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Last Kiss Goodnight: A heart-breaking story of lost children and the power of a mother's love Paperback – March 22, 2016
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I stroked the top of my baby’s head and whispered to him gently that I would find a way. I will not let them take you…
Once upon a time Kate’s life was full of love and smiles and laughter. A time where she dared to dream and hope. But then her perfect family unit is shattered in the most unthinkable way. And now Kate is silently and steadily falling apart.
When she meets Martha, Kate recognizes a kindred spirit. Martha is searching for a lost love; tragedy has touched her life too. Why are they so inexplicably drawn to one another? And why are they both keeping secrets about their pasts?
As Kate and Martha are forced to face the painful memories they’d each locked away, can they save each other and learn to live again?
A beautifully written story full of emotion, hope and the redeeming power of love and friendship. Perfect for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Amanda Prowse and Rowan Coleman.
What everyone is saying about Teresa Driscoll:
‘A deeply moving story that explores what it means to love and to be loved. It is told with insight and compassion, as Teresa deals with a powerful subject - the fall-out of illness and what it means for the family. You will be captivated by this emotional tale, beautifully told.’ Kate Furnivall
‘A beautifully written book, full of emotion, passion and compassion. It's a book I would recommend to everyone who is interested in relationships and family stories. A lovely book that touches on the most enduring subjects with sensitivity and poignancy.’ Louise Douglas
‘An absolutely beautifully written book. It is heartbreaking and sad, but at the same time it is also uplifting and inspirational. The book is a reminder that you have to make the most of each day, making sure to laugh and love lots, and be true to your heart…A powerful tale that will stick me with for a long time to come. 5/5 stars.’Jill Loves to Read
‘Recipes for Melissa should be read with tissues, ice-cream, and a phone on-hand to call up your nearest and dearest to tell them you love them… A life-affirming, nostalgic, captivating tale of one mother and daughter, whose love for each other echoes throughout the years spent apart.’ Becca’s Books
‘Beautifully written…A book that will stay with me.’ Any Excuse to Read
‘A superbly written debut novel…full of heart-tugging moments, An emotional read, but a beautiful one at the same time – I look forward to future books from this author.’ Literary Week
‘You can feel the mum's pain and anguish...Such a moving book full of love for her child and her husband.’ Bookworms and Shutterbugs
‘A wonderful legacy of love from mother to daughter.’ Amanda Prowse
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- Publisher : Bookouture (March 22, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1910751847
- ISBN-13 : 978-1910751848
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.64 x 7.81 inches
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Viewnd in the end you can’t successfully satisfactorily meaningfully successfully finish them off to the end. Instead you drop the story lines off in mid air and follow up with an epilogue that tells how they ended up leaving a huge gap on how each story line played out. The two books I read ended this way, which is very frustrating leaving so much in air laving to my imagination how it played out? Because you got these 2 books so complicated you couldn’t properly play out their endings. Maybe if you hadn’t tried to have so many story lines you would have ended up with a better book?
As I read these two books, especially “The Last Kiss Good Night” you could have left out or at least not given names to insignificant characters, it would be better satisfying ending. If characters in your book aren’t that important don’t give them a name, instead just say it was a person doing this or just give them a title. You bring in so many character names I didn’t know if it was going to be significant character or not, and further complicated by way you constantly jump around between too many story lines.
You are trying to create mystery and interest by method writing and you don’t need it. Just the way you write is interesting enough. Drop the method writing. You have the ability to write good like Earnest Hemingway. Remember KISS, “keep it simple stupid”. Keep it meaningful and it will be successful and enjoyable to read. Just write well without method. Remember, how you write is all you need. Forget the method of execution. If you haven’t read a good book by Earnest Hemingway read one of his good books and learn from it. In simple straight forward words Hemingway could touch your soul and shock your senses. His words, so simple, were powerful. His good books are memorable and satisfying. None difficult to follow and I never needed a flow chart to keep track of his story.
Each of these two books endings were frustrating and unsatisfying. I liked your ability to write but not your method of execution. You work too hard to create interest when your straight forward writing is what I liked. You had enough of that that carried me to the end of each book but your mythology ruined it for me. Don’t try to write a mystery or lots of twist and turns, especially with too many character stories meshed into one. This is why these two books failed for me.
Last Kiss Goodnight is a village novel with universal appeal. It deals with the issues of lost love and lost children but also with the pain and eventual growth of those left behind to survive, even when they don't want to.
When Kate and Toby move into town, it is supposed to be an opportunity for them to start over, but Kate cannot break away from the sorrow that haunts her until she meets Martha, a woman who is dealing with a loss of her own.
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62% a real gulp moment and we get to 69% in oh my word what now 75% gosh what is going to happen now
Oh my goodness 85% in gripping………………………
Twists and turns all the way through, a fantastic absorbing read. Beautifully written!
I really enjoyed this book - it was a heartwarming and thoroughly satisfying read and I am missing the characters already - so I'm now looking forward to reading 'Recipes For Melissa'.
Hope you will enjoy it too!
This book was a pleasant read and I kept reaching for it whenever I had a minute. I really enjoyed reading about the friendships and relationships between all of the characters and the bond that grew between Kate and Martha was something really special.
I would definitely read more by this author, I am looking forward to doing so.
Stories of loss run through it, but it’s uplifting and even funny in places – realistic, but also optimistic. Teresa Driscoll is SO good at filling her work with real, three-dimensional people and all their strengths and weaknesses.
Everyone will have his or her favourite characters. I finished wanting to know what would happen to them next, especially Matthew. Few books deserve the title of “satisfying read” but Last Kiss Goodnight certainly does.