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I stroked the top of my baby’s head and whispered to him gently that I would find a way. I will not let them take you… Once upon a time Kate’s life was full of love and smiles and laughter. A time where she dared to dream and hope. But then her perfect family unit is shattered in the most unthinkable way. And now Kate is silently and steadily falling apart. When she meets M I stroked the top of my baby’s head and whispered to him gently that I would find a way. I will not let them take you… Once upon a time Kate’s life was full of love and smiles and laughter. A time where she dared to dream and hope. But then her perfect family unit is shattered in the most unthinkable way. And now Kate is silently and steadily falling apart. When she meets Martha, Kate recognizes a kindred spirit. Martha is searching for a lost love; tragedy has touched her life too. Why are they so inexplicably drawn to one another? And why are they both keeping secrets about their pasts? As Kate and Martha are forced to face the painful memories they’d each locked away, can they save each other and learn to live again?


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I stroked the top of my baby’s head and whispered to him gently that I would find a way. I will not let them take you… Once upon a time Kate’s life was full of love and smiles and laughter. A time where she dared to dream and hope. But then her perfect family unit is shattered in the most unthinkable way. And now Kate is silently and steadily falling apart. When she meets M I stroked the top of my baby’s head and whispered to him gently that I would find a way. I will not let them take you… Once upon a time Kate’s life was full of love and smiles and laughter. A time where she dared to dream and hope. But then her perfect family unit is shattered in the most unthinkable way. And now Kate is silently and steadily falling apart. When she meets Martha, Kate recognizes a kindred spirit. Martha is searching for a lost love; tragedy has touched her life too. Why are they so inexplicably drawn to one another? And why are they both keeping secrets about their pasts? As Kate and Martha are forced to face the painful memories they’d each locked away, can they save each other and learn to live again?

30 review for Last Kiss Goodnight: A heart-breaking story of lost children and the power of a mother's love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I have to admit something. I read Teresa Driscoll's other book and completely was balled over by it. Its a book I will never forget. So when I saw her latest book plus just look at the cover, doesn't it tell a story? So in I dug and began to read. I am a bit slowed down at the moment due to taking Diazan for muscle relaxants due to my sciatica so I am not sure if that is the reason I found "getting into this book" difficult. Alas though, once I got through to a section that began to clear everyth I have to admit something. I read Teresa Driscoll's other book and completely was balled over by it. Its a book I will never forget. So when I saw her latest book plus just look at the cover, doesn't it tell a story? So in I dug and began to read. I am a bit slowed down at the moment due to taking Diazan for muscle relaxants due to my sciatica so I am not sure if that is the reason I found "getting into this book" difficult. Alas though, once I got through to a section that began to clear everything for me and the mist had parted I was turning page after page until I dropped off with my Kindle flopping onto my face and waking me up :) There are some awesome descriptions 'one liners' I would call them that are perfect gems to be remembered forever that the author uses. Its not all doom and gloom in this heartbreaking book there are moments of laughter and town gossip along with a little bit of knitting thrown in! [I will leave you to discover that for yourselves when you read it] So what started out as a slow read picked up pace. So this is my second book from this author I have read and enjoyed and definitely be looking forward to her next. I love her topics and she reminds me a little of Diane Chamberlain in the kind of subject matters that she dares to write about. I loved it. *My thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for my copy and to the author *

