The Valentine Verse Review and Giveaway!

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About the Book


Author: JoAnn Durgin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 5, 2017

Valentine’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?

Join Thornton and Vara in USA Today bestselling author JoAnn Durgin’s latest release full of her trademark humor, romance, and lively, small-town characters in a story of God’s fierce passion and loving guidance for His children—if only they pay attention! The Valentine Verse is sure to warm your soul during any season of the year.


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My Perspective

This was a sweet romance story that will appeal to those who enjoy a predictable love story with faith as the main theme. Vera and Thornton were likeable characters, however I would have liked to see more friction between them. I am a fan of characters fighting, and having to work towards their happy ending. I think that all good relationships require work, and while there was some little interruptions throughout the book, I thought they could have lasted a little longer, or provide a bit more dynamic.

That being said, I still enjoyed reading about Vera and Thornton. The title of the book couldn’t be more perfect, both in the traditional and non-traditional sense. God’s love is a great Valentine story, that Ms. Durgin has beautifully weaved throughout this story. But Vera and Thornton provide that other Valentine’s story we like to read about. The type that makes us smile, have hope in our own romantic lives, and leaves us happy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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 Serenity, Heart’s Design and its sequel, Gentle Like the Rain, The Wondrous Love Series, Echoes of Edinburgh, Perchance to Dream, Whisper to My Heart, Thee Will I Cherish, The 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.


Guest Post from JoAnn Durgin

A Little More about The Valentine Verse from Author JoAnn Durgin

I adore writing and reading contemporary Christian romance, but I’ve noticed very few novels in the genre have an actual Valentine’s Day theme and/or title. Perhaps authors believe it would limit the “shelf life” of their book. The way I see it, if Christmas novels (and Hallmark Christmas movies) can be popular year-round, why not Valentine’s Day books?

I’ve always been somewhat of a rebel in my writing career. Don’t tell me I can’t do something or I might just try it (within reason)! After a Christmas release last year followed closely by the eighth installment (500 pages!) of my longest-running series, I knew I couldn’t possibly release a Valentine’s Day book. That’s when one of the primary themes of The Valentine Verse “hit” me—Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be reserved only for February 14th. Expressing our love to one another should be celebrated throughout the year! This concept became the philosophy of the hero, Thornton Fielding, and the book released in early May. Let me tell you a little more about the idea for Thornton…

I dedicated The Valentine Verse to my uncle, Mr. Thornton, and named my hero after him. My uncle was instrumental in my being able to quit my full-time paralegal job in mid-August 2014. Without going into specific details, there were three things that took place (“signs,” if you will) beginning earlier that same year, which seemed to clearly indicate I should try to make writing my full-time career. My debut novel released in late 2010, and the story of my road to publication can be found on my website at By early 2014, my books were beginning to find faithful readers, and I was blessed with decent sales. The third and final “sign” and blessing came from Mr. Thornton. Truly, it was as if God were saying, “JoAnn, what more will it take for you to step out in faith?” I promised the Lord and myself that I’d take a year and see how it went…and I haven’t looked back since! I took the leap of faith, but I’m also doing what I feel the Lord has called me to do. Almost three years to the day of quitting my day job, I released my 24th novel. God is so good, and it is my great honor and privilege to write for His glory.

Thank you to Celebrate Lit for the gracious opportunity for this blog tour. The Valentine Verse features fun characters (how can you miss with a small Minnesota town named Cherish?), heartwarming lessons, *sightings* of two of my most popular heroes from another series, and even a surprising twist at the end! I hope you’ll enjoy The Valentine Verse.

Blessings, friends.


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To celebrate her tour, JoAnn is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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23 thoughts on “The Valentine Verse Review and Giveaway!

    1. Thanks so much, James! Glad to “see” you again on my blog tour, and thanks for following along! I appreciate the encouragement and your comment. Blessings.

  1. I don’t know why, but as humans we are amazed at what God does when we step out on faith and give it all up to Him. So glad you did. I agree, love is for every day of the year, and should be celebrated thusly. Congrats on your book

    1. Thanks for reading some of my other books, Phyllis! I’m happy you enjoyed them, and I hope you can pick up The Valentine Verse at some point. 🙂 I appreciate the comment. Blessings!

  2. Enjoyed reading your review and the information on both “The Valentine Verse ” and author JoAnn Durgin. Thank you for being part of the book tour!
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  3. Thank you for your review and spotlight on The Valentine Verse. If I may say, most of my books have more external conflicts working against my hero and heroine. Not that they don’t have their own conflicts (either independently or together, or both), but it’s more the way they face those external forces and how they work together (and fall in love in the process) that makes the story. For a book titled as such, I wanted a sweet story without the angsty hand-wringing that goes on so much in the world. In other words, it’s an escape. Thank you again. Blessings!

    1. JoAnn thank you for letting me know. I am going to see if I can get copies of them to read! And trust me, escapes are good ? so thankful you stopped by!

      1. Thank YOU, Jessica! I’d love it if you’d pick up another of my books sometime. I have a few. 🙂 I also wrote a pen name book, Only A Heartbeat Away, but “Julianna Desmond.” My readers know it’s me, btw. It was just something fun I tried after my 25th book was published. But I learned it’s difficult to sell a book for an unknown author!

      2. In my comment about Julianna, that’s “by” Julianna Desmond, of course. Always editing… My eyes are blurry from typing… I’m sure you understand. 🙂

  4. I enjoy reading heart-warming, encouraging books at any season! Thanks for the heart-warming giveaway!

    1. Thanks for the comment, NZ! It IS a fun story. But what do I know? I just wrote it, LOL. 🙂 I hope you can pick up a copy of The Valentine Verse at some point. Blessings!

    1. Thanks for stopping by the blog and for your comment, Tammy! I love what you said about reading the book WITH your Valentine. That is so awesome! 🙂 Thornton’s job might appeal to a man, IMHO. It’s something I’d never heard of before until I started researching. I hope you can pick up a copy of The Valentine Verse and enjoy it together! Blessings.

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