Last Valentine

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Television reporter Susan Allison is looking for the perfect story about true love, yet she doubts where such a thing really exists, Neil Thomas, Jr. wants to share his parents' bittersweet love story with the world. On February 14, 1944, Caroline Thomas said good-bye to her beloved husband, a Navy pilot sent to the Pacific. For fifty year, she waited for him--until a miracle happened, and she received his last valentine. In the present day, when Susan and Neil meet, can the story of Neil's parents bring them ...
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Overview


Television reporter Susan Allison is looking for the perfect story about true love, yet she doubts where such a thing really exists, Neil Thomas, Jr. wants to share his parents' bittersweet love story with the world. On February 14, 1944, Caroline Thomas said good-bye to her beloved husband, a Navy pilot sent to the Pacific. For fifty year, she waited for him--until a miracle happened, and she received his last valentine. In the present day, when Susan and Neil meet, can the story of Neil's parents bring them together in a love as powerful as she dreams of and he remembers?
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Editorial Reviews

People

A return ticket to Bridges of Madison County.
Booklist (starred review)

Get out your box of tissues, and rid yourself of all distractions because once you pick up this book, you will not put it down...Fans of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks will enjoy this book.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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.
Library Journal
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. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/97.]Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass.
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"A return ticket to Bridges of Madison County."—People

"Get out your box of tissues, and rid yourself of all distractions because once you pick up this book, you will not put it down...Fans of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks will enjoy this book."—Booklist (starred review)

"Pratt's debut novel, like Casablanca, tugs at the heart and brings out the hankies. Sincere, heartfelt."—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312181215
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 634,335
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.69 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author


James Michael Pratt is the author of several books, including the bestselling novels Paradise Bay, Ticket Home, and The Lighthouse Keeper. He lives along the Wasatch mountain range in Utah.
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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    A Must Read!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

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    Heartwarming story. I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Marielle reed

    He was her lost Valentine. This is a true love stoy, giving you all the feelings of love, sadness, loyalty, and leaving no doubt in your mind of heartache but happiness at the same time. This story speaks to your heart, as guiding you through the true meaning of love. Neil Thomas was Valentine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    Highly Recommened you won't be dissapointed !!

    I seen The Lost Valentine on the Hallmark Channel back in February, it was one of the best love stories I have seen in a long time.You won't be disappointed !! This is romantic,touching,and emotional.Thanks to ALL that have fought for our country, and for those that are still fighting for our country!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Love the movie <3

    I was watching something and then the movie came on for this book an I absolutley loved it!! And I just found out about the book and now I really want to read it. If its as good as the movie then I can already tell you that I love it!! <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    The Lost Valentine

    Great book! Very heartwarming Neil and Caroline are the real definition of true love. A story of love and loyalty to that one person you truly love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    DO READ

    Good book

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    it was okay

    it was good but not as good as the movie

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    Loved it!

    I will always remember the struggles that went on in this book because they were so real. The life of a man in war and his wife at home waiting for him makes you think of the world today. I felt like i knew the characters in this book and i was able to sympathize with them. The ending took my breath away, mostly because i was crying to hard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

    A reviewer

    I absolutley loved this book! It was a great combination of the struggles of war and romance. It gets to your heart and makes you feel like your in relation to the characters! It lets you feel everything the character feels. I am hoping to see more of his writings as great as this particular one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    An unforgettable book, even about 3 yrs. since I listened to it on tape.

    I found this book (audio) at Wal-Mart in a sale bin. It sounded good so I bought it. My daughter has it right now, I told her to bring it back so I could listen to it again. You get so caught up in this story, you feel like you're there. It's a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    One of the best books I've ever read!

    I loved this book. Not many books can make me cry, but this one certainly did. It's so full of love and love's triomph. I love WW2 love stories, and this one is one of the best one's I've read. I truely recommend that you read this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2001

    fabulous. a true tearjerker.

    I can't say enough about this book. It had it all. Action, adventure, romance. The twists and turns are great. I can't recommend it enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    Best Love Story of all Time

    This is truly the best love story of all time. I would compare it to The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. It will make you want to fall in love and stay in love with that same person forever.

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