Valencia and Valentine PDF/EPUB Ç Valencia and PDF \

Valencia and Valentine PDF/EPUB Ç Valencia and PDF \

Valencia and Valentine [Ebook] ➢ Valencia and Valentine Author Suzy Krause – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, debut author Suzy Krause delivers a quirky, colorful story about love, loss, second chances, and what it means to truly live Valencia, a timid debt For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, debut author Suzy Krause delivers a quirky, colorful story about love, loss, second chances, and what it means to truly live Valencia, a timid debt collector with crippling OCD, is afraid of many things, but the two that scare her most are flying and turning thirty five To confront those fears, Valencia s therapist suggests that she fly somewhere anywhere Valencia and PDF \ before her upcoming birthday And as Valencia begins a telephone romance with a man from New York, she suddenly has a destination in mind There s only one problem he might not actually existMrs Valentine is an eccentric old woman desperate for company, be it from neighbors, telemarketers, or even the funeral director when you re her age, you go to a lot of funerals So she s thrilled when the new cleaning girl provides a listening ear for her life s story a tale of storybook love and incredible adventures around the world with her husband before his mysterious and sudden disappearanceThe stories of Valencia and Mrs Valentine may at first appear to have nothing in common but then again, nothing in life is as straightforward as it seems.


About the Author: Suzy Krause

Suzy is a Canadian writer and music lover Writing a book has been on her to do list since she was six ish, so it s good that she did it Valencia and Valentine is her first novel, inspired by her time working as a debt collector in Saskatoon she received a lot of death threats that summer It came out in June , and a second is Valencia and PDF \ on its way for June please hold your horses these things take time.



10 thoughts on “Valencia and Valentine

  1. j e w e l s j e w e l s says:

    ONE WANNABE STARPUHLEEZE Just because you have a quirky character with OCD issues, you don t have to declare your novel the next Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine This is a wannabe and falls way short of Eleanor That book had such a heartwarming feel to it whereas Valencia and Valentine has a pronounced sad and depressing tone This novel is a structural mess and totally confusing to the reader You will eventually understand what the writer is trying to do create a gotcha reveal , but ONE WANNABE STARPUHLEEZE Just because you have a quirky character with OCD issues, you don t have to declare your novel the next Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine This is a wannabe and falls way short of Eleanor That book had such a heartwarming feel to it whereas Valencia and Valentine has a pronounced sad and depressing tone This novel is a structural mess and totally confusing to the reader You will eventually understand what the writer is trying to do create a gotcha reveal , but it is an epic fail Waaaaaahhhhh So sorry to bear such bad news, don t waste your money I was able to read this via theKindle First Look program I think I chose badly


  2. Berit☀️✨ Berit☀️✨ says:

    Suzy Krause s debut is a quirky little gem This is the story of Valencia, 35 A lonely debt collector who suffers from OCD And Mrs Valentine, 87 a lonely elderly lady who will talk to anyone telemarketers, funeral organizers, the lady who cleans her house As both of these ladies stories unfold you will wonder what could possibly tie these tales together This is such a character driven story, so full of quirk, charm, and heart This is another book that is compared to ElSuzy Krause s debut is a quirky little gem This is the story of Valencia, 35 A lonely debt collector who suffers from OCD And Mrs Valentine, 87 a lonely elderly lady who will talk to anyone telemarketers, funeral organizers, the lady who cleans her house As both of these ladies stories unfold you will wonder what could possibly tie these tales together This is such a character driven story, so full of quirk, charm, and heart This is another book that is compared to Eleanor While I can see how they came to this comparison I d really like to see them stop doing this Seriously books are still being compared to Gone Girl So here is my comparison this book islike Eleanor then it is GG When I finish this book I said out loud to nobody damn that was good This was a book that got better and better as the story progressed I wasandinvested in Valencia and Mrs Valentine s lives as I turn the pages Valencia had a very busy mind and we got a lot of her inner dialogue throughout this book I really just wanted to reach through the pages give her a hug and tell her it s all gonna be OK Mrs Valentine was so endearing and seem to have lead such a colorful life Or did she That was part of the charm of the story with both these narratives I was never quite sure what was truth, what was a lie, and what was a figment of the characters imagination Reading this book really was like putting a puzzle together It really didn t make much sense and you couldn t see the beauty of it until it was all pieced together A lovely tale you need to read with an open mind The beginning of the story is a little convoluted, a little muddled. But these characters are so endearing, so engaging, you can t help but fall in love with them and want to know what happens in their lives A delightful debut looking forward to what s next from Suzy Krause many thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book


