Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Book Review: The Last Dance

By Sara Steven

Ambri and Henry have been best friends forever. They've been through the highs and lows of life with each other by their sides. The worst? When Henry's wife, and Ambri's sister, died. Together, they can face it all. Until one night destroys everything.

Two years after he stepped out of it Henry walks back into Ambri's life and she's more than a little shocked. But as old friends fall into even older habits they need to decide whether they can forget the past and embrace their future. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

The Last Dance is an intricately complicated love story, the kind that sinks in and has you questioning your own choices, if put into a similar circumstance. In choosing love, what is right and wrong? And, to what limits? I couldn’t help but feel for Ambri and Henry, yet I understood the seriousness in the relationship forged between Henry and Ambri’s sister, too. A deep delicate balance, where the lines are blurred and the answers aren’t clear cut and well defined.

Ambri and Henry were so well written, I felt the hurt and the tension, the deep-seeded wounds that both have to recover from. Even with time, there are a lot of issues that need to be dealt with, and both have tried hard to sweep everything under the rug and carry on, unsuccessfully. The flaws for both characters are realistic and human, adding to the depth of the story. I also appreciated the friendships, the secondary characters who act as windows into learning more about Ambri’s and Henry’s motivations. Having been in situations where I’ve retained friendships with estranged relationships, I could understand where Ben and Claire were coming from, the go-betweens who are only trying to do right by everyone involved. They were a wonderful support system and added to Ambri and Henry’s story.

As much as I loved the characters and the deep story line, what I loved most about The Last Dance were the emotional elements; moments that had me teary-eyed, even when I didn’t want to be. It sort of snuck up on me, leaving me in wonderment. But, it was hard not to feel that way, given how close I felt to Ambri, and to the relationship she has with her sister, and Henry. Even in the darkest times, there were glimmers of hope. I knew that, no matter what the outcome, Ambri and Henry were going to be all right. In the unraveling, we learn more about who Ambri and Henry really are, and more importantly, who they are together, and what works, and what doesn’t.

Thanks to Aimee Brown for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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