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The Last Goodbye [Paperback]

Caroline Finnerty
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Book Description

26 Jun 2013
Sometimes the decisions we make can last a lifetime . . . and sometimes we cannot shake off the shackles of decisions made by others in the past. Kate Flynn has spent her whole life running away. She reckons the best decision she ever made was to leave Ireland the day after she finished school. Having seldom returned since, she would be perfectly happy if she never had to go back there. She is happy in London where she runs a successful photography gallery with her best friend Nat, though their relationship is going through a rocky patch since Nat began an affair with a married man. When Kate becomes pregnant and her partner Ben persuades her to make the trip home, she is forced to confront everything she left behind and memories of Eva, the mother she feels betrayed her. Kate finds it impossible to forgive Eva who chose to refuse cancer treatment while pregnant and died, leaving a young family motherless. The Last Goodbye is a powerful story of love and loss, forgiveness and new beginnings - a heart-wrenching and emotional page-turner for mothers and daughters everywhere.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Poolbeg Press (26 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842235486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842235485
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,445,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thanks for visiting my author page. My novels 'In a Moment', 'The Last Goodbye' and 'Into The Night Sky' are all published by Poolbeg. I really hope you enjoy them. You can find out more about me on or contact me on Facebook (carolinefinnertywriter) or Twitter (@cfinnertywriter).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this as a gift from a wonderful friend who even got the author to write a beautiful note inside for me. A fantastic gift!

Not only was I excited to read and review an Irish author I had not come across before, the cover of this book made me want to read it even more. Having lost my Mother, I knew it might be a difficult read but hoped it would be would be worth it. It didn't disappoint.

Kate is pregnant with her first child and her partner, Ben finally persuades her to return to Ireland for a visit before the baby is born. She has avoided contact with her family for years and is still not convinced it is the right thing to do. When she arrives back at her family home, things are as tough as she expected and she retreats even further into herself, while managing to create even more tension than before.
When her Father hands her a letter, written years ago by her Mother, Kate is unsure whether opening it will make things better or worse for her.

Meanwhile, the book flashes back to the 1990s when Kate was a teenager and was beginning to rebel against the constraints of living in a rural village and constantly fighting with her mother, Eva. We also learn why she ran away to London the minute she had completed her Leaving Cert Exams and had no intention of ever returning.

While I found the first part a little slow paced, and the character of Kate a bit shallow and unforgiving, I am really glad I stuck with it as things really take off with the introduction of Eva, Kate's Mother, in the 1990s section of the book. I found her to be a nice, gentle character with lots of conflicting emotions and I could feel her pain in more ways than one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book 5 Aug 2013
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After reading caroline Finnerty`s first novel "in a moment" in one sitting, i was overjoyed to see her new novel the last goodbye was available to download onto my kindle. I`m not going to comment on the story of the book only to say that this is yet another cracking read that you wont want to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Goodbye 15 April 2014
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A good novel showing the long term effects of grief and yet the power of reconciliation can heal so much.
My only quandary was that I didn't like the main heroine, she seemed selfish throughout in many of her actions.
The settings in London and Ireland is appealing and I can see many who emigrated and felt similar feelings when they returned home will really engage. I know I recognised some of them in myself.
Maybe it is because I am a mum myself now but the character I most engaged with was the heroine's mother - maybe also because her emotions bounced off the page - yes, tears prickled at my eyes at times.
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