Thursday, January 31, 2013

'Returning for Valentine's' Book Tour & Review

Contemporary Romance Novella (8000 words)
Title: Returning to Valentine
Author: Victoria Pinder
Date Published: 1/1/13

Nathan loves Beth, though he’s never believed she loved him. He left to get over her, and on Valentine’s Day he decided to risk everything, including his heart, and tell her.

Beth lost her heart to Nathan Sommers years ago. After a night at a friend’s wedding, he took off. She tried to move on, with a guy who she could’t love, but that didn’t work out. Now that it’s Valentine’s Day, she’s determined to go out and find her true love. Speed dating is better than no dating.

Why would Nathan show up now? Can she believe in love and happy ever after? And what will his mother do next to her if she lets him in?

**My thoughts**

Nathan and Beth have known each other since they were kids. Beth has always been in love with Nathan and he broke her heart. She has never believed that Nathan was truly in love with her. She finds out quite differently one Valentine's Day when she goes to one of those speed dating events, and he ends up being one of her "dates." 

There was a lot of background given in the story, so that you knew where these characters had been. Some parts of it really felt like they could have gone into more depth. For example, why does Nathan's mom hate Beth so much? Why does Beth's mom interfere so much? What really happened that fateful night, that caused the two of them to become so confused?

The romantic element of finding out the man of your dreams really does love you and is worth millions is a great fantasy. Part of the storyline in this aspect reminded me of the movie The Bachelor, starring Chris O'Donnell and Renee Zellweger. This novella shows signs of potential if the story can continue and be fleshed out more.

Author Bio:

Victoria Pinder also writing under Greta Buckle grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, then became a lawyer. After realizing she hates clients, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is fun, but writing is a passion. She wrote one hundred and one fan fiction stories online before deciding to transition into writing her own stories. Never ask her to republish her fan stories from age eleven- horribly written stories of princesses. Victoria dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Theseus story came to her when she was a freshman in high school as her English teacher, the nun, told her how life was hard and tragedy teaches lessons. The sci fi stories come from years of Star Trek and Star Wars fandom. Victoria’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused. How is she crazy? The voices in her head are characters in novels and she’s not insane.

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