June 9, 2021

The Last Goodbye

The Last Goodbye

by Fiona Lucas

Published June 8, 2021
by William Morrow Books and Harper Audio

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: General Fiction (Adult) / Romance

From The Publisher:

How can you move on if you can’t let go?

Spencer was the love of Anna’s life: her husband, her best friend, her rock. She thought their love would last forever.

But three years ago, Spencer was tragically killed in an accident and Anna’s world was shattered. How can she ever move on, when she’s lost her soulmate?

On New Year’s Eve Anna calls Spencer’s phone number, just to hear his old voicemail greeting. But to her shock, someone answers…

Brody has inherited Spencer’s old number and is the first person who truly understands what Anna’s going through. As her and Brody’s phone calls become lengthier and more frequent, they begin opening up to each other—and slowly rediscover how to smile, how to laugh, even how to hope.

But Brody hasn’t been entirely honest with Anna. Will his secret threaten everything, just as it seems she might find the courage to love again?

My Thoughts:

How do you move on after the love of your life is killed in an accident? This is Anna’s life now: people expecting her to move on, since it’s been almost 3 years. As the publisher reveals, Anna winds up talking frequently with a man who now has her husband’s former cell phone number, and they gradually develop a deep relationship. Brody understands all too well what Anna is going through, but he also has some other personal issues he has to work through. Their connection grows in fits and starts and blossoms into something neither of them expected. In addition to her growing attachment to Brody, Lucas explores Anna’s strained relationship with her late husband’s family, which felt very real to me, with all its ups and downs.

This book is about love and loss, grief, friendship, depression, phobias and the courage it takes to face all of this. Have a box of tissues handy!

I listened to the audiobook, beautifully narrated by Antonia Beamish. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Audio for the opportunity to listen to an advance copy of this audiobook.