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My review

A book I read with a lump the size of tennis ball in my throat and a smile on my lips. A book that I read with tears falling and roaring laughter. How do I then review such a book…

Jenny finds out she has terminal cancer and her husband having an affair all on the same day. The story starts with that, but it goes on to become something so much genuine where there are tears, laughter, joy and sorrow. Knowing that she has limited time and that funerals are for the living, she decides to throw herself a going away party. A party just like the one she had in 1996, when she met her husband Mark and hooked up with him. The story then goes on to remind her husband and her kids what true family is all about.

The Last Laugh by Tracy Bloom, is not at all about death, but it is about living, how to make the days matter, how to live in hope, and how precious every minute is.

We can live however we want, let’s live in hope for however long we have…

No truer words than these have ever spoken. The author, Tracy Bloom writes romantic comedies, but this book surpasses the others. She has described life from the eyes of a dying woman, who wants to bring back the days of laughter, the days of love, and the days where relationships and friendships were important.

A beautiful, poignant read but without the drama of dying but the happiness of living… A story of joie de vivre and laughter…

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 5 stars

About the Author

In 2007 TRACY BLOOM was kidnapped by her husband to go and live in America for three years. Living without friends and family and with a brand new baby she decided her only option was to set about making her dream come true (the one where she writes a book and gets it published, not the one where she marries George Clooney!) Her debut romantic comedy novel No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday went on to become a bestseller as well as being translated into over a dozen languages. Back living in England the dream continues as she carries on writing books whilst herding two children and a husband around the Derbyshire countryside.

Book blurb

Jenny discovers her days are numbered at the same time she discovers her husband is having an affair…

Frankly, she had enough on her plate already. Two tricky teenagers, her mother’s constant complaints, friends who aren’t up to the job and a career which has been spiralling downwards. And now this. Enough is enough!

Jenny vows to keep both revelations a secret. She takes her life into her own hands and decides to live as she did when she was happiest… in 1996. She plans a spectacular 1990s themed party in place of a wake that she herself will attend. But will she be able to keep her secrets for long enough to have the party of a lifetime?

Product Details

Publication date : 23rd February, 2018

Publisher : Bookouture

Language : English

Available on Amazon

A fabulous laughter-with-tears read

21 Responses

  1. Wow! This sounds like an intense book! I’ll have to check it out. I like books like these because if someone can find out they are terminally ill and still enjoy their life, than what am I complaining about?? It’s always good to have a reminder of how crazy life and death can be sometimes. Great review! 👍💖

  2. Definitely sounds like my type of book! For starters it doesn’t sound too fluffy and sweet; it reminds me a bit of John Green’s books (please pretty PLEASE read one of his books! I know you’ll love it😀)
    Good news – exams are oveeerrr!!!!😁😁😁😊
    Great review as always❤

    1. I have to read and review his books, don’t I??
      How were your exams?
      This book wasn’t fluffy at all, it is about living life, and enjoying the time before it’s time to go.

  3. This one was so good, I was amazed at the fact that while the subject was so deary that she could bring the laughter and it was perfect for Jenny who wanted to handle things her way and avoid the sadness.

    1. I liked the way she was so naive about kids being regular in their habits. I was a bit like her, till I saw my sister run ragged by the tiny tot.

      1. It was definitely a good one all around and I think people will relate to wanting to return to a happier moment in their lives even just from simple day to day stress without the horrible news.

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