Our Last Goodbye

Forever: Grand Central. Dec. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781538703731. pap. $12.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Air raid sirens, blackouts, and death notices are part of daily life for 23-year-old May Robinson in 1943 England. When her mother dies tragically, May applies to nursing school, where she meets Richard Bentley, who is ostracized for being a conscientious objector to the war, though May finds him to be kind and helpful around the hospital. As May struggles to make a life for herself while harboring a long-held family secret, her attraction to Richard grows, despite disagreeing with his politics. With their relationship blossoming, May and Richard wrestle with how much faith to put into love.
VERDICT Against the backdrop of World War II, this complex romance is the perfect example of how the right person will accept another’s flaws unconditionally. Fans of Dickson’s (The Orphan Sisters) earlier books will recognize familiar characters but need not have read those previous works in any particular order to enjoy this latest stand-alone.
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