Narrated by Antonia Beamish, The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas shared a realist, poignant look at loss and learning to love again. If you’ve ever lost someone you’ll see pieces of yourself in these characters.
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How can you move on if you can’t let go?
Spencer was the love of Anna’s life: her husband, her best friend, her rock. She thought their love would last forever.
But three years ago, Spencer was tragically killed in an accident and Anna’s world was shattered. How can she ever move on, when she’s lost her soulmate?
On New Year’s Eve Anna calls Spencer’s phone number, just to hear his old voicemail greeting. But to her shock, someone answers…
Brody has inherited Spencer’s old number and is the first person who truly understands what Anna’s going through. As her and Brody’s phone calls become lengthier and more frequent, they begin opening up to each other—and slowly rediscover how to smile, how to laugh, even how to hope.
But Brody hasn’t been entirely honest with Anna. Will his secret threaten everything, just as it seems she might find the courage to love again?
Fiona Lucas introduces us to Anna. Anna lost her husband Spencer three years ago. She is trying to cope, but how does one get over the loss of their best friend and soulmate. One night seeking comfort, she dials his phone number just to listen to his voice mail, only someone answers. That someone is Brody, someone getting over his own loss. Anna pours out her soul to Brody and a telephone friendship develops.
Lucus shares a poignant story of survival, overcoming loss and healing. Her insight into the different ways people mourn was brilliant. From Gayle, Anna’s MIL who seems to compete at who feels the loss more, to the concern of friends who push Anna to move forward.
The friendship that evolves and develops between Brody and Anna will tug at your heartstrings. The characters, particularly Anna, were well developed, and I connected with her. The last quarter of the book was fantastic and heartwarming.
If you’ve ever lost someone you’ll find this story heartwarming. Even as I felt their grief, the author uplifted the reader as her characters moved through the stages of grief and learned to live again.
Antonia Beamish was delightful as the narrator, although I had to increase the speed to get her to sound more natural to my ear. The story lends itself nicely to audio, and the narrator gave each character their own distinct voice.
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