  2. 4 out of 5

    Renita D'Silva

    Wow! This book! I wish I could give it ten stars, twenty! One to reread and treasure. A real masterpiece. Beautiful writing. Stunning execution. So very honest and real and heartbreaking and evocative. Interspersed with laugh-out-loud moments and scenes that will make you cry. There is music, and knitting, a campaign that will make you want to join in, and a couple running a cafe who you wish you knew. In fact, I grew to bond with all the characters in this wonderful book: Kate and Toby, Martha Wow! This book! I wish I could give it ten stars, twenty! One to reread and treasure. A real masterpiece. Beautiful writing. Stunning execution. So very honest and real and heartbreaking and evocative. Interspersed with laugh-out-loud moments and scenes that will make you cry. There is music, and knitting, a campaign that will make you want to join in, and a couple running a cafe who you wish you knew. In fact, I grew to bond with all the characters in this wonderful book: Kate and Toby, Martha and Josef, Matthew and Geoffrey, Wendy, Maria and Carlo. I also loved how everything tied together, all the little clues sprinkled throughout which suddenly make sense. A book that arouses so many emotions and one that will stay with you. I enjoyed this author's debut, 'Recipes for Melissa'. It was a five star read for me and I thought nothing could better it. I was wrong. When I started reading this book and encountered beautiful sentences like 'young bones practising for old age' I wanted to take it slowly, savouring every word. But, the more I read, the faster I wanted to read. So. I will be re-reading this book the more to enjoy every stunning sentence, every wonderful word. In this amazing story, the author tackles big issues so sensitively and with such panache, while also never losing sight of the story. A must read for everyone.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    I absolutely loved Recipes for Melissa last year, so when I saw that the author had a new book out, I had to read it. I’m pleased to report that I was not disappointed. Last Kiss Goodnight is another beautifully written and emotional read. Having read two books by this author now, I’m discovering that Teresa Driscoll has a way of creating authentic characters that are genuinely lovable. It is impossible not to get emotionally involved in the story. This novel has a good mix of happy and sad mome I absolutely loved Recipes for Melissa last year, so when I saw that the author had a new book out, I had to read it. I’m pleased to report that I was not disappointed. Last Kiss Goodnight is another beautifully written and emotional read. Having read two books by this author now, I’m discovering that Teresa Driscoll has a way of creating authentic characters that are genuinely lovable. It is impossible not to get emotionally involved in the story. This novel has a good mix of happy and sad moments, and I had tears in my eyes while reading the epilogue. I also loved the friendships between some of the characters, and the feel of the close-knit community. I did work out a number of outcomes quite early on, which did take away the element of surprise, but I wouldn’t say this had an impact on my overall enjoyment of the book, as I enjoyed the emotional journey of each character as the story progressed. I guess it’s kind of like watching one of your favourite films. You know what is going to happen, but you still watch and enjoy it, looking forward to your favourite parts, perhaps occasionally wishing for another outcome, or just happy that it ended the same way again. I would say this is as well written as Recipes for Melissa, so I feel I need to justify why this gets 4 stars instead of 5, as it is no reflection on the quality of writing. My only justification for this is that Recipes for Melissa felt more personal to me, because it brought back childhood memories due to me making soda bread with my Irish mother when I was young, and watching Jaws with my dad when I was only 4 years old. Plus, I have lived in Cornwall for the last few years, so I had that connection too. I'm confident this is a book that will be loved by many over the coming months, and highly recommend it to those who enjoy emotional, sometimes heart-breaking stories with well developed and lovable characters. I would like to thank the publisher, Bookouture for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Kate and Martha are two very different woman, yet both have something in common which seems to draw them both together. The bond that these two women have is very touching. To start with I thought Martha was like a guardian angel brought into Kate’s life, helping her at a time when she is at her lowest. It soon becomes obvious though that Martha has her own history of sadness and loss and the two women become a strength of support for each other. Last Kiss Goodnight is a story that takes you gentl Kate and Martha are two very different woman, yet both have something in common which seems to draw them both together. The bond that these two women have is very touching. To start with I thought Martha was like a guardian angel brought into Kate’s life, helping her at a time when she is at her lowest. It soon becomes obvious though that Martha has her own history of sadness and loss and the two women become a strength of support for each other. Last Kiss Goodnight is a story that takes you gently by the hand and leads you down a heart warming but emotional path. It is very much a story of friendship and the undying love between a mother and her child. The whole story just flows wonderfully and is beautifully written. