The Last Letter
Beckett,If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.Please don’t make her go through it alone.Ryan

The Last Letter Details

TitleThe Last Letter
Author
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherEntangled: Amara
ISBN-139781640635333
Rating
GenreRomance, War, Military Fiction, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

The Last Letter Review

  • Gina L. Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    This book is indescribably beautiful. The sheer genius of how Rebecca weaves the letters into the story to match up w/the poignancy of the corresponding chapters... I have no words. None that would do it justice, anyway. This book will most definitely rip your heart out. But then it puts it back in & sweetly sews you back together. It will leave its mark on your soul, as Rebecca intended, & hopefully you’ll be all the better for it. I know I am. 💕
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  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful, heartfelt story with surprising depth. Grab tissues and settle in for the long haul because you won't be able to put this one down, and I guarantee you'll finish it crying. But please don't let that stop you from reading this beautifully written, emotionally charged story that now sits on my Favorites Shelf. It's truly an experience - a deeply rooted, character-based story that pushed all my buttons. The title, The Last Letter, is woven into the storyline in more ways than one. I fo A beautiful, heartfelt story with surprising depth. Grab tissues and settle in for the long haul because you won't be able to put this one down, and I guarantee you'll finish it crying. But please don't let that stop you from reading this beautifully written, emotionally charged story that now sits on my Favorites Shelf. It's truly an experience - a deeply rooted, character-based story that pushed all my buttons. The title, The Last Letter, is woven into the storyline in more ways than one. I found myself sitting long after I finished - thinking about this story and its relevance. Please avoid all spoilers and read this book. I don't think it'll be the same if you know how the story plays out when you begin.I'll briefly set up the story by saying that Beckett and Ryan are friends serving in the military - hard-core special ops service men. Ryan suggests to his younger sister Ella that she should write deployment letters to Chaos (Beckett's call name) because he has no one. She begins sharing the highs and lows of her life through letters to Chaos - without ever knowing his real name or seeing a picture of him. Eventually, events lead Chaos to start writing her back, and a life altering connection is gradually forged. As you can tell from the synopsis/blurb, Ryan doesn't make it home, but he leaves a letter for Beckett asking him to take care Ella and her five year old twins, Maisie & Colt. It's complicated as Beckett/Chaos is carrying a lot of guilt and baggage. I'm not going to say more about the story that develops. It has so much more depth and meaning than I first imagined as it explores love, loss, perseverance, survival, heartache, and the trust and courage it takes, in yourself and others, to accept what you can't change and search for a way out of the darkness when your load becomes too heavy. It's a story with great passion exploring the many different connections between people, and the lasting effect they have on their lives - including the rich rewards and high price of loving with everything you've got. I know I'm being vague, but as I said earlier - there's a reason for that. Read the book. I'll share one quote:"I'd forgotten what this feels like.""Being hugged?" My voice was sandpaper-rough."Being held together." (Quote from The Last Letter)I don't want to leave the impression that The Last Letter is all sadness and tears, it's not. There's so much love and laughter in heart-touching scenes with a broken but strong hero and heroine, adorable, scene-stealing children, a protective but lovable military dog named Havoc, passionate romance, and a support cast that lends so much to the telling of the story. The writing is beautiful and the tie-in of the letters, revealed to readers at the beginning of each chapter, is genius. Souls are bared, hearts are lost, tears are shed . . . and hope springs eternal. In my opinion, Yarros does a brilliant job of handling the difficult subject matter thus bringing awareness to a subject near and dear to many parents' hearts. I highly recommend this book. It is on my Favorites Shelf. An undeniable Must Read!*Many thanks to Entangled: Amara for an arc of this book.**Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A million stars!!!There are books that you read, and you completely forget them once you come to the end. And then there are books like this one. Books that embed themselves deep within you. Books that stir up all of your emotions and you just know that reading this book is going to change your life. The Last Letter is that kind of book. It's the kind of book that just calls out to your soul and demands to be read. It's the kind of book that you think you're prepared for, but you couldn't be mor A million stars!!!There are books that you read, and you completely forget them once you come to the end. And then there are books like this one. Books that embed themselves deep within you. Books that stir up all of your emotions and you just know that reading this book is going to change your life. The Last Letter is that kind of book. It's the kind of book that just calls out to your soul and demands to be read. It's the kind of book that you think you're prepared for, but you couldn't be more wrong. It's the kind of book that destroys you, yet fills you with hope all at the same time. It's the kind of book that will have you crying all of the ugly tears you can summon up. This is the kind of book that I can't imagine never getting to experience. It's completely and totally unforgettable and one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life.Full review to come!