  3. abby abby says:

    There is a reason I don t read mental illness books I got this as a Kindle First read and both the cover illustration and first 20 pages lured me into thinking this would be a cuter read than it was Instead, I got an unreliable narrator who came off as deeply disturbed,so than I think the writer aimed to convey What could have been cute and romancy was a confusing ball of mess I get the author s underlying message, but it didn t redeem the book for me.


  4. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    A quirky, charming read Valencia has obsessive compulsive disorder It controls her life She is also a debt collector and frightened of her own shadow She currently has two irrational fears consuming her every thought turning thirty five and flying Her therapist has given her assignments to address the fears First, she needs to fly somewhere before her next birthday At the same time, Valencia is falling for a man from New York she has not yet met, so that may be her destinati A quirky, charming read Valencia has obsessive compulsive disorder It controls her life She is also a debt collector and frightened of her own shadow She currently has two irrational fears consuming her every thought turning thirty five and flying Her therapist has given her assignments to address the fears First, she needs to fly somewhere before her next birthday At the same time, Valencia is falling for a man from New York she has not yet met, so that may be her destination She is worried he may be catfishing her, though Mrs Valentine is an elderly woman with some quirks of her own She is lonely and will talk the ear off of anyone who will sit with her Or stand with her Her new housekeeper is a good listener, and Mrs Valentine begins to tell her life story That story includes the mysterious disappearance of her husband There s a way this story comes together with these two charming characters, piece by piece, and you have to just trust the author that it will meld And when it does There s a beautiful quilt here filled with heart.Overall, Valencia and Valentine is easy to read, funny, and an uplifting, quirky, original, feel good story I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com


  5. DJ Sakata DJ Sakata says:

    Favorite Quotes She s not dying, technically, but she s old enough that if she keeps living, it ll start surprising people She s eighty seven years old but she s a young eighty seven She slike an eighty six.Everyone has ulterior motives When an evil person has ulterior motives, it s called scheming When a good person has ulterior motives, it s called planning Mrs Valentine is planning.When I was your age, Anna, I always said I d do everything later I can t tell you what an odd day t Favorite Quotes She s not dying, technically, but she s old enough that if she keeps living, it ll start surprising people She s eighty seven years old but she s a young eighty seven She slike an eighty six.Everyone has ulterior motives When an evil person has ulterior motives, it s called scheming When a good person has ulterior motives, it s called planning Mrs Valentine is planning.When I was your age, Anna, I always said I d do everything later I can t tell you what an odd day that was, when I woke up and realized it was later And now I m living in the part that comes after There s a part after later, where almost everyone else is dead and you re just killing time, and it s odd.This was a drastic leap in logic, but Valencia was very good at this kind of leaping it was her only claim to athleticism.That s how it is when you re in your thirties birthdays aren t important any because everyone has gotten over the initial excitement of your basic existence You re old news Time had never done anything but crawl for Valencia it had never even walked before she had, at points, wondered if it had lain down and died This new speed was exhilarating It s kind of a dumb hobby, but you need a good, dumb, eccentric hobby, I think I heard somewhere that eccentric people live longer Okay, said Valencia, picturing her own life stretching on and on ahead of her, evenvast and endless than she had previously supposed I m so eccentric I might be immortal, she thought miserably.My Review It took me several chapters to settle into this tale, as it was oddly paced and at times a bit tedious when minutely detailing Valencia s irrational, delusional and catastrophic fears and beliefs as she spiraled into panic attacks which involved worse case scenarios and epic disasters However, that was merely setting the stage for the cleverness and well crafted storylines to come Ms Krause s writing was often bitingly witty and profoundly insightful with frequent lashings of brilliance I had four solid pages of highlights and favorite quotes and it was rather painful to pare them down But what staggered and astounded me was the realization that this wryly written and cleverly conjured book was the author s debut Impressive


