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Love's Last Gift [Paperback]

Bebhinn Ramsay
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3 May 2012

In May 2007, while on a family holiday, Bébhinn Ramsay's husband Alastair woke in the middle of the night with a fever. Just over forty-eight hours later, he died in a San Francisco hospital from a rare complication to a common infection. At the age of thirty-one Bébhinn had lost her soulmate, the father of her two young sons, but also her faith in life.

In Love's Last Gift, this inspirational and thought-provoking memoir, we journey with Bébhinn as she searches for answers and a sense of meaning to her husband's untimely death.

From walking the Camino de Santiago with her two young sons in the weeks following Alastair's death, to spiritual retreats and self-reflection, we discover how Bébhinn eventually finds peace, happiness and acceptance by opening her mind and her heart.

Love's Last Gift is a beautifully-written and ultimately uplifting memoir of hope, courage and eternal love.

In 2008, Bébhinn Ramsay set up ARCH, the Alastair Ramsay Charitable Trust, and moved to Florianópolis, Brazil to oversee Child Health Florianópolis, a child-focussed charity.

All royalties from Love's Last Gift go directly to ARCH.

Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444743112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444743111
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An inspirational work of courage and intimacy' (Damien Rice)

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Love's Last Gift is a beautifully written, emotional, ultimately uplifting account of overcoming loss and embracing life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring - a must-read! 10 May 2012
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Bebhinn lost her husband, Alastair, very suddenly, leaving her with two sons under 4 to care for. This book takes the reader through her painful journey, but without being a 'misery memoir'. She describes with elegance (and the odd burst of gallows humour) the maelstrom of emotions that assailed her from every side throughout their ordeal, the heartbreak of losing Alastair, bargaining with God, with anyone, to bring him back to her. But he doesn't come back and instead she is left to carry on without him. She decides to follow their dreams despite his absence, manages to find her way through the pain and come to an acceptance of her loss and to an emergence of new joys, even without her soulmate at her side. Bebhinn is a gifted writer: there's no schmaltz here, just honest, beautiful words, and I wish her and her wonderful boys the best of everything in the years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love's Last Gift 17 May 2012
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This is a wonderfully written, moving account of how Bebhinn copes with the sudden, tragic death of her husband aged just 39. It is a compelling read which I found impossible to put down.
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Love's Last Gift was written by a college classmate who suffered the sudden death of her beloved husband and father of their young sons.

It is heart-wrenchingly tragic, but also amazingly lucid on the intricate details of dealing with grief.

Beautifully written, it is inspiring and gives faith in the human spirit. Read it before it's made into a film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loss made into a positive 21 Feb 2013
Love's Last Gift is a truly beautiful book written by a young woman who turned a tragedy into hope for less fortunate children in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Bebhinn (pronounced Bay-Veen) had found and married her soul mate, Alastair Ramsay, and was the mother of two boys (3yrs and 1yr). Life was good, Alastair had an executive job but was working 60 hour weeks. Bebhinn concentrated on child rearing and studing for her masters. She is happy, but since having the children, life has changed so much that Bebhinn longs for more balance in her life. There is some resentment for the long hours that her beloved Alastair spends at work. The couple have many wine-fuelled discussions and in 2007, Alastair contemplates cutting down the hours he spends at work.

Alastair and Bebhinn are well travelled and have friends all over the place. It is May 2007 and they are off on a 2 week holiday to the USA, to meet up with Alastair's friends in San Francisco. Little did they know the tragic events that were going to befall them and so soon after they arrived in the US.

Bebhinn's book is a soulful, touching, account of events and how she seeks to get through them and to make sense and come to terms with this vast change in the lives of her and her sons Tom and Liam. It is truthful and beautiful and Bebhinn takes the reader with her through her journey, her search for meaning and closure.

This is a beautiful book, honestly written and is full of love, hope and courage. Anyone who feels they have troubles and problems should read this book and gain some strength from Bebhinn's experiences and her drive to carry on and do something meaningful as a long lasting tribute to her beloved husband Alastair Ramsay.

It is a book not to be forgotten. The reader will not fail to be moved by it and will always remember this memoir.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended - I thoroughly enjoyed this book! A great read!! 17 Dec 2012
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If you like to feel multiple true emotions while reading, this is a must read. Bebhinn is a fantastic author and I am really looking forward to her future books :) You will grieve with her throughout the first half of the book - and while reading the second half, you will vividly experience Bebhinn's healing process and you will feel very enlightened and inspired. I am recommending this to everyone I know!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 16 Jun 2013
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This is a beautifully written story, full of honesty. I read it cover to cover without putting it down. Bebhinn perfectly captures the Alastair we all knew and loved and what made him so special. Its a story full of hope and the amazing resilience of an incredible woman.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 8 Jun 2012
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Amazing book, very sad & yet encouraging. Well written, a must read of real life story. I couldn't put the book down when I got first got it.
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