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    I received this eBook from Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Love and loss. Secrets and lies. Pain and tragedy. Last Kiss Goodnight is full of these elements, taking you on the emotional journeys of an exceptionally well-written cast of characters in a beautiful story that is destined to stay with you long after you’ve read the final sentence. Kate, battling her inner turmoil, has recently moved to Aylesborough with her husband, Toby. She needs a new start—an escape from t I received this eBook from Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Love and loss. Secrets and lies. Pain and tragedy. Last Kiss Goodnight is full of these elements, taking you on the emotional journeys of an exceptionally well-written cast of characters in a beautiful story that is destined to stay with you long after you’ve read the final sentence. Kate, battling her inner turmoil, has recently moved to Aylesborough with her husband, Toby. She needs a new start—an escape from the pain in her life. Toby is doing his best to help Kate heal and wants nothing more than to rebuild their marriage. Kate, on the other hand, is just as determined to resist his efforts, and lies about how she spends her days so Toby won’t know the truth. Martha is disheveled and sitting alone on a bench, knitting what appears to be a garment for an infant, when she meets Kate. Both sense the other is hiding something, but Kate feels compelled to get to know her, and a cautious friendship begins—each woman unwilling or unable to reveal her hidden pain and darkest secrets. Elsewhere in Aylesborough, a man named Matthew searches for answers and feels certain he will find them at the building site of Millrose Mount Village—which used to be Millrose Mount Hospital, a mental institution with a dark history. Last Kiss Goodnight is a truly fantastic novel. The more you learn about the characters, the more the mystery deepens as to how they got to this point in their lives. What happened to make Kate and Toby move to a strange place, leaving their former lives behind? What happened to create the rift in their marriage? Why is Martha so guarded about her past? Why did she choose to live a nomadic life? Why is Matthew so interested in a mental institution that has been closed for years? If you love to read novels with strongly written characters and an engrossing storyline that tugs at your heartstrings, you definitely need to add this one to your to-be-read list. I promise you, you won’t regret it. This is a Book Worth Reading… and Teresa Driscoll has earned a place on my author watch list. I’ll definitely be looking for more to read from this author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is the story of two women, Kate and Martha and the friendship that forms between them. Each have similarly themed tragedies in their past but it takes their friendship and the trust that blossoms between them to enable each of them to face what happened to them and finally to talk about it. It is a very moving read and there were things that happened that really made me catch my breath, especially when I read what had happened to Kate although Martha’s story is the one that takes up most of This is the story of two women, Kate and Martha and the friendship that forms between them. Each have similarly themed tragedies in their past but it takes their friendship and the trust that blossoms between them to enable each of them to face what happened to them and finally to talk about it. It is a very moving read and there were things that happened that really made me catch my breath, especially when I read what had happened to Kate although Martha’s story is the one that takes up most of the book. I say it is moving and it is, there are some quite heart breaking moments here but the story is not full of doom and gloom. There is a very strong community spirit that shines throughout the book with some lovely gentle and subtle humour. I have to mention the knitting which runs throughout the read and quite possibly one of the first examples of a yarnbombing (the book is set in time from the 1950s to the 1970s). Now, it did take me a while to get into the book, finding it a bit slow at first. The first part of it introduces all the characters and moves them into place ready for what follows but once I had an idea of where the story was going I really started to enjoy it and in the end I found it quite difficult to put down. It is a read where you think you know what is going to happen, but the author still manages to throw a few surprises at you. Well worth a try, especially if you are prepared to stick at it. I received a review copy from the publisher via Netgalley.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    After a heartbreaking tragedy in Kate's life she finds herself lost and not knowing how to move forward or deal with her pain. When she comes across Martha one day by chance the two find that they are inexplicably drawn to one another. Both are hiding their past and not wanting to confront their nightmares. The two form a bond and friendship and begin to heal each other. First I'd like to say this is a really great book, well written and I believe it will be very well liked as some of the earlie After a heartbreaking tragedy in Kate's life she finds herself lost and not knowing how to move forward or deal with her pain. When she comes across Martha one day by chance the two find that they are inexplicably drawn to one another. Both are hiding their past and not wanting to confront their nightmares. The two form a bond and friendship and begin to heal each other. First I'd like to say this is a really great book, well written and I believe it will be very well liked as some of the earlier reviews are showing. However there were a few things that kept me personally from rating a bit higher and can almost hear the boos from me giving it three stars. To start with I did find it a bit slow moving in the beginning. Not too terribly much but once I found myself a few chapters in I pretty much figured out the basics of the entire story from there and in the end it did turn out the way I'd expected so that's a tad disappointing to work it out so early on. Another thing bringing my rating down a bit more was a disconnect with Matthew and how he handled early events in the book. Having personal experience with certain situations and a lifetime of debates and discussions I just had a personal dislike for some of his actions that I don't think are going to bother most but made me dislike him to start and didn't get as drawn into the story that I would have liked otherwise. Last Kiss Goodnight is still a read that I would recommend checking out. Heartbreaking and heartwarming all wrapped into one in the story. One to have tissues on hand but also be prepared to laugh. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  8. 5 out of 5