  6. Suzy Krause Suzy Krause says:

    Dear Reader,Thanks so much for picking this book up It s my very first I wrote it in 2015, as a new mom in the midst of a lot of sleepless nights yes, that might explain why it s I ll borrow the most commonly used word from the reviews below weird It was inspired by the song Heart by Stars one of my favorite bands , and by the time I spent working as debt collector in a call centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan I know V V looks, at first glance, like a light, funny read and in tone, it i Dear Reader,Thanks so much for picking this book up It s my very first I wrote it in 2015, as a new mom in the midst of a lot of sleepless nights yes, that might explain why it s I ll borrow the most commonly used word from the reviews below weird It was inspired by the song Heart by Stars one of my favorite bands , and by the time I spent working as debt collector in a call centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan I know VV looks, at first glance, like a light, funny read and in tone, it is though my sense of humor is a bit dry and dark, sorry The subject matter, however, is serious and very close to my heart It deals with things like suicide, anxiety, OCD, and death The protagonist is not a funny Hollywood caricature of a person struggling with mental illness she s based in real life stories and experiences If at any point you think her thought processes or reactions or interactions are far fetched or overwrought, I d encourage you to stretch your empathy muscles I love that fiction, by nature, forces you to do this and consider that this is how some brains work I love that books about mental health are prevalent right now I think it s great that people are looking at these issues from so many different angles and that readers are taking them in and interacting with them I m really thankful to be part of this conversation A few years ago, an industry professional said to me that these kinds of books meaning women with mental health issues were a hard sell I know some people look at this recent rash of characters dealing with things like autism, OCD, anxiety, etc and are quick to dismiss it as a trend and I suppose it is But the thing is, a lot of people have been writing these kinds of books for a long time, as evidenced by the fact that so many have come out in the past couple of years With the amount of time it takes to write and sell a book years and years it s obvious that the trend doesn t lie in the writing, the trend is in the publication and readership And I say, GREAT Thanks, again, for reading


  7. Brooke — brooklynnnnereads Brooke — brooklynnnnereads says:

    I m speechless I know this story will be predictable for many and I did predict some of the events but after reading this, I m left in awe and I m feeling all of the feels Before I get into this review, I do want to mention that this novel heavily focuses on a character with OCD and in accompaniment the anxiety and depression that often follows with that diagnosis Although I don t personally have OCD and therefore can t attest to the representation, I do have some medical and experiential k I m speechless I know this story will be predictable for many and I did predict some of the events but after reading this, I m left in awe and I m feeling all of the feels Before I get into this review, I do want to mention that this novel heavily focuses on a character with OCD and in accompaniment the anxiety and depression that often follows with that diagnosis Although I don t personally have OCD and therefore can t attest to the representation, I do have some medical and experiential knowledge and think that the author did an amazing job at portraying a character with OCD and the severe impact it can have on someone It really made me emotional for this character and all of the struggles that she had, especially when you realize a major plot point down the line no spoilers here Also, as the author did an amazing job at capturing OCD, I do want to mention that this novel could unintentionally be triggering It s a catch 22 because I think this novel is very important and could be helpful for those with OCD but at the same time, it could be a trigger Know that before going into this novel.It s hard to review this novel because it s one of those that could be easily spoiled so I will tread carefully I really enjoyed the two different character perspectives that this story was told from Technically, there is three perspectives if Anna s is being counted but she only had a few chapters to herself But all of these perspectives really built up the story and allowed for me to becomeandinvested in these characters As well, there is such a vast age difference between the two perspectives, from one being in their mid thirties to the other approaching their nineties capturing a lifetime of struggles between both of them This was a quick and relatively short read but I found myself having difficulty putting this book down It had me laughing and then had me on the brink of tears I read it in less than a day and when that happens the book is generally a really good one Even though I liked the whole of this novel, I think what really brought it to another level was the last quarter or third of the story The explanation made this story so muchpowerful and so muchemotional I will be thinking about these characters and that ending for quite some time Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  8. Casey Casey says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I see that a lot of readers were annoyed by Valencia s mental illness in this book As someone with OCD and anxiety, I can say that is pretty much the way the population tends to react to actual people with similar issues Myself, I loved the story Yes, I figured out that Valencia and Valentine were one and the same, but I was left guessing at other things Was Valencia hallucinating Was Mrs Valentine ever really married I loved the ending I loved that Valencia Mrs Valentine was finally able I see that a lot of readers were annoyed by Valencia s mental illness in this book As someone with OCD and anxiety, I can say that is pretty much the way the population tends to react to actual people with similar issues Myself, I loved the story Yes, I figured out that Valencia and Valentine were one and the same, but I was left guessing at other things Was Valencia hallucinating Was Mrs Valentine ever really married I loved the ending I loved that Valencia Mrs Valentine was finally able to overcome her OCD by realizing that the worse had already happened and she SURVIVED It is a not so subtle reminder to tell that little voice the one that whispers What if in the back of my head to take a flying leap and shut the heck up


