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OMG .... Ce livre m'a complètement déchiré le coeur ... Je peux compter sur les doigts d'une main les romans qui m'ont littéralement "vidé" à la fin de ma lecture et "The Last letter" en fait parti. Pourquoi 4 étoiles et non 5 ? parce que la fin est juste .... trop, je ne m'y attendais absolument pas et j'ai eu cette impression que l'auteur voulait achever ses personnages ... C'était juste trop pour moi niveau émotionnel, et c'était également trop pour Ella, Beckett, Maisy et Colt ... Je sais que la vie est difficile et que certaines personnes n'ont vraiment pas de chance dans leur vies et accumulent les tragédies mais c'était juste ... trop ... Je ne voulais pas çà pour eux et pas cette fin. Cependant je souligne le talent de l'auteur, cette histoire est incroyable, dure et tellement dramatique. On souffre avec eux du début ... à la fin. Il faut s'accrocher car l'auteur ne nous épargne absolument rien ni à nous lecteurs ni à ses personnages.
Whoa, what an emotional rollercoaster. I did spend a lot of time with tears in my eyes or tears rolling down my face. My heart was ripped out and broken many times and by the end was mended as best it could be. This was captivating, heartbreaking and beautifully written.
Ella MacKenzie is a single mom raising twins and running her own business. Accustomed to being on her own, Ella doesn’t have much time for socializing, so she agrees to be a pen pal to a soldier in her brother’s unit. Beckett Gentry is a solitary man without ties to family. Dedicating his adult life to the military, Beckett is resistant to opening himself up, but begins to form an easy and solid connection with Ella. When tragedy strikes, Beckett honors his best friend’s wishes and becomes the rock in Ella’s life.
Narrated in dual POV, this emotionally driven story immediately begins with difficult circumstances for Ella and Beckett. Presented with a series of challenges, Beckett offers his unconditional support to Ella and her children, Maisie and Colt. As he becomes a fixture in their lives, Beckett transitions from a nomad to finding roots. However, even with his self-less actions, he’s fearful of losing it all.
In starting this book, I was expecting a certain level of feels and themes that are not easy to read. In that regard, the plot delivered in spades, but what mainly drives this story is the relationship between the characters. With Beckett’s unwavering commitment, his abundance of love flows to Ella and her children. However, Ella still has much to overcome before she can see the truth in his choices.
Beckett is such a standout character with his admirable resolve. His relationship with Ella’s children is absolutely heartwarming. While Ella had to face a battle no parent should have to endure, her behavior with Beckett tested my limits. Knowing how precious time can be, Ella should have made more conscious decisions to benefit her children rather than feed into her own insecurities.
The other issue I have is the use of tragedy and the intended impact. Until a certain point, such trauma had profound effects on the characters, but when a particular plot point arcs, it made me doubt the intention and if the characters would have been stronger or just the same without the occurrence. That said, the realistic components ground these characters and show how vulnerable and strong people can be when adversity strikes.
The Last Letter is a deeply challenging and heartwarming story about loss, family, friendship and love. This book would appeal to those who want an emotional read with extremely difficult themes.
I should've known better after reading the dedication at the beginning of the book that tough times were coming. Yet, I was not prepared for the heartache I felt after reading The Last Letter. My heart was broken in tiny pieces.
The Last Letter was so well written that it felt real. The emotions, the characters, the military romance were all "possible". They had a ring of truth to them.
What's The Last Letter about?
Ella lives in Telluride, Colorado. She runs a Bed and Breakfast place. She's divorced but has a pair of twins, Maisie and Colt. Her brother Ryan is overseas. She doesn't know where he's at but when she asks him if any of the guys in his team needed some mail, Ryan told her to send letters to "Chaos", one of his teammates.
Not too long after establishing a pen pal relationship with Chaos, Ella learns that one of her children is very sick but she doesn't have time to be shocked. She needs to do whatever is necessary to help her child. Then, more devastating news is given to her.
Beckett (Chaos) didn't have a happy childhood. He joined the military and Ryan became his friend but his best friend is his special ops dog. He would do anything for her. After the death of a teammate, Beckett is ready to leave the military and go in search of Ella. When he gets there he doesn't want to tell her he's Chaos. At first, Ella is not happy with someone coming to "watch over" her but after a while, she starts trusting him and caring for him. Her children also get attached to him.
So what could go wrong?
For Ella, lying is not forgivable and as the reader you know, Beckett has been lying to her. It won't be pretty when she learns the truth.
The Last Letter is more than a military romance. It's about loss, regret, sickness, grief, hope, and forgiveness.
A complimentary copy was provided by Entangled via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
A powerful and engaging story, which broke my heart just a bit when I read it.
Ella and Becket had a huge amount of trauma to deal with during the course of this book. This is a sensitively written and emotional love story that draws at the heart strings and captured my attention.
The Last Letter is definitely not a traditional romance story and is not a light read. There are beautifully romantic elements that keep the story from becoming as sad and dark as it could be.
“This isn’t one of your Christmas romance movies where they fake-marriage themselves out of a conundrum, break into snowball fights, and fall in love. There’s no happy-ever-after here.” Of course that knowledge hadn’t stopped me from falling for him, anyway.”
I don’t know what to say about this story. I absolutely loved it but at the same time hated it. It was the first book by this author that I’ve read and I will 100% surely be reading more books by this author immediately.
“Don’t you dare lie to me. The men in my life have a habit of promising with one hand and packing with the other.”
If you prefer a nice tidy happily ever after, my only suggestion would be to read about three quarters or so of this book and then stop and make up your own HEA. This book stabs you in the back and then hands you a little bandaid!!! Have LOTS of tissues at the ready! -4 Stars!-
I've read all of Rebecca Yarros books and enjoyed all of them, but none of them have given me the emotional reaction that this one did. I don't cry at books/ movies, and I'm not a crier in general, but I SOBBED my way through the end of this book. I seriously have mascara tracks all down my face. The entire book was heartbreaking, but I was not expecting that end. Yarros's characters were so realistic, it felt like you knew them, which is why all the tragic things that happen are even more devastating. I can't decide if I'm satisfied by the ending, or if I would have preferred the novel to end at the dinner scene the night before (I mean, for happiness' safe, the night before). The way the author ended the book was moving, and I was not expecting that emotional rollercoaster on a Wednesday night! I would definitely recommend this book, but only if you're looking for a sad read. The epilogue was absolutely beautiful, and I know this book will be sticking with me for a long time.
Can you fall in love with someone you have never met? Ella's & Chaos' letters are heartfelt and completely honest. The penpal process of getting to know each other is not the traditional way, but is very effective in this situation.
Without giving much away about this heart wrenching and emotional story, Ella has experienced so much loss in her life. Hardship hasn't ruined her, it has strengthened her. Her love for her twins are what fuels her for everything. And then finally, she just may have someone to walk this difficult path with.
This story is really amazing. Twists, turns, ups and downs. It may not be what you expect. But you will not be sorry that you read it, that's for sure!!
Great writing and compelling story! The audio was equally well-done. This story dug deep and touched many emotional triggers. Concerned readers might want to take notice to any reviews that mention them. I'm not going to mention them here, because they aren't triggers for me and I also want to be sensitive to spoilers. This is my second book by this author and I'm wholly impressed by her writing. The story development and structure was fantastic. One plot device bothered me at times and never felt fully necessary except for creating story conflict and resolution. At the same time, I was moved by the story arc and didn't let that one criticism deflect from an otherwise great book.