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3.5 stars Could have been a fantastic book but I felt like the author included a lot of gibberish that was not necessary to the story I wish the main characters bond could have been developed a bitI m not sure if Meda was best suited for Bernie because he was very endearing. 2.5 stars This is the second time in less than 24 hours where I m going to have to use the terms quiet and anti climactic in a review There s no doubt that I should consider digging deep into my mental thesaurus to come up with different terms but I m going to reserve the effort for a book I d rather gush about.Even though this was a much easier read than Lies of Locke Lamora, I don t think I can award bonus points for being able to get through the book quickly The style of writing was not to 2.5 stars This is the second time in less than 24 hours where I m going to have to use the terms quiet and anti climactic in a review There s no doubt that I should consider digging deep into my mental thesaurus to come up with different terms but I m going to reserve the effort for a book I d rather gush about.Even though this was a much easier read than Lies of Locke Lamora, I don t think I can award bonus points for being able to get through the book quickly The style of writing was not too complex, yet it lacked depth of emotion If anything, the mood was somber in a way which felt heavy instead of contemplative It was as if I wanted to hurry through the book just so I could get the monkey off my back Last Will started out almost memoir like in spirit, if you want to liken this to a memoir from people who you don t really know anything about, which leaves you wondering why you picked up the memoir in the first place As the dual PoV s started to refine themselves, the narrative turned into an internal monologue of observations The writing style was very matter of fact Imagine a ping pong match where the moves only alter slightly with each stroke of the paddle Some observations were dry and amusing That practicality aside, however, breasts are an attractant, examples of the incredible marketing genius of biology Imagine a toothbrush so alluring it made you want to brush your teeth You couldn t stop thinking about brushing your teeth It ate up whole hours of idle thought That would be quite a toothbrush Two skinny people in bed are dangerous and sad, like lawn chairs having sex Some observations were beautifully written.There were a couple of scenes I would have loved to include in this review had they not been so long I can t believe I was moved by a passage of Bernie waxing poetic about Meda s stretch marked breasts This author should think about switching to another type of storytelling, something that would showcase the power of words Meda s fingertips traveled to the scar on her mouth She didn t say a word She didn t say, it s the man who cut up my face, who scarred me She didn t say, it s the man who raped me She didn t even say his name It was an omission that spoke volumes to me she was terrifying, but in the lovely, rollicking way that a snake is terrifying Fast, poisonous, slithering in the grass, but brilliantly designed All sharp fangs, plated scales, and sinuous coiled muscle Even if you re afraid of snakes, once you see their practical beauty, all the things you think you know fall away.This was a story about two broken people finding their path toRecovery Redemption A place that worked for them Honestly, I couldn t tell you By the time these two figured out what they were doing, I didn t care any Yes, there were bigger issues at work here Both of these characters had seriously messed up pasts, but their continued emotional detachment from the past really screwed with my head It killed me that Bernie s lovemaking was described as quiet and uninteresting Uhyay for the man who has performance anxiety One could argue that the story was moving, the journey was touching, and the ending was what it should be To be honest, I was hoping the term last will was going to make for a nice twist on the ending but it didn t I can t say that the book was bad because it wasn t I m guessing that in a few months there will be several glowing reviews from people who understood and embraced what this author was trying to do I won t even be able to disagree with them in that aspect because there is definitely a niche for Last Will There are readers who will appreciate the complexity of this book muchthan I did The writing style was a distant reminder of Me Before You, except I felt like MBY was executed in a way which kept me wanting to know what was happening to the couple on their journey and it moved me enough to cry.So take what I ve written with a grain of salt Check out some other reviews This might beyour thing than it was mine This is about life not being perfect People not being perfect That as we go through life, the paint chips off, we get dented, and sometimes we break.Bryan Greenwood is very astute with the characters she writes about She makes her characters seem like real people A theme of hers seems to be not judging by appearance or even circumstance Her writing makes me wonder what she would write about me if she knew me.Her characters are broken but in a very particular way who by circumstance and This is about life not being perfect People not being perfect That as we go through life, the paint chips off, we get dented, and sometimes we break.Bryan Greenwood is very astute with the