get to see what happens to one of the most liked couples, Baojia and Natalie.Baojia and Natalie have lived for eight years as ordinarily as they could within the immortal world. They dedicated themselves to family, careers, friendship, and love. Though they have been mostly successful reality is unfortunately about to step in and make some decisions for them. They are about to face something they thought they had years to confront and as always things become more complicated instead of easier. The one good thing is that they are able to rely on their chosen family, both humans, and vampires who come together to support them in any way they need. With a very serious theme woven into the story, it could have been handled badly. But it is handled here with sympathy and understanding while weaving a bit of humor and defiance for the courage it takes to face a devastating situation. I loved this and hope that though it is supposed to be a finale for them, we get to see them in some capacity in later works in this world. Definitely a go for anyone who has not read it yet.
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  • G.M.
    January 1, 1970
    Valley of the Shadow is Elizabeth Hunter’s holiday novella. This is the second release from her in the last month. Merry Christmas to all of us!Valley of the Shadow is a continuation of Natalie and Baojia’s story. I loved Blood and Sand as I felt that their relationship was perhaps one of the most difficult and the most human of Elizabeth’s characters. I loved and respected their choices and their priorities. I adored the love that Baojia had for Natalie and that she in turn had for him. I have Valley of the Shadow is Elizabeth Hunter’s holiday novella. This is the second release from her in the last month. Merry Christmas to all of us!Valley of the Shadow is a continuation of Natalie and Baojia’s story. I loved Blood and Sand as I felt that their relationship was perhaps one of the most difficult and the most human of Elizabeth’s characters. I loved and respected their choices and their priorities. I adored the love that Baojia had for Natalie and that she in turn had for him. I have been waiting to see how they created and nurtured their relationship. Valley of the Shadow is, of course, a wonderfully written story about the realities of marriage, children, health concerns and family. Natalie is a kick-ass journalist, wife to Baojia and mother of two who is balancing her life perfectly until life throws them a curveball. She and Baojia are strong enough and smart enough to know when they need their family, be it human ties or vampire. This story is about perseverance and hope. Family is who we choose for it to be and to see the reunion and love come together for family was heartwarming. It was real. This little story felt like coming home.After the tumultuous ride that was Night’s Reckoning, this lovely story was so welcome. I would highly recommend that you read Night’s Reckoning before reading Valley of the Shadow, as there are spoilers.
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  • Monadh
    January 1, 1970
    Difficult decisions and a Christmas with friends and familyThe long-awaited conclusion to Baojia and Natalie’s story that merges into a Christmas get together of all our favorite vampires (and humans) from the Elemental World. Baojia and Natalie’s book Blood and Sand was the second in the spin-off series, and though it was a standalone, it always felt kind of unfinished. After a whirlwind courtship Natalie and Baojia are left in a good place and they decide to have children, but for that to be Difficult decisions and a Christmas with friends and familyThe long-awaited conclusion to Baojia and Natalie’s story that merges into a Christmas get together of all our favorite vampires (and humans) from the Elemental World. Baojia and Natalie’s book Blood and Sand was the second in the spin-off series, and though it was a standalone, it always felt kind of unfinished. After a whirlwind courtship Natalie and Baojia are left in a good place and they decide to have children, but for that to be possible, Natalie has to stay human. After all, Natalie is still comparatively young, so they have time. But then circumstances change in unexpected ways and Natalie (and Baojia) have to make a decision.I loved how we got to revisit all my favorite couples: Giovanni and Beatrice, Carwyn and Brigid, Lucien and Makeda, and of course the children and assorted humans. The story stressed the importance of friends and the family of your heart that help and support you thru challenging times and that the best Christmas gift is to get spending time with your loved ones.I also think the stuffed “Giovanni” toy that is featured in this story needs to become part of Elizabeth Hunter’s shop!
