Last Child: A Review

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About Last Child (from Amazon):

LAST CHILD is the sequel to Kings and Queens, Terry Tyler’s modern take on the story of Henry VIII and his six wives.

Harry Lanchester is gone, his legacy passed on to his children:
Thirteen year old JASPER, who views the directors of Lanchester Estates as Harry Potter characters, and finds out that teenage love affairs are no fairytale.

ISABELLA, the eldest daughter; lonely and looking for love, she returns from a holiday in Spain with more than just a suntan.

Impulsive, independent ERIN, the girl of Transport manager Rob Dudley’s dreams, whose priority is not a husband and family, but the continuation of her father’s work.

You will also meet the ambitious Jim Dudley, ex-nanny Hannah Cleveley, Rob’s long suffering wife Amy, and Raine Grey, whose nine days as PR manager for Lanchester Estates have a devastating effect on her life.

LAST CHILD takes the drama, passion and intrigue of Kings and Queens into the present day, with echoes from the past ~ and a glimpse or two into the future…

About Terry Tyler (from Amazon):

Terry lives in the north of England with her husband, and has published nine books on Amazon. Readers say she has created her own genre, which lies somewhere in the area of contemporary drama and romantic suspense, with the occasional bit of rock fiction thrown in.

A light, summer novella, ‘Round and Round’ is her latest release; ‘Kings and Queens’ is her latest of seven full length novels, and is a modern day re-telling of the story of Henry VIII and his six wives. A sequel is in progress.

When she is not writing, she practices housework avoidance, advanced Twittering, and worship at the altars of Jack Bauer, Tyrion Lannister, Deacon Claybourne and the macho blond one in ‘Vikings’.

Terry has a blog on which she writes about anything she feels like, and also writes for the UK Arts Directory on a weekly basis about self-publishing. Both blogs are widely read.

You can connect with her on her blog and Twitter.

My Review:

I give Last Child by Terry Tyler 4 out of 5 stars.

Although I’m giving Last Child the same rating as its prequel, Kings and Queens, I think I enjoyed this installment a little bit more.

I thoroughly enjoyed the various points of view.  While Kings and Queens felt a bit like a collection of short stories with Will Brandon’s narration bridging them, Last Child felt more fluid as it shifted from character to character. Additionally, where Kings and Queens stuck with history (as much as a modern reimagining can), Last Child had these departures that made the story that much more compelling.

Hannah was my favorite character from Kings and Queens, so I was overjoyed to see her in the role of narrator for this book. I thought Raine, Isabella, and Amy were fantastic characters, but I adored Erin – a woman after my own heart right there, not to mention she was a refreshing change from the “woman scorned” characters that preceded her.

I thought the story got off to a bit of a slow start with Jasper, though I thought he was compelling enough, if a little mature for his age. But once I got into it, there was no slowing down. I was eager to walk with the women of Lanchester Estates and watch their stories unfold.

I seriously hope these books become a television series!

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  1. Oh, many, many thanks, Lyddie – what a lovely surprise! It’s so interesting to see which characters people like the best, everyone is different. THANK YOU!

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