characters she writes about She makes her characters seem like real people A theme of hers seems to be not judging by appearance or even circumstance Her writing makes me wonder what she would write about me if she knew me.Her characters are broken but in a very particular way who by circumstance and or personality or both, can be healed or redeemed by only one other In this way her books are romantic although they don t look it on the surface.In this story I really liked Bernie and his Aunty Ginny Bernie and Meda are both products of their heritage, although I did struggle with Meda s anger sometimes because I don t like people who seem to like to pick fights.I like this book for not portraying a perfect life or couple.Recommended When Bernie Raleigh s grandfather dies, he inherits his vast fortune Leaving his satisfying life as a librarian behind, Bernie returns to the life he left twenty years earlier Meda Amos is one of the domestics in Bernie s newly inherited mansion A beautiful face marred only by a few facial scars, she is a constant distraction for Bernie Both Bernie and Meda have troubled pasts Both are limited by those past events in the present Yet as they come to know each other these two may be able to When Bernie Raleigh s grandfather dies, he inherits his vast fortune Leaving his satisfying life as a librarian behind, Bernie returns to the life he left twenty years earlier Meda Amos is one of the domestics in Bernie s newly inherited mansion A beautiful face marred only by a few facial scars, she is a constant distraction for Bernie Both Bernie and Meda have troubled pasts Both are limited by those past events in the present Yet as they come to know each other these two may be able to face a future together.Typically I read and review only books from the romance genre And Last Will is a romance But this beautifully crafted love story is muchIt s a reminder that love isn t simply for the beautiful And what makes a hero isthan just physical perfection Last Will is the story of two troubled souls who deserve their happily ever after and deserve each other Unsentimental, yet uplifting And recommended for those who enjoy a littlesubstance to their love stories.Steam 2 ARC courtesy of Stairway Press via NetGalley Bernie Raleigh is a failure at nearly everything he touches Nobody notices a loser, and after being kidnapped for ransom as a child, Bernie has spent his adult life trying to avoid being noticed That s impossible now that he s inherited his grandfather s enormous fortune The inheritance comes complete with a mansion, a lot of obligations, and a very problematic housekeeper named Meda Amos Beauty queen, alien abductee, crypto Jew, single mother Meda is all those things, and she may be the only person who can help Bernie survive his new and very public life Last Will is one of the most charming and uplifting book I ve read in recent years last year s Lover s dictionary and 2010 Thera are other similar books I greatly enjoyed while staying very grounded in reality , though of course both main characters Bernie and Meda who alternate first person narration with few interludes from Bernie s aunt who sort of functions as an outside back story pov are quite unlikely themselves, but the skill of the author is such that both just stand out, take Last Will is one of the most charming and uplifting book I ve read in recent years last year s Lover s dictionary and 2010 Thera are other similar books I greatly enjoyed while staying very grounded in reality , though of course both main characters Bernie and Meda who alternate first person narration with few interludes from Bernie s aunt who sort of functions as an outside back story pov are quite unlikely themselves, but the skill of the author is such that both just stand out, take over and made me not able to put this book down once i opened it as well as doing an immediate reread to staywith them.The book itself came out of nowhere for me saw it a few days ago on Net Galley and being in the mood for a change of pace I checked a sample and enjoyed it enough to request it for a review, but I never expected the wonderful engaging experience Last Will provided or the fact that I simply could not put it down once I idly opened it to see where it will fit in my reading plansI plan to have a coherent FBC review withquotes probably for the publication date next week, but a few points the novel shines in the two characters and their interaction but the way the author structured it as generally alternating first person narrations dealing with the same events from Bernie or Meda s perspective works very well and I think it is a key to the book s success the secondary cast of characters especially Meda s family are also very well drawn and the small town feel is authentic and not glossed over in any way a special mention goes to Meda s mom, Muriel whose alien abduction stories are both pathetic but also a way to cope with her not so easy life as Bernie understands the best despite their very different situations, Bernie s abduction as a child and what happened then, all recounted at key parts of the book and essentially defining him, coupled with his parents and most family low regard for him, made him closest psychically with Mureil, while Meda generally tough minded resembles herpractical grandma and aunt who kept the family going the storyline is not particularly complicated, though there are a few surprises here and there, but that is beside the point as Last Will