Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Last Charm!
I have a review for you and a UK Giveaway of Dorset and Reading-themed goodies.
Genre: Women’s Commercial Fiction
Publication date: August 21, 2020
Publisher: One More Chapter, HarperCollins
Author Content Warnings: Overcoming bereavement, Miscarriage
The Last Charm is an emotional love story spanning 2001-2017 that takes turns tugging at your heartstrings and making you pull your hair in frustration.
Despite the main character, Leila, being a self-absorbed person until the end, the story is beautifully written to show the rage, hurt, and confusion that she faces throughout her teens and early twenties.
The book is full of wisdom and good advice about letting go of the past, overcoming fear, taking risks, and accepting one’s present for what it is.
Some quotes stood out for me:
“It’s your purpose in life and your family and friends that count, not material things.”
“Seneca said that nothing is ours except time. Not possessions, not money, not love. Just time. It’s the one thing we have control over, that we can choose to use wisely and well, or fritter away on unimportant things.”
Leila and Jake’s stories are told alternately in the order of how things happened every other year, which makes it clear how they viewed and interpreted the same set of events.
It takes Leila many years to get past her fear of abandonment and find the courage to trust people. It’s all so sad, especially when you see see Chloe and Owen’s relationship (friends of Leila and Jake) and imagine how things could have been.
The author’s skill at storytelling prevents the story from dragging in the middle when she’s describing yet another instance of Leila acting out and misdirecting her anger and hurt towards Jake. The letters and the descriptions of the charms are a delight to read.
I enjoyed this bittersweet tale of family, relationships, and love, and I’m sure you will not be able to finish the book without shedding a tear or two!
(I received a review copy from Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review.)
A moving and heartwarming love story perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day in December…
Leila’s charm bracelet tells a story of love, a story of loss, a story of hope.
This is the story of her … and the story of Jake.
When Leila Jones loses her precious charm bracelet and a stranger finds it, she has to tell the story of how she got the charms to prove she’s the owner. Each and every one is a precious memory of her life with Jake.
So Leila starts at the beginning, recounting the charms and experiences that have led her to the present. A present she never could have expected when she met Jake nearly twenty years ago…
About Ella Allbright
A self-confessed reading addict, Ella Allbright writes commercial women’s fiction set in her beautiful home county of Dorset. Her first novel in this genre, The Charm Bracelet will be published in August 2020 by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins, and she’s currently hard at work on her next book. Ella is represented by agent Hattie Grünewald at The Blair Partnership, who represent J.K. Rowling.
Ella also writes as Nikki Moore, the author of the popular #LoveLondon romance series. A number of the novellas featured in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart, and in 2018 the collection was released in Italy. Her first published work was the short story A Night to Remember in the best selling Mills & Boon / RNA anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut romance Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015.
When not writing or reading, she can be found working in her HR day job, walking the family’s cute beagle puppy or watching a Netflix series!
You can connect with Ella/Nikki on:
Amazon UK profile: amazon.co.uk/Nikki-Moore
She also vlogs about how to get published as ‘Author By The Sea’ on her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQNV3lWENgnIRG4NWejSjmQ
Giveaway to Win Dorset and Reading themed goodies to celebrate The Last Charm by Ella Allbright (UK Only)
Books Make Me Happy/TLC Branded Mug, Keepsake Bracelet for Readers, Lulworth Chocolate Bar, Mermaid metal bookmark, TLC Postcards, PLUS mystery prize
Lulworth Chocolate Bar, I love Durdle Door chocolate lollipop, Sunshine metal bookmark, TLC Postcards, PLUS mystery prize
Lulworth Chocolate Bar, I love Lulworth chocolate lollipop, Starry Sky metal bookmark, TLC Postcards
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