26 May 2013

Book Review: The Last Hour by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Title: The Last Hour
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Date Published: April 19, 2013, Cinnatus Press
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Twenty-seven year old Carrie Thompson-Sherman has the life she always wanted: her PhD, a prestigious fellowship, and an amazing husband. 

Her life begins to unravel as a jealous colleague puts her fellowship in jeopardy and a haunting secret Ray Sherman carried home from Afghanistan comes to light. 

Hounded by a federal investigation and the ensuing media feeding frenzy, Carrie and Ray desperately lean on each other, until a disastrous accident puts both Ray and her sister's lives at risk. 

In the last hour, Carrie and Ray will each find themselves faced with a choice.

A choice that will change everything.

No book has ever come closed to be as heartbreaking as The Fault in Our Stars as The Last Hour (in my opinion).

Since a friend recommended Charles Sheehan-Mile's Just Remember to Breathe, I was totally hooked and looking forward for every book in The Thompson Sisters Series. Although according to him, these titles meant to be regarded as stand-alone rather than series. I really didn't mind, because every time I read the books he have written, I will always crave for the next. And finally, finally Carrie's story. I have been waiting for this since I have read Alex's.

Heard of the saying: When it rain, it pours? That is exactly what happened to this couple, when all of the sudden the world turned on them. Ray Sherman after reporting a war crime that happened in Afghanistan was being harassed not only by the FBI and army but as well as the press. On the other hand, Carrie's career was also in the line when an envious colleague reported her and placed all her life's work in jeopardy.

I don't know why these two nice people manage to catch all these idiosyncrasies the world randomly throws.  Rey was trying to begin a new life after Afghanistan. Catching up with Dylan, and meeting Alex's older sister, Carrie seemed to be a good place to start. But war has a way of haunting people, and Rey was no exception.

While Carrie served as the mother of her sisters when her mom couldn't be a mother to them, and because of it - Carrie is one of the fictional character that I admire the most. She's intelligent, beauty and grace rolled into one. She's a strong person and indeed, Rey was one lucky guy to have her.

The Last Hour is a heartbreaking-gut-wrenching-oh-my-gahd-how-can-this-happen-emotionally draining type of novel. You will need a box of Kleenex by the time you reach the ending. I always believe in miracles especially when it's fiction. But then Sheehan-Miles opted for reality, and no matter how dreadful his choice was, it didn't made The Last Hour less beautiful.

The Last Hour is a story about true love and how the choices you make not only affect your life, but it also affects all the people around you. It's about doing the right thing, and accepting the consequences. Fighting for what you believe is right and sticking to it.

This novel made me cry and makes it on the list of my favorites.

I would eagerly, patiently wait for Sarah's or Andrea's story.

“That feeling that I could touch the sky? That’s exactly how you make me feel.” 

“Sometimes, I think... people we put on pedestals... they've got that much further to fall when you realize they're human.” 

“Small moment, missed opportunities, things we don't see or pay attention to at the time sometimes have a far bigger impact on our lives than we would have ever guessed in advance.” 

“Sometimes you have to make choices, and they're imperfect, but they're the only choices you can make and live with yourself.” 

Charles Sheehan-Miles

Charles has been a soldier, nonprofit executive, short order cook, IT manager and run a restaurant. He doesn't believe in specialization. He currently works as a communications and outreach specialist for a law firm representing disabled veterans.

Charles lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Veronica and their two children

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