  9. Yna the Mood Reader Yna the Mood Reader says:

    ,But I guess if being scared of something stopped you from doing it, you d miss out on everythingBuy This BookSeries No Genre Fiction POV Third person, alternating Cliffhanger No Content Warnings Discussions of OCD, Anxiety, Depression Being buried deep in thoughts of someone with OCD, can be triggering Read if you are looking for something quirky with a nice writing style.I unfortunately have read unsatisfied reviews on this novel from GR ,But I guess if being scared of something stopped you from doing it, you d miss out on everythingBuy This BookSeries No Genre Fiction POV Third person, alternating Cliffhanger No Content Warnings Discussions of OCD, Anxiety, Depression Being buried deep in thoughts of someone with OCD, can be triggering Read if you are looking for something quirky with a nice writing style.I unfortunately have read unsatisfied reviews on this novel from GR friends I still dove in and gave this once a chance.I am grateful that I didBeauty is on a different plane than happy and sad or easy and hard I m sure you know that A song can be sad and beautiful at the same time Life too Valencia and Valentine is a read that I definitely enjoyed, mainly because of the way it was written I was captivated by the writing style The prose and the metaphors got me and hit me when and where I neededThis book tackles mental health concerns, and like I said, if you are someone who has triggers especially on death , dying, and things around it, this book might not be for you.Some people raised concerns about the wrong comparison of this book with Eleanor Oliphant I cannot comment on that though because I have not read the other one.What I can say is that I enjoyed my entire reading experience, even though the plot twist was quite easy to guess.Kudos to the author I am looking forward forof her worksMeanwhile, my soul was having an adventure it didn t matter in the least who was sitting across the table from me The point was not who was there the point was that someone was The most important thing was that I wasTHE CRITERIA Blurb Heroine Heroine 2 Support Characters Writing Style Character Development Romance Pacing Ending Unputdownability Book Cover FINAL VERDICT 4.09 5Much thanks to NetGalley and Lake Uniom Publishing for this complimentary copy This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own Review also appears on my blog


