Review: One Last Wish by Aurora Rose Reynolds (Shooting Stars #3)
Note: An advanced reader copy was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.
"This is our story. This is the way our story was meant to unfold. Who knows if we would have ended taking each other for granted had we found each other so young? Who knows what would have happened between us if things didn't work out like they did? All I do know is I will cherish every second I have with you, and I will appreciate everything you give me, and I will never take one second with you for grant."
If there is one book that I highly recommend you read above everything else you may have on your to-be-read list, it's One Last Wish. This third and final story in the Shooting Stars brought tears to my eyes more than once, and trust me, it's been a good, long while since I last read a book that made me cry several times in one sitting. Penned by bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds, this was somewhat of a quick read, but it's one that could very well stay with you, thanks to a heartrending yet inspiring story about love, family, loss, and hope as well as a cast of characters that you cannot help but become emotionally invested in. For those who have read the other books in the series, there are some familiar figures that play important parts in this story. If you haven't read the other books, fear not, because you will be able to fully enjoy and understand this even without having read the first two.
One Last Wish is the story of Aubrey, a widow who lost her husband of six years--the one man she's been with for nearly a decade--and while what they had may have been considered "safe", it's after Gabe's death that Aubrey discovers two particular surprises. The first is her daughter, Lyra, who is just about to turn four when the story begins to unfold in the present. The second is someone who is both her past and her present--someone who once meant the world to her but who has been in the periphery of her life for quite a few years. While she appreciates Denver being there, not just for her, but for Lyra as well, his presence rattles her in ways that strike fear in the very hidden depths of her heart. His being around has her feeling and thinking stuff she knows she shouldn't--not if she wants to save herself from heartache. Gabe made a wish, but even if he hadn't, Denver would fulfill it...for his Bre.
There's more to this story than you get from the few details that are mentioned in both the summary and here in my review. Suffice it to say that there are reasons why I love this book as much as I do. Tears, people! There were tears! And yes, there were a couple of "le sigh" moments in the story as well. But this is more than just a romance, not that I didn't adore the romance. I absolutely did; but I also admire books that go beyond what you expect. This book highlights the fact that there are those extraordinary people who come into our lives for purposes that we either do not realize until much later on or that we don't fully appreciate until we see how good we've had it having them around. Then there's the letting go part...whether it be people we don't need in our lives or feelings that keep us from moving forward. One Last Wish was everything I could have wished for and got. Five-plus stars. ♥
Release Date: 02 September 2018
Date Read: 02 September 2018
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