    Smitha

    Having read and loved Recipes for Melissa by the same author, I just had to get hold of this book. Katie has been sleepwalking through life. Where she once had a happy, bustling life, she now had a shell of a life. Empty, with hours at hand with nothing but her thoughts. So empty that she took to getting on tourist bus tours and escaping the reality of her life for a few hours. On one such tour she spots a strange woman knotting something in lemon yellow. Martha has secrets of her own, ghosts of Having read and loved Recipes for Melissa by the same author, I just had to get hold of this book. Katie has been sleepwalking through life. Where she once had a happy, bustling life, she now had a shell of a life. Empty, with hours at hand with nothing but her thoughts. So empty that she took to getting on tourist bus tours and escaping the reality of her life for a few hours. On one such tour she spots a strange woman knotting something in lemon yellow. Martha has secrets of her own, ghosts of her own past that continue to haunt her. Kate and Martha strike up an unlikely friendship. So much so that Kate offers Martha a room to stay at her house, much to Toby, her husband's surprise. Kate and Toby have problems of their own. Since they lost their son, they've grown far apart. Kate seems to be unable to let go. Her demons seem to want to keep her in her dark place. Matthew is a teenager who has just found out that everything he knew about his life is actually a lie. He has runaway from home and all he wants is a way to find out the truth. As the story unfolds we get to feel the pain, the loneliess and the desolation that the characters go through, the secrets that they are hiding within themselves. Will they ever be able to overcome the burdens of their secrets, would something change for them? Wish I could say more but that would spoil the book for you. A beautiful story with the most richest of characters and events. I especially loved the characterisation, they all for in so well with the story. The story line progresses via narratives about several characters. Martha, Josef, Matt, Kate. Each slowly connecting to the main story. One that will not fail to touch you. A story that brings to light the predicament of unmarried young women just a few decades ago and the brutal methods adopted in treatment of mental health patients. It's heart breaking to read. It touched me a little more as it brought back memories from a time when we lived in a development which had the ruins of what looked like a beautiful majestic building in the middle. When I first moved there, I was told by locals that it had been a mental hospital which also housed unmarried pregnant girls at one time because there was no place for them to go. I had never realised then that it might not have been a one off, but quite a routine thing to do. I was so glad of the way the book ended, although as the author herself says, it isn't always this happy an ending for most people. A beautiful book that I can wholeheartedly recommend. A story of the bond between mothers and children, undying love as well as friendships found in the most unlikely of situations. A book I would love to re-read and gift. My rating: 4.5/5 Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for the review copy of this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I knew as soon as I read the description of Last Kiss Goodnight, written by Teresa Driscoll, that the book would be an emotional roller-coaster of a read. What I didn't know at the time was how beautifully written this book would end up being, or how attached I would become to the characters in this book. The characters are so well written, and they will tug at your heart strings. As the story unfolds, you learn what brought the characters to this point in their lives. Each character has an inte I knew as soon as I read the description of Last Kiss Goodnight, written by Teresa Driscoll, that the book would be an emotional roller-coaster of a read. What I didn't know at the time was how beautifully written this book would end up being, or how attached I would become to the characters in this book. The characters are so well written, and they will tug at your heart strings. As the story unfolds, you learn what brought the characters to this point in their lives. Each character has an interesting story to be told...one you actually want to know about. It is about pain and loss, which is truly heartbreaking, but it is also about courage and inspiration. It is a book about never taking anything for granted, and living each day to the fullest. There are times I laughed while reading this book, and there were definitely times I cried. Overall, this was simply an amazing book! This is a book that I know will stay with me for a very long time. I would highly recommend reading this book! I was given an advance digital copy of this book by Bookouture and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Nikolic

