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The Last Word

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Set against the smoky, gaslit allure of Victorian London, this sweetly romantic historical debut is full of humor and stars a whip-smart female heroine ahead of her time.

Where one story ends, another begins.

1861. Miss Lucinda Leavitt is shocked when she learns the author of her favorite serialized novel has died before completing the story. Determined to learn how it ends, Lucinda reluctantly enlists the help of her father's young business partner, Mr. David Randall, to track down the reclusive author's former whereabouts.

David is a successful young businessman, but is overwhelmed by his workload. He wants to prove himself to his late father, as well as to himself. He doesn't have the time, nor the interest, for this endeavor, but Lucinda is not the type to take no for an answer.

Their search for the elusive Mrs. Smith and the rightful ending to her novel leads Lucinda and David around the country, but the truths they discover about themselves--and each other--are anything but fictional.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Last Word by debut author Samantha Hastings is a fun yet intellectual romp through Victorian London--the perfect book for book-lovers.

Praise for The Last Word

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Witty, spirited, and utterly swoon-worthy. ... Filled with fierce feminism, impeccable period detail, and a charming romance that's sure to stay with readers long after the last word." --Addie Thorley, author of An Affair of Poisons

"Great voice. Unique premise. ... And who can resist a plucky heroine who is determined to help write an unfinished romance novel by her favorite author!" --B.R. Myers, author of Rogue Princess
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 145 x 215 x 21mm | 344g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250301882
  • 9781250301888
  • 930,355

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Praise for The Last Word

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Witty, spirited, and utterly swoon-worthy. ... Filled with fierce feminism, impeccable period detail, and a charming romance that's sure to stay with readers long after the last word." --Addie Thorley, author of An Affair of Poisons

"Great voice. Unique premise. ... And who can resist a plucky heroine who is determined to help write an unfinished romance novel by her favorite author!" --B.R. Myers, author of Rogue Princess

"Refreshing ... Lucinda, a young Victorian woman with a modern sensibility well ahead of her time, has plenty of pluck and determination. Hastings' breezy prose and crafty plotting will leave readers racing to uncover her own last installment." --BookPage

"This book was so lovely! Lucinda's spunky personality mixed with her independent nature made her one of my favorite female MCs ... If you love historical romance than you'll definitely love this one!" --The Clever Reader

"I was blown away by the wonderful feminist themes throughout this book, and Hastings delivered them with such a witty punch. Lucinda is the type of heroine girls need to read about! ... This book was everything I'd hoped it would be and then some." --YA and Wine

"A great, clean, romantic, historical novel that all ages would enjoy!" --Stacy.Moon, reader on SwoonReads.com

"Make[s] history accessible to YA readers. It's light, fun, and has a modern flare that many readers will appreciate." --Cassie Rose, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I adored this story, especially all of the characters and the very fitting humor and modern messages. ... This book was amazing!" --Bluestar, reader on SwoonReads.com
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About Samantha Hastings

Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey-sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. The Last Word is her debut novel.
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93 ratings
4.27 out of 5 stars
5 52% (48)
4 29% (27)
3 16% (15)
2 2% (2)
1 1% (1)
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