lives in Bernie and Meda the back stories are quite important and the way they are inserted leading to the final piece of the puzzle that explains some of Bernie s stranger peculiarities like his inability to sleep with someone else sleep as in sleep not sex btw, where Bernie is reasonably normal, though of course with some strangeness too fit very well the general structure of the book the blurb isor less accurate but it does not convey the power and richness of the book Bernie, now 30 and moonlighting as an assistant librarian in Kansas city, last male scion of a very rich family, returns to the childhood mansion when his grandfather dies and leaves him his billions, but said childhood mansion was also the place where Bernie was abducted for ransom as a 9 year old at the local schoolprecisely and where the events that shaped him in the retiring and not really able to deal with society man of today took place, in addition to the tragic accidental deaths of his golden boy older brother and father, deaths which his estranged mother somehow blames on him, or maybe not blames directly but you get the ideaLots of peculiarities we slowly discover but Bernie s voice is very compelling and he is fundamentally a good manAt the mansion he meets Meda who is an early 20s year old local exotic looking beauty with facial scars that somehow make her evencompelling the ugly history of those is recounted too from a weird downscale family living in and out trailers, single mother of a 2 3 year old girl, who works as assistant housekeeper for her aunt who is now the domestic help in charge of Bernie s mansion tough minded and knowing that sleeping with your boss is unlikely to lead anywhere but to social opprobrium and heart break, Meda walks a fine line between humoring the immediately struck Bernie and keeping him at a distance, but as her good looks tend to attract the local tough boys, she is slowly attracted by Bernie s goodness and loneliness of course a lot lies between them, from his peculiarities, to both their histories to the social gulfAll in all this is a top 25 novel of mine and one I highly, highly recommend for a great compelling, charming and uplifting novel As promised though a little later than hoped, full FBC Rv done as it is essentially the above butcoherent and with some quotes, I will just include the link When you get to the point where you know the worst thing about someone you love, you know the truth about yourself, words spoken by one of the main characters in Bryn Greenwood s LAST WILL that summarize the novel better than any words I can summon myself Bryn Greenwood writes about the wounds that define us, and the possibilities and limits of recovery, with precision, humor and an unsentimental clarity of vision I can t wait for the next book from this fresh, original voice I don t recall how this book came to my attention Stairway Press is the tiniest of indie publishers and the only unfortunate result of that is a possible lack of publicity Because this is a great novel that falls just enough off the beaten track of current fiction to make it refreshingly unique Bernie Raleigh is a 30 year old man to whom nothing good has ever happened He is the grandson and sole heir of the richest man in Oklahoma City Kidnapped when he was almost 10 by a local psychopath h I don t recall how this book came to my attention Stairway Press is the tiniest of indie publishers and the only unfortunate result of that is a possible lack of publicity Because this is a great novel that falls just enough off the beaten track of current fiction to make it refreshingly unique Bernie Raleigh is a 30 year old man to whom nothing good has ever happened He is the grandson and sole heir of the richest man in Oklahoma City Kidnapped when he was almost 10 by a local psychopath hoping for a large ransom, he was traumatized, psychoanalyzed to no avail, rejected by his mother, and grew up to be a useless failure He finally found a job he liked as a librarian and had been hiding away in Kansas City Then his grandfather dies and Bernie finds himself back in the Raleigh mansion, the loneliest and most confused billionaire in the world.Meda Amos is a direct descendant of two Russian immigrant sisters who were forced to turn to prostitution when their parents died of influenza in the 1800s Teenagers in a frontier town, without relatives or friends, they had no other resources Meda is blessed and cursed with great beauty, making her a magnet to men but also a victim She is raising a daughter, working as a maid at the mansion, living with her aging grandmother and trying to look out for her alcoholic mom, who believes in UFOs and alien abduction.Last Will is an almost perfect summer read, because it is a romance set in the freezing cold Oklahoma winter With exquisite wry tenderness, Bryn Greenwood has written a modern Cinderella tale in three first person voices Bernie, Meda, and Aunt Ginny, who is Bernie s aunt but is really his guardian angel fairy godmother As soon as I turned the last page, I wanted to go to the beginning and read it all over again I suspect I may reread this captivating story many times in the years to come.It took Ms Greenwood a decade to get her first novel published Only the mysterious ways of publishing can explain such a thing She makes you love her characters, introducing them so smoothly I felt I already knew them and would never forget them The back stories of Bernie and Meda are revealed in bits but so expertly, giving