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    Yarros did go for the kill with this book. Jesus Christ.The Last Letter broke my heart as much as it made me fall for all the beautiful things about it. Or maybe it just broke me a little bit more than what I can really take. I realize now that my mind is still scattered and all over the place. How could it not tho, when I had to pull myself together from that unexpected sobfest that was the last 15% of the book.The Last Letter is stunning in all of its details and elements. Yarros’ writing is p Yarros did go for the kill with this book. Jesus Christ.The Last Letter broke my heart as much as it made me fall for all the beautiful things about it. Or maybe it just broke me a little bit more than what I can really take. I realize now that my mind is still scattered and all over the place. How could it not tho, when I had to pull myself together from that unexpected sobfest that was the last 15% of the book.The Last Letter is stunning in all of its details and elements. Yarros’ writing is phenomenal, the characters are woven in such a beautiful way, there’s no way you can guard your heart from falling in love with each and every one of them. If military romances make your heart beat harder, this one will make you feel light headed and shaken. The emotion within the pages of The Last Letter left me out of breath.And even if the ending shattered my heart in a vicious way and I would have preferred Yarros to spare me, I couldn't love this book any less.This is definitely one of those stories I loved in despite of all the harrowing pain.*I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Garden Of REden
    January 1, 1970
    *REVIEWED BY CASSIE*The Last Letter wasn’t a book; it was an experience. It was an emotional rollercoaster, that as a mom, will rival no other book. This book captured me from the beginning, stole my breath, ripped a chunk of my heart out, and left a deep and heavy ache in my chest. This author has always had an ability to put words together and create masterpieces, with her attention to detail being unmatched. This book especially has the most tragic but majestic formation of words even though *REVIEWED BY CASSIE*The Last Letter wasn’t a book; it was an experience. It was an emotional rollercoaster, that as a mom, will rival no other book. This book captured me from the beginning, stole my breath, ripped a chunk of my heart out, and left a deep and heavy ache in my chest. This author has always had an ability to put words together and create masterpieces, with her attention to detail being unmatched. This book especially has the most tragic but majestic formation of words even though Yarros is trying a slightly different genre. No worries to those who love or need a little steam in their books… as usual Yarros hands us some steamy scenes ready to make you reach for that cold beverage. Not to mention… the overall message and theme of this book is one for the ages and was done better than any other like it.“Love—when it was right—was enough to save you. Beckett taught me that every single day. And ours was more than enough. And so was I.”Ella is my favorite mom ever written, despite her flaws. Her momma-bear fierceness knows no bounds. Her most interesting characteristic is the simultaneous fearlessness and gut-wrenching fear for her kids. She will slay any dragons that come to her door for her kids, but those very dragons create a fear and anxiety in her that make her rely on Solitude’s (her super awesome B&B/resort) bubble for their safety. That inner conflict is what drives her. She is the most stubborn and dedicated mom I have EVER read.“Damn, I wanted her. Wanted every aspect of her—her laughter, her tears, her kids, her body, her heart. I wanted everything.”Beckett is strong, stubborn (makes for some fun adult conversations), and loyal… almost to a fault. This is not the first military man we have had from Yarros, but he is certainly one of the best if not THE best in the honor category. His dedication to his missions and his best friends (Ella’s brother and his dog Havoc) have soared above any others. He is my favorite type of broken: having no family and still finding a way to make his own.This book will linger long after it has been read. It will dig deep into your heart and nest there. This book is for those who want to read about a mom who loves her children dearly. This book is for those who love characters with burning hot passion for not only their loves, but a deep love for those who surround them. This book is for anyone who loves a book that will make you feel. The Last Letter is for anyone who loves love even through complicated and bittersweet stories.
