I described book one as “perfection”, book two as a “masterclass” but what about the final book in Shari Low’s series, The Last Day Of Winter?
Let me start by telling you that at 19% I was not only in tears but I was shouting at Shari (in my head because Freya was asleep): “No, Shari. No! How could you do this?!”
I don’t want to give any spoilers but let’s just say something big happens, something that if you’ve read and enjoyed the first two books will destroy you.
Thankfully, Shari is there to put us back together again – and she does over the course of this wonderful, emotional book.
Here’s the blurb:
Today is the day Caro and Cammy are due to walk up the aisle. But Caro’s too caught up in the trauma of her past to contemplate their happy ever after.
Stacey’s decision to return from L.A. is fuelled by one thing – telling Cammy how she feels, before it’s too late.
Wedding planner, Josie, needs to sort the whole mess out, but she’s just been dealt some devastating news. Can she get through the day without spilling her secret?
On a chilly winter’s day, they have twenty-four hours to prove that love can lead the way to a brighter future…
While it is a standalone, to get the full impact I would recommend reading the others first. As you can probably tell, I was heavily invested.
I have some idea of what it’s like to get attached to characters and I can only imagine how hard it was for Shari to write this book. My tears would have been a drop in the ocean compared to hers.
This story is superbly written, as always, with multiple tales slowly winding their way towards each other. Just when you think you might have guessed what’s going to happen next, Shari switches direction. As a result I was transfixed right to the gloriously emotional, perfect end. Once again I had to go on the school run with red eyes.
As I loved the first two books so much, I had mixed feelings about reading the final book, knowing that this is it. The end. However, I personally think this is the best book of the three and, while still sad, I feel content that all is well.
Just make sure you have tissues at the ready when you start reading.
My rating: Five stars.
With thanks to Aria (via NetGalley) for the ARC, in return for an honest opinion, and the chance to take part in the blog tour.
Shari Low is the number one best-selling author of more than 20 novels, including With Or Without You, Another Day In Winter, One Day In December, A Life Without You, This Is Me and The Story Of Our Life. And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So.
Once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who think she’s fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift.