Valencia and Valentine

Narrated by: Janet Metzger
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
3.6 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, debut author Suzy Krause delivers a quirky, colorful story about love, loss, second chances, and what it means to truly live.

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.

©2019 by Suzy Krause. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Janet Metzger adopts a Canadian accent while bringing these Saskatchewan-based characters to life. She skillfully helps to distinguish characters such as the hesitant, anxious Valencia; the elderly, talkative Mrs. Valentine; and assorted friends and co-workers. Her characterizations work well to convey the author's musings on worries, love, friendship, and progress versus stagnation." (AudioFile Magazine)

“Perfect for fans of Maria Semple and Graeme Simsion, Valencia and Valentine is a charming novel with quirky characters the reader can’t help falling in love with. With a unique voice and a fun twist, it’s a story of love, human connection, and adversity that is handled with deftness and compassion by Krause. You’ll think about the characters and their stories long after you turn the final page; in fact, as soon as I finished, I was tempted to go back to the beginning and start it again!” (Susie Orman Schnall, award-winning author of The Subway Girls)

Valencia and Valentine is a charming, beautifully told tale of love and loss, disappointments and dreams. You will root for this cast of eccentric characters, ache for them, and celebrate their victories. A terrific debut, sure to delight fans of Gail Honeyman and Fredrik Backman. Irresistible!” (Lori Nelson Spielman, internationally best-selling author of Sweet Forgiveness and The Life List

“A quirky, touching story about two women who, on the surface, are not connected: but life is strange, and nothing is what it appears to be. Perfectly poignant, and for oddballs everywhere.” (Georgia Clark, critically acclaimed author of The Regulars)

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Nice story

This was nice to listen to. Sweet story with several twists and turns. Performance was great.

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enjoyable read

I was confused at points but then in the end it all makes sense. Everytime I thought I knew what was going to happen I was wrong. lol I appreciated the fact that the author shows how anxiety and mental health feels... how it feels for people who live with it everyday.

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  • MK
  • 12-08-19

Surprisingly touching, inspiring and thought provoking.

I loved this book. The story was so beautifully woven together. Some romance, mystery and the reality of life when someone struggles with mental illness issues.

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Awful

Don’t waste your money. The worst book I’ve listened to in ages. I don’t even really know what the story was! It was like being in the mentally ill main character’s head : all garbled and incoherent. It should be described as a stream of consciousness fantasy. I finished it feeling YUCK, WHAT AN AWFUL STORY!

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pretty good

This book was a little confusing the way it was presented but overall I found it entertaining. I liked how OCD was portrayed in the book in a sensitive way. It was just annoying the way it switched back and forth between stories and it didn't make any sense until the end. The ending was also kind of jumbled. Still it was a fun read and it kept my attention.

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Waste of time

This story made no sense. I kept waiting for something of importance to happen. It never happened.

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Beautiful love story and relatable true characters

Some books speak to you in a personal way, like the author is a good friend who knows you personally. I adored the characters in this novel and the love story woven throughout was tender and priceless. As someone who has had social anxiety my whole life I GET Valencia! I identify with her in a way that I rarely do with characters. Her social ineptitudes are quirky and sometimes comical but are utterly relatable if you've ever experienced this kind of anxiety. I haven't experienced OCD myself but as a former mental health therapist her description seems fairly accurate. Also Valencia's therapist, Louise is, hilarious and cringe-worthy in her own way.

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Don’t waste your time

I really really disliked this book. It was so so slow. I actually gave up half-way through as the story wasn’t going anywhere for either character. If there was anything going on I would have stayed with it because I rarely don’t push through a book. The narrator was alright. I have listened to other books with her reading, but her pace and the very ending nothingness of the parallel stories made me want to cry in frustration.

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Terrible book

I have no words to describe how awful this book is! Does not make any sense at all. Just gibberish.

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  • 10-11-20

Not for me

I never connected in any way with Valencia - perhaps this reflects more on me than the character. Narration was excellent.