Book Review: Holding Out for a Hero by Victoria Van Tiem


The problem with first love is that it never truly dies . . .

Libby London fell in love with the eighties, came of age in the nineties, and now the twenty-first century is baffling her. Her New York City style is more, erm, vintage tragedy than retro babe, and her penchant for All Things Eighties might just be what’s holding her back in matters of life and love . . .

At least that’s what her well-meaning friends think. They’ve staged a #80sIntervention in an effort to bring Libby bang up to date. What with her dreaded birthday party, friends’ madcap ambush, and being forced to relocate her vintage shop, Libby’s nearing breaking point!

Will she ever be able to move on when the one she loves keeps her in the past?

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Holding Out for a Hero is Victoria van Tiem’s second novel. I read her debut last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I heard that she had published a second novel, I was keen to read it.

Libby London is stuck in the eighties – from her hair to her clothing to the vintage shop she owns – everything is based on that era. When her friends decide she needs an intervention to “bring her back” to the present, she is hesitant. Does she really need to change her eighties look to find love? Why is she so afraid to let go of the past?

Libby’s friends arrange several blind dates for her, and oh boy, these dates are – let’s say, extraordinary… Victoria van Tiem certainly knows how to create characters that are unforgettable!

This novel is full of laughs, jokes, 80s film and music references, but also some more serious underlying issues, that I felt the author dealt with brilliantly. 

Although I was able to guess the plot twist, that really only fully reveals itself in the last few pages, it did not spoil the reading experience for me. Holding Out for a Hero is a great second novel. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.   



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