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  • Wonderful read

    What a charm of a book! As a young girl, Leila's mother left her and her father, with only a silver charm bracelet to remember her by. At the same time, Jake and his family move into the area Leila and her father are leaving, into their old home. A fleeting meeting between both young people leaves a lasting bond. The bracelet gets lost, and the book is a retelling of how each charm that dangles from it was acquired, and a plea to whoever finds it, to return it. I was taken on a total rollercoaster of emotions, reading the story of Leila, and her charm bracelet, and Jake, her silent support, who floated in and out of her life. I loved both the main characters and the bittersweet twist at the end left me teary. Yes, definitely read this book!aa Many thanks to NetGalley and One More Chapter for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Poignant

    This is an emotional story which tells us about the relationship between Leila and Jake through the story of the charms on Leila’s bracelet which she received on the eve of her eleventh birthday, the day which was also when her mum unexpectedly left her and her father and her life was forced to alter. Jake had his own problems with an abusive father and a mum that just accepts that’s how their life is however when he moves into Leila’s old house which is just down the road from her grandfather and unlikely but enduring friendship is formed despite the distance between them. Told from both Leila and Jake’s perspectives this tells more of Leila’s life than Jake’s however the reflections on the times they spent together are depicted well from both. As characters I found Jake to be almost too nice but real with it, Leila was much more flawed although part of her spikiness was self defence however she was the more rounded character of the two. The stories of each of the charms were thoughtful, some had more meanings than others but the overall balance worked very well. This was a very poignant story with a lot of originality and two great main characters.

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  • I absolutely loved this story!

    I absolutely loved the way this story was told and how it unfolded! It is the journey of Leila. She is angry and fearful of relationships. It is not easy to trust when someone you love suddenly leaves you and you are only eleven or even when you are older! However, Leila has her "Charm Bracelet". This is the connection that will always make her feel as though "someone" cares and is watching over her. When her bracelet is lost, the need to identify and hopefully find this "dear" piece, is told as this novel! It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, love story of friendship, family, heart and trust. There is no doubt that tissue's are needed many times throughout the pages! I truly adored this book! Well done!

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  • Poignant love story

    ****The Last Charm is a bittersweet love story that begins in childhood between two youngsters whose lives are anything but happy. Leila’s mother abandoned her family with no warning for her child...just a bracelet with one charm left behind. Over the years charms are given which Leila believes are from her mother, but really aren’t. When the lost bracelet is found Leila describes each charm and tells the story about her relationship with the giver, Jake. The well written story conjures up a range of emotions as a friendship born in loss grows and changes as Leila and Jake grow up. To say more would give spoilers. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.

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  • Sad, soulful, sublime👍👍

    Emotional whirlwind, poignant and tear-inducing page-turner😪 What a fantastic read. I loved it and hated it but a book that brings out this much emotion is a great story. Young Jake is so broken yet he perseveres in his efforts to bring some joy and light into the life of Leila, the fairy lookalike girl whose family life he envies. Jake was, for me, the heart and soul of their story, the reason I had to keep reading. Time and again Leila acts out and rejects him, yet he never turns on her. Author Ella Allbright has created a couple who dance and parry and flutter in and out of each other's lives; seasons turn and years pass and significant events are marked by new charms for Leila's treasured charm bracelet. Personally, I found Leila self-centered and unable to admit and constructively deal with her feelings for way too long. Her attitude and actions make Jake's constancy all the more poignant. The tragic turn towards the story's end made their history of wasted opportunities all the sadder. This was a compelling, page-turner with a message -- life is constantly on the move, the future is never certain so cherish each day and the people who stand by you while you can. So many if only moments and no chance for a re-do. Just a really sad, lovely romance that I won't easily forget. Thanks to publisher Harper Collins/One More Chapter and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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