The Last Letter by @RebeccaYarros #BookReview #Romance

“Yarros’ novel is a deeply felt and emotionally nuanced contemporary romance…”—a Starred review from Kirkus Reviews

The Last Letter is a haunting, heartbreaking and ultimately inspirational love story.“—InTouch Weekly


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.



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. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for sixteen 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. Having adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

Rebecca is represented by Louise Fury of the Bent Agency.

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My Review

A heart-wrenchingly beautiful story!

This is probably the hardest review I’ve ever done. How do you explain a book that will without a doubt leave you heartbroken and crying ugly tears, yet at the same time be filled with the power of love?

This is a story unlike any I’ve ever read. The premise is about a soldier and the letters he receives from his best friend’s sister, first, as a gesture of kindness, then increasing as a genuine connection is formed between the penpals.

Chaos (Beckett) isn’t used to caring about anyone other than his MWD and his best friend, Ryan, but finds he looks forward to the letters from single parent, Ella in Telluride. When one of her five-year-old twins develops a rare form of cancer, Chaos makes it his mission to help any way he can. When Ryan is killed in battle, this becomes even more important an assignment.

Ella is used to going it alone, and she’s managed just fine until now. Her baby girl has cancer. Just thinking the words is enough to weaken her knees just when she needs to be stronger than she’s ever been before. The treatments are brutal. The only thing that gives her hope is that her brother should be home soon to help and the letters she receives from the mysterious Chaos.

Until Ryan comes home in a coffin.

Then Beckett arrives, like a guardian angel, and takes over some of the burden she’s been carrying. But all is not what it seems, and soon Ella is faced with life-changing decisions she’s ill-equipped to handle.

The end of this book was unexpected. I don’t want to ruin it for readers, suffice to say the bonds of love shine in this novel of strength against all odds, and the undeniable connection between twins and a mother who just won’t give up.

This is so much more than a romance. It’s tragedy, destiny, and fate entwined with an unbreakable thread of hope that will remain with you long after turning the last page.

I give The Last Letter 5+ lovely kisses- Best Reads!


    1. Thanks for sharing my review of Rebecca’s incredible book- The Last Letter!

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      1. jenanita01 says:

        Love is meant to be shared, isn’t it?

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  1. Oh my goodness, Jacquie. This is heart rending.

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    1. It really was, Robbie, but so incredibly well-written. It’s a must read!


  2. Just your summary breaks my heart. RT.

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    1. Thanks, Jacqui. Yes, sometimes, no matter how much we want it to be otherwise, life doles out lemons.


  3. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I agree with all that you’ve said Jacquie! It is an ugly cry and yet delivers hope, love and strength. And that ending was completely unexpected and killed me!!!!!

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    1. Me, too! This story will stay with me for a long time. ❤


  4. This sounds beautifully written, Jacquie. I love stories that have me blubbering. Excellent review.

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    1. I loved how she started each chapter out with a letter. It really worked for giving background info. Very well written!

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      1. My parents wrote for 7 years before they met (dad in US, mom in Holland). My dad proposed on the day he arrived in Holland, and they’re still married 65 years later. Totally different from the book, but it struck a heart-chord. 🙂

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        1. Aw! That’s a beautiful story. Was it through the military, then? Or how did they come to start writing to each other?
          So romantic ❤

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          1. My uncle was an “exchange student” or whatever that was called at the time. My mom was in Dutch “high school” and having trouble with her English. My uncle arranged for them to be pen pals. 🙂 It is a romantic story.

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          2. Time to write a memoir, maybe? 🙂

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          3. I have all their letters, Jacquie. 🙂

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          4. Oh, my goodness! That’s so cool! What a precious gift to pass on to your kids ❤

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  5. Fabulous review! I so want to read this book…one day, LOL!😁

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    1. It’s so good, Trisy!

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  6. carhicks says:

    Wonderful review Jacquie. Although this sounds heartbreaking, it sounds wonderful. I have an ever-growing TBR.

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    1. Lol, I know what you mean. M.U.S.T. avoid Amazon! 🙂

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