Sunny Shelly’s Review: The Last Post, by Renee Carlino

In this evocative and poignant novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author Renee Carlino 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.


Sunny Shelly’s Review: 2 Stars

I really wanted to like this book. But I just could not connect with the characters, and the story dragged as a result.

Six months after her husband’s death, Laya is still communicating with him through his Facebook page. Micah, who works with Laya’s dad, feels a strong connection to her and begins to respond in person to the things that Laya’s writing about. Bringing her flowers, taking her to her favorite noodle place….

The whole time, I kept hearing the Police song “I’ll Be Watching You” in my mind and thought Micah was more stalker than romantic. And Laya attacking him for random sex in a bar bathroom five minutes after meeting? No thanks. I just could not get behind caring for them as a couple.

The only other R.C. book I’ve read is Blind Kiss, which I thought was phenomenal. And I have friends who devour every R.C. book they get their hands on. I’m hoping that this was just an off read for me. I received an advanced copy via NetGalley and the publisher and voluntarily left a review.




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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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