The Last Love Note

Zibby. Nov. 2023. 10:32 hrs. ISBN 9781958506301. $15.95. F
In the wake of her own husband’s death, Grey (Tilly Maguire and the Royal Wedding Mess) has penned her first adult novel, a poignant story of love and loss. Kate Whittaker finds herself a single mother after her husband, Cam, dies of early-onset Alzheimer’s, leaving Kate and their toddler, Charlie, behind. Kate is managing—just—but when a work trip grounds her and her boss Hugh on a sunny beach on the east coast of Australia, she finally has a chance to sort out her grief and embrace the future she desires. The story is partly told via the neon-colored sticky notes Cam used to remind himself of details both mundane and important as his memory faltered. Kate can’t bear to part with them until she reaches the very last note. Grey incorporates many rom-com elements into the plot, but the novel is most impactful when addressing the unrelenting messiness of life and death and the support system that Kate has in her mother, friends, and coworkers. Australian actor Leeanna Walsam does a beautiful job differentiating between characters, many of whom speak over the phone.
VERDICT An affecting, gentle rom-com that will pull listeners right in.
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