Title: The Last Charm
Author: Ella Allbright
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication Date: August 21, 2020
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…
Why This Book
The Last Charm is a bittersweet romance between a couple who have known each other since childhood, but took ages to find their way together. They both go through so much, so it was excruciating to watch them come and go in each other’s lives. But I picked this novel because it felt like a quintessential British read to me where alcohol just feels like a daily part of someone’s life. Now, I’m not British and I haven’t actually spent much time in the UK, so I’m just basing this off of the many novels I’ve read that have been set in the UK. There’s a lot of casual drinking in all of them, but it doesn’t tend to get them into the kind of trouble so many Americans seem to get themselves into whenever they drink, so I don’t mind it.
My review: “This may be the story about a charm bracelet, but it’s also a love story. It’s full of animosity, misunderstanding, and omission of information. There’s a lot of hurt and there’s a lot of love”
From Under the Duvet said “The evolving story of Leila and Jake grabbed me from the beginning, and it wasn’t long before I was in floods of tears. An enormous box of tissues is required throughout – you have been warned”
The Book Believer said “I would easily give this story 5 stars – particularly so for the last quarter of the book. It was such a stunning read, with plenty of twists that I didn’t see coming, times when I just wanted to shake the characters to see what we as readers could see, and for the depth of emotion it evoked in me”
That Happy Reader gave this 4 stars, saying “I absolutely love the theme of the book for its originality and sentimentality. I appreciated learning about the story behind each of the charms. These characters are well developed and likeable. In summary, I found the story to be very engaging and I had a hard time putting it down”
Just Reading Jess gave this a 4, saying “The Last Charm was an entertaining book. It is a cute story with a unique premise. Some things were predictable but there was enough originality to make it interesting. The Last Charm is an emotional book”
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