One Last Gift, a review by Shelley

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Emily Stone

Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Dell
Publishing October 11th, 2022
400 pages

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Last September I read and so loved Always, in December, by this author, so when I got an email asking me to read and review Emily Stone’s new book I jumped at the chance. Christmas in July you say? Count me in. I adored this precious book so much. It is an incredible story about a brother and sisters love for each other. I really appreciated this take on the story as I am remarkably close to my own brother so it gave me all the feels.

This is a sad story to start but as you read on you will find plenty to smile about. The scavenger hunt was a lot of fun and I loved watching Cassie grow from an awkward eighteen-year-old to a fierce woman in her twenties. Sam too redeemed himself to me, as he seemed like such a cad to start off with and I was so happy when he grew a conscience. Who would think that a book about grief, loss, and falsehoods would make such a lovely story? Emily Stone, that’s who and the writing is so real and natural that I was able to read all 400 pages in a couple of sittings.

Heartbreaking yet beautiful at the same time One Last Gift isn’t your typical Christmas romance and that’s what liked most about it.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy.

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