    I was auto approved to read this book on Netgalley and looked forward to another Bookouture novel, always fabulous books and this one did not disappoint either. It's the first I have read by this author and is a tale of lost loves, heartache and happiness all rolled into one. I loved all the characters and the way the author wrote it is superb. Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for introducing me to this author and I look forward to reading more of her work. I will leave my review on Amazon I was auto approved to read this book on Netgalley and looked forward to another Bookouture novel, always fabulous books and this one did not disappoint either. It's the first I have read by this author and is a tale of lost loves, heartache and happiness all rolled into one. I loved all the characters and the way the author wrote it is superb. Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for introducing me to this author and I look forward to reading more of her work. I will leave my review on Amazon on publication day.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Teresa Driscoll has a gift for creating likeable, relatable characters - the standout point of this novel for me is the way she has crafted it's players. This book left me feeling like I had been welcomed into a community of very real people and I'd shared in their grief and friendship. It covers some intense, sensitive subjects with great care and sensitivity, and enough lightness and humour that the story is never bogged down by the pain of the character's experiences. Absolutely heart-breakin Teresa Driscoll has a gift for creating likeable, relatable characters - the standout point of this novel for me is the way she has crafted it's players. This book left me feeling like I had been welcomed into a community of very real people and I'd shared in their grief and friendship. It covers some intense, sensitive subjects with great care and sensitivity, and enough lightness and humour that the story is never bogged down by the pain of the character's experiences. Absolutely heart-breaking, but never maudlin.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Duthie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book took a wee while to get into and then I really started to enjoy it. The main characters are Kate and Martha. They have both lost children. Kate recently lost her toddler son, to drowning and Martha had a baby boy at sixteen, who was taken away from her for adoption. Martha longs to find her son. The two women meet and forge a wonderful friendship, which is exactly what they need. The story continues and we find out how the women's lives become more bearable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Last kiss goodnight by Teresa driscoll. Kate and martha are drawn to each other. Both women has had tragedy in their lives. But why are they keeping secrets from each other about their pasts? Can they save each other and learn to live again? A fantastic read A lovely moving heartwrenching read. I loved the characters and the story. I really felt for both women and hoped they would help each other. 5*.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    An amazing read. Filled with lighter moments that will make you laugh and equally heartbreaking moments that will make you cry! Wonderful characters fantastically portrayed. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. Many thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for this advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review. An amazing read. Filled with lighter moments that will make you laugh and equally heartbreaking moments that will make you cry! Wonderful characters fantastically portrayed. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. Many thanks to the publisher & NetGalley for this advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Last kiss goodnight by Teresa driscoll. Kate and martha are drawn to each other. Both women has had tragedy in their lives. But why are they keeping secrets from each other about their pasts? Can they save each other and learn to live again? A lovely moving heartwrenching read. I loved the characters and the story. I really felt for both women and hoped they would help each other. 5*.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Emin

    I bought this book because the cover caught my eye and then I read the blurb and felt I had to read it. This book was a pleasant read and I kept reaching for it whenever I had a minute. I really enjoyed reading about the friendships and relationships between all of the characters and the bond that grew between Kate and Martha was something really special. I would definitely read more by this author, I am looking forward to doing so.

