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Love Me Tender

(When I Fall in Love)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  49 reviews
As "Love Me Tender" plays in the background, Debbie Carmichael determines to salvage her family's restaurant, Sweet Sal's Soda Shoppe, when her father's health fails. Teen heartthrob Bobby Conrad agrees to perform at a fundraiser concert. But just two weeks before the highly publicized event, Bobby backs out of the benefit. Enter Johnny Hartman, a young, unknown singer to ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Summerside Press
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“As "Love Me Tender" plays in the background, Debbie Carmichael determines to salvage her family's restaurant, Sweet Sal's Soda Shoppe, when her father's health fails. Teen heartthrob Bobby Conrad agrees to perform at a fundraiser concert. But just two weeks before the highly publicized event, Bobby backs out of the benefit. Enter Johnny Hartman, a young, unknown singer to take Conrad's place. Debbie soon realizes the twists and turns leading up to the concert are divinely orches
This book was so cute, I think it deserves five stars! ^_^ I don't read much books from this era, but it is certainly enchanting! From poodle skirts and Sweet Sal milkshakes to starlets and Elvis Presley's "Love me Tender", this book made me feel bubbly and smiley. It just has a captivating touch.

Journeying with budding star singer Johnny and small-town waitress Debbie was extremely fun. I got the inside scoop on all the "Hollywood Heartthrobs" from back then; and also watched these two, dreamy
Love Me Tender was a really sweet love story set during the 50's!

Not only was it the cutest little romance I've read this year, but I totally got an education on the 1950's! :D Everything from malts, red lipstick, Elvis Presley, poodle skirts, crazy fangirls, and cute old fashioned romance, it's all here! It was a great book. Now I need to try a 50's style soda shoppe! :D

And Johnny Hartmann.... <333 *sighs* Now that's a real guy! ;D He wanted to follow God, and he wrote Debbie the sweetest s
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Cute book. :) A lighter read, with some good messages to it. Didn't care for the repeated "Follow your heart" phrase or the constant kissing before any commitment, but otherwise it was a very sweet story! One I enjoyed. It was fun reading a book set in the 50's, with all its music references. :)
This was cute. It was rather predictable, but still a cute story. I particularly enjoyed reading the columns from the Hollywood Heartbeat magazine.
I read this book almost straight through, but I had to stop to go to church on Sunday or I would have finished it instead. This author has an amazing gift. She is able to deliver a clean, but very romantic story every time. Her characters are endearing, but realistic, yet her stories are soft and tender. That's the best way to describe her books. Tender romances that will make your heart pound.

I couldn't help smiling as I read this book. The chapter beginnings where they quoted the Hollywood He
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
First, the disclaimer. "I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, LOVE ME TENDER is a cute story set in the 1950s when rock music, corner diners, and poodle skirts reigned. I enjoyed this book even though I wasn't born (or even thought about) during this decade, but I still remember malt shops and some of the music from this time period. Elvis Presley? The Beach Boys? Okay, I'm not sure about them but Presley is mentioned in the book.

News of the decade is included as
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. (3 stars for those who aren’t as interested in the time period/setting as I am.) I was excited about this book because of the backdrop and time period... one of my favorite decades to read about it and there are few books written in it. Overall, the story was sweet and wholesome. The fangirling was oh-so relatable. I loved Johnny and Debbie.

The writing of this book, however, was not quite up to par. I don’t know if it was on purpose or not, but it was written in a very tongue in chee
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I adored this book all the way through from start to finish. Simple but very sweet.

Everything about this book is so my style. I love the time it takes place, the location, and just every small detail that was put in the story to make it more to that decade. Did I mention how much I love the 50s? I will say though that the romance was very cheesy and it got on my nerves at times, but it all played out very well.

