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Valencia and Valentine por Suzy Krause
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Valencia and Valentine (edição 2019)

por Suzy Krause (Autor)

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"Valencia, a timid debt collector with crippling OCD, is afraid of many things, but the two that scare her most are flying and turning thirty-five. To confront those fears, Valencia's therapist suggests that she fly somewhere-anywhere-before her upcoming birthday. And as Valencia begins a telephone romance with a man from New York, she suddenly has a destination in mind. There's only one problem-he might not actually exist. Mrs. Valentine is an eccentric old woman desperate for company, be it from neighbors, telemarketers, or even the funeral director (when you're her age, you go to a lot of funerals). So she's thrilled when the new cleaning girl provides a listening ear for her life's story -a tale of storybook love and incredible adventures around the world with her husband before his mysterious and sudden disappearance. The stories of Valencia and Mrs. Valentine may at first appear to have nothing in common ... but then again, nothing in life is as straightforward as it seems."--Publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:Valencia and Valentine
Autores:Suzy Krause (Autor)
Informação:Lake Union Publishing (2019), 254 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
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Suzy Krause’s debut novel is a charming low-key tale of two women whose lives have been formed by stories. On the one hand is garrulous old-age pensioner Mrs Valentine, always ready with a twinkle in her eye and a new instalment of her colourful life-story. On the other is Valencia, crippled by neuroses and social anxiety, stuck in a dead-end job as a debt collector. Her stories are within her mind: the relentless litany of things that might go wrong if she forgets to do one tiny little things. Crushed by past guilt, Valencia has limited her life to her flat and the four walls of her work cubicle; but, as her thirty-fifth birthday approaches, she begins to long for change. And then, quite of the blue, the possibility of change appears: in the form of a new colleague and an unexpectedly friendly client. Could this be the start of a new life? Or will it be simply the same old tale of opportunities missed through fear, shame and cowardice?

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2019/07/30/valencia-and-valentine-suzy-krause/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Aug 5, 2019 |
I really struggled to finish this one. It just seemed to drag on and then there was a twist towards the end that made no sense at all! I made myself read to the end just to see how the author justified thrle twist. I'm so glad I finished because the last few pages were so beautiful! ( )
  srchng4smthng | Jul 29, 2019 |
A book to read at least twice. Everything is a metaphor for something else. ( )
  Myrna3679 | Jul 16, 2019 |
A special thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Valencia has been working as a debt collector for the past 17 years. She suffers with crippling OCD and is incredibly timid. Of all her fears, it is both flying and turning 35 that are her worst. To help her break free from the constant trepidation that she feels, her therapist suggests that she fly somewhere before her birthday. After speaking with repeat caller James Mace from New York City, and developing feelings for him, Valencia thinks she has the perfect destination. The only problem is that he may not exist.

Mrs. Valentine is 87-years-old and fears her time is coming to an end. She has a mild fascination with death (after all she frequents the funeral home a lot) and is desperate for company of any kind. When her new cleaning girl, Anna, provides an ear, Mrs.Valentine recounts her life story which includes a love story and adventures with her husband before his mysterious disappearance.

Valencia and Mrs. Valentine appear to have nothing in common and are worlds apart, but life is never predictable.

Krause's debut effort is an unconventional love story with themes of loss, and second chances. Unfortunately it is not without issues. Not only did it take a while to get into the story, but I struggled with both characters—what was with their mild obsessions with death? I love quirky characters, but Valencia was exhausting.

The plot was convoluted at times and other times it was repetitious and circular. There was a pivotal event in high school—which was I assume the catalyst for Valencia's downward spiral—that should have packed more of an impact, but instead it left me with more questions. Also, there were some issues with timeline and the only thing I can come up with is that this was done on purpose to mislead the reader.

Surprisingly this book was a bit dark and depressing and I was expecting more of a feel-good story rather than a character study. But please don't let this review sway you away from reading it, Krause's writing is quite good, I just don't think the book was for me. ( )
  GirlWellRead | Jul 8, 2019 |
Did not grab my attention. Read about 18%. Too much disjointed thoughts from two unrelated plot lines. OCD musings did not interest me. ( )
  furrykidz | Jul 2, 2019 |
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"Valencia, a timid debt collector with crippling OCD, is afraid of many things, but the two that scare her most are flying and turning thirty-five. To confront those fears, Valencia's therapist suggests that she fly somewhere-anywhere-before her upcoming birthday. And as Valencia begins a telephone romance with a man from New York, she suddenly has a destination in mind. There's only one problem-he might not actually exist. Mrs. Valentine is an eccentric old woman desperate for company, be it from neighbors, telemarketers, or even the funeral director (when you're her age, you go to a lot of funerals). So she's thrilled when the new cleaning girl provides a listening ear for her life's story -a tale of storybook love and incredible adventures around the world with her husband before his mysterious and sudden disappearance. The stories of Valencia and Mrs. Valentine may at first appear to have nothing in common ... but then again, nothing in life is as straightforward as it seems."--Publisher description.

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