The Last Post by Renee Carlino

August 20, 2019

See you on the other side.

Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete opposite of her, ready and willing to dive off a cliff-face, or parachute across a canyon—and Laya loved him for it. But she was different: pragmatic, regimented, devoted to her career and to supporting Cameron from the sidelines of his death-defying feats.

Opposites attract, right?

But when Cameron dies suddenly and tragically, all the stages of grief go out the window. Laya becomes lost in denial, living in the delusion that Cameron will come back to her. She begins posting on his Facebook page, reminiscing about their life together, and imagining new adventures for the two of them.

Micah Evans, a young and handsome architect at Laya’s father’s firm, is also stuck––paralyzed by the banal details of his career, his friendships, and his love life. He doesn’t know what he’s looking for, only that there is someone out there who can bring energy and spirit to the humdrum of his life.

When Micah discovers Laya’s tragic and bizarre Facebook posts, he’s determined to show Laya her life is still worth living. Leaving her anonymous gifts and notes, trying to recreate the sense of adventure she once shared with her late husband, Micah finds a new passion watching Laya come out of the darkness. And Laya finds a new joy in the experiences Micah has created for her.

But for Laya, letting another man in still feels like a betrayal to her late husband. Even though Micah may be everything she could wish for, she wonders if she deserves to find happiness again.


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★★★ 3 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓲𝓿𝓮𝔀 ★★★


I have been reading this author since she was an indie author. I have read all of her books. I have liked or loved pretty much all of them. I always go into her books with such high expectations.


I struggled with this book. At times I liked it, and at times I found myself disinterested in it. This book is such a slow moving and a mostly depressing story, it's hard to stay focused on it.


I didn't care for the characters in this one. I definitely didn't like Laya. I was so-so with Micah. And I definitely didn't feel the chemistry or connection with them. They were just two characters going about their days, sometimes interacting with one another.


This definitely didn't feel like the author's usual writing. It felt more lacking in emotion than all of her previous books. And this book should have been all about emotions. My overall impression of this book is blah. (And it kills me to say that.)

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