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    The first thing you should probably know is that during my initial reading of this book, I had a sort of visceral reaction to it. Like, panic reaction. Like, slam the book shut, mark it as DNF, send a note to the publisher apologetically explaining all the reasons my heart couldn't handle this story right now - emotional reaction. It hit me hard, y'all - from nearly the very beginning of the book and I was afraid to keep going.Then I stepped away and took a breath. Lots of breaths. And a little The first thing you should probably know is that during my initial reading of this book, I had a sort of visceral reaction to it. Like, panic reaction. Like, slam the book shut, mark it as DNF, send a note to the publisher apologetically explaining all the reasons my heart couldn't handle this story right now - emotional reaction. It hit me hard, y'all - from nearly the very beginning of the book and I was afraid to keep going.Then I stepped away and took a breath. Lots of breaths. And a little time. I came back to the book over a month later and was sucked in immediately. I had my big girl pants on, and I rolled with the punches. I'm no stranger to this author. I know she doesn't hold back on the emotional hits, and I love her all the more for it. And for me, there was enough lightness and beauty in the storyline to make enduring those hits worth it.Mostly.Until the end.Y'all, I don't know what to tell you about this book. Objectively speaking it is amazing. It is so beautifully written and so brutal in its honesty. But it left me feeling...bereft. Despite the fact that the ending is technically "happily ever after", there is no emotional high here. I have no giant beaming smile. No warm fuzzy feeling. The ending is more bittersweet than happy, and I'm left feeling wrung out and sad. So, what does this mean?It means I have a whole bunch of mixed emotions about this story. Was it beautiful? Yes. Absolutely. This story was so much bigger than a romance. The love in this story was all-encompassing and incredibly powerful. The writing was stellar. The storytelling was compelling. It was gritty and emotional and my heart attached itself completely to Ella and Beckett and every primary and secondary character that surrounded them. But it hurt. And as someone who reads to escape the hurt, someone who reads to feel good, I'm having a hard time processing it. So, bottom line? If you're not afraid of some intense emotional punches, then do not hesitate to grab some kleenex and pick this one up. Ms. Yarros write a heck of a book, even if this one might not have been for me. ~ Shelly, 3.5 Stars
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    5 Emotional StarsI'm struggling to find the right words to express how much The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros touched me.I cried a lot of tears, I swooned, I laughed, I got angry and wanted to scream why a few times and I fell in love hard for all the characters and now I'm crying writing this review. I loved Beckett/Chaos, Ella and her beautiful, funny, smart children Maisie & Colt. Those kids truly owned my heart. They shared that special connection twins often share and damn did they brin 5 Emotional StarsI'm struggling to find the right words to express how much The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros touched me.I cried a lot of tears, I swooned, I laughed, I got angry and wanted to scream why a few times and I fell in love hard for all the characters and now I'm crying writing this review. I loved Beckett/Chaos, Ella and her beautiful, funny, smart children Maisie & Colt. Those kids truly owned my heart. They shared that special connection twins often share and damn did they bring out the feels! I also need to mention how much respect and love I have for Havoc, she was such a smart and loyal dog.It's hard to write a review for a book that you've loved without spoiling it for others. So I'm going to keep it short and just say this is a beautifully, thoughtful, heartfelt read that will touch you deeply.Rebecca Yarros what can I say other than girl you owe me a few boxes of tissues and THANK YOU for writing this story. Your dedication and acknowledgment shows what a beautiful, gentle and loving woman you are. The Last Letter is a must read, I can't wait for you all to read it and experience all the emotions I'm currently going through. *An advance copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts.*
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  • Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
    January 1, 1970
    Original review: A Novel GlimpseNote: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.★ ★ ★ ★ So…I have found another favorite new-to-me author. Rebecca Yarros has me wanting to go back and read her backlist like now because The Last Letter was so, so good. I can’t even begin to do it justice with this review, so I am going to bullet point my likes and dislikes.What I liked: *The letters. They start out each chapter and are perfectly tailored to the story and how it evolves. *The writing. I Original review: A Novel GlimpseNote: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.★ ★ ★ ★ ½So…I have found another favorite new-to-me author. Rebecca Yarros has me wanting to go back and read her backlist like now because The Last Letter was so, so good. I can’t even begin to do it justice with this review, so I am going to bullet point my likes and dislikes.What I liked: *The letters. They start out each chapter and are perfectly tailored to the story and how it evolves. *The writing. It caught my attention from the beginning and never let go. Like I said above, Rebeca Yarros is new to me and I instantly connected to the way she puts words together. Every sentence is packed with emotion. *The plot. I won’t go into it too much, but it’s way more than what you read in that blurb. It was the perfect mixture or heartwarming and heartbreaking. Every moment had a purpose. *Ella’s children were so darn cute. Colt and Maisie were twins and their bond was too special. They also added something extra sweet to Ella and Beckett’s relationship. *Beckett Gentry. He had his moments of stupidity, but I loved his character.I could go on and on, but I have to stop listing things because I would just give away the entire story.What I disliked: *I didn’t connect as much as I would have liked to with Ella. I understood her reasoning for the way she acted, but her trust issues were almost too much for me at times. Especially towards the end. * Beckett’s moments of stupidity when he kept keeping that dang secret. *An event toward the end. I can’t say what it is, but I was sad the story went there. I get it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.Overall, The Last Letter was a really great book. It was a romance, but it was more than just a romance. It was a touching story about family, love, war, and life. Despite my few dislikes, I thought it was brilliant.
