- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (17 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751544272
- ISBN-13: 978-0751544275
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Valentine's Card Paperback – 17 Jan 2013
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Funny, original and wise (Kate Fforde)
Cecelia Ahern fans will love this poignant yet witty romance (Sunday Mirror)
A fast paced story with a most unexpected twist (Image Magazine)
You'll laugh and cry your way through this original and touching love story (Closer)
It's a gorgeous ride with a hell of a final shock (Star Magazine)
A wonderfully warm and witty romantic comedy novel about the power of love, laughter and friendship.See all Product description
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Flying to England to sort out Sim's possessions in his London home, Orla searches for one thing - Sim's journal. Sim was never apart from his journal, carrying it everywhere and scribbling notes in it. Orla hopes that the journal may provide information of what life was like for Sim when he was apart from Orla, but as she spends more time in London unearthing moments of Sim's life in London, she realises she may not know everything about him...
I must say the mystery aspect of this story interested me highly. From the beginning I wanted to know what was in Orla's Valentine's card, what Sim had written to her, and as Orla carried it everywhere with her, it will keep in the forefront of readers minds. There was also the mystery of Sim - Who is he really? What was he like in London? Is there anything Sim was keeping from Orla?
I warmed to the secondary characters more than I did Orla and Sim, I couldn't connect with Orla as a character, but that's just me - Everyone responds to characters differently so I'm certain other readers will love her. I really liked Maude, Sim's elderly friend who runs the bookstore and lives above Sim, I liked how supportive she was to Orla, and watching Orla's relationship with Maude grow.Read more ›
This long distance relationship is working for them, or so Orla would have us believe.
On Valentine's Day everything changes in a second, just as Orla receives Simon's Valentine's Card, she also receives news that Simon has died suddenly.
In the grieving process Orla holds on tight to the last Valentine's Card from her boyfriend, believing it to be a proposal and not wanting to let go of her last communication with Simon.
She goes to his flat in London to try to discover what his life was like there and to pluck up the courage to read the card. In London she discovers that the Simon she knew so well in Dublin is not the Simon London knew.
This novel had an unusual start with the male lead dying on the first page of chapter one. It was a shocking start but the story that followed was gripping.
I did not warm to Orla and could not feel her grief. I much preferred the supporting cast, friends of Simon and the dearly departed Simon himself.
When Orla did get around to opening the Valentine's Card she became a different person and I did not like her behaviour. I would have usually put a book down at that point BUT I was compelled to finish the book as I cared about the supporting cast and had to know Simon's story.
I am so glad I did continue to read as once Orla saw the error of her recent behaviour and the story unfolded I began to enjoy the story again. The twist at the end was superb.
I did enjoy this story in the main but there was a section where I really struggled to keep going.Read more ›
The book starts quite abrubtly with Sim's death, and then we are put into the story with Orla, and her finding out he's died and the fallout from that. I was surprised that I didn't find this whole part a little bit more emotional, because I was expecting to tug at my heartstrings a little bit more, but sadly I didn't feel all that moved by it for some reason. I have to be honest and confess that I didn't warm to her that much throughout the book either, she wasn't exactly unlikeable but I wasn't feeling necessarily sympathetic towards her like I had expected to. She didn't obviously deal too well with Sim's death, but as things progress and she finds out more about Sim and his life in London, I can't say I liked her actions much and perhaps that hindered my enjoyment of the book ever so slightly.
I really liked a couple of the other characters though. There's Maude, Orla's landlady in London who is hiding a secret of her own, and her no-nonsense approach to dealing with Orla was quite funny at times too and made me smile.Read more ›
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I AM GOING TO HAVE TO COPY AND PASTE BECAUSE MY REVIEWS ON THESE BOOKS BY BERNADETTE ARE ALL THE SAME. FANTASTIC READING, GET THEM ALL! JULIET ASHTON IS BERNADETTE STRACHAN :)Published 15 months ago by Kat Willows
Liked the story and seeing how some people react to grief. I knew from early on who the other person was too so a bit predictablePublished on 9 April 2014 by Lynsey Tasker
I enjoyed this book far more than I thought, I liked Orla very much but not so keen on Sim and couldn't really understand what she saw in him. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by Kat75
This is sad funny and real, I loved this book, I thought it might be a little to soppy for me, but it isn't, it's just like lifePublished on 1 May 2013 by annie
Heard this book reviewed on local radio and decided to buy it - I was not disappointed. A good read with some unusual twists and turns as the story unfolds.Published on 19 April 2013 by grannyanne
I love the fact that this book was released for valentines day and was called The Valentines Card, an author who wasn't afraid to state the obvious! Read morePublished on 8 April 2013 by Fabulous Book Fiend