BOOK CLUB: Last Bridge Before Home

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Author: Lily Malone
ISBN: 978-1-4892-5050-6
Copy courtesy of Harlequin Mira

Last Bridge Before Home is Lily Malone’s sixth full-length novel, and the third in her Chalk Hill series.  However, this is the first of Malone’s books that I have read and I was not aware until I had finished it that it was the third novel in a series, so I can safely say that it stands alone (I purposely don’t read the “about the author” even if it is at the beginning of a book until the end).

For those who are familiar with Malone’s work, this novel is about the third of the Honeychurch boys, the middle son, Braxton, known affectionately as Brix, and the girl he loves Jaydah Tully.

When I began this book I expected it to take the usual route of a rural romance, but very quickly a much darker theme emerged which left me alternately having to take breaks to deal with what I was reading and in tears.

We are all sadly aware of the incidence of domestic violence in our community, but Malone’s book shows how easily it can be hidden even in small rural communities and how easily people can slip through the cracks.

Everyone knows that Keith Tully is not a nice man, so they avoid him.  Jaydah is too afraid of the consequences to tell people what her home life is like, so no-one, not even Brix the person she is closest to, has any idea what is really going on up at the Tully household.

So when Jaydah finally decides to act, to get her family away from the man she calls “the monster” everything has to happen with the utmost secrecy, and at the last minute Jaydah has to admit to Brix that there is still a secret within the secrets that she hasn’t told him yet.  Will this last secret means she is asking too much of the man she loves?

Meanwhile, Brix is dealing with the sudden news that his mum has an inoperable, and terminal brain tumour and a dark family secret is about to be let out of the bag.

Last Bridge before Home is a beautifully written book, with strong believable characters and a storyline that deals with some of the hard truths of what happens behind closed doors.

I highly recommend this book, but make sure you have a box of tissues handy!

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13 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Last Bridge Before Home

  1. Great Read by Lily Malone and thanks to Harper Collins!!

    Unfortunately my book got packed into a removalist shipping container by the removalists before I could rescue it (they packed my house quicker than my brain could handle).

    I was part way through the book when we moved 3600km away and I had to wait on our things to arrive before re-reading and finishing the read… but I am so grateful for it.

    A truly great read! Brix and Jaydah have a lot of history and reading the third in the Chalk Hill Series was sensational.

    PLEASE NOTE: if you can not handle confronting and detailed experiences of domestic abuse-verbal and physical… this is not the story for you.

    That aside I felt that Lily gave Jaydah a voice, she set her free and gave her wings.

    Brix thinks his life is simple, predicable and steady. He is only missing one thing…Jaydah.
    Jaydah is stuck in hell, a hell loop she cannot escape and even of she felt strong enough to she knows she wont for the sake of those she loves most.
    A serious of unfortunate and confusing events set of a chain reaction for Jaydah and Brix, with them meeting again, picking up on their past and forging a new and confronting path.
    Courage and stength allow Jaydah to face her fears. Brix is forced to say goodbyes too soon to someone of such great importance but after celebrations of the highest magnitude.
    Actions have consequences though and that often means right when you have sorted yourself out you’re hit with another test, one that is often more difficult than ever.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this read and couldn’t put it down. I was compelled for there to be justice and for good and love to prevail.

    Thankyou beauty and lace, I’m so sorry it is late but it travelled almost completely around Australia before I could get a chance to read it.

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