See you on the other side.
Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete opposite of her, ready and willing to dive off a cliff-face, or parachute across a canyon—and Laya loved him for it. But she was different: pragmatic, regimented, devoted to her career and to supporting Cameron from the sidelines of his death-defying feats.
Opposites attract, right?
But when Cameron dies suddenly and tragically, all the stages of grief go out the window. Laya becomes lost in denial, living in the delusion that Cameron will come back to her. She begins posting on his Facebook page, reminiscing about their life together, and imagining new adventures for the two of them.
Micah Evans, a young and handsome architect at Laya’s father’s firm, is also stuck––paralyzed by the banal details of his career, his friendships, and his love life. He doesn’t know what he’s looking for, only that there is someone out there who can bring energy and spirit to the humdrum of his life.
When Micah discovers Laya’s tragic and bizarre Facebook posts, he’s determined to show Laya her life is still worth living. Leaving her anonymous gifts and notes, trying to recreate the sense of adventure she once shared with her late husband, Micah finds a new passion watching Laya come out of the darkness. And Laya finds a new joy in the experiences Micah has created for her.
But for Laya, letting another man in still feels like a betrayal to her late husband. Even though Micah may be everything she could wish for, she wonders if she deserves to find happiness again.
I was extremely excited to read this book based on the blurb and author. It seemed like the perfect book to tug on my heartstrings and allow me to get lost in a beautiful love story.
Unfortunately, this book didn’t tick the boxes I needed it to. Granted, it was not a horrible read. I really enjoyed certain parts and some of the humor, especially between Melissa and Micah. However, much of this book seemed downright weird to me. Many readers, myself included, thought Micah came across as a strange stalker, but that wasn’t the biggest issue for me. Much of the dialogue in this book was odd. The characters would go off on unrelated tangents about the banalest topics, while being happy in one moment and in the very next sentence angry and depressed. Trying to keep up with the characters’ moods was enough to give me whiplash. Not only that, but all of the relationships, with the exception of Micah and Mel seemed incredibly surface-level.
One would think, based on the subject matter this novel covers, it would be a tearjerker of a story. Regrettably, I didn’t feel an emotional pull toward any of the characters. Further, I didn’t believe the connections between the characters themselves, which created a disconnect for me as a reader. Instead I was wondering, “do they even like each other?” The words said so, but the feelings indicted otherwise. I do think Renee did a fine job of capturing the grief Laya was going through, but it still wasn’t enough to make me feel it along with her.
Like all of Renee’s books, this was a fairly quick read, but overall it was a miss for me. I feel a bit confused and disappointed with the story.
The Last Post releases tomorrow!
Rating: 2 stars