The Last Charm by Ella Allbright


The Last Charm is one of my favourite romance stories of 2020. It is heart-warming, emotional and memorable: the kind of read that will have you thinking about Leila and Jake for a long time afterwards.

The story surrounds Leila’s charm bracelet, which was given to her by her mother prior to leaving Leila and her father. On the heart is a single charm. By the time Leila loses the bracelet years later, it is full of unique and beautiful charms. Each charm represents a special time in the romance between Leila and Jake: a story she has to tell the stranger who has found the bracelet in order to have it returned. The story is told in a series of memories starting when Leila is 13 until she is 30.

I respect that this romance does not happen immediately. Both Jake and Leila have a dysfunctional parent which impacts their identities and self-respect. As a result, each of them has personal growth to experience before they can commit to one another. These issues are presented with impact, and sensitivity.

I absolutely love the theme of the book for its originality and sentimentality. I appreciated learning about the story behind each of the charms. These characters are well developed and likeable. In summary, I found the story to be very engaging and I had a hard time putting it down.

I listened to the audiobook version which was narrated by Sarah Lambie who does a fantastic job as bringing Leila’s voice to the story. I found her voice to be youthful, sweet and joyous in all the right places. Her articulation and cadence made this book a joy to read. If you are a fan of audiobooks, I would definitely recommend this version of the book which enhances an already wonderful story.

Thanks to Netgalley, HarperCollins Audio UK and One More Chapter for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

22 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book to read, getting to know the story behind each charm is definitely interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks so much for such a lovely & heartfelt review. I’m so glad you enjoyed The Last Charm & I agree that Sarah Lambie has done a wonderful job with the audiobook. All the best, Ella x

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! I can’t wait to read more of your books!

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  3. Sounds like a lovely light-hearted autumn read xx

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  4. This sounds like a sweet book. I'm happy that you liked it! Thanks for the review.

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  5. This sounds like a sweet reprieve from the madness of today. I may give it a shot!!

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  6. This sounds like such a delightful read. Great review - thank you for sharing!

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  7. This book sounds amazing. Loved your review

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  8. This sounds like such a sweet book and I'm really in the mood for sentimental heartfelt books right now so I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

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  9. Lovely review, I love the book that teaches the charm and
    the lessons to live your sentiments..

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  10. I guess, getting to know the story behind each of the 13 charms is what I am looking forward to now. You have recommended the audio version. I will try to get hold of it soon. Thanks for this recommendation. Cheers!!

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  11. This sounds like a lovely book! What a unique concept of telling stories around each charm. I will definitely be picking up this book for a read. Or, maybe the audiobook as I enjoy listening to audiobooks on long car rides. Thank you for your review of this book!

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    1. Thank you! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. 😊

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