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Last Salute

By: Tracey Richardson
Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
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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.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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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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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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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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WAR - What is it good for??

Great story & narration. Dealing with the aftermath of war, loss, love & longtime crushes.
Recommended to ALL.
1st time reading this author & enjoyed it.

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Found it an easy read.

Was not a bad read ,found the story line believable enough. Why are all our characters professional people? just asking.

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A learning curve

I struggled with the opening chapters. Stopped several times and shed many tears. The writing and narration were full of emotion, it felt like I could grasp their grief and share it with them. A good story of two people finding not just each other but gaining too through loss a understanding of the complex issues of love, sacrifice and commitment.

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A book full of tears and understanding

The narrator is brilliant, the story gripping and grabs the reader by the guts about 20 times more than any book should have the ability to and the characters are relatable, likable and interesting enough to propel the narrative forward so that the book may admonish it's thematic message to the audience.

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Compelling

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

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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.

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  • Lifeisshort
  • 02-03-15

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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  • MAX&BETTY
  • 06-02-15

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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  • Morgan B. Tomlinson
  • 03-08-21

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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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  • Kat
  • 26-03-15

Loved the book.

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

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  • shyloveswomen
  • 10-02-22

What a sweet sweet story with an appropriate amount of action, angst, and love <3

After serving 13 years and two tours in war zones (to pay for medical school), Laura Wright died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. I loved the peek into the military world from civilian and soldier point of view. And such lovely side characters throughout.

Pamela Wright (31): Laura’s younger sister and the only family she had after their father died learning to fly a small plane during their childhood and their mother died of cancer six years ago. As a trauma physician in a Chicago ER she’s used to death, but not being on this side of it.

Trish Tomlinson (38): High school english teacher at their alma mater and Laura’s ex high school sweetheart back in the 90s. Who young Pam has always had a crush on.

Both women, left to mourn alone, find each other after years with their shared memories of Laura and what they discovery about not only her but themselves. They learn to grieve, heal, and grow a friendship that blossoms into more. (With a couple of well done spicy scenes)

Beautiful writing and wonderful narration <3



(Interesting how their last name is Wright like the aviation pioneers, the wright brothers, but this family has no luck with planes/helicopters)

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  • Avid Listener
  • 16-05-21

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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  • Jeannie
  • 09-10-22

This book was doing too much

Listen… this isn’t a bad story, but for the content it possessed, it was too long. It was too long, because the author was doing the most with this one. This book isn’t just a love and grief story, there’s a healthy dose of psychology, social commentary, politics, career advice, existential crises, information about how airplanes work, virtue signaling, the list goes on. I felt like the author was trying to cover way too much in this book, so much so that too much of the storyline felt forced. Also, I get that the sister died but the constantly reflections on her, during the oddest times, made for awkward listening. I just felt like given how things unfolded, the characters needed more time to deal with their grief before starting a relationship.
As for the meat of the story… that was okay. I honestly couldn’t see the love between the two main characters but I suspended disbelief because I do like

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-09-22

A good story

I enjoyed this story - it was gut wrenching in some places and heartwarming in others. The only thing that bothered me was the almost over usage of pet names toward the end (my love, sweetheart, etc) — it seemed a bit forced.

I’ve gone thru this book three times - I really enjoy it .

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  • Javagirle
  • 14-04-22

Great narrator!

I really enjoyed the story, but the sex scene dragged on and on with all the “I love you’s”. Other than that one part, and inaccuracies on who would be at the wake from the military when they are supposed to be deployed. It seemed like the group of soldiers that went out were all talking about her on deployment, but they all wouldn’t have been able to leave from deployment just to attend her wake. That was a bit strange.
The narrator was great.

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  • Joanne Bogusz
  • 11-03-22

Enjoyed this Read/Listen

Touched on a few emotions for me. All good. The beginning made me cry. The ending made me smile.