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  • This Literary Life
    January 1, 1970
    Oh this wonderful, sweet book! I was so thankful to get this early and to have something be able to heal my heart from the tension and insanity of Nights Reckoning. This book is to Nights Reckoning what The Devil and the Dancer was to Blood Apprentice. It was a moment to stop and catch your breath and submerse yourself back in with the old characters that are so dear to your heart. Reading this book made me feel like I was wrapped up in a cozy blanket in front of a roaring fire and sharing a Oh this wonderful, sweet book! I was so thankful to get this early and to have something be able to heal my heart from the tension and insanity of Nights Reckoning. This book is to Nights Reckoning what The Devil and the Dancer was to Blood Apprentice. It was a moment to stop and catch your breath and submerse yourself back in with the old characters that are so dear to your heart. Reading this book made me feel like I was wrapped up in a cozy blanket in front of a roaring fire and sharing a bottle (or two!) of wine with an old friend. I adored seeing each character in this story and how it played out. We have all been waiting for the real happily ever after for Baojia and Natalie, and Ms. Hunter more than delivers...as always. There are a few moments in this book that hint at some larger spoilers in Nights Reckoning so I do suggest that you read that first, but this can easily be read by itself, on a cold snowy winter day with a piping cup of tea. And thank you for having it all take place in one of my favorite fictional places on earth, Elizabeth. If I could dissapear in one place in the world it would be where this book takes place, and maybe for the same reason as Nat if I had my way about it!!
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  • Anne Chadwick
    January 1, 1970
    This is a Novella set in Natalie and Baojia’s 'world'. It's around Christmas during the book but I don't think it's a Christmas book per se. It can be read, enjoyed and talked about, during any part of the year. Although, two books in the space of two weeks from EH certainly made it feel like Christmas!The story envelopes you in a great big hug from some of your favourite characters in the Elemental World. Kinda like a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream but for your soul.EH This is a Novella set in Natalie and Baojia’s 'world'. It's around Christmas during the book but I don't think it's a Christmas book per se. It can be read, enjoyed and talked about, during any part of the year. Although, two books in the space of two weeks from EH certainly made it feel like Christmas!The story envelopes you in a great big hug from some of your favourite characters in the Elemental World. Kinda like a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream but for your soul.EH writes female characters so incredibly well. Natalie is yet another woman I'd like to be friends with. Seriously - can you make me friends like these? Weird Science style? :)The addition of the children and the way Baojia and Natalie parent them with their village around them assisting is exactly the way raising a family should be. That Natalie has kept her career throughout her relationship with Baojia and how she's still the person she always was before falling into the world of Vampires is wonderful. I would recommend this Novella and my only criticism is it feels like I've been spoiled with so much from EH recently and the wait for the next book will feel so much longer.
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  • Janine
    January 1, 1970
    It’s like we invited our favorite characters over for wassail and cakes. Valley of the Shadow is an opportunity for Hunter fans to snuggle up with something (or someone) warm, grab a glass a wine, and catch up with some of our favorite characters from the Elemental Series. (Events take place after Night’s Reckoning , so be sure to read that first.) Natalie and Baojia’s story continues over the winter holidays when unexpected circumstances cause plans to change. Several of our favorites show up It’s like we invited our favorite characters over for wassail and cakes. Valley of the Shadow is an opportunity for Hunter fans to snuggle up with something (or someone) warm, grab a glass a wine, and catch up with some of our favorite characters from the Elemental Series. (Events take place after Night’s Reckoning , so be sure to read that first.) Natalie and Baojia’s story continues over the winter holidays when unexpected circumstances cause plans to change. Several of our favorites show up to help out, including Carwyn, Gio, Beatrice, Lucian and others. We also get to spend quality time with the slightly older, but still just as adorable Jake, Sarah and Sadia. Valley of the Shadow is a quick, but delightful holiday story of courage and love told thoughtfully with well placed humor for what could otherwise be a pretty heavy topic. I believe it ties up a story most Hunters have been curious about and one we had hoped Ms. Hunter would eventually gift us with. So… Happy holidays, Hunters! Enjoy. ** I had an opportunity to read an advanced copy of Valley of the Shadow in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brandy G.
