June 29, 2019

#BookReview: The Last Word Samantha Hastings


Synopsis: 1861. Miss Lucinda Leavitt is shocked when she learns the author of her favorite serialized novel has died before completing the story. 

Determined to learn how it ends, Lucinda reluctantly enlists the help of her father’s young business partner, Mr. David Randall, to track down the reclusive author’s former whereabouts.

David is a successful young businessman, but is overwhelmed by his workload. 

He wants to prove himself to his late father, as well as to himself. 

He doesn’t have the time, nor the interest, for this endeavor, but Lucinda is not the type to take no for an answer.

Their search for the elusive Mrs. Smith and the rightful ending to her novel leads Lucinda and David around the country, but the truths they discover about themselves—and each other—are anything but fictional.

This title will be released on July 9, 2019.



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About the Author: Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey-sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. The Last Word is her debut novel.

Rating: 
My Review: I really wanted to love this one as I adore historical fiction. But sadly this one just didn't have the spark I was looking for.  The story was slow and the setting just didn't work for me.  The characters were flat and I just didn't connect with anyone.  So sadly this one I think just was not for me at all. 









Praise for The Last Word:

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Witty, spirited, and utterly swoon-worthy. ... Filled with fierce feminism, impeccable period detail, and a charming romance that's sure to stay with readers long after the last word." ―Addie Thorley, author of An Affair of Poisons
Great voice. Unique premise. … And who can resist a plucky heroine who is determined to help write an unfinished romance novel by her favorite author!” ―B.R. Myers, author of Rogue Princess
“A great, clean, romantic, historical novel that all ages would enjoy!” ―Stacy.Moon, reader on SwoonReads.com
“Make[s] history accessible to YA readers. It's light, fun, and has a modern flare that many readers will appreciate.” ―Cassie Rose, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I adored this story, especially all of the characters and the very fitting humor and modern messages. ... This book was amazing!" ―Bluestar, reader on SwoonReads.com










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