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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,872 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luanne Rice Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hubbard’s Point / Black Hall Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9780739343630
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New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice returns to Hubbard’s Point, Connecticut, and to characters from her beloved Beach Girls, to tell the haunting story of a close-knit community grappling with a heartbreaking mystery, and of a woman rebuilding her world and reclaiming a love she believed lost a lifetime ago.

A face on a poster, a name in the news, an inexplicable tragedy. A promising young man goes out one warm summer evening and is found dead—murdered—less than twenty-four hours later. No motive. No clues. No answers. Most people reflect briefly on the disturbing headlines, perhaps say a silent prayer of safely removed sympathy, and go on with their lives. But what if the young man was your son? Or your true love?

Nearly a year after the death of eighteen-year-old Charlie, singer-songwriter Sheridan Rosslare still hasn’t played a note of the music that was once her life’s passion. Tucked away in the beach house where she raised her only child, she lives with her memories of him and a grief too big to share even with her beloved sisters or her dear friend Stevie Moore. Nor can Stevie comfort Charlie’s heartbroken girlfriend, Nell Kilvert, whom she regards as a daughter. Nell won’t rest until she finds out what really happened to the boy she loved. Out of the past she summons a man she believes cares enough, and is tough enough, to uncover the truth—Sheridan’s long-ago soul mate, Gavin Dawson.

Now Gavin’s boat, the Squire Toby, sits anchored in the harbor within sight of the window of the woman he once loved, still loves, and will always love. Sheridan, too, had once fervently believed in the miraculous power of love and healing, forgiveness, connection, and reconnection. But that faith died along with her son….

Unfolding among the Hubbard’s Point people and places that fans have come to treasure, and replete with feeling and mystery, Last Kiss weighs the power of the past to heal as well as wound, in a captivating tale of love, loss, and redemption that no reader will ever forget.


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  • An element of supernatural whimsy, a dark secret involving a trust fund and a disturbing question related to Charlie's estranged father, Randy, add complexity, while cameos from other Beach Girls characters contribute an engaging, homey touch. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/20/2014

    " I have read a previous book of this authors and was not very happy with it. I was quite bored with the read. However, even though this book was a slower story I enjoyed it. From the title I expected it to be a gushy love story, but it turned out the be more or a mystery love.You get to learn how each person was effected with this boys death. And at times their feelings and what they have lost with him, breaks your own heart. It was good read and I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Kramer | 2/17/2014

    " A little mystery, a little romance and a little magic, what more can you ask for in a summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Karkoff | 2/15/2014

    " Two old friends brought back together a year after the death of a son. Fast reading, good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/8/2014

    " Compelling characters & plot, plus a great sense of place (East Coast beach town.) A touch of magical realism like you often see in Alice Hoffman books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/3/2014

    " Loved it....kept me guessing..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/31/2014

    " I laughed and cried, just as I usually do with Luanne's books. I have to read them amongst other books so I don't spend so much time being all girly and emotional. This one had stories within stories that wove around and tied themselves into a nice bow at the end. The sadness of losing a child, lover, friend was always there, but the thought that the person was still there with them kept the sadness from being overpowering. It is the hint of the whimsical and the touch of magic that made this book work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 1/26/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one. A great summer read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlene | 1/21/2014

    " I did not finish this book. Just wasn't the kind of book I like to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Acton | 1/21/2014

    " Luanne Rice is my go-to author whenever I need a book to read that's not too heavy. This book did not disappoint. It had a touch of whimsy, a touch of romance and a touch of mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T | 1/19/2014

    " I liked the storyline of this book. A boy named Charlie is killed in NYC. I like the tie in with beach girls. I liked to reconnection of Gavin & Sheridan. But some of the memories were repeated twice and a little extra material. overall I thought a quick easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/16/2014

    " Vintage by this author. Rather dark plot, but characters and their emotions ring true and pull you into their story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sparkles | 1/3/2014