I definitely recommend this awesome story. There is a good amount of hugging and kis
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Elvis fan, so any book called Love Me Tender is going to get my attention. I am also a fan of Janice Hanna (a.k.a Janice Thompson), so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I became a fan of Janice’s after reading her Weddings by Bella series. If you’ve read those books, you know that Janice has a terrific sense of humor and a wonderfully sentimental writing style. When I first started reading Love Me Tender, I was slightly disappointed that it didn’t have the humor I wa ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ever since I randomly discovered the Weddings by Bella trilogy at my local library, Janice Hanna (aka Janice Thompson) has become one of my favorite authors. Her books are as entertaining as well-made cinema, and the squeaky cleanliness makes them even more fun. This 1950's romantic comedy was funny and touching in all the right ways. What keeps it from getting a perfect score was that every chapter started with a long quotation from a fictional magazine. It made for interesting reading at first ...more
Janice Sisemore
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Love me tender

What a cute story. This is set in the 1950's, enjoyed hearing about them complaining about the raising prices. Back when Elvis first started. They have a fundraiser for the local ma and pop dinner. They try to get all the girls latest heartthrob, Bobby, to play for it but one time he can do it and the next he can't. Bobby agent is going to get a singer name Johnny to do it. Read the book to find out what happens. I received this book for a honest review. Recommend it.
Cindy Nipper
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Me Tender by Janice Thompson
The story premise reminded me so much of a recent play our young friends were in.  This is what I found about "Bye Bye Birdie (1960 – 1961, first run)

In 1958, Elvis Presley was drafted. Bye Bye Birdie was a tongue-in-cheek response to the hysteria that ensued. After learning fictional crooner Conrad Birdie has been drafted, his handlers decide to capitalize on the situation. They bang out a new single for him entitled "One Last Kiss," and select a random small t
Xila Toro
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
11 or 12+

Oh. My. Goodness. I loved this book. It got a bit cheesy at times, but once I got past that it was so adorable. You really get sucked in. It's a super cute book and I would totally reread it. Would definitely recommend. There were a couple kisses and close talking, but it was very innocent and cute. A good romance for younger kids. No violence or language. It also had the great theme of how we sometimes idolize celebrities and how that affects us spiritually. Great great great read.
My rating 2.5 stars. Well.......It was just to lovey and stuff. I should have known since the title is Love me Tender. *shrugs* The girls in it were......weird. In my opinion. And i kind of felt like a certain two people fell instantly in love and then all lovey dovey. I don't know, I just didn't love it. It was an interesting story, but just to lovey for me. But don't let that from stopping you, because I have very different tastes then a lot of people.
Rhian Denise Nieto
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book with the exception of ONE THING. DEBBIE.
I couldn’t stand her! Omg. There was a part where she kisses Johnny and then talks about another guy. LIKE WHAT? It pissed me off so much I gave up on her.
I loved that it talked about God, the Bible and spirituality.
It honestly read like a Christian nonfiction book and I didn’t mind. Those were actually my favorite parts and pretty much the main reason I’m giving this 3 stars.
Denise Bucklew
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved reading this book!!! Although it was fictional, it has so many beautiful characters in it that it could've been true!!! Looking forward to reading more from this author!!! I believe that this was one of the best books to finish on New Year's Eve!!! It had so much inspiration, love of people & love of God!!! It also remind you long as you know & love Good first then many blessings come you're way!!!
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can count on one hand the number of books I've read set in the 50s, so I was excited to read Love Me Tender and I wasn't disappointed. Such a cute romance! Diners, poodle skirts, and all the mentions of singers and actors from the 1950s...I loved it!! Now I'm off to look up the song Love Me Tender by Elvis.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Me Tender, by Janice Thompson, is a historical set in Laguna Beach during the 1950's. It's strange to think of the novel as a historical, because I recognized most of the names that the author used to reference the era, and the 50's really doesn't seem too far off in the past to me. This novel is set during my parents' generation, and I recognized names such as Pat Boone, Milton Berle, Kim Novak, Doris Day, Little Richard, Frankie Avalon, Roy Rogers, Patti Page, Perry Como, etc. partly from ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Linda Rainey
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful love story reminds me of growing in the late 50's and early 60's.
Putting The Lord first in their lives was very endearing.
This story is for those who like a trip down memory lane and love Christian romance.
I read this story as a part of an anthology " Love At The Beach".
Oct 15, 2010 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of the fifties and really enjoyed Janice Hanna’s Love Me Tender.

