About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, February 11, 2022

Olive and the Valentine's Spell by Helen Millman: Review & Giveaway with iRead Book Tours

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Olive and the Valentine's Spell by Helen Millman
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Release date:  February 1, 2022
Content Rating:  Rated G. Suitable for everyone
*** 2022 Family Choice Award Winner ***
Book Description:

Olive is a sweet elementary school boy who is afraid to go to school on Valentine’s Day. . .because he thinks he’ll have to get married! Olive’s mom joins in his fight to defeat the “princess of love,” but along the way he learns an even bigger lesson, discovering the true meaning of love.

Olive and the Valentine’s Spell is an inspiring children’s book for all ages that shines a humorous light on Valentine’s Day and overcoming your fears.

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Olive is a little boy who just heard that tomorrow is Valentine's Day and he's worried. He's afraid that everything is going to change...he may have to get married and he's just in kindergarten! His mother quickly assures him that she will help him fight Valentine and all of that love nonsense. Wait! Does that mean that he won't have his Momma's love either?

This is such a cute story, and it's a great way to reassure children that it's okay to be nervous, and it's even better to talk about your fears with your parents. Olive's mother is very understanding, and she teaches him that Valentine's Day is about celebrating all kinds of love, not just romantic love and marriage.

The rhyming text and colorful illustrations make this a fun book for children and reading it as a family is the perfect opportunity to discuss how we are often afraid of what we don't understand. Olive and the Valentine's Spell is a charming book and I recommend it as a perfect addition to both home and school libraries.

I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meet the Author:
Children’s author Helen Millman is a loving wife and mom. Her three young boys continually inspire her with their wild adventures and vivid imaginations. They even helped inspire her to write her new book, Olive and the Valentine’s Spell!

While living in Vero Beach, FL, she spends her time writing, reading, singing, and growing through her life’s experiences. She knows the importance of “seeing the bright side of life” and encourages her readers to “choose love, even when it seems impossible”. A friendly, optimist Helen has always loved to read to her own children and remembers how much her imaginative voices really helped bring the stories to life. She invites her readers to gather with a beloved book, for it truly is one of the best places to snuggle, giggle, imagine, and make unforgettable memories - together.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram
Tour Schedule:

Feb 1 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 - Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 - Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 - icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Feb 7 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 7 - Sandra's Book Club – book review / giveaway
Feb 7 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Feb 8 – Reading is My Passion – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 8 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Feb 8 - Lynchburg Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 9 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Feb 9 - A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Feb 9 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Feb 10 - Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Feb 11 - Kam's Place – book review
Feb 11 - Captive Dreams Window  - book review / giveaway
Feb 11 - Books for Books – book review
Feb 14 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 14 - @twilight_reader – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

Olive and the Valentine's Spell by Helen Millman Book Tour Giveaway



  1. Good morning Connie and thank you very much for such sweet review. I am so glad to read that you enjoyed the book. Thank you very much for inviting me to be part of your blog community. Blessings, Helen Millman.