Friday, March 17, 2023

Contemporary Romance Review: What's Not Lost by Valerie Taylor

This morning, I have a women's contemporary romance novel in our book review spotlight. This book is the third in the series--and I have read and reviewed both What's Not True and What's Not Said. Today, I have What's Not Lost by Valerie Taylor to share. Check out the book, read my thoughts on the book and the other books from the trilogy, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Book Title:  What's Not Lost by Valerie Taylor
Category: Adult Fiction 18+  
Genre: Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Publisher:  Aspetuck Publishing, 324 pages
Release date:  February 7, 2023
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. There is some bad language and references to sex scenes, but no explicit sex scenes.
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About the Book

Through the eyes of an overachiever, the schemes of a homewrecker, the magic of a bottle of wine, and a CAT, award-winning author Valerie Taylor propels this captivating and heart-warming romance to an unpredictable and delightful conclusion.

Kassie O'Callaghan is searching ... for herself and for answers. With her husband six feet under and an engagement ring on her finger, Kassie is convinced managing a company merger in Paris will complete her quest for recognition on her own terms. When she learns her fiancé's ex-girlfriend is pregnant, Kassie's dreams come tumbling down. At least for the moment.

Despite pleas from her younger fiancé to stay in Boston and a warning from her best friend forever of what's at stake should she leave, Kassie heads to Paris with courage and perseverance. There, she stumbles into a world of wine and roses as she tries to put the wisdom of her experience to the ultimate test.

​When a Greek businessman tries to rescue her, Kassie discovers-in life-it's not whether you win or lose, it's the way you love that counts.
My Review


What's Not Lost Continues Kassie's Story for Readers. This book  is the third book of a series. The author does a beautiful job of bringing readers up to speed on the highlights of the characters' past 

dramas. You could read this novel as a stand-alone story, but you should begin at the beginning. If you read this as the only novel, you will miss a lot of the whats and whys that led to the main characters' storylines.


I Actually Kind of Liked the Characters in This Novel. Bad decisions, flawed pasts, secrets, and some twists still made Kassie and her supporting cast a bit unlikable and hard to understand and support.  Having said that, there was a little growing up and soul searching and realizations made through this novel that made the soap opera-like cast a little more relatable. (This could also be my own current state of growing older/growing up and a self-finding mission coming into mind as Iread Kassie's story!) I didn't love the characters, but I liked them just a little in this novel. I will miss the soap opera feeling of waiting to see what they are doing next.  


Would I Recommend What's Not Lost by Valerie Taylor? This novel is a contemporary romance with some soap opera-style instant love connections and lousy decision-making--but it is also a look at a woman's life after infidelity, divorce, death, and life's challenges and twists. This book was my favorite of the series. If you enjoy slightly different life/love stories with human nature and a flawed main character trying to find her path--this novel is a good one. I would read the book as part of the series so that you get all of the pieces of Kassie's story and the person she was/becomes. This novel brings the story to an excellent conclusion that series readers will appreciate.

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Meet the Author

Six years retired, three years a published novelist, always a reader of good stories. Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, CT. She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. After her divorce, she spread her wings and relocated her career to Boston and then to Seattle. When she retired, she resettled in her home state to be near her two grown children and granddaughter. Taylor’s a member of the Westport Writer’s Workshop, the Independent Book Publisher’s Association, the CT Authors and Publishers Association, and the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association. She’s a published book reviewer with She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator. With the expected release in February 2023, What’s Not Lost is the final season in the What’s Not trilogy. Her debut, What’s Not Said, was published in 2020, with the sequel, What’s Not True, following closely in 2021. Taylor’s next journey will be into the world of cozy mysteries.

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