  17. 4 out of 5

    wendy green

    Heartbreaking/Heartwarming Weird title I know but read it and you will understand. There are parts where you have a fairly clear picture but don't think you have it all worked out. Very enjoyable.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Clair

    The Last Kiss Goodnight opens with a letter to Martha from Josef from Moscow in 1960. The narrative then moves into the present time which is 1976 in Aylesborough-on-sea where we are introduced to Kate who repeatedly rides the tour bus, ensuring that she is there early enough to guarantee the same seat each time. From the bus, Kate sees a woman, knitting, on a bench who we discover is Martha. Kate is drawn to Martha so gets off the bus, buys her a cup of tea and joins her. Martha is a bit of a n The Last Kiss Goodnight opens with a letter to Martha from Josef from Moscow in 1960. The narrative then moves into the present time which is 1976 in Aylesborough-on-sea where we are introduced to Kate who repeatedly rides the tour bus, ensuring that she is there early enough to guarantee the same seat each time. From the bus, Kate sees a woman, knitting, on a bench who we discover is Martha. Kate is drawn to Martha so gets off the bus, buys her a cup of tea and joins her. Martha is a bit of a nomad, travelling in the summer and coming back to Aylesborough-on-sea in the winter, Martha moves in with Kate and Toby who are relatively new to the area. Matthew, a young man, arrives in Aylesborough-on-sea and is sleeping rough after falling out with his father over a decision he has made. Matthew has ‘perfect pitch’ and is able to determine musical notes without any pitch as reference, this and his love of music helps him bond with Geoffrey who owns the local music shop. Matthew is researching Millrose Mount Hospital which is being redeveloped into Millrose Mount Village, whilst it isn’t clear at this point why Matthew is researching or what the history of the building is, it is clear that the history is not a pleasant one and the building does not hold good memories. This book is beautifully written and very emotive, Driscoll takes the reader on a journey into the past to understand how Kate and Martha ended up being in Aylesborough-on-sea. The women feel that they have a connection but do not realise how close this is. The narrative changes between past and present and between the main characters; Kate, Martha and Matthew. At times I found I didn’t completely follow the backstories due to the disjointed narrative of the characters in the first person however this built up the emotion; emotions are not always logical or can be relayed in chronological order therefore this use of language demonstrates the upset and confusion that Kate and Martha are going through. I really liked the characters in the book, especially the local business owners and the feeling of community amongst them all. Aylesborough-on-sea sounds like a lovely place to live and would be very welcoming. I personally felt that the ending was a bit brief because I would’ve liked to have known more! There are jumps in time and recaps as to what has happened in the passages of time whereas I would’ve rather had a slightly longer book with a bit more detail. Overall this is a lovely book, Driscoll’s writing is emotionally charged. The experiences that Kate and Martha have been through are awful, personally particularly poignant I think because I am a mother, but is sensitively handled and beautifully described.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I have been so excited about reading Teresa Driscoll's new book. Her debut novel, Recipes for Melissa, was one of my favourite books of last year, so I was waited with baited breath to dive into Last Kiss Goodnight, and I was wasn't disappointed! Last Kiss Goodnight is a tender book of love, loss and friendship, which is beautifully written. The novel features two main characters, Kate and Martha. Both have experienced loss which has had a massive impact on their lives. Somehow fate draws them to I have been so excited about reading Teresa Driscoll's new book. Her debut novel, Recipes for Melissa, was one of my favourite books of last year, so I was waited with baited breath to dive into Last Kiss Goodnight, and I was wasn't disappointed! Last Kiss Goodnight is a tender book of love, loss and friendship, which is beautifully written. The novel features two main characters, Kate and Martha. Both have experienced loss which has had a massive impact on their lives. Somehow fate draws them together, and before long they have formed a wonderful friendship that I think brings them both an element of acceptance and happiness. As a reader we know that they have both been touched by tragedy, but it is only as the story unfolds that we go on to learn just what has happened to each of them, and to understand the full impact the events have had on them since. Teresa has such a wonderful way of writing that allowed me to visualise the characters and connect with them very quickly. The characters appear to have been developed with real love and empathy. They are both very fragile, and this certainly came through to me. As I look back on it, I realise that I found myself reading the book very gently, and it felt right to treat it softly and respectfully, rather than racing through to the end. I found that I really liked both Kate and Martha, and I wanted to hear their story, but only when they were ready to tell it. It was almost like as well as building up trust with eachother they were also building up trust with me as a reader before talking about some very painful experiences. I loved seeing how Martha helped begin to bring Kate back to life again. A bit like a gardener nurturing a tree or plant to flower after a long, harsh winter. I also loved the setting. A small town where there is a real sense of community. I loved the different characters, and the warmth and smiles that they raised. They are just genuinely nice people, without being sickly sweet. I would happily go and live in the town tomorrow! I don't really want to talk too much about the storyline for risk of ruining it for others. But I will say, that I loved it and would definitely recommend it as a must read. Now hurry up and write your next book Teresa, I cannot wait! Thanks to Bookouture for kindly providing me with a copy for review. I must just also say, look out for Bookouture titles. They are fast becoming one of my favourite publishers, with great book after great book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    Thank you Teresa Driscoll, Bookouture and Netgalley for the copy in return for a fair and honest review. The first of Teresa's books I have read and I was not disappointed. Well written and a moving story, I was captivated from the start. This is an emotional read, however, there is also a lot of laughter and I felt uplifted at the end. Loss, grief, secrets and lies feature heavily but so do love and friendship. I couldn't help but like and care about all of the characters and love the way Teresa Thank you Teresa Driscoll, Bookouture and Netgalley for the copy in return for a fair and honest review. The first of Teresa's books I have read and I was not disappointed. Well written and a moving story, I was captivated from the start. This is an emotional read, however, there is also a lot of laughter and I felt uplifted at the end. Loss, grief, secrets and lies feature heavily but so do love and friendship. I couldn't help but like and care about all of the characters and love the way Teresa has entwined all of their stories. I really felt I knew them all and was fully emersed in their lives. As a former social worker, Martha and Matthew's experiences really touched me. Thank God times have changed! Teresa has perfectly captured Matthew's range of emotions, his loss of identity and belief in who he is, as a young person in this situation and has written this with acute sensitivity. There are some beautifully written moments - when Martha first sees Josef playing the cello really stands out for me. The pace of the novel is perfect, just revealing enough at certain points to keep you interested and wanting to know more about what has led Kate and Toby, Martha and Josef, Matthew and Geoffrey, to be in their current situation. On the whole a great book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended. Will definitely be reading Teresa's first novel and look forward to more in the future.