This book made me want to read her entire “When I Fall In Love” series which will have titles focused on the 1920’s all the way through to the 1970’s. Each book in the series will share the title of a familiar love song. By 2011, Janice should have six books in this series.

Love Me Tender takes you back to the good old days of “be-bop”, malt shops, saddle shoes and great music playing on the juke box. Young girls pin
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This book is a part of the When I Fall Series that include books named after popular songs and take place during 1920-1970.

Love Me Tender takes place in 1957 at Laguna Beach, California. It centers around Debbie Carmichael and Johnny Hartman. Debbie works at her family's restaurant, Sweet Sal's Sodda Shoppe. Her father recently had a heartattack and adds pressure to her family to keep her father from doing to much work. She and her family also have to worry about financial struggles because a Mc
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Love Me Tender**** e-book by Janice Thompson

Love Me Tender is a sweet and funny love story. Debbie Carmichael works at her family's restaurant, Sweet Sal's Soda Shoppe along, with her family. When her father's health fails she is determined to find a way to keep the soda shoppe open. She comes up with a plan that just might work—maybe. It all revolves on the heartthrob singer Bobby Conrad...can she get him to perform a fund-raiser concert to save the soda shoppe? However, things don't go as she
Janna Ryan
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love the concept of this new series by Summerside Press. Each book is set in a different music period and the music of that time plays a central character in the story. I believe this is the first one and it struck a chord with me because it is set in my favorite musical time - the 50's - love it! Janice does an amazing job of making the music an important part of the story and I loved the waves of nostalgia as I read it. The jukebox in the diner makes a fun addition as the songs change when p ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Love me tender…. Love me sweet… never let me go…
This song played in my head the entire time I read this delightful novel, that is how thoroughly ensconced in the era and book I was.

Who can’t resist a yummy hero in Johnny Hartman? Not me and certainly not Debbie Carmichael. With the first book in the “When I Fall in Love” series, I was swept away and taken on a fun ride into 1950’s California and the love story of the characters. Everything, even down to the introductory celebrity “gossip” at the
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sweet romance and fabulous reminder of America's best era!

Love Me Tender was a wonderful trip down memory lane for this 'Baby-Boomer' born in 1950. The days of jukeboxes at every booth in the cafes, transistor radios carried by every teen,(instead of the cell phones of today)and IMHO the best music there ever was. My sister and I had our bedroom walls covered with the teen magazine posters of the popular teen stars of music, TV,and movies.

Times were so innocent back then,decent TV shows and mov
Wilani Wahl
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book set in the 1950's the decade in which I was born. It was a tender sweet story and I loved the characters. I would love to see more of these characters.
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

I am a huge fan of the '50s so I enjoyed the music and movie references, but I was left wishing for more substance. I wish there was more depth and maturity to the plot and characters. Throughout this book I kept on feeling like it was geared towards a younger audience, especially since each chapter begins with an article from a teen magazine. The constant swooning and gushing over Hollywood stars was quite juvenile and made the main c
Felisha Caldeira
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janice Thompson's love story was easy to follow and very sweet. I enjoyed the take back to the 1950's and I thought she stayed true to the time period both in plot and character development. Leading heavily with the Christian influence--I mean, it's in the title-- in all elements of the novel, I enjoyed that the message was not pushed "in your face" but rather subtle and encouraging and worked well with many of the character's demeanor. Could that be found in real life, not sure, but it worked f ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Aug 18, 2015 09:21AM  
  • Nightingale (Brothers in Arms, #2)
  • Love Remains (The Matchmakers, #1)
  • Truth (Makilien, #1)
  • The Wedding Kiss
  • Hello, Hollywood! (Backstage Pass, #2)
  • Raider's Heart (Backwoods Brides #1)
  • Red Like Crimson (Red, White and Blue Weddings #1)
  • Stars in the Night
  • Crimson Cipher
  • Skip Rock Shallows (Copper Brown, #3)
  • Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona
  • Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe
  • Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico
  • Love Finds You in Silver City, Idaho (Love Finds You)
  • Love Finds You in Revenge, Ohio

Other books in the series

When I Fall in Love (6 books)
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Unforgettable
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside
  • Love Letters in the Sand
  • Strangers in the Night
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