33 Valentines

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All Sophie wants for her thirty-third year is a calendar without a February—and without a Valentine’s Day. The unlucky month haunts her with regrets, loss, and missteps she can never take back. But this year, she’s determined to make a change— and she’s going to start with telling her best friend, Sam, how she feels about him.

But February isn’t making it easy for her. Sam’s got a date with his dream girl, and Sophie finds herself in the ...
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All Sophie wants for her thirty-third year is a calendar without a February—and without a Valentine’s Day. The unlucky month haunts her with regrets, loss, and missteps she can never take back. But this year, she’s determined to make a change— and she’s going to start with telling her best friend, Sam, how she feels about him.

But February isn’t making it easy for her. Sam’s got a date with his dream girl, and Sophie finds herself in the hospital. Then there’s her father, who has a surprise that’s about to turn her world upside-down, and her little brother, who doesn’t seem to have any room for her in his life. While everyone else seems to be living life, Sophie is stuck in neutral.

Now, Sophie must come to terms with everything that’s holding her back in order to fight for what she wants before she loses the chance to turn her luck around.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781495261381
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/21/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    33 Valentines is a well-written, nicely paced romantic story wit

    33 Valentines is a well-written, nicely paced romantic story with a lot of depth. There’s a compelling element of mystery to this story, too, with questions posed from the very beginning: why does Sophie hate February, and particularly Valentine’s Day, so much? How did her life get so off-track?

    Stephanie Monahan has a knack for giving us little morsels of information at just the right time, filling us in on bits of the characters’ pasts that help us see where they’re coming from. I ended up liking the characters even more as the book went on. There are a lot of funny moments in the book, but it also gets more serious at times, and I did find myself getting teary during at least one part. The characters seemed like they could be real people, and for me, this is important. I love it when I honestly feel like I’m rooting for a well-earned happy ending, and by the end of this novel, I was grinning like a fool.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Wow!

    I couldn't put the book down. Worth every penny plus some. I promise you won't be disapointed with 33 Valentines.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

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    Hilarious, sweet, romantic and touching, this book is absolutely

    Hilarious, sweet, romantic and touching, this book is absolutely delightful.  Sophie wants her 33rd year of life to be better than the years before.  She wants to take charge and make something of her life.  She decides to tell her best friend, Sam, her true feelings for him.  But when she reads an e-mail from him that says he’s found the perfect girl and they’re going out on Valentine’s Day, Sophie’s shock ends up putting her in the emergency room with a broken arm.  From there, it’s just one thing after another for our heroine, transpiring into a climactic ending that’s romantically sweet.




    The characters in this story are written with such detail, that you feel as though you’re living vicariously through them.  The intense chemistry between Sam and Sophie is fun, frustrating (as I started to yell at the book because she wouldn’t just tell him how she felt!), and romantic.  The secondary characters in the book are fun as well, as they add depth to an already entertaining life for Sophie.  The story is a perfect Valentine’s Day romance, a quick read, and one that I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good contemporary romance.  Read by Marie for Cocktails and Books

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

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    33 Valentines by Stephanie Monahan is a quick read with lots of

    33 Valentines by Stephanie Monahan is a quick read with lots of quirky humor and honesty.




    Sophie Parker lives in Boston, working a temp job at a flower shop. She once dreamed of being a singer and pianist but after a series of incidents, all happening in February, she finds herself lost in the day-to-day grind. She also finds herself falling for her longtime best friend Sam McDonald much to her dismay. She doesn't want their relationship to change by admitting her feelings but finds it increasingly difficult to act normally around him.




    The curse of February brings about another bunch of bad luck this year: she hurts herself and ends up in the hospital, her apartment has no heat, she feels alienated by her family; and Sam meets the perfect girl...and asks her out on Valentine's Day. The day that Sophie and Sam have shared for years, staying home and watching horror movies to thumb their nose at the "commercialized" holiday. She is unsure what to do and doesn't want to risk their friendship but decides to make her feelings known.




    I can relate to Sophie on many levels as I think most of us can. And not just with her frequent use of sarcasm! Since finishing college and moving to the city, she doesn't stay in close contact with her family. She thinks she's not a part of their lives anymore and feels as if they are moving forward while she's lost in the daily grind of work. She wants a meaningful career but doesn't know how to take the first step. And she has the complication of her feelings for Sam. Friends-to-lovers is an interesting storyline and the author does an excellent job of conveying the range of emotions Sophie goes through. It is done with a raw honesty that I appreciate and hope to see in her future stories as well.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

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    Saying that Sophie doesn't care for February is a bit like sayin

    Saying that Sophie doesn't care for February is a bit like saying that it can get a little hot in Texas over the summer. If Sophie had her way, February would be removed from the calendar, and January would fade directly into March.




    Her 33rd February gets off to a triumphantly grim start when she finds herself in the emergency room and is followed by other less than spectacular revelations as the month progresses. Her grim month becomes even more dismal when her best friend, Sam, gets a girlfriend...just in time for Sophie to realize he's more than a friend to her.




    But Sophie has good reason to dislike the month of February. As the story progresses, flashbacks reveal the reason Sophie hates the month...and also why she's following a path for her life she never planned.




    Definitely not your average romance, 33 Valentines has lovely balance of lighthearted moments combined with a real emotional depth as Sophie struggles to reconcile her past with her present.




    I'm definitely looking forward to reading Ms. Monahan's next work!




    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation for my review. (And...I loved it so much, I bought my mother a copy as soon as the book became available for sale.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    A wonderful lighthearted and witty book. I truly enjoyed it !

    A wonderful lighthearted and witty book. I truly enjoyed it !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    A very sweet and at times funny love story. Wonderful read.

    A very sweet and at times funny love story. Wonderful read.

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

    excellent book--5 stars.

    excellent book--5 stars.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    "33 Valentines" starts out with a painful event for So

    "33 Valentines" starts out with a painful event for Sophie - she trips getting off of the bus and breaks her arm. But as the story progresses, you find out that she's equally as wounded that her best friend Sam - who she's realized she's in love with - has found his dream girl. She's convinced that the curse of February has struck again. We follow her through the shortest month of the year as she catalogs the memories of past Februaries in her mind to try to figure out what her problem is, and eventually we find out which February past event was so traumatic that it's spilled over into every month in her life and left her stagnant. But this is the February when she struggles to move past her fears to pursue her forgotten dreams.

    Monahan's given us a smart, funny contemporary novel that offers more than the usual girl pursues boy. We get to watch Sophie grow as a character. And she's already likeable and relatable enough from the beginning that she's an easy person to root for. It's a well-balanced read with realistic characters that combines the right notes of emotional backstory and romance. I look forward to seeing more from this author in the future!

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    I received an advance copy of 33 Valentines and as soon as I beg

    I received an advance copy of 33 Valentines and as soon as I began to read it I was hooked! It's a great debut novel.

    33 Valentines is a fun, smart story set in Boston during the gloomy month of February. Sophie hates February and Valentine's Day, but not for the usual reasons a person might dislike a winter month or sappy holiday. When she finds out Sam, her boyfriend and dream guy, has a date on Valentine's Day with someone he describes as his dream girl, she thinks can't worse. Any good reader knows that as soon as it seems like things can't get worse, they do.

    Sophie is a charming character. She's witty and easy to relate to. In some ways she reminds me of Bridget Jones, funny, sweet, and not quite ready to be a grown up--even though she's 33 years old. I was rooting for her even when some of her actions made me want to talk some sense into her.

    The best part of 33 Valentines is how genuine it feels. Monahan portrays her characters with so much heart that they feel like real people, the kind of people you want to grab a cup of coffee with.

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