21 August 2019

New Release | The Last Post by Renee Carlino (@reneecarlino1)

BY Renee Carlino 
Release Day August 20th

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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.

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This book didn’t made me cry, in all fairness. This book filled me with so much hope that despite the profound sense of loss a person goes through, he or she can push the darkness and find the happy ending a person deserves.

Laya loss her husband. They just got married. Having a husband whose work is to do crazy, out-of-this-world stunt made her already a bit nervous. But she knew that he always practice and prepares himself to do the tricks. Until his last. And Laya saw how it happened.

Micah is an introvert. His life is boring. He might be an Ivy-League graduate, but he had no idea how he ended up in a firm where his supervisor steals his work and the latter’s wife harasses him. Nevertheless, he is easy to like. I think of him as sort of a nerd, who likes to keep it to himself. Thank goodness his twin is his total opposite. His life is quite mundane until Laya comes into his life.

But then Laya is not yet over her grief. She uses facebook and writes comments on her husband’s page as though he is still alive. Micah tries to make Laya see that she can still live by leaving her anonymous gifts and notes, trying to recreate the sense of adventure she once shared with Cameron.

What I like about this book is that Laya didn’t immediately get a quick fix on her grief, we went through the journey together. From her lowest points, to her craziness, to trying to fix herself before going into a relationship, to finally healing. It was an emotional rollercoaster, with loads of painful realizations, and hard truths - but the ride was worth it.

I liked Micah - okay it was creepy that he did some sleuthing on Laya and left all those stuffs for her - that’s borderline stalker-ish, nevertheless he’s a great guy. He’s nice, well too nice that he almost didn’t have a backbone, but he changed throughout the story. I love his relationship with his twin, the way he persuade Laya to do things that will get her out of the darkness.

I enjoyed reading The Last Post, it wasn’t the emotional, tear-my-heart apart kind of story I was expecting. I still liked it. I liked the fact that readers accompanied Laya in her journey with grief and towards her happy-ever-after. It’s a story of survival, of loss, hope, and love.

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 

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