Everyone remembers their first kiss. But what about the last?
1961. Journalist Rosamund Bailey is ready to change the world. When she meets explorer and man about town Dominic Blake, she realises she has found the love of her life. Just as happiness is in their grasp, the worst happens, and their future is snatched away.
2014. Deep in the vaults of a museum, archivist Abby Gordon stumbles upon a breathtaking find. A faded photograph of a man saying goodbye to the woman he loves. Looking for a way to escape her own heartache, Abby becomes obsessed with the story, little realising that behind the image frozen in time lies a secret altogether more extraordinary.
Sometimes a book will come along and completely sweep you away; it will suck you up into its world and there is no turning back. Tasmina Perry’s The Last Kiss Goodbye was such book. From the first page, I felt like I was part of the story. I was a character on the periphery. The events that were infolding affected my life, my friends. It takes a powerful and extremely talented writer to create that kind of magic.
The story is told in two separate time periods with two female protagonists; both ladies – Abbi and Rosamund – have loved and lost. The Last Kiss Goodbye is the story of how they handle these losses. How the losses have made them stronger, more independent but also about how that loss has left a gaping hole in their lives. Their story was ridiculously engaging. Their lives sort of paralleled each other and you could not help but champion both Rosamund and Abbi. You want them to be happy.
Having never read a book that was written by Tasmina Perry, I really didn’t know what to expect. Now I know that she is a writer who will have me gripped until I turn the final page. I love finding a writer who captures my heart (and my loyalty as a reader) with their stories. If you like your books to have engaging characters, heart-warming stories, intense mysteries and massive twists then drop whatever you are doing, go to your local book shop and pick up The Last Kiss Goodbye. You need to read it. Do it, go on, off you pop!
The Last Kiss Goodbye by Tasmina Perry is available now.
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Thank you to Bookbridgr for sending me a review copy of this title.