  10. Darinda Darinda says:

    Valencia is a 35 year old debt collector Mrs Valentine is an 87 year old lonely widow Both are somewhat obsessed with death.Valencia and Mrs Valentine s stories are told with alternating points of view Valencia is stuck in a job she doesn t love, has no friends, and struggles with her crippling fears and OCD She wants to change her life, and starts to make strides in that direction Along the way, she starts a romance with a man she talks with on the phone at work and she becomes friends w Valencia is a 35 year old debt collector Mrs Valentine is an 87 year old lonely widow Both are somewhat obsessed with death.Valencia and Mrs Valentine s stories are told with alternating points of view Valencia is stuck in a job she doesn t love, has no friends, and struggles with her crippling fears and OCD She wants to change her life, and starts to make strides in that direction Along the way, she starts a romance with a man she talks with on the phone at work and she becomes friends with a new coworker Mrs Valentine is lonely, and talks to anyone who gives her the chance neighbors, telemarketers, and her new cleaning lady She loves to tell her stories, and is excited the new cleaning lady wants to here about her life.This was my pick fors First Reads in May 2019 I wasn t a big fan of this book I found the plot too convoluted, yet predictable The characters both have fairly sad lives, and some parts came off as quite dark I was expecting something a littleheartwarming and light A bittersweet novel of love and loneliness


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10 thoughts on “Valencia and Valentine

  1. j e w e l s j e w e l s says:

    ONE WANNABE STARPUHLEEZE Just because you have a quirky character with OCD issues, you don t have to declare your novel the next Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine This is a wannabe and falls way short of Eleanor That book had such a heartwarming feel to it whereas Valencia and Valentine has a pronounced sad and depressing tone This novel is a structural mess and totally confusing to the reader You will eventually understand what the writer is trying to do create a gotcha reveal , but ONE WANNABE STARPUHLEEZE Just because you have a quirky character with OCD issues, you don t have to declare your novel the next Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine This is a wannabe and falls way short of Eleanor That book had such a heartwarming feel to it whereas Valencia and Valentine has a pronounced sad and depressing tone This novel is a structural mess and totally confusing to the reader You will eventually understand what the writer is trying to do create a gotcha reveal , but it is an epic fail Waaaaaahhhhh So sorry to bear such bad news, don t waste your money I was able to read this via theKindle First Look program I think I chose badly

  2. Berit☀️✨ Berit☀️✨ says:

    Suzy Krause s debut is a quirky little gem This is the story of Valencia, 35 A lonely debt collector who suffers from OCD And Mrs Valentine, 87 a lonely elderly lady who will talk to anyone telemarketers, funeral organizers, the lady who cleans her house As both of these ladies stories unfold you will wonder what could possibly tie these tales together This is such a character driven story, so full of quirk, charm, and heart This is another book that is compared to ElSuzy Krause s debut is a quirky little gem This is the story of Valencia, 35 A lonely debt collector who suffers from OCD And Mrs Valentine, 87 a lonely elderly lady who will talk to anyone telemarketers, funeral organizers, the lady who cleans her house As both of these ladies stories unfold you will wonder what could possibly tie these tales together This is such a character driven story, so full of quirk, charm, and heart This is another book that is compared to Eleanor While I can see how they came to this comparison I d really like to see them stop doing this Seriously books are still being compared to Gone Girl So here is my comparison this book islike Eleanor then it is GG When I finish this book I said out loud to nobody damn that was good This was a book that got better and better as the story progressed I wasandinvested in Valencia and Mrs Valentine s lives as I turn the pages Valencia had a very busy mind and we got a lot of her inner dialogue throughout this book I really just wanted to reach through the pages give her a hug and tell her it s all gonna be OK Mrs Valentine was so endearing and seem to have lead such a colorful life Or did she That was part of the charm of the story with both these narratives I was never quite sure what was truth, what was a lie, and what was a figment of the characters imagination Reading this book really was like putting a puzzle together It really didn t make much sense and you couldn t see the beauty of it until it was all pieced together A lovely tale you need to read with an open mind The beginning of the story is a little convoluted, a little muddled. But these characters are so endearing, so engaging, you can t help but fall in love with them and want to know what happens in their lives A delightful debut looking forward to what s next from Suzy Krause many thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book

  3. abby abby says:

    There is a reason I don t read mental illness books I got this as a Kindle First read and both the cover illustration and first 20 pages lured me into thinking this would be a cuter read than it was Instead, I got an unreliable narrator who came off as deeply disturbed,so than I think the writer aimed to convey What could have been cute and romancy was a confusing ball of mess I get the author s underlying message, but it didn t redeem the book for me.

