Title: The Last Post
Author: Renée Carlino
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
Source: Wildfire Marketing Solutions/Netgally
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance
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Rating: 4 ⭐️’s
In this evocative and poignant novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Blind Kiss and Wish You Were Here, a young widow in the midst of grieving her late husband through Facebook posts learns to heal and fall in love again.
“See you on the other side.”
Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete opposite of her, ready and willing to dive off a cliff-face, or parachute across a canyon—and Laya loved him for it. But she was different: pragmatic, regimented, devoted to her career and to supporting Cameron from the sidelines of his death-defying feats.
Opposites attract, right?
But when Cameron dies suddenly and tragically, all the stages of grief go out the window. Laya becomes lost in denial, living in the delusion that Cameron will come back to her. She begins posting on his Facebook page, reminiscing about their life together, and imagining new adventures for the two of them.
Micah Evans, a young and handsome architect at Laya’s father’s firm, is also stuck––paralyzed by the banal details of his career, his friendships, and his love life. He doesn’t know what he’s looking for, only that there is someone out there who can bring energy and spirit to the humdrum of his life.
When Micah discovers Laya’s tragic and bizarre Facebook posts, he’s determined to show Laya her life is still worth living. Leaving her anonymous gifts and notes, trying to recreate the sense of adventure she once shared with her late husband, Micah finds a new passion watching Laya come out of the darkness. And Laya finds a new joy in the experiences Micah has created for her.
But for Laya, letting another man in still feels like a betrayal to her late husband. Even though Micah may be everything she could wish for, she wonders if she deserves to find happiness again.
Written with Renée Carlino’s signature “tender and satisfying” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Maybe in Another Life) prose, this warm and compassionate novel shows us how powerful the courage to love and live again truly is.
Renée Carlino is, and always will be, one of my favorite authors. I happened by her writing by chance, and I’ve never looked back, eating up her words like they were a gift. While not every story evokes the same feelings for me, I have always enjoyed the feelings that she creates with her characters and the true emotions that she puts into her writing.
The Last Post tells the story of Laya, a young woman who has just lost her daredevil husband in a tragic accident. She’s drowning in grief, and her life feels like it is spiraling down the drain. In order to cope with all her emotions, she finds herself leaving Facebook messages for her late husband, worrying all of those around her. These messages catch the attention of Micah, a young architect that works for Laya’s father. He instantly feels a need to help Laya and soon their two lives begin to weave together.
This story centers around Laya’s grief and the walls that she’s built up around herself. She’s scared to move, and scared to feel happiness and life outside of her relationship with Cameron, her deceased husband. Micah tries desperately to break through those walls, but as soon as he starts to break through Laya’s armor, she builds it back up again. It’s a maddening cycle, that was a bit frustrating, but also true to life. Carlino is not afraid to put true life emotions into her writing, and I felt the gut wrenching pain that Laya was experiencing. However, despite this, I did have a hard time connecting to Laya and Micah for the better part of the book. I still enjoyed it, but it wasn’t until the last 20 to 30 percent of the book that I really felt the connection with these two characters.
As with all Renée Carlino books, she blew me away with the ending of the last post, and left me breathless and full of hope. It’s the reason why I read her books, and the reason why she’s one of my absolute favorite authors of all times. While I can understand that The Last Post may not be for every reader, if you are a long time fan of Renée, do not miss this latest edition to her repertoire, as it just reinforces why we fell in love with her writing in the first place.
Rating: 4 Stars!
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About the Author
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com