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"It's the writer's privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart." – Faulkner

Thank you for visiting my website!  Please enjoy the Free Reads and Sneak Peeks found at my Once Upon a Time Book Club, the unique "Specials" and updated Bestsellers recently becoming author-owned once more. Write to me, visit my Podcast and Blog, and share your feelings about the discoveries you make with friends and family!  ~James Michael Pratt  aka "Jim"

"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet."  ~Plato
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"It is now midnight, the witching hour, and I just finished reading The Last Valentine for the 6th time!  Yes, I cried my eyes out again-- at the most beautiful love story, I have ever read! Everyone from 16 years old and up should read this story!"   ~Helen Mulholland

When the novel was renamed in 2011, over 14.5 million viewers watched Hallmark Hall of Fame and CBS Movie-of-the-Week's "THE LOST VALENTINE" on their World Premiere Event first airing in January of that year, making it the most beloved Valentine's Day-themed film of all time.  Tens of millions of viewers worldwide have viewed the movie since.

Ten years later, on December 31, 2021, Betty White passed away just days short of her 100th birthday. She so perfectly portrayed Caroline Thomas from the story. Millions around the world have come to see her as the embodiment of our mothers and grandmothers who waited faithfully for our fathers and grandfathers to finally come home from war.  Susan Allison was touchingly portrayed by Jennifer Love Hewitt. 

The Hallmark Channel still regularly plays the movie for delighted viewers worldwide in months and weeks preceding Valentine's Day.  Because of that, these actress portrayals and the story will last forever.

THE LOST VALENTINE was inspired by true events and is based upon the New York Times bestselling novel, The Last Valentine, first published in hardcover in 1998

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“Love is the answer to everything.  If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”—Ray Bradbury
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