Book Review: The Last Hour by Charles Sheehan-Miles

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Title: The Last Hour (Thompson Sisters)

Author:  Charles Sheehan-Miles

Release date: April 19, 2013

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Contemporary

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The Last HourThe Last Hour
A Thompson Sisters Novel
Charles Sheehan-Miles
Cincinnatus Press, May 2013
ISBN 978-0988273672
Hardcover
Also available in trade paperback

From the author—

Twenty-seven year old Carrie Thompson-Sherman has the life she always wanted: her PhD, a prestigious fellowship, and an amazing husband.

Her life begins to unravel as a jealous colleague puts her fellowship in jeopardy and a haunting secret Ray Sherman carried home from Afghanistan comes to light.

Hounded by a federal investigation and the ensuing media feeding frenzy, Carrie and Ray desperately lean on each other, until a disastrous accident puts both Ray and her sister’s lives at risk.

In the last hour, Carrie and Ray will each find themselves faced with a choice.

A choice that will change everything.

My usual reading tastes don’t include romance, not because I think there’s anything the least bit wrong with the genre but because it’s just not what I’m particularly interested in. Having said that, I have to confess that I can be moved to sniffles, if not actual tears, by a good love story. To me, there’s a difference between a romance and a love story and I’m not sure I can adequately explain myself. I suppose the best way I can put it is that I think a well-written love story has a depth, a sense of commitment between the characters that I don’t really feel in much of the romance field. There’s a certain…shallowness, for lack of a better word…in that genre for me. I DON’T mean to disparage it in any way, just trying to explain myself.

At any rate, The Last Hour pretty much blew my socks off. Mr. Sheehan-Miles grabbed my emotions from the beginning and ripped them left and right, never letting go till the very last word. In fact, the interweaving of the past and present makes everything much more poignant and immediate even though we have to cope with the frequent change of time. The Last Hour is also something of a ghost story although not in the usual sense. Having the core story revolve around a married couple is an extra attraction for me, a validation that love is not only for the young and unattached, while we also get to experience with Carrie and Ray the truths of their time together.

If you can’t handle the inevitable tears that will come, don’t read this book. If you want to spend some time with a lyrical tale of love and tragedy, pick this up as soon as you can. I have not read the earlier books in the Thompson Sisters series but I’ll be fixing that oversight as soon as I can.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, May 2013.

About the Author

Charles Sheehan-MilesCharles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America’s Future.

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