  4. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    A quirky, charming read Valencia has obsessive compulsive disorder It controls her life She is also a debt collector and frightened of her own shadow She currently has two irrational fears consuming her every thought turning thirty five and flying Her therapist has given her assignments to address the fears First, she needs to fly somewhere before her next birthday At the same time, Valencia is falling for a man from New York she has not yet met, so that may be her destinati A quirky, charming read Valencia has obsessive compulsive disorder It controls her life She is also a debt collector and frightened of her own shadow She currently has two irrational fears consuming her every thought turning thirty five and flying Her therapist has given her assignments to address the fears First, she needs to fly somewhere before her next birthday At the same time, Valencia is falling for a man from New York she has not yet met, so that may be her destination She is worried he may be catfishing her, though Mrs Valentine is an elderly woman with some quirks of her own She is lonely and will talk the ear off of anyone who will sit with her Or stand with her Her new housekeeper is a good listener, and Mrs Valentine begins to tell her life story That story includes the mysterious disappearance of her husband There s a way this story comes together with these two charming characters, piece by piece, and you have to just trust the author that it will meld And when it does There s a beautiful quilt here filled with heart.Overall, Valencia and Valentine is easy to read, funny, and an uplifting, quirky, original, feel good story I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  5. DJ Sakata DJ Sakata says:

    Favorite Quotes She s not dying, technically, but she s old enough that if she keeps living, it ll start surprising people She s eighty seven years old but she s a young eighty seven She slike an eighty six.Everyone has ulterior motives When an evil person has ulterior motives, it s called scheming When a good person has ulterior motives, it s called planning Mrs Valentine is planning.When I was your age, Anna, I always said I d do everything later I can t tell you what an odd day t Favorite Quotes She s not dying, technically, but she s old enough that if she keeps living, it ll start surprising people She s eighty seven years old but she s a young eighty seven She slike an eighty six.Everyone has ulterior motives When an evil person has ulterior motives, it s called scheming When a good person has ulterior motives, it s called planning Mrs Valentine is planning.When I was your age, Anna, I always said I d do everything later I can t tell you what an odd day that was, when I woke up and realized it was later And now I m living in the part that comes after There s a part after later, where almost everyone else is dead and you re just killing time, and it s odd.This was a drastic leap in logic, but Valencia was very good at this kind of leaping it was her only claim to athleticism.That s how it is when you re in your thirties birthdays aren t important any because everyone has gotten over the initial excitement of your basic existence You re old news Time had never done anything but crawl for Valencia it had never even walked before she had, at points, wondered if it had lain down and died This new speed was exhilarating It s kind of a dumb hobby, but you need a good, dumb, eccentric hobby, I think I heard somewhere that eccentric people live longer Okay, said Valencia, picturing her own life stretching on and on ahead of her, evenvast and endless than she had previously supposed I m so eccentric I might be immortal, she thought miserably.My Review It took me several chapters to settle into this tale, as it was oddly paced and at times a bit tedious when minutely detailing Valencia s irrational, delusional and catastrophic fears and beliefs as she spiraled into panic attacks which involved worse case scenarios and epic disasters However, that was merely setting the stage for the cleverness and well crafted storylines to come Ms Krause s writing was often bitingly witty and profoundly insightful with frequent lashings of brilliance I had four solid pages of highlights and favorite quotes and it was rather painful to pare them down But what staggered and astounded me was the realization that this wryly written and cleverly conjured book was the author s debut Impressive

