Published by Headline Review on September 10, 2015
Genres: Chick-lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Historical, Romance
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A spellbinding tale of love, loss and long-buried secrets from the Sunday Times bestselling author. If you loved spending A Week in Paris with Rachel Hore or taking the Last Voyage of the Valentina with Santa Montefiore, you will adore this unforgettable novel.
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.
I adored this The Last Kiss Goodbye. I loved the dual timelines (sixties and present day) and how everything was in sync with each other, as the long lost secrets were gradually revealed. And I loved the fact that the story is based on one small photograph. Because as they say a photograph can say a thousand words. And this one certainly did.
I think my favourite bit was the part set in the sixties. I could have spent so much more time with Dominic and Rosamund than on the present day. But I think that it felt unfamiliar to me and so I was more intrigued and wanted to know more to satisfy my curiosity.
This was a gripping read, and perhaps surprisingly a joy to read. I thought that the characterisation was appropriate, each character distinctive and although I had my favourite each person felt right. The flow of the story was impeccable and it was a hard book to put down. This is one book that I look forward to reading again.
The Last Kiss Goodbye is a mesmerising and captivating read. With plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and a story where true love will always win out.