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In My Last Romance and other passions Kathleen Valentine spins eight beautifully told little tales of lovers from a broad variety of lifestyles and ages. Her powers of description and sensitive portraits are captivating. Each story is sensuous, and romantic in the most traditional sense of the word. This is a literary feast for those with a taste for both the romantic and literature of high quality.

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"Gorgeous! Very poignant. It is a wonderful thing to be able to immerse a reader in an entire era, a way of life, a culture in miniature - places, forms of music, habits of speech ... I felt transported, and that's something good fiction must do for me." - Peter Anastas, author of No Fortunes.

"Valentine's stories are as varied as the women of the world, and their great passions are never simple or uncomplicated. Her understanding of the human heart drives these stories, filled with nuance, pitch-perfect voice, surprise, and heartache. These are stories of women who have lived full lives, taking risks and living out the dictates of their passion." -Susan Oleksiw, author of A Murderous Innocence
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Parlez-Moi Press (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978594053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978594053
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,715,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathleen Valentine is the award-winning author of four novels, many novellas & short stories, books of knitting patterns, & a cookbook/memoir about growing up Pennsylvania Dutch. She has been listed as an Amazon Top Selling Author in Horror and in Mystery/Suspense. As a writer her primary interest is delving into the psychology of her characters. Her stories are sometimes mysterious, sometimes funny, usually romantic, and frequently frightening. Her characters range from lost children and grumpy old folks, to mysterious men and women who are not to be trifled with.

She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine on September 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Kathleen Valentine's descriptions of her older characters' steamy sex lives reassure the reader that there IS life and love after 50!! In this entertaining book, passion as expressed by men and women who have lived full, interesting lives, is infused with a ripeness and wisdom that the younger set can't bring to bed. I've recommended this book to all my friends "of a certain age," both men and women. (Men, I've noticed, love the cover and immediately start thumbing through the book.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By North Shore Mo on October 6, 2006
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Every story in this book transport the reader to a richly imagined place and time. Kathleen Valentine writes eloquently and gracefully both of romance and of place. Her depictions of a part of the world I know well are so true, I trusted her descriptions of places I had never been. The passions of the title are lushly described without losing any poignance or elegance. I can't wait to read a full-length novel by this writer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Lewis on March 9, 2012
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Kathleen Valentine immerses you in exquisite language, lush settings, deeply drawn characters and a range of emotions in this gem of a collection of stories and character studies that you just won't want to end. Characters live and breathe across the pages (or e-page views) and draw you into their worlds and their lives.

I could swear that I felt, on my skin, rivulets of sweat in damp, humid settings, chills buffeting me in cold ocean breezes, and the warmth of body heat and soft bed covers as I was tucked into bed, in one story, and then transported to another totally different world in the next story. I DID NOT want this book to end!

I had previously come upon Kathleen Valentine's novel "The Old Mermaid's Tale", browsing through Amazon.com's e-book offerings. That book led me to this collection. I now intend to read her other books, while praying that she will write even more than the several novellas, found, but not yet read, on Amazon.com.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annie on September 30, 2006
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Kathleen Valentine's writing takes you to a place that is rich in flavor and so real that you feel that you have known the characters forever. You can smell the breezes, hear the laughter and feel the tug of emotions that color each story. Each and every one is unique and complete and yet they all speak of the yearning to love and be loved that is as old as time. They reminded me of the fragility of the human heart, whether you are the one doing the loving or the one being loved. I did not want the stories to end as I came to care about each and every character. I have a feeling that I will be carrying their stories in my heart for some time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dafna Yee on June 3, 2012
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I read the stories in My Last Romance one after the other because I simply couldn't stop; the stories absolutely captivated me. The writing was simply lyrical and my only complaint is that they were all too short. Although each story was original and unique, they all shared having incredibly vivid and realistic imagery and characters that practically leaped out of the pages because the people had such complex and three-dimensional personalities. I positively loved this book and I highly recommend that anyone who wants to read touching love stories, should read this book ASAP.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Author and Reviewer on January 24, 2013
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A beautiful collection of love stories. The writing is not sentimental, but somewhat mysterious and some of the stories leave a question in the mind of the reader. That is likely what the author intended, that there might be doubt as to what really happened. These stories are all good, well-written, and the descriptions are beautiful. I could describe them as mystical, haunting stories. I will remember them.

The people in these stories aren't perfect, and sometimes do what isn't "right" by common standards. I liked the use of present tense. This is sometimes difficult to do, but it can be very effective. Ms. Valentine is also good at describing, which is something I think is very important. Good solid descriptions.

The settings and characters are very diverse but each has a poetic feel which makes it memorable in its own way. It was a very good read, highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A Hendershot on February 19, 2013
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but I loved it. The stories are set in the most wonderful places and the characters are true to life. These are not teenage romances, but romances for grown-ups and they are lovely.

I look forward to more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marylee S. on January 28, 2013
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Kathleen really hit it out of the box with this one. The characters came to life the women so beautiful and vital the men hot,hot,hot! The places and the clothes, I wanted them. I can't wait for her next novel to come out.
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