The Last Encore

The Last Encore

by Julia Butler


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ISBN-13: 9780991150984
Publisher: Julia Butler
Publication date: 05/09/2014
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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The Last Encore 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Jessie66 More than 1 year ago
Being an avid reader of romances, this one is strikingly beautiful. The story of Katherine is poignant and resonant to many; we all wish to find our soul mate and intertwine with them, to become one with them. This story is her journey as a music prodigy finding that. Wonderful story! Loved it!
Kylixie More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written tale As I began reading this book I was drawn in by the interesting narrative, characters and writing style. This is a story about fate, love, desire, and heartbreak. Katherine's journey takes us across countries, time, lovers and passions that will leave you breathless. The writing artfully intertwines the fates of these characters and brings you into the story by making the characters so real you begin to care for them. I was captivated by Daniel, surprised by Lily's confession, and adored Katherine. This story will stay with me for quite some time, and that's the kind of book I like.
Therin More than 1 year ago
The Last Encore is a brilliantly and beautifully written story that grabs the reader by the heart and mind and keeps you absorbed and engaged until the end. The author is a very visual storyteller who creates the scenery and characters in a way that you feel you are really seeing and experiencing the plot as it happens. I really enjoyed the dialogue. The characters are vivid and exciting. The plot is emotional and intense at times as well as beautifully romantic and erotic. This book is not at all predictable which makes it captivating and keeps you flipping through pages to see what will happen next! This is a great read that keeps you wanting more!
JohnH2 More than 1 year ago
“Outstanding” is the best word that I can think of to describe this book! I instantly fell in love with the main character Katherine and could definitely relate to her story and emotional struggles. There are so many brilliantly crafted scenes throughout this story that it really pulls you in completely. I honestly didn’t want to put the book down. It is a bit sultry romance, a bit mystery suspense, a bit erotic, and definitely well written. The author’s use of descriptive words & imagery really sets the scenes to where you can actually picture the landscape, the character’s mannerisms, and the backdrop to each transition of the story! I don’t like to give away story lines as I would hate to ruin a good story for another reader, but trust me, you will absolutely love this story and the writing style of the author. All-in-all I thought it was a fabulous read that you will definitely want to put on your fall reading list. 5 big stars!
LAStotts More than 1 year ago
This is not your run-of-the-mill romance novel! It is something so much more! The Last Encore weaves several characters' story lines together with incredible skill and mastery. Seemingly unrelated events are all connected at the end, with the characters coming together in a way you didn't see coming. Not only is the story a brilliant romance full of inspired scenes, it is an engaging and enthralling mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! The author is incredibly skilled in their craft, and I can not wait to see what they think of next!
KWSkultetyLVT More than 1 year ago
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is apparently based on a true story, regarding an obscure psychological phenomenon. I had not thoroughly read the synopsis and so I kept expecting the book to take a different path. On the surface it is about two people finding each other after a life of disappointment and struggle. The bizarre twist, however, is something that made me cringe. Katherine Konovka is born with a special talent for music, and she is a gorgeous creature as well. She is married, unhappily, with two children that are her entire life. One day she encounters Daniel, a man a good deal younger than she is. Immediately they have a connection that is ethereal and intense. Daniel has been searching all his life for a fantasy woman, one that appeared to him (or did she?) as he walked through a forest. He is unable to bond with a woman completely, and goes through life bereft and longing…until he meets Katherine. At that point, their worlds collide and they fall into an erotic and sensual whirlwind, each learning from the other. Then, tragedy strikes, and events unfold which will affect both of them deeper than they could ever have imagined. I didn’t see the twist coming, and it was, as I mentioned above, cringe-worthy. I can’t tell more without spoilers. For those of you who will get to that point and want to stop reading–keep going. Trust me. It’s worth it to continue on. This book held my interest and was fairly well written. There were a few instances of awkward/stilted conversation, and scenes that seemed to be written in haste. Other parts of the story seemed to go back and forth in perspective from the present time to the past, and I had to go back and reread a few paragraphs to figure it out. The characters seemed real, and very likeable. The descriptions make it easy to see in your mind the character’s surroundings, whether it is opulence or poverty. The author shines in showing the reader, rather than telling. Whether it is emotion, room decor, or an outdoor scene, Butler’s choice of words is clear and appropriate. There are bedroom scenes which are fairly explicit, but not annoyingly so. I’ve seen this book compared to 50 Shades, and it’s NOTHING like it. No BDSM, and the sex does not go on and on. It’s pretty tastefully done and complements the story line. The Last Encore was a wonderful, quick, enjoyable read. I’m recommending it. Want your own copy? You can pick it up here.
