Pam Jenoff : The Last Embrace
Back Blurb :
A World Torn Apart By War. . .
August 1940; Sixteen year old Addie flee’s fascist Italy to live with her aunt and uncle in Atlantic City, where she find’s friendship with the Connally family and their three son’s. Spending an idyllic summer with the eldest, Charlie, show’s Addie the love she has always been missing. . .
A Family Destroyed. . .
But war changes everything. When one brother’s action’s lead to the tragic death of another, the Connally family is devastated and Addie along with them. Now she has no choice but to escape again, this time rebuilding her life in war-torn London. . .
But when Charlie reappear’s in her life, Addie discover’s the past is impossible to out run.
My View :
I do hate to say this, but The last Embrace isn’t the strongest of Pam Jenoff’s work, which is a shame because I do love Pam Jenoff she is an incredible writer, she easily transport’s you from your armchair to WW2 with out any effort but I found this one lacking with that certain Jenoff magic touch. It is a lovely story, highly emotional and atmospheric as it is with all her work but this one I am afraid doesn’t live up to the Brilliance that was The Kommandant’s Girl; which is the best War/Resistance Romance I have read.
I just found it was lacking something, the lead character Addie wasn’t as strong as I would have liked her to be and I was more drawn to the secondary character’s especially Liam who didn’t have the time and mention that he should have. I know that this is all shown through Addie’s eye’s; but I do think that by not having character’s such as the scarred and vulnerable Liam Connally take a greater part in the story doe’s weaken it, because as lovely and independent as Addie is she isn’t enough to carry such an emotional and important story.
There was some really lovely moment’s though and the relationship’s were as always flawless but this time it wasn’t enough and I did find that the best part of the book was at the end when we finally got to see Liam trying to mend and get on with his life after what happened. But saying that it’s not the strongest of Jenoff’s work I would still like a sequel to it just to see how Liam and Addie get on with their life together, to see if Liam can ever truly heal completely.
I do urge people to go out and read it and make your own mind up about it; it’s not the usual war story what you would come to expect from Pam Jenoff, mainly because it’s focused on the American home front instead of the actual war and the Resistance and everything we have come to love from her. Maybe that’s what let’s it down. All in all in OK, sweet at time’s but not great.