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  • Joy
    January 1, 1970
    I always anticipate a new story from Rebecca Yarros. A go to author for certain because her military men are bar none. Not sure what lucky star I sailed under but thank you NetGalley for allowing me to advance read this beautiful story of family, friendship and honor.First let me say that I would probably love any story with a military hero, a single parent and a dog. For me this is like the trope trifecta. (This is my review. Dogs are tropes. Deal with it. Lol) So when I started this story I wa I always anticipate a new story from Rebecca Yarros. A go to author for certain because her military men are bar none. Not sure what lucky star I sailed under but thank you NetGalley for allowing me to advance read this beautiful story of family, friendship and honor.First let me say that I would probably love any story with a military hero, a single parent and a dog. For me this is like the trope trifecta. (This is my review. Dogs are tropes. Deal with it. Lol) So when I started this story I was so in love already. But then I met these characters and my heart exploded. Ella, Colt and Maisie are so amazing. Their love and connection so evident from the very beginning. The love Colt and Maisie has is so beautiful. This brother and sister would do anything for each other. Their sweet moments and their moments of ridiculous strength made them so lovable. Ella is this fiercely strong single Mom who has been through it but just keeps pushing. Spreading herself thin, riddling herself with guilt but maintaining the best she can.Then the amazing Beckett Gentry comes to town with his military working dog, Havoc, and the heart of this story just gets bigger. Her brother’s friend sent to her from a letter to watch over her and help her carry this load. I can’t express my love for this soldier. First the noticeable transition he has to make from war zone to civilian life. Then the way he seamlessly starts to carry said load. And the amazing ways he makes a difference throughout the story. His love, his compassion and the way he utterly falls in love with these kids will steal your heart. Oh and about that heart. Yeah be prepared because it’s about to be put through the wringer with this story. So much happens in these characters lives. Some good, some bad and some tragic but in the end you’ll be pieced back together by these amazing characters and the love they share.
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  • Fanny
    January 1, 1970
    Ya tiene portada y sinopsis!!!!!!!!! * salta de alegria *.Ya preveo que esta novela me rompera el corazon, pero como soy una masoquista, cuento los dias para que se publique. Febrero llega pronto.
  • Lorna
    January 1, 1970
    RTC. Ugly cry book!
  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Letter wasn’t a book; it was an experience. It was an emotional rollercoaster, that as a mom, will rival no other book. This book captured me from the beginning, stole my breath, ripped a chunk of my heart out, and left a deep and heavy ache in my chest. This author has always had an ability to put words together and create masterpieces, with her attention to detail being unmatched. This book especially has the most tragic but majestic formation of words even though Yarros is trying a s The Last Letter wasn’t a book; it was an experience. It was an emotional rollercoaster, that as a mom, will rival no other book. This book captured me from the beginning, stole my breath, ripped a chunk of my heart out, and left a deep and heavy ache in my chest. This author has always had an ability to put words together and create masterpieces, with her attention to detail being unmatched. This book especially has the most tragic but majestic formation of words even though Yarros is trying a slightly different genre. No worries to those who love or need a little steam in their books… as usual Yarros hands us some steamy scenes ready to make you reach for that cold beverage. Not to mention… the overall message and theme of this book is one for the ages and was done better than any other like it.“Love—when it was right—was enough to save you. Beckett taught me that every single day. And ours was more than enough. And so was I.”Ella is my favorite mom ever written, despite her flaws. Her momma-bear fierceness knows no bounds. Her most interesting characteristic is the simultaneous fearlessness and gut-wrenching fear for her kids. She will slay any dragons that come to her door for her kids, but those very dragons create a fear and anxiety in her that make her rely on Solitude’s (her super awesome B&B/resort) bubble for their safety. That inner conflict is what drives her. She is the most stubborn and dedicated mom I have EVER read.“Damn, I wanted her. Wanted every aspect of her—her laughter, her tears, her kids, her body, her heart. I wanted everything.”Beckett is strong, stubborn (makes for some fun adult conversations), and loyal… almost to a fault. This is not the first military man we have had from Yarros, but he is certainly one of the best if not THE best in the honor category. His dedication to his missions and his best friends (Ella’s brother and his dog Havoc) have soared above any others. He is my favorite type of broken: having no family and still finding a way to make his own. This book will linger long after it has been read. It will dig deep into your heart and nest there. This book is for those who want to read about a mom who loves her children dearly. This book is for those who love characters with burning hot passion for not only their loves, but a deep love for those who surround them. This book is for anyone who loves a book that will make you feel. The Last Letter is for anyone who loves love even through complicated and bittersweet stories.
