- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Jove Books (Jan 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 051512995X
- ISBN-13: 978-0515129953
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 9.9 x 2.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,696,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sheila Rabe knows women. She must have hundreds of girlfriends, or else she writes about her own life in order to grasp our idiocies so well (oops, Sorry Sheila! That came out wrong <evil grin>). The main character, Shelby Barrett, takes loyalty to an extreme I could never have managed, but I do know women like her. Lots of women like her. Hmmmmm. Shelby has been in love with Matt for 3 years, but when the engagement ring doesn't appear at Christmas, and New Year's evening yields only a kiss, something in Shelby snaps.
You have to read this book to really appreciate what Shelby goes through to sort her life out. I smiled and laughed through much of it, especially the part where Shelby sends flowers to herself at work in order to make Matt jealous. Unfortunately (?) she decides to invent a man to send them, you know, like when Sandra Dee sent flowers to herself in that old movie and then pretended to be a secretary ordering them for her boss? Shelby puts a lot of thought into it, inventing the boss's name and all. She used to love reruns of Davy Jones in the Monkees hence her new guy becomes David Jones. To Shelby's mortification Matt tracks down a real David Jones and goes and threatens the life out of him.
No more plot giveaway (except for the highly entertaining subplot of Shelby's romance-author mom Diana of no libido, and Matt's gorgeous uncle Lance). Just the best quote, my favorite from the book: 'Shelby closed her Nora Roberts novel. She always hated to come to the end of a good story. It was a little like having a friend move away just as you were getting close.' (Sheila Rabe, Be My Valentine, page 143.) AMEN. Not only is Sheila Rabe not afraid to drop a fellow author's name, she knows exactly how I felt when I finished Be My Valentine.
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