Last Things

Fiction - Womens
324 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2016
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Author Biography

Betta Ferrendelli is the author of two contemporary women's fiction: Last Things and An Invincible Summer. She is also author of the award-winning Samantha Church Mystery Series, featuring The Friday Edition, Revenge is Sweet, Dead Wrong and Cold Case No. 99-5219. The Friday Edition was was named one of the best books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews; won the Readers' Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Award in the Fiction, Mystery, Sleuth category and best mystery in the 9th annual National Indie Excellence Awards for 2015.
Last Things was named a 2017 Readers' Favorite Finalist in the Fiction, Drama category and earned a 2018 Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention in the Fiction Audiobook category.
Betta has also been an award-winning journalist since 1989, having worked at newspapers in Denver, Seattle and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite

Meet Bridgette Connor. When luck is being issued, she must feel as if she is the last person in line receiving the good stuff. As her life plummets from bad to worse, she throws up her hands in total despair, and runs. Her heart is broken. Her dreams are shattered. She cannot take any more. Driving along a strange road, her life takes a further battering when her car rolls into a ditch. This moment is a pivotal one. After dragging herself from the wreckage of her car, she painfully makes her way to the only business showing lights in the small town. Despite the place being closed, the owner, Alexis Parker, opens up and so begins a whole new chapter in Bridgette’s life. She experiences not only a place of rest, but also a soul renewal, love, and family. A flicker of hope is kindled in her broken spirit into a glorious fire of realization that everything she has run away from can be healed right in this small town, if she is willing to stay.

Last Things by Betta Ferrendelli is a truly engrossing book. Once in a while you read a book that captivates your imagination, and your heart. This is one of those treasures. It is so engaging that I could not put it down. The characters are so real you can almost feel them beside you. Bridgette receives far more than she can give. Her pregnancy and her broken relationship become shadows of the past as she contemplates, and shares in, a life beyond her wildest dreams. A five star read, because it deserves it. The formatting, story and characters are superb. Wonderful story.

Alyssa Elmore

Last Things by Betta Ferrendelli is a dramatic look into the life of a successful young woman with a past. Bridgette Conner's life is going well. She and her fiancé are both very successful reporters, they will be getting married on New Year and they have a baby on the way. Bridgette has everything that she wants. Until her life suddenly falls apart. On her most recent visit to the doctor, she is told that her baby will most likely be born with Down's Syndrome. Although it is heartbreaking news, Bridgette knows that with the love of her fiancé, Elliot, she can face anything. Only, Elliot doesn't react to the baby's diagnosis the way she expected. He wants her to abort the little life growing inside her. After arguments and tears, Bridgette finally acquiesces with the understanding that Elliot will be with her through the last step. When Elliot abandons her during the abortion, Bridgette decides to leave him.

As she deals with her family drama, it affects her work life. Bridgette suddenly finds herself without love, without a job, and horribly scarred from recent traumas. With only an estranged father and an elderly grandmother for family, Bridgette realizes that she is free to do as she wants. Devastated and lost, Bridgette decides that she just needs some time away from all that is familiar to figure things out. When she gets caught in a turbulent storm and she loses control of her car, her life takes another turn. In the middle of small-town USA, Bridgette is given another chance at life and a very special kind of love.

Last Things by Betta Ferrendelli is a beautifully written if not heartbreaking story of the prejudices associated with people with disabilities. I was very impressed with the author's attention to details, and the way she crafted her story. Last Things is a beautiful story of love, hope, and learning how to release the painful mistakes made in the past so that they could move into a beautiful new life. I loved the support system the women created so that they could do what they knew was right for the special child in their lives. This story was heartrending but so beautiful! I would recommend this book to readers that like dramas, women's fiction, and enjoy seeing characters grow.

Melissa Tanaka

Last Things by Betta Ferrendelli is the story of a young journalist named Bridgette Connor. When the guilt and stress of her personal and professional life becomes too much for her, Bridgette resigns from her job and leaves her fiancé to start anew, but she crashes her car while driving through a storm. Salvation appears in the form of Alexis Parker, the owner of the Sunrise Diner, who offers Bridgette a place to stay, as well as hope for the future in the form of friendship and love.

I simply cannot say enough good things about this book. Both wonderfully engaging and well written, Betta Ferrendelli’s Last Things should be at the top of your wish list this holiday season! Ferrendelli is a master when it comes to world building, recreating the small town atmosphere of Windsor, Kentucky within the pages of this novel, and filling it with a cast of characters both relatable and understandable. She powerfully conveys Bridgette’s inner struggle with the guilt she feels over the impact of her article and going through with the abortion.

As you read you cannot help but find yourself rooting for Bridgette, wanting her to live and thrive as if she were a friend of yours. In addition, Alexis acts as a perfect foil for Bridgette, offering her guiding advice that helps her find her way and move on, with Bridgette doing the same for Alexis in her own way. A brilliant story that revolves around the ups and downs of life, Last Things tugs at the heartstrings and reminds us all of the resilience and strength of human nature. A wonderfully moving story with a rollercoaster ride of emotions that brought me to tears at some points.