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The Last Text

By: Alice Winters
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
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Summary

Happy Birthday, Daniel. I was told not to send you another text, but I never was any good at listening. I love and miss you. I always will.  

When I lost my partner of eight years, I felt like my world was crashing down around me. In order to feel some relief from the overwhelming emptiness, I’ve found myself sending him texts every year on his birthday, even though I know he will never answer. It makes me feel like there’s a piece of him still alive, at least in my heart.  

I’m sorry, you must have the wrong number. I apologize for not responding sooner, but I was at work.  

That is, until someone responds to my text. Jace is charming, sweet, and everything I could ever want. But how can I accept someone new in my life when Daniel’s only been gone two years? Even so, Jace starts to consume my world. It feels like I can finally breathe as he helps me understand that my life doesn’t have to revolve around my grief.  

Soon, I find myself laughing again as he pulls me away from the hopeless cycle I’ve been caught in, and I love spending time with him, whether it’s playing video games together or discussing our comic book alter egos. But I still need to let go of this guilt and allow Jace to show me that I can love another without replacing what I’ve lost. Jace rewrites my entire world with every word and smile he gives me, and it’s becoming harder to not give in and hand him my heart. Maybe Daniel did respond after all. 

The Last Text is a 37k-word novella about overcoming loss, finding hope, and friendship that leads to new love.

©2019 Alice Winters (P)2022 Alice Winters
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Lovely

I think the story was better in audio format. I can't explain why, but I just preferred it that way.
Merrick is deep in his grief for Daniel when he texts him happy birthday. Jase replies and they start a friendship that eventually leads to more.
Jase us perfect. He goes at Merrick's pace and understands his grief.
Since it's an Alice Winters story, there is some humor, however it's very subdued.

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Alright

Nice characters, predictable story. Well narrated. I don't think I will ever relisten this story.

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What a perfect romance


Sending a last text to my dead boyfriend, I did this on his birthday, against my family's wishes, but I still felt the need. So this year, I sent another.

Then I received a reply, this had never happened before, so what should I do...

Such a great start to the story, and it carries on from there. A perfect love story but a hard road to travel.

Michael Ferraiuolo did an amazing job narrating this story, and I did speed him up on Audible to 1.20. This is normal for me.

The Last Text
By: Alice Winters
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins

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  • 08-09-22

F-u! You made me ugly cry!

Uugh. I love Alice Winters. Her love stories are always believable and natural. This one is such a lovely story. I wish it was a full length novel.
But the start and end made me ugly cry.
I think there was a sex scene? But honestly I just don't care because this is one of those stories where you can actually feel the characters fall in love and it's not forced.
Very rarely do I award a perfect 5 but this was worth it.
Ferraiuolo does a wonderful job as usual.

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  • Natalie
  • 22-09-22

So sweet

Loved every part of this book and adore the grandfather’s role in it. What an awesome read! Love the narrator too!

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  • Kristine
  • 04-12-22

A heartwarming story following a loss....

First of all, I'm a fairly huge fan of anything written by Alice Winters. I saw this on Audible and added it to my library one day and just found it when I was looking for something to play.

This is a shorter novella type story that takes us on a journey with one of the male MC's - Merrick - having a hard time dealing with the loss of his love (Daniel). He kept Daniel's name and number in his phone and would just leave texts for his former love when he was feeling lonely. The number is then passed on to a new person - as numbers generally are- and the new person (Jace) who now had this number began to respond to the texts. Jace was very honest and of course Merrick knows it isn't Daniel, but slowly but surely the two of them begin to develop a friendship.

What I liked about this story was that it was pushy. It was a very slow burn that showed how one person can slowly but surely decide to move forward. Nothing was rushed and it felt very organic. Also, it had to help that Jace was a pretty awesome guy with a TON of patience and an overall wonderful personality.

By the time these two find their way forward, the reader is cheering them on and feeling just as happy that they have found each other...well, at least I was.

I listened to most of this on audio and found that I REALLY liked the narrator - Michael Ferraiuolo. I would not hesitate to listen to anything else that he happens to narrate.

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  • Izabel Lynn
  • 20-10-22

LITERALLY BALLING MY EYES OUT

This book had me in tears practically the entire time & then the ending just released the flood gates 😭 I am sobbing in my car right now. The story was perfection, Michael F captured the characters emotions so well, & I just love how Alice Winters went about handling Merricks trauma & healing. The whole thing is just so beautiful 😭😭❤️❤️

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  • Trarv211
  • 02-10-22

amazing love story

I loved this story. The way that these two find each other, the slow way they discover each other.
I was worried that it would be really sad but it wasn't. Not until the very end. And that was was a happy sad.
Michael Ferraiuolo did a wonderful job with the narration.

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  • FHR
  • 30-09-22

Finding Closure

One text that changes the projectory of both their lives.
Merrick and Jace learn to move forward together as Merrick processes his grief to support from an unlikely source.

This low angst story was a delight to listen to.

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  • Sue 🎧
  • 29-09-22

simply charming - goes on the relisten list

📖 Story comment: nice easy pace, likeable characters - tugs at the heart-strings.
This is a much 'softer' story than I've come to expect from this author and I was completely charmed by Merrick and Jace's story. My heart broke for Merrick in chapter one and I had all the warm fuzzies by the last chapter. The relationship built slowly and felt real and unforced, and the characters still had elements of the humur and snark this author does so well.

🎧 Narrator comment: Michael Ferraiuolo does a masterful performance bringing The Last Text to life. He has good rhythm, inflections and intonations and it's easy to distinguish the characters from each other. He's poured all the emotions of the story into the narration and I was completely absorbed in the performance - this is definitely one for the "relisten" list.

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📌 Where does it fall on my personal scale? 7.5
• 1 not my thing • 2 didn't like the narration • 3 didn't keep my attention • 4 was good, but once was enough • 5 enjoyed it • 6 will listen again if i'm in the mood for the narrator • 7 goes on the "re-listen" list [4⭐] • 8 kept me up past bed-time [4.5⭐] • 9 recommended to family/friends [4.75⭐] • 10 own it in all formats [5⭐] • 11 keep a copy with me at all times [5⭐]

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  • Jackson
  • 20-09-22

Adorable

This was just that kind of heartwarming I read romance novels for. The relationship was believable and realistic. There was no possessive nonsense which was important in this story. And it's funny. I'm pro-snark. Perfect to fold your laundry on a rainy day and listen to this.

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  • Diane
  • 16-09-22

I love this book

My heart broke for Merrick. He is barely surviving/living after the death of his partner Daniel. On Daniels birthday, he sends a text to Daniels old number wishing him a happy birthday. And one day, he receives a response. We are then taken on a journey of watching Merrick start to heal and come to realize that it’s okay to find love again and to start living his life. Jace was perfect, he was funny, kind and patient. He was everything that Merrick needed. A truly lovely love story. I can see them growing old together. I loved grandpa, he was a hoot. I would love to hang out with him. Both families were funny and sweet. I want to spend dinner and game night with Merricks family.

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  • Nova
  • 13-09-22

Short but, so worth it

A whole lot of sweet packed into a short story. grief and memories and an old phone number, turn into a meeting and friendship and eventually the HEA we all love to hear. Alice Winters wrote a fantastic short romance and
No one could have brought it to life better than Michael Ferraiuolo. He gave a great performance and each character there own personality. this is one I will definitely revisit many times.