Title: Last Dance with Mary Jane (2nd Edition)
Author: John Goode
Length: Novella (60pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (29th April 2015)
Heart: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Peter was devastated when he lost his love, Shayne, in a car crash. Though he knows nothing will bring Shayne back, Peter takes solace in listening to Shayne’s voice mail, just to hear his voice one last time. He’s not prepared when one night, Shayne answers the phone.
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
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Review: Peter is still in the throes of grief nearly a year after his beloved Shayne died. His regrets are hard to deal with and his only solace is listening to Shayne’s voice on his voicemail, then something happens and Peter discovers that fate may just be taking pity on him.
John Goode has produced a story that is touching, its heart-breaking and it is tragic. Peter is in therapy trying to deal with the loss of the love of his life, he knows who is to blame and he lays that blame at fates fickle feet. Peter just can’t move forward, he has regrets, things he never said and now never can, and he just can’t understand why fate would take Shayne away from him.
This is a story that will make tears slide down your cheeks, have you whimpering in denial and praying that you will always have the time to say what you need to. Peter and Shayne had already been through enough, Shayne struck down with HIV but finally pulling through to live a healthy happy life with Peter, but then he is struck down in a car accident and Peter is left alone. Peter has many regrets and can’t let Shayne go; when Shayne answers the phone one night Peter thinks that he might be able to change fate.
This is a true love story of pure love that is cut short, and of the grief and the regret that the person left behind endures. The story of how they got together was sweet and the tale of how they got their nick names was romantic… they were a couple fated to be together. I really want to say more but feel that this is a story that must be read, to fully appreciate the turmoil that Peter is going through and his reactions to what is happening around him.
All I will say is that I cried, I cried for the ‘what if’s’, I cried for his chance to put aside his regrets, for life getting in the way and I cried at knowing he had lost the love of his life.
I am going to recommend this to everyone as it is a story that we all need to read to remind us to appreciate what we have every single day. Now I am off to make sure that my family and friends know how much I love them.