Jan 7, 2020

The Last Word.

the last word.
samantha hastings

Publisher  SwoonReads.
Publication Date:July 9,2019.
Genre: YA |Historical Fiction Romance.
Format|Pages: EBook|258.
 Source:  Goodreads|Owned.

 4.5 Stars 

1861. Miss Lucinda Leavitt is shocked when she learns the author of her favorite serialized novel has died before completing the story. Determined to learn how it ends, Lucinda reluctantly enlists the help of her father’s young business partner, Mr. David Randall, to track down the reclusive author’s former whereabouts.

David is a successful young businessman, but is overwhelmed by his workload. He wants to prove himself to his late father, as well as to himself. He doesn’t have the time, nor the interest, for this endeavor, but Lucinda is not the type to take no for an answer.

Their search for the elusive Mrs. Smith and the rightful ending to her novel leads Lucinda and David around the country, but the truths they discover about themselves—and each other—are anything but fictional. 

Spectacular, beautifully written debut novel.

I did not know what to expect when I started reading THE LAST WORD. I heard about this book when I was on Swoon Reads back, and from the description, it was just the type of book that I enjoy. Now that I have read it, I found myself wondering, how have I not read that sooner. . I have few historical fiction romance novels through the years, and yet I don’t think I have read anything like THE LAST WORD which was a complete different take on historical fiction. I also loved that it had a suspense effect added to the story making it the book even more interesting to read. When I was ready to put it down, to turn in for the night, something unexpected happened which caused me to read for a few more hours. Every page, every chapter will have you craving for more and wondering what is going to happen next.

Like Lucinda, don’t you love that name? I was curious about the story is ending and who was chosen. I know if any of my favorite books did not have a resolution, I would be curious and be eager to find out what happened. I have to say one thing, Lucinda had determination to find out more about Mrs. Smith and if there possibility that she had the ending written somewhere else. I was hoping that she would be able to find out, and I liked how she did not give up until she did. The ending of Mrs. Smith’s was not what I was expecting it to be, but to me that what makes a great story when an unexpected happens. I could not get enough of this book, and once I reached the end, I wanted to read it all over again. I am already excited for SAMANTHA HASTING’S THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER

At first, I had a feeling that David and Lucinda were not fond of each other, but as the story progressed, it made sense why they acted that way in the beginning. The more the two of them spend together, I could see how much they begin to care for one another. I was rooting for the two of them. I don’t think I can even begin to explain the emotions that went through me while reading the book. If you enjoy historical fiction romance with some suspense and adventure in the mix, be sure to pick up a copy of THE LAST WORD today. Be prepared for a thrilling, magical ride!


Samantha said...

Thank you for the lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Davida Chazan (The Chocolate Lady) said...

Ah... romance. Not my thing.

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