Hating Valentine's Day

Hating Valentine's Day

by Allison Rushby

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781552544129
Publisher: Red Dress Ink
Publication date: 02/01/2006
Series: Red Dress Ink Ser.
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 804 KB

About the Author

Having failed at becoming a ballerina with pierced ears (her childhood dream), Allison Rushby instead began a writing career as a journalism student at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Within a few months she had slunk sideways into studying Russian. By the end of her degree she had learnt two very important things: that she wasn't going to be a journalist; and that there are hundreds of types of vodka and they're all pretty good.

A number of years spent freelancing for numerous wedding magazines ("Getting on with Your Draconian Mother-in-Law Made Simple!", "A 400 Guest Reception for $2.95 Per Head!") almost sent her crazy. After much whingeing about how hard it would be, she began her first novel. That is, her husband (then boyfriend) told her to shut up, sit down and get typing.

Since then, Allison has had three novels published. Her second book, It's Not You It's Me, was published in North America in May 2004, and in Australia and New Zealand in June 2004 with the Red Dress Ink imprint. Soon after, it was translated into Italian and published in Italy. Following this, Hating Valentine's Day, her second Red Dress Ink book, was published in North America, Australia and New Zealand in February 2005. She has since signed a second two-book contract with the Red Dress Ink imprint. Her third book, The Dairy Queen, will be available in North America in April 2006.

These days Allison writes full time, mostly with her cats, Vi and Flo, purring contentedly on her lap and her baby girl, Ivy, playing quietly with educational toys on the floor (she wishes...). She keeps up her education by sampling new kinds of vodka on a regular basis.

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Hating Valentine's Day 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
moonriver on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I'm not ashamed to say that this is a "fluffy" book. Sometimes a girl needs a little fluff. This book was totally out there and had a sort of "Christmas Carol" thing going on with the protagonist being visited by the Valentine's Day version of all the ghosts. Can't say I really loved the book, bit did keep me busy for a few hours. Fast read with not-so-memorable characters, but enjoyable nonetheless.
kikianika on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I finally got around to buying this one (I've been meaning to for almost a year now, hehe), and I enjoyed it exactly as much as I thought I would. The characters were fun and quirky, the love story light and fluffy, and the snark was witty but not bitchy. And hey, I'm anti-Valentine's, too, so that's a title I couldn't have gone past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did Raven get locked out...?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope i never be like this person
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was quite disappointed with this novel. I read many contamporary romance novels and chick lits, but this one was poorly written and very aloof. The books is written from a 1st person Point of View which was a bit odd, and the story line was very far out there. Super disappointing.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Wedding photographer Liv Hetherington detests the rituals of Valentine's Day and for that matter dating in general. She vows this year to elude her matchmaking father, the nonsense of her boss, and the machinations of her best friend. She growls at those who think that Valentine¿s Day is a smashing success for the romantic. Declaring V for victory, this year Liv is making it bah humbug clear to those who throw Valentine¿s Day and dating in general at her.................. However her negative ions are abruptly battered when the sixties great in crowd wedding photographer Mrs. Batty Smith comes from beyond to blithely inform Liv that she must change her attitude or be eternally wedded to the darkside. As Liv wonders what was in her food or water Batty-Smith avows that the spirits of Valentine Past, Present, and Future will come calling her. Each comes with a ¿video of her life with Past having been filmed, Present being filmed and Future filmed based on a trend analysis of her feelings...................... Allison Rushby provides a delightful rendition of the Dickens¿ classic switching holidays so that the audience obtains a fresh fabulous fable. Liv is a delightful scrooge and the human support cast brings out the bah humbug to relationships attitude. The ghosts are wonderful as each is quite different so the audience will feel as if there are three shorts running through this fabulous tale...................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't hear of Valetinine Scrooges, but they do exist; case in point, Liv Hetherington, a wedding photographer who has had it with V-day rituals and dating diseasters. Yet, when everyone who has been urging her into these romantic nightmares gives up on her, there is a strange let down until she discovers that Fate is willing to give her one last chance. Her 'Marley' is the ghost of an old woman with the unlikely name of Mrs. Batty Smith, who informs her that three spirits will visit her to encourage her to change her ways. Cupid, aka, Valentines' Past, is sort of cute, albeit irksome. Valentines' Present is the ideal man, one that readers who like to play the book as a movie in their head will want to hit pause on when he comes around. The spirit of the Future- we won't go there. Suffice it to say, she outdoes Christmas Future on the scary level. With more humor than Dickens, readers are given an equally meaningful message that applies to any day, not just Valentine's Day.