Valencia and Valentine by Suzy Krause is an Adult Contemporary story of two women and their journey through life and mental health.
“For readers 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“
If you are looking for a more chill story to dive into, this is it!
We follow two women in very different, yet similar, stages of life. One is an elderly woman who tends to live life on her own yet finds everyone as her social butterfly network. Then, we meet a middle-aged girl suffering from OCD.
Both come together to create a friendship that neither of them saw coming.
This is a book that takes a hot minute to get into. The beginning chapters include a bit of pertinent backstory leading up to full character development. We get a more morbid view of life and death which had me a little skeptical at first.
But as their lives come together, we discover a deeper, insightful meaning about life, mental health, and beliefs. Now, this is a mental-health-heavy book, so if this is a category that you enjoy exploring, I highly recommend this one!
But, don’t go into this thinking it will be a lighter read.
I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed the depth the author took her characters and the raw emotions they have towards their lives. I felt like the mental representation was expressed well creating a fairly enticing story to read.
Published: 1 June 2019
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Adult Contemporary
How I Read It: ARC from TLC Book Tours
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