Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Last Hour by Charles Sheehan-Miles Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway!!

Title: The Last Hour (Thompson Sisters)
 Author:  Charles Sheehan-Miles
 Release date: April 19, 2013
 Age Group: Adult
 Genre: Contemporary
 Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

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.

Lesley's Review

I am sitting here, in front of the computer with tears running down my face. This book has touched me to my soul. I thought I’ve read some pretty deep and heart-wrenching stories, I was proved wrong. Mr. Sheehan-Miles pulled this one out of the depth of his soul and wrecked me. Even though this story had me bawling my eyes out, it’s one of the BEST books I have EVER read. This was written so brilliantly, the story gripping and haunting.  I seriously have one of the worst book hangovers EVER.I’m glad I made the choice to read this book. Because after all, it all comes down to the choices we make. 

Mr. Sheehan-Miles doesn’t waste time getting to the “ugly” in the story. Right away you are sucked into the lives of these wonderful people. Ray and Carrie and her two sisters Jessica and Sarah are in a horrible accident. The accident is so well written you are immediately emotionally invested. With the trauma at hand, we are taken back to the past and brought forward with the time frames intermittently changing. So, as Carrie deals with the unknown and devastatingly horrible choices that face her, we go back in time to learn of a relationship tempered in trials and nurtured by love. We fall in love with two individuals fighting for what’s right and true.

 Ray Sherman is an Army veteran, returning home after being honorably discharged from Active duty service. He’s had it rough this past tour. You can tell he is haunted, tormented by the tragedies he has witnessed.He is keeping a secret but he made a choice to share, to right the wrong that occurred. He meets up with his best friend Dylan, a former member of his fire team, in New York and his life starts to look up.
Carrie Thompson is a graduate student working on her PhD. A real no shit, scientist. She has worked hard and has a promising career ahead of her. She had lead a fairly charmed life, acting as mother to her many sisters. An independent woman to a fault. However, unbeknownst to her, jealous people threaten to take her hard worked for achievements away from her.

Carrie and Ray are introduced through Dylan and Alex, his best friend and her sister. The two immediately hit it off becoming instant friends and stay in almost constant contact. Their love grows and blooms. They learn to lean on each other working through the problems that flood their lives. Carrie finds someone who takes care of her and Ray learns that he wants to be there and take care of Carrie, to protect her. They make the ultimate commitment to each other, becoming man and wife.

 “Ray had turned my life upside down, and made it mean more than I’d ever imagined. In the last nine months, I’d experienced both the highest and the lowest points of my life…..”
That feeling that I could touch the sky? That’s exactly how you make me feel.”

Ray made the choice to release his secret, Carrie made the choice to ignore drama. Choices have consequences, whether good or bad.  Often causing a domino effect, and we don’t always know where they fall. Carrie is left on her own to deal with everything, just as she thought she found her everything, the love of her life.  But Ray hasn’t left her yet, he’s haunting.Ultimately, you see how wonderful a person Ray is and the lengths he would go through to help people and love Carrie.  He is not a selfish man and in the end, it all comes back to choices. It comes back to the fact that life doesn’t always work out for those of us who follow the rules or make the correct choices. Choices are many and decisions are hard. We don’t always have the pretty package with the bow on top ….sometimes it’s shredded and battered.

“I don’t have home without him…...I won’t give up on him. Do you hear me, Doctor? Don’t you give up on him!”

This story is going to haunt me. I’m still sniffling as I close out this review. (Which does not do justice to this book) I wanted to curse out Mr. Sheehan-Miles. I wanted to crawl in that book and make it all better, to fix the wrongs and give them the happy ending they so deserved. But that’s the beauty of this story isn’t it. It’s real. It’s life. Not everyone’s story is a Fairy tale. I love everything about this story. I will cherish this story and keep it in a special place.  This is genius writing at it finest. I would give this book 10 stars if I could but 5 STARS it is.  I leave with the final haunting words…..
 “I love you, Carrie

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About the Author
Charles 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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  1. I'm almost afraid to read it! Great review.

  2. LOVED A Song for Julia so I am sure I will LOVE this one too

  3. Great Review! Good to know I'll need the tissues.

  4. Added to my TBR...hope to win so I can read it!

  5. Sounds like one of those books I'm going to read & have my two teenage boys& husband looking at me like I'm crazy for getting so emotional over a book I'm reading!

  6. I've loved this series so far! I just started The Last Hour.