Saturday, January 16, 2016

Our Last Time by Cristy Marie Poplin

Our Last Time
by Cristy Marie Poplin

My rating: 4.5 stars

Publication Date: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Cristy Marie Poplin
Genre: New Adult | Coming of age
Print Length: 277 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Willow Monroe and Kennedy Danes have been best friend's since drawings were assignments in school. They've been joined at the hip for years. They love riding bikes together, smiling for real, and laughing, even at the wrong times.

Once their senior year of high school rolls around, Kennedy becomes terminally ill. Though he has plans that don't involve sadness, he still needs to find a way to tell Willow he only has six more months to live.

Willow and Kennedy can never say the word 'goodbye'.They have this agreement to say Hello up until their last time spent together. The sixteenth of August in the year of 1997 is when Willow and Kennedy say Hello for the last time.

Nine years later finds Willow in the smallest hospital of Chicago, working as a registered nurse. There she meets Wyatt Blanquette, a curmudgeonly patient with untapped wisdom and heart, beneath a stony exterior. When they agree to be nice to each other instead of abundantly rude, Wyatt eventually shows the fact that he sees a light in Willow that cannot burn out. Everything changes once Wyatt reveals to Willow his heart-wrenching secret.

Willow's thoughts bicker, and she has to determine whether she should suppress the feelings she's afraid of reliving, or to let them be seen -- with her heart wide open.

Our Last Time by Cristy Marie Poplin

Our Last TimeNever say Goodbye. They say kids are resilient, that teens will get over their first love, the loss of a best friend, but is that always true? Willow and Kennedy had been best friends forever, each bringing out the the best in each other. Kennedy had a free spirit, willing to laugh at life, live each moment to the fullest and tempt the fates. Willow learned how to live life in the moment from Kennedy and they were inseparable, until Kennedy was losing his second battle with cancer and he had been keeping the pain from Willow for as long as possible. They even made a pact to never say Goodbye, always Hello, but even then, the day came when they would say their last Hello and Willow would have to go on without him, live her life find joy and share her capacity for love with another.

Nine years after she said her last Hello, Willow is now a single mother, nurse and must contend with one of the most disagreeable patients ever. For as good looking as he was, Wyatt could be mean, cruel and offensive, causing Willow to dread when she needed to enter room 209. Still, there was something about this man that stayed with her, as she attempted to break down his barriers and the barbed wall he had around him. Was there a beautiful butterfly inside the prickly cocoon, just waiting to share life with another? We all have secrets and maybe Wyatt does, too, and maybe Kennedy sent Wyatt to Willow to help her finally heal.

Our Last Time by Cristy Marie Poplin is one of those reads that requires an entire box of tissues, heck, get a roll of paper towels. Kennedy is the friend we could all use, the one to light up the world with a smile. Willow was his biggest fan and he was hers, but her personality was more serious and definitely more sarcastic and caustic! Together they were the dynamic duo in this tale. The fast forward in time emphasizes Willows long-suffering loss and how it affected her, while the flashbacks were both a delightful part of the story and some real tear jerkers. Cristy Marie Poplin has written from the heart, as she fills each emotional page with a tale of letting and finding a second chance at life and love. If the love stories don’t get you, the secrets revealed will and that lump in your throat, it just proves that Cristy Marie Poplin is a writer going places.

The story didn’t’ end for me after that last page, I’ve been reliving it over and over in my mind. You may not like all of the characters, but who doesn’t like when love triumphs over all?

I received this copy from Cristy Marie Poplin in exchange for my honest review.


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