FICTION

The Last Post

Atria. Aug. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781501189647. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781501189654. F
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Laya Marston accompanies daredevil husband Cameron on many of his perilous, on-location adventures. When they are on the highest peak of the Alps, Cameron’s attempted cliff-diving stunt goes wrong, leading to his tragic death. Grief-stricken, Laya reminisces through Facebook posts, musing on their brief, romantic marriage and imagining future adventures together. She relocates to New York from San Francisco and renews her relationship with her architect father. Micah, who works for her father, is similarly emotionally adrift. He discovers Laya’s grim and sorrowful Facebook posts and begins writing letters to her, in attempts to rekindle her passion for life. When Laya and Micah are able to discover new joy and energy, they also find compassion and happiness. Both characters are fairly likable, but Micah’s outspoken twin sister, Melissa, adds a much-needed spark to this rather awkward if promising relationship.
VERDICT Readers of Carlino’s previous works (Blind Kiss; Wish You Were Here) will find this a satisfying, romantic novel, and though the story is rather unlikely, it is hopeful and heartfelt

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