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Friday, February 23, 2018

The Last Laugh by Tracy Bloom - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Jenny's husband Mark is busy with the deal of his life and when Jenny needs him to go to the hospital with her, he doesn't even make the time for her to be able to ask. She hears the devastating news that she hasn't got long to live on her own. When she drives to her husband's office for support she finds him with another woman. Jenny is heartbroken and decides to take a good look at her life. The adults around her don't show enough of an interest in her, so Jenny doesn't feel inclined to share her news and she isn't ready to inform her teenage children yet, so instead she decides to go back to happier times. She'll be the Jenny she was in 1996 when she met Mark and she's determined to make several wrongs right again along the way.

Jenny isn't going to think about her funeral. She wants people to get together to celebrate her life while she's still among them instead. That's why she decides to throw a party. This party should have the 1996 theme and everyone she now knows and used to know is invited. Jenny only confides in one person and doesn't let anyone else know she's ill. Will she be able to keep her secret until the party and will her decision to keep the image of a lively Jenny instead of someone with a terminal illness work the way she thinks it should?

The Last Laugh is a beautiful poignant story. Jenny has the most terrible day imaginable. She hears she has an incurable illness and instead of giving her the support she so desperately needs, her husband is cheating on her. My heart ached for her and I had tears in my eyes when I read her news. I admired Jenny's courage and strength. Her reaction is dignified and she decides she will live with the news her way. She wants to relive happy moments, teach her children some valuable lessons and celebrate the good times she still has with the people she loves. I admired her courage and absolutely loved the idea behind this story, it's sad, but it's also hopeful.

Tracy Bloom has written an original story. The Last Laugh is heartbreaking, but Tracy Bloom's sense of humor makes sure it doesn't get too heavy. Reading about what Jenny's going through made me cry, but it also put a smile on my face several times. I liked that combination very much. The subject matter of The Last Laugh is serious and thought-provoking and Tracy Bloom's creative way of dealing with it constantly surprised me. Jenny is a gorgeous main character and her story will stay with me for a long time.


If you love stories that will make you tear up and smile at the same time The Last Laugh is a definite must-read.

About Tracy Bloom

I started writing when my cruel, heartless husband ripped me away from my dream job, shopping for rollercoasters for the UK’s leading theme parks, to live in America with a brand new baby and no mates. In a cunning plan to avoid domestic duties and people who didn’t understand my Derbyshire accent, I wrote NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY. It went on to be successfully published internationally and became an ebook Number 1 Best Seller in the UK in 2013 before being named Best Author Published Read at the Festival of Romance.


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  1. The Last Laugh sounds like an emotional, bittersweet story that will make you laugh and cry and maybe start to appreciate your life even more and those around you as well.

  2. It sounds very emotional but an amazing story too.

  3. I love reading Tracy's books.Great review

  4. I wonder what I would do in this situation. I look forward to reading this book. fishingjanATaolDOTcom

  5. thanks for the opportunity Tracy

  6. OH sounds like a really good story line. I'll have to put in on my shelf!!

  7. This looks like an awesome read, love the cover and the storyline xx

  8. This sounds quite thought-provoking...

  9. A family friend recently had a 'living wake', i.e. paying respects to the man while he's still alive rather than waiting till it's too late. It was a marvellous evening and one I'll remember for years to come.