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.
Laya thought that she was never going to experience something as soul shattering as losing her mother at the age of three. She built her life around all the things that she could truly count on like her dad and finally finishing her residency. All of that changes the very day that Cameron Bennett lands in her ER.
Cameron is a beautiful star that blazed across her sky and burned out far too quickly. Laya is once again left with only questions and infinite sorrow. Pouring her heart out on his Facebook page is her way of screaming into the void.
If only someone could give her the answers...
Marriage was the last thing on my mind. But then I met Cameron. I thought he would prove me wrong despite all the risks he took. He convinced me he’d always be there. I was dumbstruck in love for just a little while. And then he, too, was gone, and I found myself alone once again, doubting that love could ever possibly be worth the pain.
Micah Evans is one of the only nice guys left in NYC. At twenty-nine, he’s still drowning in debt from an ivy league education and completely over one-night stands.
It’s just his luck that the girl of his dreams turns out to be his boss’s only daughter and she’s lost in grieving for her dead husband.
He tries everything he knows to pull her out of her never-ending anguish because he can in her see a love worth fighting for. But sometimes even all of the love in the universe just isn’t enough.
She started to walk away without saying good-bye. I was frozen in place, trying to find the right words that would make her stay. When she made it to the elevator and pressed the button, it occurred to me that I might not get another opportunity to talk to her… to convince her to give me a chance. I walked quickly toward the elevator. As she stepped in and turned around. Our eyes locked. I prevented the door from closing with my arm.
Renée Carlino is one of those authors that I can always count on to deliver an emotional punch with a velvet touch. The Last Post begins in fabulous Carlino fashion, but somehow, its true heart gets lost in a sea of despair.
Laya is mired under so much grief that it was difficult for me, as a reader, to see anything beyond it. But it is Micah that is a light at the end of the tunnel. He is by far my favourite part of the story with his patience, vulnerability and his unforgettable snarky relationship with his twin sister. He deserved a great ending.
And Renée delivers it just in time with poignant style…
For Laya & Micah ~
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