Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce

Posted July 7, 2017 by meezcarrie in Brandy Bruce, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 26 Comments

about the book

For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for this unique gang of seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with a host of changes for everyone.

When Sara’s longtime crush and closest friend, Luke, begins seriously dating another girl in the group, she’s forced into a situation of dealing with hurt and jealousy, while outwardly trying to support her friends.

Throw an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina into the mix, as well as an old flame, and Sara’s life gets even more complicated.

As time unfolds, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change can do to close friends.

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Bling! Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2017
PAGES: 236

“Love is the undoing of all of us.”

This book, y’all. It undid me.

It took me back to my circle of friends from my 20s, to the ups and downs and everything-in-betweens. These characters are so real to me. I could easily identify with them, despite how long it’s been since I was their age, and Sara and Luke in particular hit me in all the feels.

I’m not afraid to admit that I cried. More than once, actually, as Sara’s – and Luke’s – pain reminded me of my own relationship journey. But I smiled A LOT too and even chuckled on a few occasions. Brandy Bruce’s writing style and subsequently Sara’s narrative voice are full of personality and charm. You will fall in love with Sara and Luke – and Lily, Sam, Jason, Addison and even Everett. Debra…. well… I’m sure she has lovely qualities too – and you’re free to love her lol – but I just gritted my teeth whenever she showed up on the page 😉

But, lest you think The Last Summer is all about a bunch of twenty-somethings who gallivant around at the lake all summer with love triangle angst, I can assure you there is so much more to this compelling novel. It’s about true friendship. Trusting God. Praising Him when everything else falls apart. And extending grace – the grace God has given to us – to others and ourselves. It’s an acknowledgement that “All of our love stories have imperfect chapters” and a reminder that “God can fix broken things. He uses broken people for His glory.”

Bottom Line: The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce is the perfect choice to pack on your summer vacation. Characters who are flawed just like we are, an engaging narrator/heroine who becomes your new friend, an emotional journey that hits us in all the feels, and a touching reminder to praise God in the good and the bad.  This is not a story – or its characters – that I will be forgetting anytime soon. Charming, real, and completely compelling, make sure this one is on your must-read list!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / LOVE it!

KissingBook Level: 4 / Keep those fans and fainting couches handy, especially toward the end!

Brandy Bruce is a mother, a wife, a book editor, an author, and someone who seriously loves dessert. Originally from Texas, she now makes her home in Colorado with her husband and three children. She’s the author of Looks Like Love, The Romano Family Collection, and The Last Summer.

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As part of the The Last Summer blog tour, Brandy Bruce is giving away this great SUMMER PRIZE PACK to one winner! (US addresses only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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Tour Schedule

July 3 – Reading Is My SuperPower (kickoff)
July 4 – A Baker’s Perspective
July 5 – Christian Bookaholic
July 6 – Melony Teague
July 7 – Reading Is My SuperPower (review)
July 8 – Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
July 9 – Fiction Aficionado
July 10 – Northern Belle

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26 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce

  1. Kim

    Ah Carrie, I will never catch up on my reading! Just bought this one after reading your review. Sounds really good.

  2. Thank you for this beautiful review, Carrie! It makes my heart happy to know you enjoyed the story!!! These characters are like family to me at this point.

  3. Jeanne

    I’m not typically drawn to books about modern day romances, but your review was so heartfelt (and I DO trust your opinions), I will have to put this one on my TBR list.

    • Carrie

      this is one is so much more than a romance. I mean… the romance is stellar and heartwrenching and swoony. lol. But the themes of trusting God through some tough situations is very sweetly done.

  4. This book sounds wonderful. I love a book that allows me to get caught up with the characters. And like you said, we all have had our share of heartbreak along the way. Thanks for the great review.

  5. Marilyn

    This book sounds so exciting and interesting. A good book to crawl in bed with on a rainy or cold night.

  6. Winnie Thomas

    Wonderful review, Carrie! I can always count on you to feed my book addiction!

  7. Katie Andersen

    I saw Melissa Tagg plug this book, so I’ve been wondering about it and then you say it undid you…it sounds like a must read! I love when books make me feel so much that I laugh and cry!

  8. Sharon Extine

    Liked the review. Sounds like a good book to read. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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