  21. 5 out of 5

    buzy_reading

    When tragedy touches the lives of two woman a kindred spirit draws them together. The story begins with a letter dated in 1960 from a guy in Moscow. From this moment on I was confused. I couldn’t understand why a story would begin with a letter. This was the worse way to introduce characters. To make matters worse the story consisted of three parts. Again I was struggling to connect the dots of these parts to the letters. The delivery of this story ruined the concept for me. I felt like I began r When tragedy touches the lives of two woman a kindred spirit draws them together. The story begins with a letter dated in 1960 from a guy in Moscow. From this moment on I was confused. I couldn’t understand why a story would begin with a letter. This was the worse way to introduce characters. To make matters worse the story consisted of three parts. Again I was struggling to connect the dots of these parts to the letters. The delivery of this story ruined the concept for me. I felt like I began reading the book from the middle. It felt like it was missing the beginning with introductions. The Last Kiss Goodbye follows the lives of three characters who have suffered a traumatic past experience and are stuck in their grief. The story took a long time to make the connection between these characters lives. The transitions were confusing going from one character to another. The story dragged on and on about mundane insignificant details trying to tie in more characters. I’ve concluded Teresa Driscoll doesn’t have the writing style that works for me as a reader. All these mundane details dragged out the story so I skimmed through it all.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is the second book I have read from Teresa Driscoll and she doesn't disappoint. This is a story written from the heart a story about the lives of 2 women brought together by pain and tragedy. Kate and Martha end up becoming close friends brought on by a chance meeting or is it chance, some may say it was fate. Kate and her husband Toby are trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of their young son, Martha is haunted by the day her newborn son was taken away from her. The pain they both This is the second book I have read from Teresa Driscoll and she doesn't disappoint. This is a story written from the heart a story about the lives of 2 women brought together by pain and tragedy. Kate and Martha end up becoming close friends brought on by a chance meeting or is it chance, some may say it was fate. Kate and her husband Toby are trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of their young son, Martha is haunted by the day her newborn son was taken away from her. The pain they both feel becomes easier to manage when they begin to share their stories with each other. As their friendship becomes stronger Kates marriage to Toby becomes more difficult , he wants another baby she doesn't. While Martha is trying to fix Kate s marriage her son is desperately trying to find his birth mother. A touching story of loss, love and determination