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
A very different perspective in writing. At first, I was a little confused as to how each of the characters we meet were going to tie into each other. But, Julia Butler does a brilliant job making them all come together. Full of mystery and surprises and written in a way that lets you see each point of view, the story is written differently but works very well to tell the story. A very enjoyable story.
HeatherDawn More than 1 year ago
“The Last Encore” by Julia Butler is a sonnet of Romantic mystery, a delight that appeals and seduces even as it wraps around you in lyrical splendor.  Like the strands of the Moonlight Sonata itself, this book has highs and lows, valleys and peaks that pull the characters to and fro as easily as the music. Butler has composed this novel broken into pieces and instructions like the great classical works of old, with a Prelude, a Concerto, the Polyphony and so much more – ending, of course, with the Finale.  Katherine is a lovely Russian student, learning the piano under the tutelage of Vitaly Prohorov, both the keys and the ways of love.  Soon after starting private lessons, they fall into a passionate affair despite her youth, his age or his marriage.  Katherine’s fiery hair, beautiful blue eyes and unstoppable spirit are at the heart of this novel of love and loss.  Vitaly, so dear to her, was not to stay – for reasons she would only find out much, much later.   Decades, lives and continents later, Katherine finally finds her fate and her soul in Los Angeles, at the behest of new friend, Lily, a friend who has graced Katherine’s life before – unknown, unseen –but hardly unfelt. This novel twists and turns with all the good grace of a romantic mystery.  The writing is superb with carefully crafted characters.  
BettyBC More than 1 year ago
The love affair between a Russian pianist and married professor of music is the setting for this erotic romance novel about love, sex, connection and passion. This is at once an exciting, erotic novel about the passion of a great love, and a sad one about losing your soul mate, unfulfilled promise, and the timelessness of love, no matter what the circumstances.  Though this is a modern romance novel in terms of setting (and in terms of the eroticism) it is, in many ways, old fashioned. Not unlike some of the timeless romantic movies of the 1940s and 1950s. Yes, there are erotic scenes but there are also insightful observations about class and societal norms and the limits of upward mobility.  The author has a gift for using poetic, but not overly flowery, language and for creating fully-formed characters that immediately grab your attention and that are easy to empathize with.  It is the main character, Katherine, who is really the heart of this novel and who you cannot help falling for and rooting for.  She is a classic romance heroine and the author would do well to use her in other books.
AllyMcMahon More than 1 year ago
The Last Encore is a beautiful tale of passion, love, family, secrets, and music. From the beginning you can feel the special qualities of Katherine and the Konova family. While they are not rich they have definitely found wealth with each other. Unfortunately, tragedy befalls when Katherine’s father meets with an untimely death and her mother marries a less than honorable man. When it becomes time for Katherine to pick a path she goes for what would have pleased her father and sets out to make beautiful music. Along the way she suffers tragedies, becomes a mother and finds love and passion. Author Julia Butler excels with her ability to draw the reader into her world. Every passionate and heartbreaking moment are lived with vivid intensity. The characters are fully developed and unforgettable. The secrets and suspense are riveting. The sensuality is captivating. This is one book you will not want to miss. I highly recommend it!
Jane-Doe More than 1 year ago
A skillfully crafted tale of forbidden love that has no limits, The Last Encore brings us Soviet Russia, modern California, romance and classical music. There are multiple stories within, from the relationship between Katherine's parents, Max and Irina, to the taboo love affair between Russian pianist Katherine Konova and a much older, married music professor, and of her life afterwards. All of the characters are vibrant and compelling, even the not so nice ones, and the dramatic landscape of old Russia is brought to life in a way that is only possible by the author's own experiences growing up there. There is a very personal feel to this story, and it really hooks you in from the very beginning as a result. An undeniable passion flows through every turn of phrase and descriptive word, connecting you to Butler's extraordinarily well written novel.