  6. Suzy Krause Suzy Krause says:

    Dear Reader,Thanks so much for picking this book up It s my very first I wrote it in 2015, as a new mom in the midst of a lot of sleepless nights yes, that might explain why it s I ll borrow the most commonly used word from the reviews below weird It was inspired by the song Heart by Stars one of my favorite bands , and by the time I spent working as debt collector in a call centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan I know V V looks, at first glance, like a light, funny read and in tone, it i Dear Reader,Thanks so much for picking this book up It s my very first I wrote it in 2015, as a new mom in the midst of a lot of sleepless nights yes, that might explain why it s I ll borrow the most commonly used word from the reviews below weird It was inspired by the song Heart by Stars one of my favorite bands , and by the time I spent working as debt collector in a call centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan I know VV looks, at first glance, like a light, funny read and in tone, it is though my sense of humor is a bit dry and dark, sorry The subject matter, however, is serious and very close to my heart It deals with things like suicide, anxiety, OCD, and death The protagonist is not a funny Hollywood caricature of a person struggling with mental illness she s based in real life stories and experiences If at any point you think her thought processes or reactions or interactions are far fetched or overwrought, I d encourage you to stretch your empathy muscles I love that fiction, by nature, forces you to do this and consider that this is how some brains work I love that books about mental health are prevalent right now I think it s great that people are looking at these issues from so many different angles and that readers are taking them in and interacting with them I m really thankful to be part of this conversation A few years ago, an industry professional said to me that these kinds of books meaning women with mental health issues were a hard sell I know some people look at this recent rash of characters dealing with things like autism, OCD, anxiety, etc and are quick to dismiss it as a trend and I suppose it is But the thing is, a lot of people have been writing these kinds of books for a long time, as evidenced by the fact that so many have come out in the past couple of years With the amount of time it takes to write and sell a book years and years it s obvious that the trend doesn t lie in the writing, the trend is in the publication and readership And I say, GREAT Thanks, again, for reading

  7. Brooke — brooklynnnnereads Brooke — brooklynnnnereads says:

    I m speechless I know this story will be predictable for many and I did predict some of the events but after reading this, I m left in awe and I m feeling all of the feels Before I get into this review, I do want to mention that this novel heavily focuses on a character with OCD and in accompaniment the anxiety and depression that often follows with that diagnosis Although I don t personally have OCD and therefore can t attest to the representation, I do have some medical and experiential k I m speechless I know this story will be predictable for many and I did predict some of the events but after reading this, I m left in awe and I m feeling all of the feels Before I get into this review, I do want to mention that this novel heavily focuses on a character with OCD and in accompaniment the anxiety and depression that often follows with that diagnosis Although I don t personally have OCD and therefore can t attest to the representation, I do have some medical and experiential knowledge and think that the author did an amazing job at portraying a character with OCD and the severe impact it can have on someone It really made me emotional for this character and all of the struggles that she had, especially when you realize a major plot point down the line no spoilers here Also, as the author did an amazing job at capturing OCD, I do want to mention that this novel could unintentionally be triggering It s a catch 22 because I think this novel is very important and could be helpful for those with OCD but at the same time, it could be a trigger Know that before going into this novel.It s hard to review this novel because it s one of those that could be easily spoiled so I will tread carefully I really enjoyed the two different character perspectives that this story was told from Technically, there is three perspectives if Anna s is being counted but she only had a few chapters to herself But all of these perspectives really built up the story and allowed for me to becomeandinvested in these characters As well, there is such a vast age difference between the two perspectives, from one being in their mid thirties to the other approaching their nineties capturing a lifetime of struggles between both of them This was a quick and relatively short read but I found myself having difficulty putting this book down It had me laughing and then had me on the brink of tears I read it in less than a day and when that happens the book is generally a really good one Even though I liked the whole of this novel, I think what really brought it to another level was the last quarter or third of the story The explanation made this story so muchpowerful and so muchemotional I will be thinking about these characters and that ending for quite some time Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  8. Casey Casey says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I see that a lot of readers were annoyed by Valencia s mental illness in this book As someone with OCD and anxiety, I can say that is pretty much the way the population tends to react to actual people with similar issues Myself, I loved the story Yes, I figured out that Valencia and Valentine were one and the same, but I was left guessing at other things Was Valencia hallucinating Was Mrs Valentine ever really married I loved the ending I loved that Valencia Mrs Valentine was finally able I see that a lot of readers were annoyed by Valencia s mental illness in this book As someone with OCD and anxiety, I can say that is pretty much the way the population tends to react to actual people with similar issues Myself, I loved the story Yes, I figured out that Valencia and Valentine were one and the same, but I was left guessing at other things Was Valencia hallucinating Was Mrs Valentine ever really married I loved the ending I loved that Valencia Mrs Valentine was finally able to overcome her OCD by realizing that the worse had already happened and she SURVIVED It is a not so subtle reminder to tell that little voice the one that whispers What if in the back of my head to take a flying leap and shut the heck up