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natasha du Plessis

    Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was a lovely story to read, two unlikely people finding friendship in each other both having lost someone dear to them in unusual circumstances. My heart went out to both of them - Kate and Martha and how they found the energy to carry on with their lives. I loved all the characters that we get to meet in the book and how they looked out for one another. This was the first book by Teresa Driscoll that I have Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was a lovely story to read, two unlikely people finding friendship in each other both having lost someone dear to them in unusual circumstances. My heart went out to both of them - Kate and Martha and how they found the energy to carry on with their lives. I loved all the characters that we get to meet in the book and how they looked out for one another. This was the first book by Teresa Driscoll that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am looking forward to more books by her. A great book to read if you want to try a different genre.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Roche

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read this in return for an honest and open review. As soon as I realised this was published by Bookouture I decided to request it as I've never had a "bad" book from them. This book certainly didn't disappoint. Whilst reading "Last Kiss Goodnight" I felt virtually every emotion possible. I laughed out loud and cried buckets. The characters Ms Driscoll creates have an authentic feel to them. You feel that you know them p I would like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read this in return for an honest and open review. As soon as I realised this was published by Bookouture I decided to request it as I've never had a "bad" book from them. This book certainly didn't disappoint. Whilst reading "Last Kiss Goodnight" I felt virtually every emotion possible. I laughed out loud and cried buckets. The characters Ms Driscoll creates have an authentic feel to them. You feel that you know them personally. This is one of those books that will stay with me long after I've read the last page. I will certainly be recommending this to all my book-loving friends.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for an advanced copy of this lovely book. It is the first Teresa Driscoll book I have had the pleasure of reading and I have since bought her first book Recipes for Melissa. This is a well written, beautiful story, with a great cast of characters who all come together to create a story that will stay with me for a long time. 5* from me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shree Mandal

    Incredibly slow, dragged on and I had to skip a lot. Full of mundane and insignificant details. Characters were boring and not well developed, apart from Kate. Just wanted to get this book over with and the ending was beyond predictable.

  27. 4 out of 5

    E

    I was very surprised at how good this Kindle freebie was! A feel-good story with good characters. Beautifully written.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A heartbreaking story, but a very good book, I loved the characters and the way their stories were all interwoven would highly recommend this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Knox

    Lovely stoery I enjoyed this story so much Heartbreaking at times, funny at times but mesmerizing always. I am now on to another story by Teresa.

  30. 4 out of 5

    cynthia gerber

    Loved this novel This novel was really good. And it really hot home. 44 years ago I had my baby boy ripped from my arms and put up for adoption. It was a closed adoption so I never in a million years i would ever find him. But every year I updated my info in the national adoption agency . Hoping he would find me. And to my surprise 2years ago he found me. He is a living father and husband to his wife and 4children. When I see him there is just never enough time. I myself 4 other children and he f Loved this novel This novel was really good. And it really hot home. 44 years ago I had my baby boy ripped from my arms and put up for adoption. It was a closed adoption so I never in a million years i would ever find him. But every year I updated my info in the national adoption agency . Hoping he would find me. And to my surprise 2years ago he found me. He is a living father and husband to his wife and 4children. When I see him there is just never enough time. I myself 4 other children and he fits right in there. Same cute personalities as my other kids. Also when I see him in just in awe. Unlike Mathew getting to meet his father. The father to my son wants nothing to do with meeting him. But that's alright, he doesn't know what's missing.

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