The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce Review and Giveaway


About the Book

The Last Summer

Genre:  Contemporary, Inspirational, Romance
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: June 2017

A group of seven friends navigate relationships and personal growth during a season of change.


About the Author

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Brandy Bruce is a mom, a wife, a book editor, an author, and someone who really loves dessert. She’s the author of the award-winning novel The Last SummerLooks Like Love, and The Romano Family Collection. Brandy, her husband, and their children make their home in Colorado.


My Thoughts

This book had a realistic depiction of friendship that can be difficult to find in fiction. The friendships in this book are tight knit but not lacking some conflict and angst. I’ve always wished to be part of a group of friends like the one in The Last Summer.

The characters in the story were all well defined…so much so that I could probably guess who was speaking by only reading their dialogue.

I originally thought that this would be a Young Adult book but was pleasantly surprised to find that the characters were in their early 20s. I enjoyed reading about that age group as the characters were looking to find marriage partners and start families. I also could remember the days of being that age with my husband as newlyweds (I was married at 21), and not really fitting into a group at church. Because of this, I had to chuckle when Lily and Sam were reluctant to move from the Singles class to the Young Marrieds class 🙂

This book was a great read, I was biting my nails throughout, wondering how it could end.

The faith content in the book was great. It was so nice to see a young couple staying in separate bedrooms/apartments when staying overnight somewhere. I also loved the references to scripture and how God fixes broken things.

There were a lot of references to the state of Texas, which made the story fun, but the phrase “Texas, Y’all” got a bit monotonous to me.

Overall, I really loved this story. The writing flowed easily and I read the whole book in 1 day. I highly recommend it!

*I received this book from the author/ publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


TLS summer pack giveaway

Enter the giveaway HERE.

Giveaway package includes the following: summer swag (beach towl, flip flops, sunglasses, bookmark, and candy) & winner’s choice of a print or e-copy of the book.

Giveaway open to US residents only and ends 11:59pm MT on July 21st.

Giveaway is subject to policies HERE.

Tour Schedule

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July 17- Paulette’s Papers  | The Power of Words
July 18-Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic | Pause for Tales | Among the Reads
July 19-Book by Book | Edits and Reviews by Leslie | The Green Mockingbird
July 20-Heidi Reads… | Reading Is My SuperPower | Why Not? Because I Said So!
July 21-Remembrancy | Katie’s Clean Book Collection

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