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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Campaign and No Rules of Engagement...

Pamela Wright will never forgive her sister for dying in the Afghanistan war or the army for Laura's death or anyone else for making it okay for Laura to go halfway around the world to fight for reasons Pam has never fathomed. Numb with grief, she buries her sister but not her rage. Among the mourners is Trish Tomlinson, who loved Laura long ago and has found the news of Laura's death sharply painful. She remembers Pam as an unwelcome third wheel but now finds comfort in the company of the young medical resident and in the details of Laura's journal that Pam shares.

Brought together by grief, something more grows. Guilt and anger cloud their feelings and jeopardize any chance at a future. How can love blossom in the shadow of death?

©2013 Tracey Richardson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Sister, Sister

As with Melissa Brayden's How Sweet it is an older sister dies and her partner soon hooks up with the little sister of her woman; one who still carries the remnants of a childhood crush.
In this case Dr. Laura Wright is killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Her younger sister Dr. Pam Wright returns to their hometown of Ann Arbor, Mi. for the memorial service and there she's reunited with her sister's first love Trish Tomlinson and away we go again.
Pamela's crush which has basically been kept alive by her childhood memories for twenty years is resuscitated but so is Trish's attitude towards Pam as her girlfriend's little sister, will Trish's attitude ever change and if so will it work out for them?
By consensus this one ended up getting a 5 star rating from the cadre; though if possible I would have rated it at 4.2 to 4.4. There were a few jarring turns and inconsistencies in the narrative that left me scratching my head. The story itself was quite stirring emotionally and the Afghanistan scenes feel real. The manner in which the protagonists came together felt forced and unrealistic however the conclusion was excellent.
Still I can only wish that those plot twists that elongated the story needlessly had been avoided and the narrative would have been allowed to proceed without all the excess drama.

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Absolutely fantastic story and narration

Wonderful character development of three women's lives intermingled through the years. For those who do not have any experience of family or friends in the military it opens a window into their perspective of life. The tension between characters is believable. The narration I thought was perfect for this story. Listened to it three times.

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This would have been so much better if it were performed by a narrator who gave distinctive voices per character. I had to slow the book down, and even then, had to rewind to figure out who was saying what.

Other than that, I give the book 5 stars. Coming from someone who served in the Virginia State Guard/Defense Force, I thoroughly enjoyed the military plot, albeit sad due to MJR Wright being KIA. I am a sucker for this type of happy, sappy ending, though! HOOAH!

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Nice surname used for Trish. She & I have that in common. XD

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Loved the book.

this book was great. Loved the story line. this book is a great read for everyone.

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Okay not the best

The angst and yes no maybe back and forth was exhausting between two main characters. Seemed unhealthy amount of drama.
The scene in helicopter was well done .
I might have preferred to see Meg and Pam meet over there and fall in love.
Still the last chapters and resolution were nice.

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great story

I balled but it had a great ending. I would highly recommend. thank you, Author.

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One of the best books out there.

I love how well this book honors those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I could not stop listening to this book.

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The last salute byTracy Richardson

I love this story, it was well written I felt every emotion good,bad excitement pain. Also learned about the Military and that War is never one sided. But in the end Love is all that matter, this is a must listen or reading and I am glad I did both.

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WOW! TRUE!

This story is very reflective of life. I laughed and cried! It painted a good picture of life in the military. Definitely a great read!

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Unsatisfying rollercoaster

I loved the idea behind the story which is why i decided to give it a try. It started off well enough but once the two main characters meet (Pam and Trish) the story snowballs. There is so much back and forth between the two and a lot of repeating things that were already said (but each character acting like it was the first time saying or hearing something) that when they do finally get together I was already bored. It didnt help that there wasnt a substantial buildup/development and just all of the sudden they are both madly in love with each other.... it felt cheap and rushed. Not to mention the pet names they used once they finally "fell" in love kinda made me sick. To me it didnt feel believable. the helicopter scene at the end of the book was done very well i will say. I also enjoyed the narration.

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  • FC51
  • 08-21-21

A wonderful story, so timely again in August 2021

This wonderful, emotionally charged book is a tribute to courage and sacrifice wherever they are found. It is beautifully written with an inspired, meaningful plot and characters that illustrate an insightful understanding of the human psyche by the author, Tracey Richardson. Indeed the book feels so real that it could be autobiographical and it is skilfully narrated by Maxine Mitchell, who conveys the emotion of the story beautifully.

Although fundamentally a story about finding love, this is no lightweight romance but deals thoughtfully with difficult themes. The personal sadness, about loss, at the core of the novel would have been sweetned by the positive ending when the book was written. Sadly though, in August 2021, when I listened to this audiobook the story has been overtaken by the heartbreaking events in Afghanistan as the dreaded Taliban take back control of the country.

It is now impossible not to listen without a deep sadness for every allied veteran who has fought the Taliban, or in the war against terror, and though the price of their sacrifice lmore bearable because of improvements to the lives of ordinary Afghani people, especially women, girls and those from minority groups. That these veterans now feel a terrible betrayal that their own, their comrades and their families sacrifices have been for nothing and the people they thought they were helping are being abandoned to fear and suffering due to political expediency, throws a pall of heartbreak over this tale that the author could never have foreseen.

Do not be put off by the serious nature of this book. It is a very worthwhile listen that raises important but difficult issues. Not least among these are love not hate, that we can all be courageous and that we must not forget the veterans who are asked to fight on our behalf. This is a book that I will never forget.

I very much hope that Audible will produce more audobooks written by Tracey Richardson and narrated by Maxine Mitchell.

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  • VW
  • 08-20-20

Loved it

Great Book. Full of every emotion from one moment to the next. I look forward to more Tracey Richardson audiobooks.

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  • Nicki07
  • 02-06-15

excellent book

excellent characterisation, great story and thrilling to the very end. would recommend this to anyone that appreciates this genre.

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  • Bennett
  • 10-03-21

Compelling

A good story of its time very thoughtful and we'll written with great performance by Maxine Mitchell.

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  • Ms Kathleen Simmons
  • 01-03-21

Left me feeling melancholy!

I have enjoyed Tracey Richardson’s books and this was no different however because of the theme it left me feeling melancholy even up to and including the epilogue for the lost life of Laura. Felt like I went on the journey with them so must have been a good book but felt drained and thoughtful after.