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Hunter’s latest holiday novella is a warm and fuzzy holiday hug. This book is a continuation of Natalie and Baojia’s story from Blood and Sand. Natalie loves being a mother, and is balancing live with her immortal husband, 2 children, and an active journalism career when she discovers she is facing some serious health issues. Natalie must make some difficult choices about her health, and she fears her children will suffer. She must lean on her friends to help her through the difficult Elizabeth Hunter’s latest holiday novella is a warm and fuzzy holiday hug. This book is a continuation of Natalie and Baojia’s story from Blood and Sand. Natalie loves being a mother, and is balancing live with her immortal husband, 2 children, and an active journalism career when she discovers she is facing some serious health issues. Natalie must make some difficult choices about her health, and she fears her children will suffer. She must lean on her friends to help her through the difficult times. As the book progresses, we get to catch up with beloved characters from the Elemental World books. This is a feel good, easy to read novella that totally made my day. While I’m sure this book could be read as a stand alone, I feel that it’s best enjoyed if you are familiar with the Elemental World series. At the very least, reading Blood and Sand prior will give the reader better perspective. Ms. Hunter’s work is always engaging, and Valley of the Shadows is no exception. The warm fuzzy book hangover you’re sure to experience might even help you get through your next tough day.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Elizabeth Hunter -Valley of Shadows : An Elemental World Holiday NovellaWhat a wonderful pre-Holiday surprise. Not only does this Novella have a reunion of many of my favorite characters from Elemental World but it also features two characters I’ve been a long time to see their story continue to unfold. This is truly a wonderful gift, thank you Elizabeth!Natalie and Baojia’s story started in “Blood and Sand”, which was an amazing novel . The sexy water vampire (Baojia) mate with Natalie, a Elizabeth Hunter -Valley of Shadows : An Elemental World Holiday NovellaWhat a wonderful pre-Holiday surprise. Not only does this Novella have a reunion of many of my favorite characters from Elemental World but it also features two characters I’ve been a long time to see their story continue to unfold. This is truly a wonderful gift, thank you Elizabeth!Natalie and Baojia’s story started in “Blood and Sand”, which was an amazing novel . The sexy water vampire (Baojia) mate with Natalie, a dedicated journalist. They agreed to delay turning Nathalie for several years so that they could have children and enjoy a somewhat typical family life. With two wonderful children and they are balancing a full life when fate throws them a snag. In order to save Natalie’s life she must undergo the change to vampire years earlier than planned.A reunion/Holiday vacation is arranged in Patagonia where Gio and Beatrice have a home. They assemble not only to celebrate the holiday A but also to support and help Baojia and Nathalie through this transition.
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  • carrie thackston
    January 1, 1970
    This book is like the best family reunion/holiday get together ever. Natalie and Baojia are facing an incredibly tough and scary situation. They go through these trials and the stages of grief with the help and support of our favorite vampire and nonvampire families. This book is one of the many reasons I love reading. I love having the option of a great outcome from a very real and very scary thing, especially when it's not always possible in real life. It was so great to see so many of my This book is like the best family reunion/holiday get together ever. Natalie and Baojia are facing an incredibly tough and scary situation. They go through these trials and the stages of grief with the help and support of our favorite vampire and nonvampire families. This book is one of the many reasons I love reading. I love having the option of a great outcome from a very real and very scary thing, especially when it's not always possible in real life. It was so great to see so many of my favorite characters again. They really are there for each other. Natalie and Baojia are as strong as ever and I will always look forward to seeing what's up with them and their family. Their kids are a hoot too. I loved seeing strong, silent, and stoic Baojia interact with his kids. Oh and Gio with Sadia is so sweet! The perfect holiday or anytime read.
