[Epub] ↠ The Last Word Author Samantha Hastings – Alwaysonltd.co.uk

The Last Word 1861 Miss Lucinda Leavitt Is Shocked When She Learns The Author Of Her Favorite Serialized Novel Has Died Before Completing The Story Determined To Learn How It Ends, Lucinda Reluctantly Enlists The Help Of Her Father S Young Business Partner, Mr David Randall, To Track Down The Reclusive Author S Former Whereabouts.David Is A Successful Young Businessman, But Is Overwhelmed By His Workload He Wants To Prove Himself To His Late Father, As Well As To Himself He Doesn T Have The Time, Nor The Interest, For This Endeavor, But Lucinda Is Not The Type To Take No For An Answer.Their Search For The Elusive Mrs Smith And The Rightful Ending To Her Novel Leads Lucinda And David Around The Country, But The Truths They Discover About Themselves And Each Other Are Anything But Fictional. You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight.I hadn t really been sure I would read this when I found it in my FierceReads package It seemed awfully cute, which isn t bad, I just didn t know if it was my thing Anyway, after reading a ton of books set in the future, I was jonesing for some historical fiction and fine, something relatively short, don t judge So I grabbed it off the shelf, and I am so glad that I took a chance on it It s such an unexpected gem Yes, it s cute, but not in a cheesy, sugary way It s that yes, there are very swoony moments, and it overall made my insides feel happy, but the characters also went through some junk too It wasn t just adorableness and magic, it was real Basically the author did an amazing job of toeing the line between adorable and saccharine The main character, Lucinda, thinks that the nineteenth century norms of treating women like possessions is garbage I agree with Lucinda, so we were getting along right from the start While her father wanted her to get married and Idk, trot around in fancy garb look, I have no idea what women did then, but seems frilly and boring , Lucinda wanted to use her amazing math wizard brain to help the family business Her father s partner and her former childhood pal David seemed to be down with Lucinda doing some work Because she was awesome at it and he knew it Lucinda was also p It wasn t easy being a young woman in 1861 All Lucinda wanted to do was contribute to her father s business, but society dictated that she belonged in the home, bored to tears When one of her favorite authors died before finishing their book, Lucinda was determined to get those last pages This search for the ending resulted in than Lucinda had ever anticipated Pro I rarely read historicals, but for some reason, the majority seem to be set during this time period, and I always enjoy it I was amused, time and time again, by how prim and proper everyone acted, and loved seeing characters toppling social barriers Pro Her father tried his hardest to turn Lucinda into a proper lady, but she could not keep that much spirit under wraps It was fun seeing all the little ways she pushed the boundaries, and David s reactions to her shenanigans were priceless Pro Speaking of David, he was a great match for Lucinda Unlike most men of that time period, he delighted in Lucinda s mathematical brilliance, curiosity, and desire to do than write letters and work on her needlepoint Hooray, for forward thinking men Pro Lucinda won my heart She was fierce, determined, and very much an independent thinker T Review can be found at was not really sure what direction Samantha was going to take the story in when I first started but right from the beginning I was on board for the ride Over the last few months I have heard nothing but good things about The Last Word, so to say that my expectations were high is very much an understatement Add in the fact that The Last Word is historical fiction which is usually not my jam, I was a touch hesitant when I began the book Well, I am every so happy to report that I easily fell in love with the story and all the characters Samantha was able to turn a generally in my terrible opinion historical fiction into something approachable for all genre and age readersIt is no great matter, Lucinda said I can wait in his office I ve learned that waiting is what ladies do best Another invaluable lesson from Miss Holley s Finishing School. The Last Word was such a cute, fast read that was equal parts adorable and engaging I enjoyed getting to meet Lucinda and feel the struggle she experienced for having all of her life controlled against her will Also, as someone who did not get a conclusion to one of her favorite book series, I 100% could relate to Lucinda s need to know the answers I also wonder if this was just one little things she could contr This is a portion of the review on my blog Just 15 pages into The Last Word and I already knew I wanted to be Lucy s best friend Samantha Hastings has created a positively adorable character in Lucinda Leavitt.An intelligent and capable woman who bravely keeps holding on to whatever snatches of freedom she can have within the stifling bars she has to live in just because she is a woman.There would be many in that situation who might think Ah, If only I was born a man and that would be an understandable thinking pattern But Lucy reveled in her feminity She was proud of who she was and had no qualms about showing it That just makes me love her Lucy is awe inspiring.The best part about Lucy, she s a book lover who is ready to go on a winding uncertain journey just to know how a story ends I really wanted to jump into the carriage and travel with Lucinda to find Mrs Smith s last words.I generally have a bone of contention with Romance books Simply because all love stories have so many misunderstandings and lost opportunities of communication and we are all familiar with that frustrating scene, aren t we, where the Hero and Heroine are at the same place at the same time but still miss each other because their faces are resolutely turned in the opposite directi THE LAST WORD is lovely, fun, and absolutely swoon worthy What a phenomenal debut by Samantha Hastings Main character Lucinda is a heroine that will have readers applauding the whole way through the book I adored her spirit, her sass, and her heart.I was blown away by the wonderful feminist themes throughout this book, and Hastings delivered them with such a witty punch Lucinda is the type of heroine girls need to read about The romance is absolutely swoon worthy For a clean, historical novel, it really gets the blood pumping And oh the banter between the two main characters It is witty repartee at its finest, and I absolutely adored it Lucinda and David are one literary couple that readers are sure to ship I fell in love with the premise for this book the second I read about it, and learning about its inspiration in the author s note made me appreciate it even The authors writing style is charming Her voice is clear and full of pe What a fun novel I really got into the Victorian details, which were aplenty The premise was top notch and I like the author s inspiration for her idea See author s note at the end , the banter was excellent, and the ending was completely satisfying A sweet romance, for sure I was really wanting a swoony romance with a strong, witty heroine and this book went beyond my expectations fulfilling that I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the witty banter between Lucinda and David Both main characters just like the secondary characters in this book were fully fleshed out to the point where I find myself missing them now that I m done reading I LOVE the setting and the fact that Hastings made this a historical fiction book Being a Bronte and Austin fan both of wh This book was so lovely Lucinda s spunky personality mixed with her independent nature made her one of my favorite female MC s She is not afraid to stand up for way she believes and what she wants I enjoyed getting to know her David He is so adorable the banter he has with L Reminiscent of a Jane Austen romance A sweet story that ll keep a smile on your face throughout, that is, when you re not laughing Lucinda s chaperone cracked me up.

About the Author: Samantha Hastings

Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading Berkshire, England , and the University of North Texas She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids THE LAST WORD is her debut novel.

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