The Last Day of Winter - Shari Low
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
One December wedding. One runaway bride. One winter's day to bring everyone together again. Today is meant to be the happiest of Caro's life. She's finally going to say 'I do' to the man she loves, until her past comes back to haunt her. Josie will do anything to keep this wedding on track, even if it requires tracking down a runaway bride, keeping the groom in the dark and appeasing a variety of family members. Stacey has one last chance to tell the one that got away how she feels, she can only hope that he feels the same way. Cammy just wants to call Caro his wife. He's ready to settle down with her, she's the one. But can he get her to realise that marriage doesn't always end in sadness? That they could live happily-ever-after...
When I first requested this book from NetGalley, I didn’t realise it was the third in a series. Faced with needing to read the two prequels, I felt a little overwhelmed by reading three books about the same characters in the same world. However, now I have finished this one I am hoping there is more, I’m not ready to let these characters leave my life just yet. I could keep reading these books until the cows came home. I have utterly loved them. This book broke my heart, though. I don’t want to say why as it would give a big part of the storyline away. However, I feel like I left a piece of my heart inside this book, and it will never repair. Once again, we are following four characters during two-hour intervals over just one day. We have Caro who we met in ‘One Day in Winter’ where she was tracking down her bigamist father and meeting the love of her life at the same time. This time we see her fight an inner battle of whether getting married is the right thing for her. We meet Seb who is heartbroken from loss but also carrying a heavy weight of guilt. He comes to Glasgow to try and find peace but ends up saving the day. Josie finally gets her own turn in the spotlight, but it’s bittersweet. We have caught glimpses of her throughout many books, and she is the most looney toons character I have ever come across, and this book is no exception. Finally, we have Stacey. Cammy’s best friend from his time in LA. She returns for his wedding but are her intentions celebratory or does she have an ulterior motive? It’s nice to have old and new characters intermingled within the story. I could have lived without ever having to encounter Lila again, who does make a couple of brief appearances. As always Shari Low knows how to write the most heartwarming and heartbreaking books. Have the tissues ready while reading this one you’re going to need them!