(EBOOK / PDF) The Last Romantics AUTHOR Tara Conklin

Iscent of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin I was riveted 45 stars The Last Romantics is about love Real love true love Imperfect wretched weak love No fairy tales no poetry It is about the Negotiations We Undertake With Ourselves In The we undertake with ourselves in the of love This is the story of four siblings Renee Caroline Joseph and Fiona Skinner When their unexpectedly dies when they are young children their mother oes into a deep depression that they deem the Pause The four siblings must learn to survive on their own and in doing so form a deep unbreakable bond The book covers trials and tribulations they experience over the course of a century told primarily through Fiona S Eyes Throughout Their s eyes Throughout their they suffer through reat tragedies and hardships and although they fight and have their issues their love for one another never wanesWhile told primarily through Fiona s POV beginning in the year 2079 and alternating back to the past the reader ets to see a complete picture of each of the sibling s lives The Last Romantics is a beautifully written tribute to the love between these four siblings It is an emotional and touching read At times it is heart wrenching but as a reader I was able to find comfort knowing that the Skinner siblings were always there for one another Conklin s writing is what sets this book from other novels about familial love Her writing is nuanced and carefully crafted She made me feel like I knew each of the Skinner children While the plot is one I have seen before Conklin tells this story in a different way Perhaps it is Fiona s list of words or the oft mentioned but never fully revealed The Love Poem or something else entirely that propels this book to another level and leaves the

with a thought provoking take love There is nothing romantic about love Only the most naive believe it will save them Only the hardiest of us will survive I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and William Morrow in exchange for an honest revie. Eeping yet intimate epic about one American family The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent and how we can lose and sometimes rescue the ones we love A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories how they uide us through difficult times help us understand the past and point the way toward our futur. The Last RomanticsN they were young childrenyet I also loved the way children all dealt with their obstacles THEY PLAYED LIKE REAL CHILDREN DOA couple of my favorite scenes was when Joe taught Fiona to swim Their childhood playing in the outdoors the way neglected children do reminds me of my own growing years I too had the rug swept out from under me instantly when my father died and years I too had the rug swept out from under me instantly when my father died and mother cut herself off from my older sister and I Same for these children their father dies and their mother is emotionally vacant for a few years anyway during what the siblings call The Pause period of their lives These kids were survivors They had to be I understood When they become adults we see the lifelong broken scars clearly whether successful or notThe one constant thread for these siblings is the love between them They shared something very uniue rowing up that only they knew first hand What makes this book exceptional is that the prose is breathtaking lyrical and captivating The easing flow of the storytelling makes this a novel that s hard to put down I look forward to reading other books by Tara Conklin Beautiful bittersweet story5 stars My one personal critiue I think the title of this book might have been different Although I understand the tie init leaves a romantic visual of another type of story Regardless GREAT BOOK CHOICE Romantic love friendly love familial love unconditional love committed love practical love and self love The Greeks had words for these ways of loving Eros Philia Storge Agape Ludus Pragma and Philautia This book is about love in all its forms Love that stretches binds breaks is betrayed and brought back together These characters either pursue or embody the various forms of love throughout their lives A poet in the not too distant future tells the story behind her work The Love Poem which is the decades long story of her family after a two year long event the siblings call The Pause This event binds the siblings tightly together Remin. Life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them the Skinner siblings fierce Renee sensitive Caroline olden boy Joe and watchful Fiona emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected  Two decades later the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to uestion the life choices they’ve made and to ask what exactly they are willing to do for love A sw. ,

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45 StarsThis story travels between place Bexley Connecticut New YORK CITY MIAMI SEATTLE AS WELL AS BETWEEN A City Miami Seattle as well as between a of years Shared through Fiona who is the youngest of her family this story begins when she has reached the no longer young age of 102 in the year 2079 There are only minor nods to the changes in people s lives or the changes to the planet as the heart of this s This is the story of four siblings Renee 11 Caroline 8 Joe 7 and Fiona 4who s dad dies suddenly in 1981 The mom Noni retreats to her bedroom in a paralyzing depression for a few years length of time which the children call The Pause and the bonds row deep between the siblings as they look out and care for each other The story starts out in the future where Fiona has become a renowned poet and she looks back on their lives and it follows all of them throughout their relationships marriages births deathsa ood read Audiobooknarrated by Cassandra Campbellmy first hoopla book Adding increased speed was ideal for listeningA few of my favorite books are centered around the exploration of siblings At times I was reminded of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens or Ann Packer s book The Children s Crusade or The Interesting s by Meg Wolitzer or The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls or The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin or Commonwealth by Ann Patchett I like all of these familysiblingrelationship stories The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin being no exception I have reat childhood memories with my first cousins Shelly Holly Karen and Mosesso I have a soft spot for books with 3 sisters 1 brotherIn this story we have Caroline Renee Joe and the youngest mostly narrator throughout is FionaCassandra Campbell is a skillful easy on the ears voice narrator mini famous in the Audiobook worldshe added reatness to this already wonderful novelThe Skinner siblings hardly had time to narrator mini famous in the Audiobook worldshe added reatness to This Already Wonderful NovelThe Skinner Siblings Hardly Had Time To already wonderful novelThe Skinner siblings hardly had time to a new conflagration broke out Our heart breaks for the difficulties they endured especially whe. “The reatest works of poetry are the stories we tell about ourselvesWhen the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work The Love Poem she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through timeIt begins in a big yellow house with a funeral an iron poker and a brief variation forever known as the Pause a free and feral summer in a middle class Connecticut town Caught between the predictable. ,