The Valentine Verse by JoAnn Durgin

“My Soul rejoices in the hope of meeting the other half. Will today be the day?”

the_valentine_verseValentine’s Day isn’t just for February 14th anymore! Love should be celebrated every day of the year. That’s Thornton Fielding’s philosophy. In spite of a few false starts in the arena of love, he holds out hope he’ll eventually find the woman of his dreams. The problem? He loves his job, and there’s no end in sight to his travels. But when Thornton returns to his tiny hometown of Cherish, Minnesota, he meets a beautiful and intriguing woman he believes might be God’s answer to ending his bachelor status—permanently. Vara Alexandris is soured on love and scoffs at the notion of soul mates. But soon after meeting the handsome and unconventional Thornton, the speech and language pathologist suspects he might be the perfect ally to help jump-start her stroke patient’s recovery—if only Vara can keep Thornton grounded in Cherish long enough. This man who spouts romanticized and idealistic ideas about love seems all too eager to resume his world travels. Could it be Thornton actually prefers globetrotting in order to avoid a romantic relationship? Is it time for Vara to call the dreamer’s bluff? And can Thornton convince Vara to put past heartache behind her and trust in God’s plan for her heart?

My Review:

I thought this book was pretty good. It was a cute love story. It was fun to get to know Vara and Thornton. There is a very strong scripture message of hope and forgiveness in Jesus. Its such an important truth to share. I think there are important truth’s and a gospel message that  the characters and the reader can learn. I found that as the story continued, almost every conversation was something spiritual or about the gospel message. It started to sound more like preaching then the natural flow of conversation which took away from the story plot.  It made it a little harder to relate to the characters. I think this is a good story with great potential. I am interested in reading other books by JoAnn Durgin.


I recommend this book to family and friends.

I received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest opinion.

Purchase your copy here: Amazon

About the Author:

JoAnn Author Photo (Princess Cruise)JoAnn Durgin is the USA Today bestselling author of the beloved Lewis Legacy Series as well as Prelude, the prequel to the series. Her other works include the Amazon bestselling Catching SerenityHeart’s Design and its sequel, Gentle Like the Rain, The Wondrous Love Series, Echoes of EdinburghPerchance to DreamWhisper to My HeartThee Will I CherishThe Christmas Challenge, and the popular Starlight Christmas Series. A former estate administration paralegal, JoAnn now writes contemporary Christian romance full-time and lives with her family in her native southern Indiana. Writing Christian fiction is her passion, and she loves nothing more than sharing the hope to be found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Connect with JoAnn here: Website * Facebook * Goodreads * Twitter


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Blog Tours:

Reflections From My Bookshelves, January 9

Christian Author, J.E.Grace Blog, January 9

Mommynificent, January 10

Power of Words, January 10 (Spotlight)

Karen Sue Hadley, January 11

Reading is my Super Power, January 11 (Interview)

Quiet Quilter, January 12

Remembrancy, January 13

proud to be an autism mom, January 14

Bibliophile Reviews, January 15

Texas Book-aholic, January 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 17

Janices book reviews, January 18

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 19

Carpe Diem, January 20

A Baker’s Perspective, January 21

Simple Harvest Reads, January 21 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

God is Love, January 22

A Greater Yes, January 23

margaret kazmierczak, January 23 (Interview)

Pursuing Stacie, January 24

Bigreadersite, January 24

16 thoughts on “The Valentine Verse by JoAnn Durgin

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  1. This does sound like a wonderfully romantic book not sappy, but could be real, yet you are already yearning for them to fall in love and for her to lasso him into Cherish to stay and not be away.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Rosie! I like to believe Thornton and Vara’s story is quite romantic. I enjoy writing scenes with light banter and a little teasing that lead up to a sigh-inducing kiss. 🙂 Funny you should mention the word “lasso” since I’m finishing up a book now about a West Texas rancher. It made me smile. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to read The Valentine Verse or another one of my books (I have a few). Blessings!


  2. Thank you for your review. I have realized that I am relying on reviews more and more now. I do love books about hope and second chances and being able to bring something away from the book

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