Release date - 4th May 2017 (Paperback)
Book length - 368 pages
Publisher - atlantic-books.co.uk/corvus/
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - The Last Night
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In a quiet coastal village, Irina spends her days restoring furniture, passing the time in peace and hiding away from the world. A family secret, long held and never discussed, casts a dark shadow and Irina chooses to withdraw into her work. When an antique bureau is sent to her workshop, the owner anonymous, Irina senses a history to the object that makes her uneasy. As Irina begins to investigate the origins of the piece, she unearths the secrets it holds within.
Decades earlier, another young woman kept secrets. Her name was Abigail. over the course of one summer, she fell in love, and dreamed of the future. But Abigail could not know that a catastrophe loomed, and this event would change the course of many lives for ever...
Irina Woods is scarred in every way from a harrowing tragedy that changed her family forever, so now she spends her life closed off in her workshop restoring antique furniture, avoiding the world wherever possible. But when she receives an anonymous commission to restore a beautiful antique bureau, Irina's life becomes a lot more complicated. For the bureau is hiding secrets from another woman's life, Abigail, a woman from the past, who wants her story to be heard. And as Irina begins to piece together this mysterious puzzle, it might just force her to face her own demons head on.
THE LAST NIGHT by Cesca Major is an absolutely stunning novel that gave me goosebumps, with characters that you desperately want to protect as their harrowing stories are brought to life. The story switches between Irina's life in the present, and Abigail's life in the 1950s which really worked for me as the pace was energetic and exciting enough to keep me hooked. Throughout the novel, the feeling of tragedy, love, and loss permeates the narrative, and you cannot help but feel an uncomfortable tension that something awful is just around the corner for both of these strong-willed heroines, even as you wish that you will be proved wrong. But alongside all of these tense emotions, there is also the spirit of real friendship, family, and the budding hope of love, and the lyrical prose of Cesca Major paints a beautiful setting that will take your breath away at times. THE LAST NIGHT by Cesca Major is everything I look for in a good novel and I devoured it in one sitting.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5*****************************************************
Cesca’s first real writing success came when she was Runner Up in the 2005 annual Daily Mail Writing Competition. She has won, or been placed, in some prestigious short story competitions since then including the annual competitions for: Women and Home, Wells Festival of Literature, Grace Dieu and has also had short stories published in the Sentinel Champion and Sunday People Magazine. She has written two novels based on real events. Her debut THE SILENT HOURS was published by Atlantic Books in 2015 and THE LAST NIGHT is out in 2016.
After studying History at Bristol University Cesca went on to work as a TV Presenter for four years on various pre-recorded and live shows. She taught History for seven years and became a Housemistress at a Secondary boarding School in Berkshire.
She wrote and vlogged for the popular women’s fiction website Novelicious (www.novelicious.com) and has filmed regular vlogs to help wannabe writers for the Writers and Artists website (www.writersandartists.co.uk). She lives in Pangbourne with her husband, her son and her brood of ex-battery chickens. For more information:
Website - cescamajor.com
Twitter - twitter.com/CescaWrites
*I want to thank Corvus Publishing and Cesca Major for the opportunity to review this beautiful story. Happy reading!!
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