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  •  Lori (Ficwishes)
    January 1, 1970
    Hands down, the best book I’ve read all year. More to come soon.
  • Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
    January 1, 1970
    5 Unforgettable Stars, but if I could rate this book higher that would most definitely be the case.I don't even know where to start, this book leaves me speechless. There are so many things running through my head, that it's so hard to gather all my thoughts. I have so many emotions coursing through my body, that it makes it hard to pin point which one is overwhelming me so much right now, because as I write this, Rebecca Yarros has left a mark on my soul like no other author has done before. Th 5 Unforgettable Stars, but if I could rate this book higher that would most definitely be the case.I don't even know where to start, this book leaves me speechless. There are so many things running through my head, that it's so hard to gather all my thoughts. I have so many emotions coursing through my body, that it makes it hard to pin point which one is overwhelming me so much right now, because as I write this, Rebecca Yarros has left a mark on my soul like no other author has done before. The Last Letter is without a doubt an, unforgettable, emotional, roller coaster of a ride. Being my first read from this author, I can guarantee you with all that I am, that Rebecca Yarros has a fan for life. Rebecca has the ability to create a a one of a kind world, and keep you there with the mind blowing plots and amazing characters. She is that author that can make you feel things that you could never imagine, and as a mother no other book could ever compare.I want keep my review so vague for the simple fact, the blurb is all you need to know going in. The blurb is why the story is what it is. Go in and let this book surprise you, because I assure you, it WILL. Get to know the characters because from my POV, they are sincerely one of a kind, They are so very strong, and beyond brave. This slow burn romance is one that will bring tears to your eyes, but I assure you, the connections that are made are so genuine and real.For me personally, this is the best book of the year. I will never, ever forget this book, and Ii promise you, you won't either.*I recommend this book.~ Ashley
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  • Cierra
    January 1, 1970
    This is freaking amazing
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait to start it <3 <3    
  • Rinou
    January 1, 1970
    1 étoile c'est encore trop !Je lis pour me détendre, et je lis de la Romance en particulier pour sa promesse d’une fin heureuse. Ce livre ne tient pas ses promesses en la matière. Je n’ai pas accroché à l’histoire du couple car la seule chose sur laquelle je pouvais focaliser c’était savoir si la petite fille allait s’en sortir. Et quand enfin tout semble s’arranger l’auteur nous achève avec une mort gratuite. Je ne recommande pas ce livre.Avis complet https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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  • Tanya
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, this was a hard book for me to review. The Pros: The writing is good. The story is interesting, and the pacing is done just right. At least for me. I want the two leads to fall in love and the author does a good job building their relationship, the big reveal, the conflict, and then the final HEA in regards to the couple.The Cons: There is so much heartache in this story, it caught me off guard. I'm used to reading about difficult situations in romance, but it felt like this book had one too Oh, this was a hard book for me to review. The Pros: The writing is good. The story is interesting, and the pacing is done just right. At least for me. I want the two leads to fall in love and the author does a good job building their relationship, the big reveal, the conflict, and then the final HEA in regards to the couple.The Cons: There is so much heartache in this story, it caught me off guard. I'm used to reading about difficult situations in romance, but it felt like this book had one too many. So much loss. And it really made it hard for me to enjoy the book because of all the grief. I literally yelled at the book several times, because I was so upset, but not in a cleansing way. More of a why???? did you have to do that??Yes, there is an HEA at the end, but I felt it should have come with a disclaimer. It's more of a women's fiction than romance, at least to me, because of all the heartache. With my romances, I really want the demonstrative HEA.So three stars because the writing is good and there are elements of the romance that are excellent. But I can't give it more because of all the heartache. It just wasn't the book for me.
