The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros

Posted May 16, 2019 by Debbie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Last Letter


Rebecca Yarros

4 Stars


If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.


~ My Thoughts ~

There’s something about this story of Ella, her brother and her brother’s best friend. Perhaps it’s the way it’s written with such ease, tenderness and grace. Maybe it’s the way the author presents the characters to the reader. Or perhaps it’s the deep-seated emotions that ebb and flow like waves coming into and retracting from the shores. I can’t quite pinpoint the exact reason this book resonated so deeply within, but it did and I’m so glad I took the journey that is The Last Letter.

The characters, every day people, living their lives doing extraordinary things. Or maybe that’s the way it seems as each of their stories unfold. Because, actually they are just living very normal lives, delicately woven together by one man.

Written at a steady pace, we learn every aspect of the characters. Their physical being and their emotional being. We are privy to their back stories which enhances the bond that forms as we read.

Life events, family, loss and determination are what the story centers around. As you read, you crave to know what happens next. From the love and bond that family brings to your heart, to the unconditional dedication, the sacrifices that are made and promises that are kept but hidden to protect, you become deeply immersed in the daily lives of these characters.

A small group of sub-characters only add to the story line. Each one of these characters round out not only the story line but add a unique perspective to not only the back story, but the needs of the three main characters. They add laughter when needed, support when you feel your heart breaking and hope with the wisdom they share.

A beautifully scripted story of life and what happens when the road you are on takes a turn and shakes up everything you believed to be true.

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. Her new Renegade Series features Wilder and the upcoming Nova, and is sure to keep your heart pounding. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fourteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

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