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    Riveting story of a family tragedy

    The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin is the kind of book that gets into your heart, and very nearly breaks it in the process. In this age of stories told by unreliable narrators with their thrilling domestic suspense and their big reveals it is refreshing to read “just a story” about regular people and their everyday lives. There is no giant drama, just the quiet drama of life, with all its ups and downs and joys and sadness. But The Last Romantics isn’t really just a story. It’s a tale that grabs you from the very first page and won’t let go. Things can change in a moment – what seemed so good is now oh so bad. Life can be cruel. Four seemingly happy, innocent children, through no fault of theirs, have their perfect life pulled right out from under them. Their father suddenly dies, and nothing is the same after that. That perfect life, with the perfect parents and the perfect home, is no more. They are forced to move. And their mother stops being a mother. Their lives are forever changed. The story is told from the perspective of Fiona, the youngest child. She has become a renowned poet, and at her first public appearance in 25 years, and at the age of 102, is asked about the inspiration for her iconic work. Her response is spellbinding and begins with the death of her father. It’s a sprawling tale of love and loss and betrayal, of how relationships are formed and destroyed, of how and why people become who they are, and of how family is always still family. I received an advanced copy of The Last Romantics from the publisher William Morrow, but my opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a review. I found The Last Romantics to be fascinating, gripping, riveting. The writing is strong and the characters very well developed. You can’t help but get lost in their story. I will not soon forget The Last Romantics and highly recommend it.
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    a good, fast read

    The Last Romantics is a family saga that has it all - mystery, adversity, luck good and bad, good choices and not-so-good - as we follow three sisters and their brother beginning in a very traumatic childhood. The tale covers the Skinner family from 1977 with the addition of the youngest sister, Fiona Skinner, and ends with her speech concerning her lifetime body of poetry and prose when she is 102, in the year 2079. Each child of the Skinner family responds to the trials of their life differently, creating niches and bonds that complicate their relationships as they mature and seek their heart's desire. In retrospect, these paths are very clear though when executed in the moment some choices seem irrational. And as we travel these paths with the Skinner children we feel their pain. Tara Conklin writes an excellent tale. Her descriptive passages take you there, her characters are empathetic and sometimes all too human and the relationships between the siblings and their spouses and children are realistic. She is an author to follow. I received this novel of relationships from Goodreads Kindle Edition Giveaway, Tara Conklin and William Morrow publishers. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.

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