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  • Timitra
    January 1, 1970
    Rated 4.5 StarsThe Last Letter is an emotional rollercoaster. It's beautiful too and heartbreaking. This story broke me into so many pieces that I won't ever be the same again but I don't regret this experience at all even though it brought me to tears. I know that this journey that these characters went on and the characters themselves will live within me forever. I highly recommend this to those who love emotion heavy stories with a side of my fave trope, best friend's younger sister. Be warne Rated 4.5 StarsThe Last Letter is an emotional rollercoaster. It's beautiful too and heartbreaking. This story broke me into so many pieces that I won't ever be the same again but I don't regret this experience at all even though it brought me to tears. I know that this journey that these characters went on and the characters themselves will live within me forever. I highly recommend this to those who love emotion heavy stories with a side of my fave trope, best friend's younger sister. Be warned that you will no be the same after reading this book.Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley
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  • Ana
    January 1, 1970
    How can there be beauty in heartache? How can there be smiles through tears? How can your heart beat faster while at the same time it feels like it’s stopped completely? I’ll tell you how…through the words of Rebecca Yarros! This book…oh gosh, this book! I finished it a couple of weeks ago and I still don’t have the right word to express my love for this story. What I can tell you is that my eyes still water when I think about it and my heart still aches when it crosses my mind. It’s amazing how How can there be beauty in heartache? How can there be smiles through tears? How can your heart beat faster while at the same time it feels like it’s stopped completely? I’ll tell you how…through the words of Rebecca Yarros! This book…oh gosh, this book! I finished it a couple of weeks ago and I still don’t have the right word to express my love for this story. What I can tell you is that my eyes still water when I think about it and my heart still aches when it crosses my mind. It’s amazing how just a few short pages can have such an impact, but they certainly did on me.I’m not going to tell you much about this book because you need to experience it for yourself. Just know that I loved Ella and Beckett’s story beyond compare. Nothing I can say will do justice to the emotions and the truth that’s held between those two covers. This story touches every important relationship in life…family, friendship, parenthood and, while doing so, it fully explores the elation and devastation possible with each. The highest highs and the lowest lows, the sweetest romance and the toughest heartbreak, living, dying, and wishing you were dead…Ms. Yarros leaves no emotion unaccounted for and I, for one, respect her all the more for the courage to take me to places I didn’t want to go and for the kindness of bringing me back.This is a story that will stay with me for a very long time. I’m not ready to read it again, my heart is still too fagile. But I’ll return to it in the future because a story like this is not meant to sit on the shelf…it’s meant to be experienced over and over again and to remind you that in life the heartache and tragedy can truly lead to healing and happiness.
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  • Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    “I’d forgotten what this felt like.”“Being hugged?” My voice was sandpaper-rough.“Being held together.” ***THE LAST LETTER was one of those stories I couldn’t wait to get back to and one I hated being away from. It stole what ever free time I had. THE LAST LETTER was absolutely amazing, 100% heart wrenching, and had me finishing it with probably the biggest ugly cry a book has brought me to in years. I won’t say this book ends with a happily ever after, but it does end with an ending that you w “I’d forgotten what this felt like.”“Being hugged?” My voice was sandpaper-rough.“Being held together.” ***THE LAST LETTER was one of those stories I couldn’t wait to get back to and one I hated being away from. It stole what ever free time I had. THE LAST LETTER was absolutely amazing, 100% heart wrenching, and had me finishing it with probably the biggest ugly cry a book has brought me to in years. I won’t say this book ends with a happily ever after, but it does end with an ending that you will never see coming. And ending that will leave you remembering it’s tale long after its done. My heart couldn’t handle the last few pages as I struggled to read through the tears. But I finished with a sad smile on my face and hopeful happiness in my heart. So while it wasn’t fully happy, the ending left me with hope that all would be fine for these wonderful characters in time.Yarros, you are a brilliant woman and your words have taken my breath away. This story of yours is a beautiful favorite on mine now and I know my heart will never be the same. I can only imagine the emotions you stumbled through as you created this incredible read had to be doubled. So thank you for writing it. 5 Gut Wrenching, Heart Breaking, Love Inspiring Stars!
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  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    This book covers EVER emotion. The writing is outstanding. The storyline is, simply put, heartbreaking. Should you attempt to read this? YES. Will you find a flaw? Nope. From page one I was entranced. Do I love the ending? No! I wish things were written differently. Yet, that is what makes this book so special. It’s raw. It’s real. It’s devastating. It’s life. Rebecca took such beautiful care with the main subject. She allowed me...a regular reader...to live and breathe the strength and determin This book covers EVER emotion. The writing is outstanding. The storyline is, simply put, heartbreaking. Should you attempt to read this? YES. Will you find a flaw? Nope. From page one I was entranced. Do I love the ending? No! I wish things were written differently. Yet, that is what makes this book so special. It’s raw. It’s real. It’s devastating. It’s life. Rebecca took such beautiful care with the main subject. She allowed me...a regular reader...to live and breathe the strength and determination of a family surviving. On a personal note: last week I thought I read my top book of the year. Not gonna lie...this might just trump it. Thank you to all the men and women who serve our country. Thank you Rebecca for giving voice to such a terrible disease. You’re research and ability to create a story like this...PRICELESS. A. Must. Read.
