Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Last Kiss by Sally Malcolm


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A tender and triumphant story of forbidden love in the aftermath of war

When Captain Ashleigh Dalton went to war in 1914, he never expected to fall in love. Yet, over three long years at the front, his dashing batman, Private West, became his reason for fighting—and his reason for living.

For Harry West, an ostler from London’s East End, it was love at first sight when he met complex, compassionate Captain Dalton. Harry knew their friendship wouldn’t survive in the class-bound world back home, but in the trenches there was no point in worrying about tomorrow…

Now, gravely wounded, Ash has been evacuated home to Highcliffe House, his father’s Hampshire estate. Bereft of Harry, angry and alone, Ash struggles to fit into the unchanging world he left behind. Meanwhile, Harry, broken-hearted, doubts he’ll ever see his beloved captain again.

But when the guns fall silent and Harry finds himself adrift in London, a desperate hope carries him to Highcliffe House in search of work—and of the officer he can’t forget…

This novel is approximately 81,000 words and comes with a HEA guaranteed.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Sally Malcolm's The Last Kiss is a wonderful historical romance. From the first page, I was sucked into this story, reading it as fast as I could.

Ash and Harry are two men trapped in a world that isn't theirs. They are two men who aren't allowed to be together in any way. They met during the war and fell in love. But they are separated by class, status, and law. 

The emotions are high and intense. Fear. Pain. Grief. Longing. Chemistry. More Fear. Anger. Sadness. Heartache. And yet more fear. My heart was hurting throughout, as the author expertly conveys all these emotions and more.

There are some great secondary characters as well, such as Olive, who is amazing. I love Olive. Not only is she understanding, she also has her own dreams that aren't available to her. 

The writing is nothing short of fabulous, as I've come to expect from this author. The characters are developing throughout, the emotions jump right off the page, and the story line is positively riveting.

The Last Kiss is a touching story of unattainable dreams and forbidden love. This Sally Malcolm story will warm your heart and leave you with the happiest of endings. Read it.

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