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Posted June 10, 2013
Posted June 4, 2013
My usual reading tastes don¿t include romance, not because I th
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My usual reading tastes don’t include romance, not because I think there’s anything the least bit wrong with the genre but because it’s just not what I’m particularly interested in. Having said that, I have to confess that I can be moved to sniffles, if not actual tears, by a good love story. To me, there’s a difference between a romance and a love story and I’m not sure I can adequately explain myself. I suppose the best way I can put it is that I think a well-written love story has a depth, a sense of commitment between the characters that I don’t really feel in much of the romance field. There’s a certain…shallowness, for lack of a better word…in that genre for me. I DON’T mean to disparage it in any way, just trying to explain myself.
At any rate, The Last Hour pretty much blew my socks off. Mr. Sheehan-Miles grabbed my emotions from the beginning and ripped them left and right, never letting go till the very last word. In fact, the interweaving of the past and present makes everything much more poignant and immediate even though we have to cope with the frequent change of time. The Last Hour is also something of a ghost story although not in the usual sense. Having the core story revolve around a married couple is an extra attraction for me, a validation that love is not only for the young and unattached, while we also get to experience with Carrie and Ray the truths of their time together.
If you can’t handle the inevitable tears that will come, don’t read this book. If you want to spend some time with a lyrical tale of love and tragedy, pick this up as soon as you can. I have not read the earlier books in the Thompson Sisters series but I’ll be fixing that oversight as soon as I can.
Posted May 28, 2013
Posted May 20, 2013
Riveting, Full of Range, Depth.... Oh my, what a read! I just
Riveting, Full of Range, Depth....
Oh my, what a read! I just finished and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it all. It’s hard to say too much without giving spoilers, but I’ll do my best.
The Last Hour is, as put earlier, an adult contemporary novel which incorporates a bit of his other two books involving the Thompson sisters. Written as a standalone, I do recommend reading Just Remember to Breathe first. I just feel that the reader would get a bit lost without having read Alexis and Dylan’s story first. They are not the main characters in this book, but their story helps to tell this story.
The story is told in a way that incorporates both sides of the story being told. The story covers from the time Carrie and Ray meet and through their time together. Written in such a way, that it’s not a repeat of the other person, at times their a touch on what the other person saw, thought, or said, but done so well that it’s truly from the other persons perception. That’s one thing I love about this authors writing, he does it so well and makes it look so easy, but as we all know and have read from other authors, it’s quite an undertaking which usually falls flat. Flat is not even a term I would use for this novel; riveting, full of range, depth, fresh, creative, these are terms I would and do use for The Last Hour.
As with Mr. Sheehan-Miles other book I have read, Just Remember to Breathe, this book is also a page turner. I didn’t want to put it down. I fell asleep reading it, I had to read more as soon as I awoke, I took it with me to read during any spare time that I had. Worst part of that, I found myself crying while a group of people looked at me crazy, because this book had such an emotional hold on me.
Ray, the main male character, in this book is a military man. Please, do not let this taint your consideration of reading this book. This is not a “military” book, but deals with a situation that he found himself in while he was in the Army. There is so much more to this book than the military aspect, there is a romance, betrayals not just from those he knows, but a betrayal against another. There is despair, love, hope, loss, emotional cruelty wrapped up in this masterfully written novel. This is a book for anyone who likes a good contemporary novel without all the graphic sex and romantic conflicts.
I give this book 4 stars and I thank the author for providing me a copy for an honest review. Why only 4 stars after all the raving I’ve done? Well, there are a few areas that just seemed to drag a bit more than needed to be. I found myself a few times thinking, okay, I get the picture, enough already, let’s get the story moving. Thankfully the author did and I look forward to whatever this author brings to the table next.
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