Monday, August 19, 2019

The Last Post by Renee Carlino

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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4 Stars

When you read a Ms. Carlino book, you'll know to expect that the story will be heartbreaking, heartwarming and will make you feel her character's emotion. And again, The Last Post, did all that. Wow is what I expected when I first read the synopsis. 

Laya Marston is going through the rough and heartbreaking emotions after losing her husband, Cameron. And the only she seems to cope is by "talking" to him through his Facebook. At first, I thought this was just weird, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense this day of age. It's just another outlet that is so widely used these days, that posting on a love ones Facebook, it's just another way of feeling close to them.

Micah Evans is a unique character. He's not the typical charming, confident hero in a book and it's the reason why I loved him. Micah is going through his life unsure. He's smart and a talent architect, but he's confused on where he's going. It all changes when he meets his boss' daughter, Laya. He can tell their is sadness in her eyes and when he finds out her story, he's determined to make her live her life again.

Laya and Micah form a unique bond/friendship. Everyone is Laya's life is trying to force her to move on with her life, but Laya can't seem to let Cameron go. But there's something about Micah, that makes her considering living again. 

The Last Post is not a fast-paced romance between the two, it develops over throughout the book and keeps you turning the page until these two can find a HEA. 

About the Author
Renée Carlino is a bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including Cosmopolitan Magazine, InStyle Magazine, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Redbook, Sunset Magazine, Coastal Living and the Union Tribune. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at

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