"Like all beings, I will eventually add my energy and matter and light to the fabric of the universe, a single strand in its amazing tapestry. But before then, I will find her, I must find her, and I will love her. I must love her.
She will be my lover, my friend, my mother, my sister, my everything, and I will never want for love again. If it’s but a singular moment in time, that will be enough. One touch, one kiss, one glance to fill my soul and slake my thirst for all eternity."
An old woman with a dark secret hatches a plot to bring two people together for her own mysterious reasons. They were meant to meet, but it was never part of the plan for them to fall in love. Life seldom follows a predictable path. However, rarely does it veer so violently off track, crashing through the boundaries of all convention and entering the unexplored territory that lies beyond the realm of normalcy. Compelled by irresistible inner forces, the two lovers experience passion and share a bond as unbreakable as a Gordian knot, until a series of shocking revelations shatter everything they hold dear.
The Last Encore explores the complexity of the human psyche on both physical and spiritual levels, and glorifies the powerful driving force of Love, capable of overcoming all, even the unthinkable...
I received a copy through NetGalley for an honest review.
The Last Encore is beautifully composed story that reads as if it were a lyrical version of a concerto that had me wanting to get to the end of the book to find out how everything works out for Katherine, and how all the characters we meet fit into her story, and yet didn't want to finish it because the journey was so well crafted.
Each character in this story was written beautifully and with such depth that I felt a connection with all of them, even the most hardened and standoffish of the lot. Katherine is the focus of the story, and she is a beautiful, talented and gracious woman who has known much tragedy in her life, but has not allowed herself to be beaten by it. Instead she pulls herself up and fights on. Lily and Hans are both weighed down by secrets of the past, secrets that should they come to light could destroy, not only the ones they keep them from, but themselves in the process. Daniel, a young artist whose life would have been steeped in darkness if not for his step father Hans, has been chasing a dream for much of his life and when an out of the blue offer comes his way, he finds that the dream may be a reality.
This story is chock full of tragedy, some brought upon by the characters themselves, some wrought by others, and there were times when it was overwhelming in the despair it left in it’s wake, but there was always the promise of hope, of finding something better, of finding love, and it was that promise, as well as finding out everyone’s secrets and how they all connect that kept me turning the page until the end.