The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros
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 were 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.
4 Star Review by Ashley
I don't have the words to describe what Rebecca Yarros did to me. I just finished The Last Letter and I am not ok. My eyes puffy, my pillow is wet and my chest hurts. I'm rubbing my sternum with one hand and trying to type with the other.
I liked the idea behind this book. I even liked both characters. Flawed and lonely and struggling with their own pain and loss and life. But at times I felt like the author pushed too much with the suffering. Especially were Ella was concerned. But the backbone of steel on that woman was one to admire. She had more than her fair share of the ugly side of life thrown her way and with all the courage and grace she could muster she dealt with it. Not just for her but for her kids too.
A big part of that was thanks to Beckett. Who had never had a real home. And the only family he knew were his brothers at arms. But with Ella and her kids, he found something he never thought he would. Family. Love. Home. However, it was only a matter of time before his secret blew up in his face. He knew it would cost him everything but he did it because it was what Ella needed. His selflessness and bravery and sacrifice went beyond guilt and duty. It was who he was down to his core. A good guy who just needed someone to see that side of him.
Everything was moving forward in a positive way. The twins were thriving. The business was doing well. Then the bottom dropped out from under them again. And this is where it gets harder for me because that last tragedy this family had to endure slayed me. I found it senseless and unnecessary after they had already suffered so much.
As you can see, The Last Letter was hard for me to read. I had to put it down and walk away a few times. I have to commend Rebecca Yarros for making this book hard to swallow. For making it painful and showing the ugly side of illness and loss. But it wasn't all sadness and grief. There were some moments of carefree joy and sheer bliss. And you could feel the love jumping off the pages. Ella and Beckett's journey was hard and it hurt more than it was happy but it was also real and theirs.
About the Author
Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for sixteen years.
When she's not writing, she's tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. Having adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.
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