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  • Kasey Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Simply this book is five stars. I’m truly gutted deep to my soul. Be prepared. I mean with the blurb and cover you have a feeling but you don’t really ever know until you read the story. Be prepared. I cried! My heart hurt. I felt love. I cried! There so much feeing in this story. So much love and loss. You know it’s a good book when you’re mad at the author for writing the story. Im so mad right now and crying ugly tears. It’s just not fair. I’m asking the questions of why. This is the first bo Simply this book is five stars. I’m truly gutted deep to my soul. Be prepared. I mean with the blurb and cover you have a feeling but you don’t really ever know until you read the story. Be prepared. I cried! My heart hurt. I felt love. I cried! There so much feeing in this story. So much love and loss. You know it’s a good book when you’re mad at the author for writing the story. Im so mad right now and crying ugly tears. It’s just not fair. I’m asking the questions of why. This is the first book hangover I’ve had of 2018 and it will be my only. I don’t know how to move on from this story. I don’t want to give too much away because then you miss all the goodness of this book. I hope no one spoils this for you and you are able to be taken on the emotional rollercoaster that is The Last Letter.
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  • Shana
    January 1, 1970
    Rebecca Yarros was an unknown author to me, so I didn’t know what to expect. That said, the description of the book sounded very intriguing and immediately caught my attention. Who doesn’t like an emotional love story? I had my hopes set high that this would be a great book... and what a great book it was! An emotional roller coaster from start to finish. I laughed, I cried. I enjoyed every second of reading this book. Best. Read. Of. The. Year. No doubt. I loved it. *I received a copy from the Rebecca Yarros was an unknown author to me, so I didn’t know what to expect. That said, the description of the book sounded very intriguing and immediately caught my attention. Who doesn’t like an emotional love story? I had my hopes set high that this would be a great book... and what a great book it was! An emotional roller coaster from start to finish. I laughed, I cried. I enjoyed every second of reading this book. Best. Read. Of. The. Year. No doubt. I loved it. *I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Nicole Westmoreland
    January 1, 1970
    WOW. Just…Oh My God…WOW!The Last Letter by Author Rebecca Yarros will, without a doubt, be a top book of 2019. This was one of the most incredible and emotional books I have EVER read. It has taken me a few hours to sit down to write this review because my scattered emotions from this story. The storyline, the side stories, the deployment letters between “Chaos” and Ella, the cancer diagnosis and treatments, the deaths, the accident…from start to finish it was all so “edge-of-your-seat” “I-canno WOW. Just…Oh My God…WOW!The Last Letter by Author Rebecca Yarros will, without a doubt, be a top book of 2019. This was one of the most incredible and emotional books I have EVER read. It has taken me a few hours to sit down to write this review because my scattered emotions from this story. The storyline, the side stories, the deployment letters between “Chaos” and Ella, the cancer diagnosis and treatments, the deaths, the accident…from start to finish it was all so “edge-of-your-seat” “I-cannot-put-this-down” “I-have-tears-streaming-down-my-face”…yeah…this book is all of that and more.Ella Mackenzie owns and runs Solitude, a beautiful resort in Telluride, Colorado. She is a single mom of 5 year old twins. The father of the children divorced her and disowned the children while she was 18 and pregnant, but she is stubborn and determined and refuses to fail. YOU ARE ENOUGHAfter being abandoned and given up by his birth mother at 4 years of age, Beckett Gentry was then passed from foster home to foster home. Feeling like he had no family and was alone, “Chaos” quickly enlisted in the military at 18 years of age. He became friends with Ryan and they served together in special ops. While Ryan is deployed, he suggests Ella become a pen-pal with a soldier he knows, his best friend “Chaos”. After a series of letters back and forth, they unknowingly start to fall in love with one another…then suddenly, the letters stop.Then Beckett shows up at Solitude a few months later, with a letter from Ryan, asking him to go take care of his sister, Ella. He is determined to follow through with his best friend’s request…but doesn’t want Ella to know his secret…that he is actually “Chaos”. “Say it. I’m not going to believe it unless you say it. Who are you?”I absolutely LOVED the way Author Rebecca Yarros blended Emma and Chaos’ letters throughout the whole book. I loved reading the letters they shared, I loved the honesty they could send back and forth without judgement, the way they were able to lean on one another…it was just all so deeply touching.I want to go on and on about this epic book, but don’t feel that I can without spoiling too much. What I can say is that the characters in this book are absolutely incredible…Beckett Gentry AKA Chaos, Ella Mackenzie, Ella’s twins (Maisie and Colt), Beckett’s dog (Havoc), Ella’s brother (Ryan), Larry, Ada, and Hailey (employees of the resort), the ex (Jeff). There are more extras as well and they all blend together so perfectly. This book gave me such incredibly deep heartbreak. **You WILL need Kleenex while reading this!!** Reading the acknowledgements at the end of the book made it hit home even harder. The author, Rebecca Yarros is a military wife. She is able to write some of this first-hand and on such a personal level. The parents of the children with cancer who shared their stories…my heart goes out to you for what you have to go through. I could not imagine, but I can understand somewhat more clearly after reading this book, and God…you are so very strong! YOU ARE ENOUGH!
