The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Anna’s world was shattered 3 years ago when her husband Spencer was killed in an accident. Everyone thinks it’s time she moved on, but how? On New Year’s Eve she calls Spencer’s old phone just to hear his voicemail. But to her surprise, someone picks up. Brody answers and is the first person that understands what she’s going through. As they begin to speak regularly, Anna finds herself opening up, smiling again, laughing again and even hoping. But Brody has a secret; will that threaten everything, just as Anna might find the courage to love again?
Part romance and part women’s fiction/chick-lit, this contemporary novel makes for a compelling read. Within a few pages of starting the book, the reader can really feel Anna’s ongoing heartbreak after losing her husband a few years prior. She still rings his phone just to hear his voice, when one day someone answers – Brody. Anna and Brody quickly form a bond, and end up inspiring each other to have hope and move on from their respective grieving states. This is a journey that I would compare to ‘one step forward, two steps back’; both characters have many mental setbacks. Whilst it’s an emotional narrative, it ultimately ends on any uplifting note. I would recommend to anyone who is intrigued by the synopsis.