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text 2015-09-30 00:25
Not what I was thinking.....
The Last September - Nina de Gramont

I was sure this would be a literary thriller, and I was looking forward to it, especially since I received an unexpected ARC from a librarything.com giveaway. However, this book ended up being a disappointment for me, although it was a decent enough read. I finished it over the course of a single day, and it kept me entertained to the end. There were a lot of characters I just hated for the entire book, mostly for their selfishness, but that part didn't bother me about the book. At the end I could see it was an entire story about selfish people, and how they end up being burned by themselves, and each other. I didn't mind reading about these creeps, since I could see they deserved each other, but the story didn't really focus on a crime, or a mystery, like I thought it would. It focused on the evolution of a friendship between Eli, and Brett, who meet in college. Eventually, it moves most of the narration to focus on Brett's increasing interest, and eventual marriage to Charlie, Eli's brother. All this is just fine, but it was not what I expected from the jacket's description. While it was a lovely portrait of a marriage that is only as strong as the pretenses it was made on, I got a little tired of reading about Brett's weird possession of Charlie. Like Catherine in Wuthering Heights, it was a lot of "Oh, I hate that I love him! Send him away! No bring him back! I can't live without him! No, let me try! Oh, what can I do!" Except all the dramatics are narrated in a quiet, steady, somewhat obnoxious tone, which after awhile starts to get on the nerves, especially as Brett becomes more and more entitled as the book goes on. (Why shouldn't her ex-fiance's uncle open up his multi-million dollar beach house to accommodate her, and her daughter by another man?) While it was an OK read, I don't know that I will be recommending this to anyone.

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review 2015-09-20 19:24
The Last September
The Last September - Nina de Gramont

Brett, Eli, Charlie, and Ladd....all connected and all a part of each other's ​lives and decisions.

THE LAST SEPTEMBER starts out in present day and heads back to the ​past when all four friends met and events began to unfold.​

Brett was the main character.  We find out about her involvement in all three of the men's lives ​both ​past and present.  The murder of Charlie​, ​how Charlie affected many lives, and the mental illness of his brother​ ​are ​the main focus​.​

The background of each character and their lives is marvelously detailed by Ms. De Gramont, and has you wondering if one of them murdered Charlie for personal reasons since Charlie hurt each one of them in some way.

THE LAST SEPTEMBER is a deep​, emotional​ read about decisions made, promises made, promises broken​, mental illness, and love​​.​

​Ms. De Gramont has an exquisite writing style​ ​that has the reader sharing every emotion the characters are experiencing.

THE LAST SEPTEMBER is not an uplifting book, but one that is gripping simply because of the way Ms. De Gramont tells the story.  It is a mystery about life as well as a mystery about finding the person who murdered Charlie.

THE LAST SEPTEMBER pulls the reader in because of how deeply involved and connected Ms. De Gramont has you become with each character.

THE LAST SEPTEMBER is a book that needs to be savored and ​one that you will think about even after the last page is turned because it won't easily leave you.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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text 2015-08-28 19:05
Lukewarm, at best
The Last September - Nina de Gramont
 

 

There will be no spoilers here, although if you end up reading this, the ending might be become obvious to you.  (It wasn't to me, but I didn't have enough interest in the book to be looking for clues.

 

I was sure this would be a literary thriller, and I was looking forward to it, especially since I received an unexpected ARC from a librarything.com giveaway. However, this book ended up being a disappointment for me, although it was a decent enough read. I finished it over the course of a single day, and it kept me entertained to the end. There were a lot of characters I just hated for the entire book, mostly for their selfishness, but that part didn't bother me. At the end I could see it was an entire story about selfish people, and how they end up being burned by themselves, and each other. I didn't mind reading about these creeps, since I could see they deserved each other, but the story didn't really focus on a crime, or a mystery, like I thought it would. It focused on the evolution of a friendship between Eli, and Brett, who meet in college. Eventually, it moves most of the narration to focus on Brett's increasing interest, and eventual marriage to Charlie, Eli's brother. All this is just fine, but it was not what I expected from the jacket's description. While it was a lovely portrait of a marriage that is only as strong as the pretenses it was made on, I got a little tired of reading about Brett's weird possession of Charlie. Like Catherine in Wuthering Heights, it was a lot of "Oh, I hate that I love him! Send him away! No bring him back! I can't live without him! No, let me try! Oh, what can I do!" Except all these dramatics are narrated in a quiet, steady, somewhat obnoxious tone, which after awhile starts to get on the nerves, especially as Brett becomes more and more entitled as the book goes on. (Why shouldn't her ex-fiance's uncle open up his multi-million dollar beach house to accommodate her, and her daughter by another man?) While it was an OK read, I don't know that I will be recommending this to anyone.  It's too dull to be a thriller, and not deep enough to be literary.

 

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review 2015-08-25 11:03
The Last September - Nina de Gramont

4 stars  #TheLastSeptember @Ninadegramont  @Algonquinbooks
This is the story of three boys who pretty much grew up together. They all spent their summers together on the East Coast. Two of them are brothers. And they were all at one time or another involved with Brett. Hmmmm. Just saying stating the facts. The one was a best friend in college. One she was engaged to be married to. One she met at a frat party and years later met again on the day of her engagement announcement and ended up leaving her fiance that day to marry this guy years later.

Now years later (she still keeps in touch with all of them) their daughter is 15 months old and her husband is murdered. The main suspect is his brother who has been diagnosed with a schizophrenia disorder. They finally find him, but they determine he's not the culprit. Is Brett the culprit after all?

This was definitely one that really keep you thinking and wondering. You assume during the whole thing that it's the brother. But other evil forces are at work here although everything points to Eli. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. I think some of the guys that Brett latches onto are weirdos, but to each their own.

I would like to thank Algonquin Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I found it very entertaining and very enjoyable.

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review 2015-07-07 19:50
Beautifully told story about a tragic love
The Last September - Nina de Gramont

When I read the blurb on this book, I thought it might be a sappy, romantic novel and I wasn’t sure I should give it a try.  But something about it said “read me” and I’m glad I did.  The writing is excellent, the characters are well developed, the setting is beautifully described and I completely fell under its spell.

 

The love story is an intense and tragic one and the characters are human and flawed.  This author has a keen sense of human nature and a knack for realistically portraying her characters’ feelings.  It’s a quietly told story.  I loved the references to Emily Dickinson and Yeats scattered throughout the book.   Brett, the main character, says of her loved one in trying to make her mother understand her feelings that “He’s my Maud Gonne”, which said it all.   One of the characters, Eli, has a mental illness and I thought the author did an excellent job of showing the change in this young man and the effects of the illness on his family and friends and the fears that developed.

 

All in all, this was a beautifully told story that I enjoyed spending time with and didn’t want to let go of at the end.

 

I won this book in a LibraryThing Member Giveaway and am under no obligation to give a review but was asked by the publisher for an honest review, which I have given.

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