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  • Crystal Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm having so much trouble writing this review! But, I'll tell you why, and I will keep it spoiler free for you all!I love, I mean LOVE the Elemental World that Hunter has created, but there was a plot hole/unanswered/didn't make sense to me in this book personally. Yes, I know that everyone reads stories differently, but for me, it pulled me out of the story completely.But, with taking that part of the story out of the question, I loved this story. It was great to see everyone back together at I'm having so much trouble writing this review! But, I'll tell you why, and I will keep it spoiler free for you all!I love, I mean LOVE the Elemental World that Hunter has created, but there was a plot hole/unanswered/didn't make sense to me in this book personally. Yes, I know that everyone reads stories differently, but for me, it pulled me out of the story completely.But, with taking that part of the story out of the question, I loved this story. It was great to see everyone back together at once. We were given little updates on everyone's lives and how they were doing. And of course, Christmas! Who doesn't love a good Christmas story?Overall, I did love this novella, and I would recommend it to anyone who has read this series. It's a great addition to the series overall and is a great read.*I received a copy of this book to provide an honest review*
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  • The Book Worm
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great conclusion to Natalie and Baojia's story and, in addition, it has the advantage of getting together several of the other couples from the Elemental Mysteries/World series.To be honest, after reading Blood and Sand I was mildly curious about Natalie and Baojia, especially because they rarely made appearances in any of the other books. I'm glad to finally get a glimpse of how their lives turned out.My only concern in relation to Valley of the Shadow is the rushed ending. I know This is a great conclusion to Natalie and Baojia's story and, in addition, it has the advantage of getting together several of the other couples from the Elemental Mysteries/World series.To be honest, after reading Blood and Sand I was mildly curious about Natalie and Baojia, especially because they rarely made appearances in any of the other books. I'm glad to finally get a glimpse of how their lives turned out.My only concern in relation to Valley of the Shadow is the rushed ending. I know this is a novella, but I still would have liked to see Natalie reunited with her children and not still partly isolated. Maybe that's coming in another book, but I felt there was no closure, that there were things left unsaid.You should also be aware that this is not a stand-alone book and should not be read as one. At the very least, you need to go through Blood and Sand before.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished re-reading Blood and Sand while waiting for this novella, so the wait doesn't seem long as it might have. Kudos to Elizabeth Hunter for havingn two releases this month! This novella is the conclusion to Natalie & Baojia's story from Blood and Sand. While the couple has been together for several years, sudden health concerns require some difficult choices for them and their family. The decisions being made are not unexpected, they are just happening much, much sooner than I just finished re-reading Blood and Sand while waiting for this novella, so the wait doesn't seem long as it might have. Kudos to Elizabeth Hunter for havingn two releases this month! This novella is the conclusion to Natalie & Baojia's story from Blood and Sand. While the couple has been together for several years, sudden health concerns require some difficult choices for them and their family. The decisions being made are not unexpected, they are just happening much, much sooner than expected or desired, and this story was incredibly moving for me.Natalie & Baojia's friends gather around to support them and their family in every way possible, so it's a wonderful reunion with earlier characters providing some great light-hearted relief at times, as well. I think this can possibly be read as a stand-alone, but readers familiar with Hunter's Elemental World will have a much deeper appreciation of the interactions among all those present and the circumstances surrounding them. Rich with laughter and tears, this a superb addition to the Elemental World.
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  • Erin Fraser
    January 1, 1970
    Baojia and Natalie are my favorite Elemental power couple, so I am thrilled that they have their own Christmas novella in Valley of the Shadow. Natalie is one of the few heroines in Elizabeth Hunter's books that is not a vampire, but she and Baojia have always made it work. Seeing the family dynamic they have created with their children Jake and Sarah is sweet and sassy, which is nothing less than I'd expect. Based on the previews for this book, we see that for Natalie, "it's time to come home." Baojia and Natalie are my favorite Elemental power couple, so I am thrilled that they have their own Christmas novella in Valley of the Shadow. Natalie is one of the few heroines in Elizabeth Hunter's books that is not a vampire, but she and Baojia have always made it work. Seeing the family dynamic they have created with their children Jake and Sarah is sweet and sassy, which is nothing less than I'd expect. Based on the previews for this book, we see that for Natalie, "it's time to come home." We truly see what "home" means for her; in this novella, we see the return of characters that have popped up here and there, like the fiery Brigid and Carwyn, B and Gio, and humans Dez and Matt. All have their perfect place in this story and so much is packed into this short tale.What a fantastic way to wrap up 2019 for Elizabeth Hunter! I truly enjoyed this book.