  9. Yna the Mood Reader Yna the Mood Reader says:

    ,But I guess if being scared of something stopped you from doing it, you d miss out on everythingBuy This BookSeries No Genre Fiction POV Third person, alternating Cliffhanger No Content Warnings Discussions of OCD, Anxiety, Depression Being buried deep in thoughts of someone with OCD, can be triggering Read if you are looking for something quirky with a nice writing style.I unfortunately have read unsatisfied reviews on this novel from GR ,But I guess if being scared of something stopped you from doing it, you d miss out on everythingBuy This BookSeries No Genre Fiction POV Third person, alternating Cliffhanger No Content Warnings Discussions of OCD, Anxiety, Depression Being buried deep in thoughts of someone with OCD, can be triggering Read if you are looking for something quirky with a nice writing style.I unfortunately have read unsatisfied reviews on this novel from GR friends I still dove in and gave this once a chance.I am grateful that I didBeauty is on a different plane than happy and sad or easy and hard I m sure you know that A song can be sad and beautiful at the same time Life too Valencia and Valentine is a read that I definitely enjoyed, mainly because of the way it was written I was captivated by the writing style The prose and the metaphors got me and hit me when and where I neededThis book tackles mental health concerns, and like I said, if you are someone who has triggers especially on death , dying, and things around it, this book might not be for you.Some people raised concerns about the wrong comparison of this book with Eleanor Oliphant I cannot comment on that though because I have not read the other one.What I can say is that I enjoyed my entire reading experience, even though the plot twist was quite easy to guess.Kudos to the author I am looking forward forof her worksMeanwhile, my soul was having an adventure it didn t matter in the least who was sitting across the table from me The point was not who was there the point was that someone was The most important thing was that I wasTHE CRITERIA Blurb Heroine Heroine 2 Support Characters Writing Style Character Development Romance Pacing Ending Unputdownability Book Cover FINAL VERDICT 4.09 5Much thanks to NetGalley and Lake Uniom Publishing for this complimentary copy This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own Review also appears on my blog

  10. Darinda Darinda says:

    Valencia is a 35 year old debt collector Mrs Valentine is an 87 year old lonely widow Both are somewhat obsessed with death.Valencia and Mrs Valentine s stories are told with alternating points of view Valencia is stuck in a job she doesn t love, has no friends, and struggles with her crippling fears and OCD She wants to change her life, and starts to make strides in that direction Along the way, she starts a romance with a man she talks with on the phone at work and she becomes friends w Valencia is a 35 year old debt collector Mrs Valentine is an 87 year old lonely widow Both are somewhat obsessed with death.Valencia and Mrs Valentine s stories are told with alternating points of view Valencia is stuck in a job she doesn t love, has no friends, and struggles with her crippling fears and OCD She wants to change her life, and starts to make strides in that direction Along the way, she starts a romance with a man she talks with on the phone at work and she becomes friends with a new coworker Mrs Valentine is lonely, and talks to anyone who gives her the chance neighbors, telemarketers, and her new cleaning lady She loves to tell her stories, and is excited the new cleaning lady wants to here about her life.This was my pick fors First Reads in May 2019 I wasn t a big fan of this book I found the plot too convoluted, yet predictable The characters both have fairly sad lives, and some parts came off as quite dark I was expecting something a littleheartwarming and light A bittersweet novel of love and loneliness

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