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The Lost Valentine Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

On February 14, 1944, their first anniversary, Navy Lt. Neil Thomas bids his wife, Caroline, farewell at Union Station, Los Angeles. They never meet again. Before he can set eyes on the son born in his absence, Neil's fighter plane goes down in the Pacific. He is declared missing in action, but love never dies in this avowedly "inspirational" first novel from Utah executive Pratt. Each anniversary, Caroline returns to Union Station to await her husband. On their silver anniversary, two days after learning that Neil died a hero's death among Philippine partisans, she makes her final pilgrimage?with supernaturally happy results. The telling of the story by Neil Jr., himself a lonely widower, to cynical reporter Susan Allison, spawns a parallel romance. Originally self-published, the novel is steeped in roses and friendly songbirds. Pieces of the puzzle fall thuddingly into place. Sentence fragments abound. The point of view shifts alarmingly. Yet the book's sincerity is palpable, and the war scenes add a little grit to its anodyne message: that love triumphs over death. Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild alternates; author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Writer Neil Thomas Jr. wants to share his parents' love story with the world, and unenthusiastic TV reporter Susan Allison is given the "fluff" assignment. Unexpectedly intrigued, both by widower Thomas and his parents' story, Allison feels compelled to learn more about Lt. Neil Thomas Sr. and his wife, Caroline. The novel moves between 1944, with Lt. Thomas stationed in the Pacific and Caroline awaiting the birth of their child in Pasadena, and present-day California, where Susan and Neil Jr. fall in love as he describes events that took place 50 years ago. While the book would have benefited from tighter editing, the story is an interesting and moving one, and readers will be eager to learn how it all ends. Only the most cynical will feel that the word love is used a little too often. This sweet, nostalgic story is recommended for most public libraries. Motivational speaker Pratt's novel was originally self-published, selling over 10,000 copies and netting the author an agent and a major publisher.
-?Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Media tie-in edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031254748X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312547486
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
THE LAST VALENTINE, written by James Michael Pratt is a book of faith, hope, devotion, and most of all never-ending love. A writer Neil Thomas Jr. wants to share the amazing story of the unconditional love his parents shared. Susan Allison just happens to be looking for a love story that she believes cannot exist. The story is of Lt. Neil Thomas and his wife, Caroline. Lt. Thomas must leave his wife and unborn child for war on their first anniversary, February 14, 1944. From Union Station, he gives her a long goodbye and a promise. For fifty years, on the very day they said good bye she returns to Union Station, hoping for the promise he made. On their fifith anniversary, just two days after finding out the true story of her husbands heroic death, she recieves his last valentine. The story of Neil Jr's parents gives him the hope that maybe he will be able to find a love as pure as the love his mother and father shared, and give Susan Allison the faith that there really is love that is strong enough to last through anything.
The Last Valentine was one of the best books I have ever read. At times, I would get confused when the book would continue changing from the past to the present and back to the past, I was unsure of what time era I was reading about. However, I really enjoyed how James Michael Pratt, the author, set up the reading of his book. Even though it could be confusing it allowed for me to understand the whole story. The book allowed for romance and the action of war to keep the story going and it allowed for me to feel and imagine what was happening during the whole book. I would recommend this book for people who don't mind emotional books, and who enjoy reading about romance continuing to last through the burden of World War II.
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You are reading the confessions of a reformed cynic. This book has a love story in it's purest form, without all the junk that sometimes clouds things. In it you see what true Love is, and it makes you hope. These are not the ramblings of some young love-sick girl, these are the words of someone who had lost faith in real, time-honored, make-it-through-at-any-cost love....this book restored that faith. A Thank you to Mr. Pratt for a novel that touched my heart.
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This book is one of my favorites. Hopeless romantics will love this book. You will find yourself thinking about Neil and Caroline well after you have finished the book. The Last Valentine will have a permanent place in your library. Get out the tissues, put on your pajamas and get comfortable. You won't be able to put it down. My 15 year old daughter also read this book and she loved it. It is written so beautifully without the use of explicit love scenes. Their love is so powerful, you will feel it every time you turn the page.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought the DVD of the "Lost Valentine" and wanted to read the book. I loved it! So, I bought the hard back copy and have used the thoughts from the book in remarks for our Memorial Day service. I have loaned a copy out to those who voiced interest. I found the story very moving and plan to re read it often. A must have for those of us who lived through WW II!
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I am not sure what motivated me to buy the book in the first place, but after I read it it quickly became one of my favorites. It is all about the things in life that really matter. The love story touched not only my heart but also my soul. I have shared it and recommended it to many of my friends and acquaintances and it has blessed them as well.
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I was able to only see about 3/4 of the TV program "The Last Valentine", so I ordered the book (The Lost Valentine). I understand the TV ending differed from the book, so I won't comment on that. All in all I enjoyed the book very much and having seen part of the TV program I was able to mentally picture the characters which made it even more enjoyable (like reading the "Monk" or the "Murder She Wrote" books). This is a book I will read again.
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I could not put this book down it was so touching. A must read especially since the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie is coming out in time for Valentines Day. Both men and women will like this story about World War II and LOVE lost and found!
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I had seen this advertised on tv as a movie and thought it looked good, so I bought the book to read first. I loved the story. A young man, married only 1 yr., goes off to war and promises his wife to return by next Valentine's Day. She finds out she was pregnant and gives birth to their son while he's away at war. Their love for each other never dies. She continues to wait for him but gets word he is missing in action. Year after year, she waits in the train station every Valentine's Day for his return. He eventually returns to her...in spirit....and she goes off with him. It's a very sweet story. I expected the movie to be aired on Valentine's Day but was disappointed to find out I had missed its air date at the end of January. But books are always so much better anyway. I think you'll like this one.
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