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  • Kimberly Cole
    January 1, 1970
    What a heart warming read. No Spoilers.I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to read an ARC if this lovely novella. In this story we return to find out what has been happening with some of our favourite characters, Natalie and Boajia; with guest appearances from almost everyone else!Sometimes life is ticking along happily when tragedy strikes, but this story is a reminder that tragedy may be the end of a world...but also that start of a whole new one. Loved ones flock around to help What a heart warming read. No Spoilers.I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to read an ARC if this lovely novella. In this story we return to find out what has been happening with some of our favourite characters, Natalie and Boajia; with guest appearances from almost everyone else!Sometimes life is ticking along happily when tragedy strikes, but this story is a reminder that tragedy may be the end of a world...but also that start of a whole new one. Loved ones flock around to help out, reminding the characters that they are not alone and that family isn't just blood, family is the people who love and care for you.Beautifully written, this story will resonate with everyone who reads it.I highly recommend this book. Enjoy! XxX
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  • Loumyra
    January 1, 1970
    If you read Baoja's and Natalie's story in Elizabeth Hunter's book "Blood and Sand", this is a must-read addition. It takes place several years later and tells the story of the (much-expected) development in their live. However, nothing goes as planned, and live turns out differently after all... It is a reunion with many beloved characters of the elemental world and for me, reading a book with these characters always feels like coming home. This book is about family and friends, about accepting If you read Baoja's and Natalie's story in Elizabeth Hunter's book "Blood and Sand", this is a must-read addition. It takes place several years later and tells the story of the (much-expected) development in their live. However, nothing goes as planned, and live turns out differently after all... It is a reunion with many beloved characters of the elemental world and for me, reading a book with these characters always feels like coming home. This book is about family and friends, about accepting difficult situations and helping each other. And as the story is set around Christmas, is is also a little Christmas novella (but can be read throughout the year). All in all, a wonderful novella to spend a cosy afternoon on the couch.Note: I was given the opportunity to read an early copy of this book (which did not influence the outcome of my review).
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  • Sarah Williams
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure what to rate this yet. Definitely a 4. Maybe a 5. It’s a short novella, so that’s kind of hard to rate it as epic as a 5. But it was so enjoyable to read. It was like a group hug. All the awesome characters I love come together for family. To support Natalie and Boajia and their kids. It has definitely satisfied my curiosity about what happened to them. As with all Elizabeth Hunter’s books, it was well written and flowed nicely. It felt like a sneaky little Christmas present, for I’m not sure what to rate this yet. Definitely a 4. Maybe a 5. It’s a short novella, so that’s kind of hard to rate it as epic as a 5. But it was so enjoyable to read. It was like a group hug. All the awesome characters I love come together for family. To support Natalie and Boajia and their kids. It has definitely satisfied my curiosity about what happened to them. As with all Elizabeth Hunter’s books, it was well written and flowed nicely. It felt like a sneaky little Christmas present, for everyone who’s read the series and misses the characters. I’m really glad I got to read it early. It’s made me feel like rereading all the other books again.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously Hunter - what a story! I LOVED Natalie - she was a force in her very own way, and funny too! From Blood and Sand and through the entire Elemental World, I have enjoyed N&B story and tidbits. I have missed them, mostly because "George" is so controlled and Natalie...is...not.This story had the heart warming moments, the kissy parts, the heart break, the laughter and the big questions. I truly enjoyed it and would tell everyone who reads the Elemental World books to get your hands on Seriously Hunter - what a story! I LOVED Natalie - she was a force in her very own way, and funny too! From Blood and Sand and through the entire Elemental World, I have enjoyed N&B story and tidbits. I have missed them, mostly because "George" is so controlled and Natalie...is...not.This story had the heart warming moments, the kissy parts, the heart break, the laughter and the big questions. I truly enjoyed it and would tell everyone who reads the Elemental World books to get your hands on this one AS SOON AS IT COMES OUT! And .... HUNTER - what do you have up your sneaky little sleeve?!?!?!?!
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