out details only as needed to further the plot.Because of his past, Bernie s depression and wish to be anonymous combine with the unconscious assurance of the rich, making him an unpredictable mix of hapless kindness and hopeless estrangement from others Because of her past, Meda is tough, wise beyond her years, but oh so conflicted about the attentions of this young man with all that money Watching them grope towards understanding as they help each other heal is maddening but irresistible Last Will may not be great literature but it is consummate storytelling In another era, it may have been great literature in the tradition of Charles Dickens, Alexander Dumas, George Eliot, or Jane Austen This is a deeply engaging tale of love, money, tragedy, and society with a healthy dose of humor and a healthy respect for humanity So curl up with the A C on or by the pool and lose yourself in a good read Fairly enjoyable book Was looking at this author s older works when I picked this up A lot of hype regarding her newest book I ll be interested to see if her writing is similar This book wasn t fleshed out like it should have been Left me with many questions that just weren t explained in the book The writing itself was good, so that leaves me with optimism It s a love story, about two imperfect people aren t we all which makes it heartwarming and true to life Her characters are real Fairly enjoyable book Was looking at this author s older works when I picked this up A lot of hype regarding her newest book I ll be interested to see if her writing is similar This book wasn t fleshed out like it should have been Left me with many questions that just weren t explained in the book The writing itself was good, so that leaves me with optimism It s a love story, about two imperfect people aren t we all which makes it heartwarming and true to life Her characters are real people These type of characters are my favourite 3.5 StarsWhat a cunt, Ray said, louder, emboldened by his friends laughter Meda didn t pause and my gut churned to hear him reduce her to the thing he d done to her The truth is that every fistfight I ever had, most of them with Robby, ended with me getting the worst of it I was not prepared to take on five guys I wasn t afraid It s not like my nose was ever going to be straight again, but it seemed futile I think even by the kindest of standards I was something of a weakling, but I3.5 StarsWhat a cunt, Ray said, louder, emboldened by his friends laughter Meda didn t pause and my gut churned to hear him reduce her to the thing he d done to her The truth is that every fistfight I ever had, most of them with Robby, ended with me getting the worst of it I was not prepared to take on five guys I wasn t afraid It s not like my nose was ever going to be straight again, but it seemed futile I think even by the kindest of standards I was something of a weakling, but I had only one chance to do the right thing Then it occurred to me I didn t have to take on five guys Ray Brueggeman was so intent on Meda s retreating back that he didn t even notice me As a child Bernie was kidnapped and held for ransom His parents refused to pay the ransom and before being rescued he was beaten, tortured and finally shot and left for dead Now as an adult he has inherited a vast fortune, but he is still mentally fragile Mr Darryl produced medical records detailing his clients broken jaw and teeth, and with a flourish, several Polaroid pictures of a swollen and blackened Ray Brueggeman In one photo, he grimaced, showing the metal scaffolding that held his jaw together I couldn t stop myself from smiling and Alex admonished me with a look As a young adult Meda was raped The boys who attacked her had connections and were not punished She has been used by men all her life, and the last thing she needs is someone like Bernie using the power he has over her to manipulate herThe supposed merits of your case aside, let me tell you what s going to happen if you proceed with this Unless you drop your suit, my client has instructed me to pursue any and all legal recourse on behalf of Meda Amos against My Brueggeman for his 1988 assault on Miss AmosLast Will is a quirky romance about two very damaged people who find a sense of belonging in each others arms Both have some serious baggage, Bernie s many traumas manifest themselves in the bedroom Meda can t commit to a man who she loves and who loves her because of her family history I can t really fault the book in any way but it never really grabbed me While I was reading it I was enjoying reading it, but I could put it down for a few days without feeling any compulsion to finish it It has quite an interesting narrative style, first person but from three separate perspectives Bernie, Meda, Aunt Ginnie It s not a page turner, but there are some good things going on thereI ll make you an offer, I said Both lawyers turned and looked at me You can recoup the cost of some of your wasted time I ll give you 100 for that picture I indicated the uppermost Polaroid on the stack of pictures he had laid out. Last Will


About the Author: Bryn Greenwood

BRYN GREENWOOD is a fourth generation Kansan and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer She is the NYT bestselling author of The Reckless Oath We Made, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Lie Lay Lain, and Last Will She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.


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