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  • Jess (the cozy reader)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just to depressing for me. I loved Rebecca’s Flight and Glory, but my heart just couldn’t take this one.
  • Jennifer Dicenzo
    January 1, 1970
    I have waited awhile to put my review into words after I finished this book. To be perfectly honest, I still don’t have the right ones. I have been anticipating this book for a long time. I can’t tell you how many times I have re read previous Flight and Glory books just to get my fill. I was indeed shocked and delighted to have been chosen to read an advanced copy of this one. How do you put into the right words when an author and her writing touch so many emotions and places in your heart and I have waited awhile to put my review into words after I finished this book. To be perfectly honest, I still don’t have the right ones. I have been anticipating this book for a long time. I can’t tell you how many times I have re read previous Flight and Glory books just to get my fill. I was indeed shocked and delighted to have been chosen to read an advanced copy of this one. How do you put into the right words when an author and her writing touch so many emotions and places in your heart and soul. Yes I said soul. This is a book that brings to light all the fears of military families. And you appreciate the author’s candor and honesty. There is nothing held back. It was such an emotional read, I cannot fathom how it must have been for her to write it. This is one book that will live with me for tye rest of my life! I am forever grateful for her having written the book and more so grateful to all military families who sacrifice so much!! Some of us don’t realize just how much, but maybe we should. I proudly voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book provided by NetGalley.
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  • Meghan V
    January 1, 1970
    ‘“Marriage might be the easier route,’ ...‘I just can’t. Not after what happened last time. I’m in no rush to put a ring on it.’”I was feeling pretty good about this novel until the scene quoted above took place. In it, our heroine essentially decides risking her kids well being is more convenient than risking her own as she refuses to a marriage of convenience with the hero but sanctions an adoption of convenience...???As soon as this decision took place I was yanked right out. The reason this ‘“Marriage might be the easier route,’ ...‘I just can’t. Not after what happened last time. I’m in no rush to put a ring on it.’”I was feeling pretty good about this novel until the scene quoted above took place. In it, our heroine essentially decides risking her kids well being is more convenient than risking her own as she refuses to a marriage of convenience with the hero but sanctions an adoption of convenience...???As soon as this decision took place I was yanked right out. The reason this decision took place was because one of the children has cancer and needed the hero’s insurance. And the heroine can’t “put a ring on it?” I found it so jarring false I had a difficult time getting past it. Otherwise, the story was a lovely combination of a proverbially scarred military veteran trying to make amends and a woman trying to make ends meet. They both help each other in a beautiful mountain setting. And there’s a great dog to boot! All in all it was a good read. But It will not live on my desert island shelf.
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  • Julie (Jewls Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Letter was a freaking emotional roller coaster! Ella and Beckett’s story was one of friendship, grief, joy, loss, and hope. I was in tears more times then I want to admit and they were the big, fat, ugly ones! While events didn’t exactly turn out the way I expected, I am glad I took a chance. This isn’t my usual kind of read, but the summary caught my eye, and well...it was worth the Kleenex box I blew my way through. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All th The Last Letter was a freaking emotional roller coaster! Ella and Beckett’s story was one of friendship, grief, joy, loss, and hope. I was in tears more times then I want to admit and they were the big, fat, ugly ones! While events didn’t exactly turn out the way I expected, I am glad I took a chance. This isn’t my usual kind of read, but the summary caught my eye, and well...it was worth the Kleenex box I blew my way through. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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