The Last Season

The Last Season

by Robert Joseph

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ISBN-13: 9780996216036
Publisher: SHOOTING FOR SUCCESS LLC dba ROCKIT PRESS
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Robert Joseph has published 15 novels and 2 works of non-fiction with Berkley, Ballantine, Fawcett, Pinnacle, W.H. Allen (UK) and Landemann (Scandinavia). His 16th novel and latest work, THE LAST SEASON, comes from Rockit Press. THE LAST SEASON is a powerful coming-of-age story set in England and Germany at the dawn of World War II. In addition to his published works, Robert Joseph has written many screenplays and several stage plays.

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The Last Season 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite In The Last Season by Robert Joseph, young Lady Mary Ashmore comes face to face with both her own selfishness and her own selflessness. The daughter of a wealthy family, she prepares for what might well be, in light of Hitler’s growing war machine, the last season for young women to “come out” in London’s high society. Though Mary fancies Andrew Buckford, his interest is not in her. Rather, he has eyes for her German tutor and a Jewess, Fraulein Ruth Herzog. When Andrew’s and Mary’s mothers find the potential pairing problematic, Mary’s mother dismisses Ruth from her employ. Forced to return to Germany, Ruth lives in squalor in Berlin with her father, seeking to avoid capture. Fearing for Ruth’s life, Andrew twice offers Mary an opportunity to assist his beloved. As a consequence, Mary must determine which part of her is the stronger — the part that would sacrifice others for her dreams, or the part that would sacrifice her dreams for the sake of others. Robert Joseph offers an interesting glimpse into London’s high society in The Last Season. With details abounding as to the clothing worn, the cars driven, and the entertainment sought, the world is believable and full. Add in the threat of a coming war, the terror felt by those the Nazis sought, and Nazi attacks on the Jews in Berlin, and the reader feels she’s witnessing events in real time. This is a story I would recommend in particular to young adults, as it will encourage each reader to rise to become their better self.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Last Season is an historical novel written by Robert Joseph. Lady Mary Ashmore's fancy has been set on Lord Andrew Buckford, the eldest son and heir of Lord Simon Buckford, for as long as she can remember. She's not at all pleased to hear the rumors about his burgeoning relationship with her German tutor, Ruth Herzog. Ruth is illegally in England, and she’s quite understandably terrified of being sent back to Germany where Hitler has already begun rounding up Jews, taking their possessions, and sending them to labor camps. Ruth is treated as household staff by Mary’s mother, Lady Celia Ashmore, when she's not engaged in tutoring Mary. When Andrew impulsively invites her to join the other guests at the Ashmores’ formal dinner in the place of an absent guest, both Celia and Mary are affronted by what seems to be a slight and an impropriety. Ruth is staff, and besides, she's a Jew. Andrew's mother, Antonia, is also concerned about the relationship, as both she and Celia had expected Andrew and Mary to marry one day, and Ruth just doesn’t seem suitable. The two mothers decide that prompt action is necessary and agree that discharging Ruth and sending her back to Germany will resolve the situation painlessly and efficiently. Neither of them really believes that the situation in Germany is quite as bad as some would say, and it would, after all, be for the best. Robert Joseph's historical novel, The Last Season, is set in the opening days of World War II, and the season the title refers to is eighteen-year-old Mary's season as a debutante, a season filled with gala dances, parties, Ascot races, and the like. Even as the aristocratic families plan for their daughters' coming out festivities, the harsh realities of Hitler's campaigns and the plight of the German Jews inevitably seeps into even the most well-bred conversations. Mary Ashmore, Joseph's main character in this historical novel, comes of age in the story, and watching as she finds out there's more to life than the sheltered existence she's enjoyed makes this tale work so well. I was transfixed as the events that unfold during Mary's visit to her German relatives challenge all her preconceived notions, and cheered her on as she faced her fears and accepted the responsibility for her actions. This book brims with scenes of genteel British country life juxtaposed with the growing unrest over the German threat and the horrors being imposed upon anyone labelled as different in Hitler's Germany. The Last Season is a finely plotted, suspenseful, and altogether worthy addition to the ranks of historical novels based on the Second World War, and it's most highly recommended.