Thank you to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow books for sending me a free copy of The Last Romantics in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work, The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.
It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings—fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona—emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected. Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they’ve made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love.
A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.
The Last Romantics is a wholly realistic story of family. It portrays the love, happiness, loss and grief that are common to all families. The good and the bad. A cast of loveable characters that mesh together into a unique but strong family made this a very enjoyable read.
I liked that the sections of this book jumped forward in time so that the reader can see the whole scope of the Skinner’s lives from beginning to end. It helped demonstrate how actions, events and choices really do effect the entire course of a life or lives. With that being said, I do feel like the plot glossed over the lives of the Skinner family and didn’t go as in depth as some other stories about family. I liked that I could see the entirety of their lives but do feel like I failed to make a connection due to the quick moving plot.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I was very engaged and wanted to find out what happened to Joe, the black sheep of the family. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys family or sibling stories. I rate it four out of five stars.
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