Review: The Last Kiss Goodbye by Tasmina Perry


The Last Kiss Goodbye by Tasmina Perry
Published by Headline Review 2016 (Paperback)
376 Pages

Thank you to Headline Review for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone remembers their first kiss. But what about the last?

1961. Journalist Rosamund Bailey is ready to change the world. When she meets explorer and man about town Dominic Blake, she realises she has found the love of her life. Just as happiness is in their grasp, the worst happens, and their future is snatched away.

2014. Deep in the vaults of a museum, archivist Abby Gordon stumbles upon a breathtaking find. A faded photograph of a man saying goodbye to the woman he loves. Looking for a way to escape her own heartache, Abby becomes obsessed with the story, little realising that behind the image frozen in time lies a secret altogether more extraordinary.


A story about long lost love with twists and turns? Yes please. As soon as I read the synopsis for The Last Kiss Goodbye I knew I had to read it. I'd never read any of Tasmina Perry's books before, so it was good to be going into this book with a clear head not knowing what to expect. I was looking forward to getting stuck into this love story (as you know if you are a big reader of this blog, is that I do love a good romantic story).

The Last Kiss Goodbye is a dual-timed story, set in 1960's and the modern day. The story is based around a photograph that archivist Abby Morgan finds in 2014, showing a couple in what appears to be a last goodbye. The photograph is featured in an exhibition and is later titled 'The Last Goodbye', the photograph grabs the attention of the press and is soon captivating audiences. Dealing with her own heartache, Abby looks into the photograph further and soon finds out that the people in it are explorer and man about town Dominic Blake and journalist and activist Rosamund Bailey. She soon discovers that Dominic was heading off on an adventure in the photograph and never returned home. 

The story travels back and fourth and we soon learn how Dominic and Rosamund met in 1960's, where parties, excitement and women's views were all the rage. In the midst of all this we also visit a darker side to this decade with the Cold War. The balance between these themes is handled very delicately and I applaud Tasmina for it. 

The idea behind the story did captivate me, I just wish I had felt myself engaging more with the characters that I met throughout. I loved Rosamund, I found her to be a highly intelligent, opinionated and determined to fight for what she saw was right. As a political activist turned journalist this is what I expected for her character. She would be great role model for any young woman. I also had a bit of a spot for Dominic Blake. I loved his charismatic aura and the way he could charm anyone on the spot. He did have a bit of a reputation as a playboy, but as he fell in love with Rosamund he knew where his heart lay. On the other hand I found Abby to be, quite frankly, a bit of a dull, wet character. I feel like she went on a bit too much about her heartache and at times I just wanted to give her a shake and bring her back to reality. Oh and don't get me started on Elliot Hall. I knew he was going to be a sleazeball of a character from the moment he was introduced and I literally screamed when Abby fell for him. 

As I loved Dominic and Rosamund so much, I definitely enjoyed their parts of the story to Abby's. I'm a girl that wished I'd grown up in the sixties so I loved reading about it and imagining. Also, the fact that we visited many different locations across the story such as London, Paris and St Petersburg, which really brought depth to the entire story.

The Last Kiss Goodbye was a really interesting read that had me captivated. I loved the love story and the several mysteries that we encountered. It was just the weak characters that let it down slightly. Don't get me wrong though, it's a great book to curl up with for a few hours.




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