Yvette_M More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written! Julian Butler’s, “ The Last Encore,” discloses the tale of forbidden love within Katherine Konova’s life. I was drawn to the opening chapters because it was written in such a sophisticated manner. I believe that the “The Last Encore,” excels in character development. Lily, Katherine, Max, Irina, Daniel, and even Sophie were such powerful and sophisticated characters. I was particularly drawn to Max and Irina’s story, for they represent a blissful struggle and timeless love. Also, as a history major, I was happy how the author picked the setting to be in the Soviet Union. The themes of Soviet Russia, ballet, and that beautiful song (Moonlight Sonata) hits upon many themes that many intellectuals can enjoy. I can’t wait to present this book to my bookclub and discuss these themes. 
Rebecca13 More than 1 year ago
The Last Encore is a provocative romance that can be described as bold, authentic, and sophisticated. It is a love story about two people brought together by a conspiracy that must overcome incredible obstacles. Each chapter is named after musical terms and the words are like beautiful music. It is a symphony that starts off slowly and builds up to an intense ending. It's apparent that the author put her heart and soul, passion, imagination and fantasies into writing this book. I also found it fascinating the extent that the main character mirrors the authors own life – living in Russia, watching out for the KGB, figure skating, etc... I really enjoyed reading this book and hope the author will write a sequel. Highly recommended.  
Raymy1012 More than 1 year ago
The Last Encore is a thrilling and passionate experience that will stay with you. Author Julia Butler builds an enchanting world around you while you wistfully submit to the ride. Her characters are beautiful and captivating, the dialogue natural and flowing, the scenery is breathtaking. Butler depicts every emotion with stunning clarity as we are held in suspense wondering how it will all come together. The musical comparisons resonate with me and further enhance this spellbinding tale. Never before have I felt so engrossed in the fate of characters. For an unparalleled experience in love, friendship and life, I highly recommend it!
Writerartist1010 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books that I have ever read in a very long time. Julia Butler has truly created a masterpiece with this book. She developed an amazing plot with believable characters. There's nothing that's not enchanting in this novel. I read this book in about a day and a half. It was too good and I couldn't stop myself from reading. I love suspense in books along with romance. It really pulls me into the piece. I think she has a real winner here. There's nothing else like this book on the market and I found the plot to be very unique. It's such a great book I would have no problems recommending it. I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up on the best seller's list very soon. Please pick up a copy as soon as you can. It's worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julia Butler gracefully writes an erotic masterpiece interwoven with conspiracy, romance, and drama. The author's fine style of language is beautiful with skillful descriptive prose that reads like poetry. Strong character development and enigmatic back stories of the characters leads the reader to be engaged in a psychological journey. Readers will find themselves raveled with both charismatic and aversive characters. Our heroin is plunged into a thrilling love affair with a younger man that is inexplicably inescapable, drawing ethical principles of infidelity into the story. Who this lover is leads to shocking revelations and the story of fate. The author holds no reservations in creating a controversial piece of work that often borders on taboo. The reader is faced with underlying moral messages in an eye opening complex novel. The subject matters addressed here include social status, family secrets, and forbidden love. In the spirit of the protagonist's calling to become a concert pianist The Last Encore includes connotations of music and its nuances. It's quite cleverly written and the veiled messages flow like poetry throughout the book. In that same light, I found myself at the end of a symphony when I came to the conclusion of the novel - breathless. As a new novelist, Julia Butler has conducted herself like a true artist and composer. She writes with true passion and an obvious through knowledge of every aspect covered in this story.
JamesBondEN More than 1 year ago
I will give you some excellent examples of her writings below:  Two strands, woven together, bound with a love so blinding as to render the universe itself awestruck by its intensity. This love I seek. This love I will die for. This love I will live for. "He knew that Katherine was not the woman of his dreams. She had surpassed his dreams". "... there was always that regret, silently waiting, just over her shoulder. She wanted to move forward, but  she could not tear herself away from the pain. Her past was a prison from which there was no escape, no reprieve, and no pardon..."   And the story plot has a deep Freudian twist.   Pick up the book soon, or you will have regrets...