My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari

Setting: California
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: January 23, 2018

Simeen Desai's husband, Nirvaan, is dying. He's battled non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for years and now there's a tumor in his brain. He wants to give up all treatments. She wants him to fight. To convince him to go another round against the disease, she agrees to have a baby and reunite with his best friend, the former love of her life. Tragic events tore Simi and Zayaan apart, and Nirvaan wants to see them reunited.

Together the trio set off to tackle Nirvaan's bucket list over the summer. It's on these adventures that Simi learns life without her husband may be okay and that love will go on.

Strengths and Weaknesses

The bulk of the story revolves around the love triangle formed between Nirvaan, Zayaan, and Simi. You know that Simi and Zayaan have a past, but the full details of what happened to end things comes later in the story. I found that that's the point where I was really drawn into the story. Until then, I wondered why everyone seemed so set on pushing Simi to get into another relationship while her husband is dying.

It took me a bit to form a connection with the characters. I think that was the biggest hurdle for me. Simi hides a lot and struggled to tell her husband the truth. Her husband, though he was dying, seemed to be pushing too hard to take big risks and push his wife and best friend together. Zayaan was probably the most likable, but even then it took a while before I truly liked him too. My struggle with the characters was my biggest hurdle.

RTR's Bottom Line

Confession time. I chose to read My Last Love Story because it was touted as being a great choice for fans of Jojo Moyes. I'm a huge fan of Moyes books, so I was looking forward to this one.

I never found it had the same emotional pull for me as most of Moyes books do, but it was still a great read. My heart broke for Simi when her secret was revealed. From that point on, I wanted her to have it all. I do recommend this touching story.


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