Review: Our Last Goodbye

Our Last Goodbye


A heart-wrenching, poignant and totally unforgettable tale of a young woman who must finally face up to the secret she has hidden for a lifetime. A beautiful World War Two novel for fans of Wives of War, Lisa Wingate and Diney Costeloe, that will have you reaching for the Kleenex.

1943, England: On a foggy night during the blackout, twenty-five-year-old May Robinson watches in horror as her mother, Ivy, is tragically killed. Heartbroken, May is not sure she has the strength to harbour the secret she has kept for so many years – a secret that her mother devoted her life to hiding, and that would tear their broken family even further apart.

Vowing to make her mother proud, May trains to be a nurse at the local hospital, against a backdrop of wailing air-raid sirens and the eternal drone of enemy planes. Tending to wounded, ashen-faced soldiers and fighting to save lives, May encounters Richard Bentley, who works at the hospital. But why isn’t he fighting in the war like thousands of other brave young men?

In the darkest of days, amongst death and despair, May and Richard are beacons of hope for one another. But in a perilous time of such uncertainty, and as each longs to escape their past, how well do they really know each other? And when the shocking truth of May’s secret comes to light, can their love survive the impossible?

Rating: 5-stars


Our Last Goodbye by Shirley Dickson is an emotional tug of war. It takes me back to world war two. A dangerous and unpredictable time. Tensions are running high. Love is torn and broken. Families are separated. So much is happening in this time period. I felt like I was there experiencing it all just like the protagonists. Shirley Dickson writes well. Her characters pop off the pages. They drag me deeper into their emotional turmoil of a life. All hell has broken loose. Secrets are hidden but time will only tell what will happen once they leak. Lives will be changed. This is my first novel I have read by Shirley Dickson. It is very entertaining and addictive. A powerful tale of woe, hope, and new beginnings. Overall, I look forward to reading more by this writer.

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