    " Found this at the libaray and read it because I'd seen the Beach Girl mini-series. Light read, bittersweet love lost type of fair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 12/27/2013

    " This was a pretty good book, probably one of her better written, more recent stories, better plot, characters etc. Good chick lit. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 12/11/2013

    " I really enjoy this author's writing. The stories are full of details. The ending of this book was a little to tightly closed up for my liking. I enjoyed the plot of the story. There were a few twists that I did not see coming in the plot. I will seek out this author again in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/10/2013

    " This book started out slow, but got much better as it went on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsie | 10/6/2013

    " Love, of course, conquers all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 9/17/2013

    " I randomly picked this book up at Costco. I needed a book to read. It was pretty good. A different kind of book that I've read, but good. Not one of my favorites though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 5/31/2013

    " I thought I remebered likeing htis author.. but apparently not so much :). It was really silly in places. Magic spells etc. At the end I just couldn't take it anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/6/2013

    " Great book told of a women who loses her teenage son and a teenage girl who loses the love of her life and how it effects their lives. It is a powerful story of love and forgiveness. It reminded me a lot of " Ghost". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 11/24/2012

    " Not as good as some of her earlier books but a nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/23/2012

    " Loved it, sentimental chick lit--perfect for a rainy weekend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 8/19/2012

    " Good light reading. The ghost stuff was a stretch for me even in fiction, but whatev. I was entertained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 3/3/2012

    " It was wonderful to continue reading about some of the characters from Beach Girls. I love Luanne Rice mostly because her books take place in CT close to wear I live now and mostly because you can feel the ocean and taste the sea air through her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/28/2012

    " I always enjoy reading books that happen to be set where I have spent wonderful hours. It was good - not my favorite of Rice's - but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/25/2012

    " This is more a 3.5 than a 3 star book....very heartwarming, a little predictable, but all in all a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edgecoal | 11/29/2011

    " Mystical and mysterious! Great book, as always from Luann! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 7/21/2011

    " Not too bad. Don't think I'd pick another one of hers. I can only take so much romance in a book. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn Wilson | 7/18/2011

    " I was surprised at the ending. New England is a great place for a setting for a book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 5/18/2011

    " The plot was pretty good, but the "magic" was cheesy and surprisingly to me, the language was horrible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/16/2011

    " Compelling characters & plot, plus a great sense of place (East Coast beach town.) A touch of magical realism like you often see in Alice Hoffman books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 4/17/2011

    " Love Rice but this to me was not one of her best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/11/2011

    " This is a great light read. Lots of romance and a fairly good mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/20/2011

    " This was a great story of needing to know what happens when someone special slips through your fingers. Rice is a new author for me and I'm looking forward to reading more by her. I enjoyed the little touches of magic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/13/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, but it was really sad. Uplifting ending though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/8/2011

    " Enjoyed reading another book about Hubbard's Point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 12/3/2010

    " Very Charlie St Cloud... Cute story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalya | 10/8/2010

    " Good tale of remorse and guilt, strong ending, I thought; got a bit repetitive though on the death angle, maybe because I didn't read the prequel to this book, so didn't really know Charlie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 9/27/2010

    " Cute story. Wasn't horrible but it was definetly something the kind of book you'd pick up in a doctor's office waiting room. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 9/23/2010

    " A smidge on the sad and predictable side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lashon | 8/14/2010

    " picked up towards the middle! i enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 8/10/2010

    " Awesome book! I cried at the end!! "

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About the Author
Author Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. Many of her novels, including Crazy in Love, Blue Moon, Beach Girls, and Silver Bells have been made into movies for television. Rice’s short stories, essays, and articles have been widely published in magazines and newspapers. “A Kiss after Dying,” Rice’s account of a Connecticut murder trial very personal to her family, kicked off Glamour magazine’s series of true crime pieces. She received an honorary degree from Connecticut College in 2002, and the school’s special collections library contains a collection bearing her name. She currently divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times. Brown has won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.