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The Last Valentine
     

The Last Valentine

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by James Michael Pratt
 

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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 years, she waited for

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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 years, 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?

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312207274
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,238,546
File size:
289 KB

Meet the Author

James Michael Pratt is a full-time writer and radio host. His radio show, The Bestsellers Show is heard in a growing number of markets nationwide. A native Californian, he has been married to his wife, Jeanne, for twenty-five years and is the father of two children, Michael and Amy. Before beginning his writing career, he was active in financial and real estate-related business in Southern California. A frequent guest speaker, Pratt focuses on the motivational themes of hope, belief, love, and achieving personal success with a balanced life.


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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Last Valentine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Lauraley More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming story. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Suely More than 1 year ago
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!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Good book
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Benay Harris More than 1 year ago
it was good but not as good as the movie