My Last Love Story
"...emotionally raw and demanding..."
"Till death do us part" takes on a whole new meaning in this wry, evocative novel perfect for fans of P.S. I Love You.
Simi Desai is thirty years old and her husband is dying of cancer. He has two last wishes in his final months: first, that she'll have his baby so that a piece of him lives on, and second, that she'll reconcile with her old flame, who just happens to be their mutual best friend. And so over the course of their last summer together, Simi's husband plans a series of big and small adventures for this unlikely trio, designed to help them say goodbye to each other and prove to Simi that it's okay to move on without him—and even find love again.
Beautiful and poignant, Falguni Kothari's My Last Love Story will pull your heartstrings as only unforgettable love stories can.
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"[My Last Love Story] poses a fresh conceptual question about marriage and love."
—The New York Times
"Kothari treats her characters with respect and honesty."
"Kothari's well-written love story is a tearjerker with a twist. For fans of Cecelia Ahern's PS, I Love You and JoJo Moyes's Me Before You."
"This culturally-rich, emotionally-wrenching novel takes everything typical about a love triangle and turns it upside down. Kothari captures the unique perspective of three friends from diverse backgrounds, while at the same time presenting issues relatable and compelling to every reader. The plot is deeply layered and provides a touching look at how to face the unthinkable with dignity. It also gives a fresh and engaging look at the diversity found among Indian-Americans. This has the potential to be a powerful story, one that unites people from varying cultural and religious backgrounds by going to the heart of grief as well as the soul of friendship. Simi's frequent fantasies of a menage a trois seem out of place, however, and serve as an awkward speed bump in Nirvaan's cancer story, making it difficult to determine the intended tone of the novel. Additionally, please be aware that there is a fairly graphic rape scene that may be disturbing for some readers."
—RT Book Reviews
"Kothari's willingness to push boundaries and delve into the nature of love, her ability to explore emotion without letting it slide into mawkishness, and her resolute focus on staying true to the individual make this a book well worth reading. It is also an unexpected read in many ways, leaving the reader questioning many common and easy assumptions."
"A last wish, family secrets and a long romance make this a delightful read."
—Fresh Fiction Review (read the full review)
"Kothari adds an extra layer to the story by providing rich backstories for each of her three main characters. The classic themes of love and loss are offset by a backdrop of Indian culture and an exploration of what it means to call a new country your home."
—Literally, Darling (read the full review)
"I was drawn inexorably into this darkly poignant, beautifully written, and heartbreaking book. My Last Love Story isn't an easy read—it's as emotionally raw and demanding as the characters that inhabit its pages, but I don't regret a second of the time I spent immersed within it."
—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author
"Readers who crave a nontraditional love story set against a background of friendship, heartache, tragedy and triumph, grab your copy of My Last Love Story and get ready to fall in love with not just two heroes, but also the woman they both want."
—Megan Hart, New York Times bestselling author
"A profound and deeply emotional twist on the classic love triangle, My Last Love Story is a provocative tale of lifelong friendship tested by fate. Poignant and satisfying, My Last Love Story is ultimately the type of celebration of love and life that reminds us why we read in the first place."
—Jamie Brenner, author of The Forever Summer
"Equally heartwarming and heartbreaking, My Last Love Story takes you on a complex emotional ride that will have you examining the heart's capacity for love long after the book is done."
—Farrah Rochon, USA Today best-selling author of Chase Me
"Ms. Kothari's writing is beautiful, lyrical and full of surprises. My Last Love Story speaks to the heart, exposing wants, needs, fears and desires that aren't often said out loud. Ms. Kothari handles it all with an expert hand."
—K.M. Jackson, award-winning author of the Unconventional Brides series
"At once heartbreaking, delightful and completely unexpected. A must read!"
—Sonali Dev, author of Change of Heart
"Through her three main characters and the triangle that connects them, Kothari transcends the expected by seeking a more nuanced middle place, where kindness, passion, and duty intersect. A deeply affecting story about what it means to love.
—Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling
"At the center of Kothari's novel is a love triangle that defies all expectations and crosses all boundaries. She examines love and loss, desire and desolation, with a deft, wry touch that made me keep reading late into the night and moved me to tears.
In My Last Love Story, Kothari examines love and loss, desire and desolation, with a deft, wry touch that kept me reading late into the night and moved me to tears."
—Julia Tagan, author of Stages of Desire
"Smart and moving, My Last Love Story vividly explores the tug of war between life and death and love. Falguni Kothari has written a tender novel with a passionate heart."
—Soniah Kamal, award-winning author of An Isolated Incident
"My Last Love Story made me laugh, cry and broaden my horizons to accept character flaws and quirks that I might have at other times found un-relatable. Falguni not only made me relate, she had me invested in her characters and their journey.
I just finished reading My Last Love Story and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The writing had me so invested in the story that I just couldn't stop reading till I was done. To make a reader care so much about the characters in a story is a talent that few have. Ms. Kothari should be incredibly proud of her work and she has in me a fan for life. I doubt I'll miss reading any of her books going forward."
—Shilpa Suraj, author of The Girl He Left Behind
"Such a brave book on relationships. And what friendship, love and togetherness really mean."
—Preeti Singh, co-founder of the Good Book Corner
"My Last Love Story is the touching story of a tempestuous and unconventional relationship. In their own and very different ways, Nirvaan and Zayaan are both in love with Simeen, while she is torn between her love for her dying husband and her desire to make his last wish come true. An un-putdownable read."
—Shoma Narayana, author of Twelve Hours of Temptation
"A deceptively easy read for such a deeply moving book. Kothari's deft touch with words is her trademark. A definitive 'must-read' if ever there was one!"
—Zeenat Mahal, author of She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
"Beautiful and poignant, Falguni Kothari’s My Last Love Story will pull your heartstrings as only unforgettable love stories can."
—Beauty Brite blog (read the full review)