Review: The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros

Posted February 25, 2019 by Lorna in Reviews / 18 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros
The Last Letter

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Published by Entangled
Released on February 26, 2019
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

A pen pals to lovers story that ends up a story about grief and learning to live again after tragedy. To be honest, while well written, there’s not a lot of delight here to be had. Instead it had me ugly crying for the first time in years while reading.

Review

Beckett and Ryan are best friends and members of an elite and very secretive special ops team. Ryan has a sister, Ella, that is a single mother of five year old twins. Beckett is a tough guy and has no family or friends with the exception of Ryan. Ryan asks his sister to start writing Beckett so they both wouldn’t be so alone. A true friendship is formed with the possibility of more. Ella lives in a small but famous skiing town in Colorado. She owns and operates a hotel with cabins for all the many tourists that visit there. When Beckett, code name Chaos, comes to visit Ella after a tragedy, he decides to stay and help Ella with her children and business.

Told in both story form and letter form, the book was pretty compelling reading mostly. I thought the book was a bit slow in the beginning, but certainly picked up by the second half. I really loved all the characters and thought they were all well realized by the author. Ella is brave as a mother fighting for the best life for her children in the face of a horrible adversary. Beckett had a horrible life when he was younger and joined the army because he had nothing else. When he finds that there really is something else after meeting Ella and her children, Colt and Maisie, he decides to go for it and leaves the military. He is pretty closed off and broken in some ways, but finds healing in his life looking after Ella and the children. The twins are probably my favorite part of the book. They are articulate, intelligent and sweet as they could possibly be and Beckett falls for them right along with falling for Ella. Beckett’s working military dog, Havoc, was a big part of the book as well, and I enjoyed her as a character.

There are so many ways I could spoil this book for readers so I am being vague on purpose. I will say that I was probably not someone that should have read this one, especially for review purposes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very well written, with great characters, but it just wasn’t one for me personally. It is, however, one that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon and in that the author has excelled in her storytelling ability. I’m not going to lower my rating because of it not being for me, instead I am going to applaud the author for a well told story, one that yanked on every one of my heart strings, and then some.

At times, I found it predictable(especially how the romance proceeds) and realized several times exactly what was going to happen next. It was also slow at times in the beginning, so for those reasons, it wasn’t a five star read for me. I recommend this to adult contemporary romance or women’s fiction readers that don’t mind having to read it with a box of tissues nearby.

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Debbie Haupt
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You’ve got my attention Lorna. Great review!

Lorna
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It really was a good book. I just don’t like to read books that upset me.

Melliane
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I didn’t know about this one but it looks good

Lorna
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It definitely was a good book and has many good reviews.

Sophia Rose
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I was actually scared to read this one when I noticed it. I’m pretty sure that I would ugly cry, too. I think I will read it when I get in that rare, but specific mood for that type of story.

Lorna
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When I wrote this review actually quite awhile ago it was the first book that made me cry in years. Then just a few books later I read Luna and the Lie and cried during that one too, although it wasn’t an ugly cry. I’m all for happy books these days!

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Great review. I’m afraid to read it and have my heart broken. I prefer personal growth and uplifting progress. Those things do require work and often it is heartbreaking but this sounds like more.

Lorna
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Yeah, it’s definitely more. However, I think I am in the minority as so many people gave it 5 stars. At least out of the early readers anyway.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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I do like books that make me feel but I am not a fan of anything that would cause me to ugly cry. I tend to stay away from books that have made other readers cry. It does seem to have a lot going for it though.

Lorna
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Yes, lots of 5 star reviews so far. I think I am in the minority on this one. It really was a good book but very sad.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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This sounds wonderful, but with all that crying it is one I need to be in the mood for. I am an ugly crier and things like this leave me in a fetal position and have my husband fretting.

Lorna
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I try not to read the ones that I hear are tearjerkers. For some reason I can watch the movies, but reading them upsets me more. It really is well written.

Mary Kirkland
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I haven’t read this author but this sounds like a pretty good story.

Lorna
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It is a good story, but just went a bit too far with the sadness in my opinion.

Angie Elle
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Great review, Lorna. I do love a good ugly cry every few years. And I don’t mind a slow take off when the payoff is there! This one is on my TBR, so I’m glad to see you enjoyed it overall even if it wasn’t for you.

Lorna
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I’ll be interested to see what you think about it. I hope you enjoy it.

Naomi Hop
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I’ve read Rebecca Yarros before, and I have to agree, she is a great story teller. You have to be in the mood for the emotion that she entwines throughout her stories. Another awesome review!

Lorna
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The older I get the more I just want to be entertained while reading and not cry while I am doing it. I don’t mind emotional, but not tragedy.