REVIEW: I am pretty sad right about now. The Last Port of Call by Elizabeth Bromke is the last book in the Sail Away series. If you haven’t read any of them yet, what are you waiting for? The first book is Welcome Aboard and it is a free download. It will also give you an idea of what all the books are about. There are nine total. They are not connected by characters at all. They’re only connected by the fact they all take place on a cruise. I’ve really enjoyed this series.
I have to say that I did not like the characters in the beginning of the book. Marie and her mother Joan are something else. I’m going to say they mellowed out and changed a bit by the end of the book. That was excellent writing on Elizabeth’s part. I am not usually one to hate characters but, I was glad to see them change their ways. I think. The ending made me wonder about Joan.
I did like the book by the end. There is always a reason an author writes the circumstances and characters they do. Sometimes, you have to hang in there until it becomes obvious. I’m glad I did. I haven’t heard any rumblings about this series continuing. If they write more, I will be reading them but, this is a nice little series that is good as it is. Until next time…Happy Reading!
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SYNOPSIS: Set sail to new adventures and escape with eight best-selling authors in the exciting new Sail Away series!
Marie Stern is two things she doesn’t want to be: freshly divorced and turning fifty. But if that isn’t bad enough, the messy dissolution has cost her much of her life savings and many of her friends.
So, the newly single Marie moves back home with her mother, an ornery octogenarian with a penchant for entering to win radio contests. Once back, Marie realizes her mom is in worse shape than she expected. Joan needs help, and Marie worries she was almost too late…
When Joan Stern’s adult daughter returns home, the timing couldn’t be worse. After entering and losing thousands of vacation contests over the years, the retired hairdresser has hit the jackpot. She just won two tickets to an all-expense-paid Alaskan cruise for a week. And she already promised the ticket to her boyfriend.
Marie doesn’t think it’s wise for her mother to travel, especially on a cross-country boat trip. She’s ready to put the kibosh on things, but it’s too late. Not only is her mother going on this vacation, but she’s taking with her a secret boyfriend. That is, until he dies, leaving Joan with one extra ticket and a zest for life so powerful that Marie must either pray that Joan doesn’t fall overboard, or…
She can join her mother before the ocean liner reaches its last port of call.
Will the mother-daughter duo embark on a wild ride, full of laughter and tears and second chances? Or will they drown in their respective sorrows?
Drift into the beauty of Alaska aboard the Opal of the Seas in this feel-good and feisty women’s fiction about a mother and daughter, life and love by USA TODAY bestseller, Elizabeth Bromke.★ Don’t miss a Sail Away book! ★
Book 1: Welcome Aboard – prologue book
Book 2: The Sound of the Sea by Jessie Newton
Book 3: Uncharted Waters by Tammy L. Grace
Book 4: A Not So Distant Shore by Ev Bishop
Book 5: Caroline, Adrift by Kay Bratt
Book 6: Moonlight On the Lido Deck by Violet Howe
Book 7: The Winning Tickets by Judith Keim
Book 8: Lost At Sea by Patricia Sands
Book 9: The Last Port of Call by Elizabeth Bromke