Title: The Last Letter
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publication: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Military Romance
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.
I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.
My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.
And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.
So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.
Please don’t make her go through it alone.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Hands down one of the best books I have read in recent years. Full of romance, action, and even some suspense. Prepare yourself though. The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros is going to take you on an emotional rollercoaster that will change you forever.
I had never heard of Rebecca Yarros and I don’t typically lean towards romance, even though I’m not against it. I usually prefer young adult or mystery. I try to spread my wings every once in a while and take in something I wouldn’t typically pick up and The Last Letter struck my eye.
It follows the story of Beckett Gentry and also that of Ella Mackenzie. Ella is a single mom of twins, runs a resort lodge in the mountains of Telluride, and has faced countless tragedies in her life. Beckett Gentry is special ops in the military alongside Ella’s brother, Ryan. He has no connections. No family. No where to call home. Just his ops group in the military, the closest thing he has to family. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself going to Ella to follow through with a promise. What comes next is an emotional smack to the face.
First I want to point out the writing. Rebecca Yarros writes so well, I have zero negative things to say about her. The story flows smoothly with no moments of “boredom” I tend to find in a lot of books. Even if the books are great, there is always a lull. Never a lull in The Last Letter. Her characters are relatable. Ella is my spirit animal. As a single mom I felt bonded with her from the beginning. Beckett is basically a dream, but he has his darkness inside as well, which makes him even more interesting to read. All the supporting characters in this story bring it to life even more and play their own role. It would not be what it is without them. Throughout reading this story I found myself laughing out loud, chuckling quietly, getting angry, talking to the book (Yes, I told Beckett not to do something more than once.), and then downright sobbing.
That is my only warning. If you are not good with emotions, don’t read this book. When I finished, I put it down and sobbed for a good five minutes. Yarros crushed my soul and then pieced it back together, and then did it again quite a few times in this book. I was emotionally spent after and had to go watch a RomCom on Netflix to stabilize my emotions.
If you want a book that has a little of everything and will reach out and brush your soul a bit, then pick up The Last Letter. One of the best books I have read in recent years and I cannot wait to read more by Rebecca Yarros. She’s been added to my new favorites list. Pick up your copy and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
STAR RATING: 5/5
You can pick up your copy of The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or a bookstore near you on February 26th. Make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. You can check out more novels by author Rebecca Yarros on her website HERE!