Last Will

Last Will Bernie Raleigh is a failure at nearly everything he touches Nobody notices a loser and after being kidnapped for ransom as a child Bernie has spent his adult life trying to avoid being noticed That

Bernie Raleigh is a failure at nearly everything he touches Nobody notices a loser, and after being kidnapped for ransom as a child, Bernie has spent his adult life trying to avoid being noticed That s impossible now that he s inherited his grandfather s enormous fortune The inheritance comes complete with a mansion, a lot of obligations, and a very problematic housekeeBernie Raleigh is a failure at nearly everything he touches Nobody notices a loser, and after being kidnapped for ransom as a child, Bernie has spent his adult life trying to avoid being noticed That s impossible now that he s inherited his grandfather s enormous fortune The inheritance comes complete with a mansion, a lot of obligations, and a very problematic housekeeper named Meda Amos Beauty queen, alien abductee, crypto Jew, single mother Meda is all those things, and she may be the only person who can help Bernie survive his new and very public life.

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  1. BRYN GREENWOOD is a fourth generation Kansan and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer She is the author of the novels All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Last Will, and Lie Lay Lain She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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  1. This is about life not being perfect People not being perfect That as we go through life, the paint chips off, we get dented, and sometimes we break.Bryan Greenwood is very astute with the characters she writes about She makes her characters seem like real people A theme of hers seems to be not judging by appearance or even circumstance Her writing makes me wonder what she would write about me if she knew me.Her characters are broken but in a very particular way who by circumstance and or person [...]

  2. When Bernie Raleigh s grandfather dies, he inherits his vast fortune Leaving his satisfying life as a librarian behind, Bernie returns to the life he left twenty years earlier Meda Amos is one of the domestics in Bernie s newly inherited mansion A beautiful face marred only by a few facial scars, she is a constant distraction for Bernie Both Bernie and Meda have troubled pasts Both are limited by those past events in the present Yet as they come to know each other these two may be able to face a [...]

  3. 2.5 stars This is the second time in less than 24 hours where I m going to have to use the terms quiet and anti climactic in a review There s no doubt that I should consider digging deep into my mental thesaurus to come up with different terms but I m going to reserve the effort for a book I d rather gush about.Even though this was a much easier read than Lies of Locke Lamora, I don t think I can award bonus points for being able to get through the book quickly The style of writing was not too c [...]

  4. Last Will is one of the most charming and uplifting book I ve read in recent years last year s Lover s dictionary and 2010 Thera are other similar books I greatly enjoyed while staying very grounded in reality , though of course both main characters Bernie and Meda who alternate first person narration with few interludes from Bernie s aunt who sort of functions as an outside back story pov are quite unlikely themselves, but the skill of the author is such that both just stand out, take over and [...]

  5. When you get to the point where you know the worst thing about someone you love, you know the truth about yourself, words spoken by one of the main characters in Bryn Greenwood s LAST WILL that summarize the novel better than any words I can summon myself Bryn Greenwood writes about the wounds that define us, and the possibilities and limits of recovery, with precision, humor and an unsentimental clarity of vision I can t wait for the next book from this fresh, original voice

  6. I don t recall how this book came to my attention Stairway Press is the tiniest of indie publishers and the only unfortunate result of that is a possible lack of publicity Because this is a great novel that falls just enough off the beaten track of current fiction to make it refreshingly unique Bernie Raleigh is a 30 year old man to whom nothing good has ever happened He is the grandson and sole heir of the richest man in Oklahoma City Kidnapped when he was almost 10 by a local psychopath hoping [...]

  7. If you re looking for unique characters that will stick with you long after the last page is turned, you ve come to the right book.My advice to readers is this stick with it You ll be rewarded Last Will is intriguing and a little puzzling at the start, but if you don t connect with the characters immediately which I didn t , rest assured that you will I was a good halfway through the book before Bernie and Meda really became clear to me as people I think the author is intentional about making th [...]

  8. Last Will is a stealth book There are no explosions or car chases, no over the top confrontations, no murders It doesn t need any of these things to totally suck the reader in I was quietly and totally sucked into the story and the character interaction all the way to the very satisfying and uplifting ending Bryn Greenwood is an amazing writer She has the ability to convey so much with some of the most concise and precise writing I ve ever seen Last Will is the literary equivalent of an indie mo [...]

  9. 3.5 Stars What a cunt, Ray said, louder, emboldened by his friends laughter Meda didn t pause and my gut churned to hear him reduce her to the thing he d done to her The truth is that every fistfight I ever had, most of them with Robby, ended with me getting the worst of it I was not prepared to take on five guys I wasn t afraid It s not like my nose was ever going to be straight again, but it seemed futile I think even by the kindest of standards I was something of a weakling, but I had only on [...]

  10. this novel was such a treat to read is a quiet book, action wise,but so very powerful emotionally ittruly resonatesautifully written from the point ofview of our hero, heroine and the hero saunt, greenwood reveals each characterunflinchingly, precisely and with truth each narrator is broken in his or herown way, yet still survivors, and ultimately,Last Will was so uplifting for me atrue pleasure to read and such a strongdebut i love both bernie and meda, ourhero and heroine.highly recommended

  11. I have a love hate relationship with books about broken people Sometimes, I m in the mood and enjoy reading about people who can t get out of their own way to discover happiness And then there are times when I just do not have the patience to read about people who need fixing I ve got enough problems.So after I started Bryn Greenwood s Last Will and discovered that it is about not one, but TWO broken people, I realized I had to suck it up and get past my initial bad mood I d just finished with I [...]

  12. 3 1 2 stars for me, but I rounded up When Bernie s grandfather dies Bernie finds himself to be the sole heir of an insurmountable fortune Bernie is not happy about this In fact, it is a huge disruption and inconvenience in his normally quiet and unobtrusive life When he s forced to his grandfather s home to take care of settling the estate, Bernie becomes enad with Meda, one of the house keepers who tends to the huge mansion Both Bernie and Meda have troubled pasts Meda, who is described many ti [...]

  13. I spent the weekend reading this book and have been contemplating the review for it ever since I REALLY wanted to like this book It had an interesting plot line and I was kept guessing until the very end on what was going to happen which was really nice.I was dissapointed though The climax and conclusion of the book fell flat for me I was left not liking any of the characters, save for a bit of a soft spot for Bernie and his Aunt Meda started out being a character that I could enjoy and in some [...]

  14. I m not even sure how I found this book but I loved, loved, loved it It started out feeling a bit silly, like a Rosie Project of sorts for the ridiculously rich but it was a look at how damaged people try to rise above their trauma to a life of meaning and love I found it utterly graceful and incredibly touching.

  15. I really enjoyed this read It reminded me of the show This is Us with its depiction of family interactions and a couple who isn t seen in typical romantic mainstream dramas novels The angst damaged characters paired with quirky comedy balance nicely, though I thought from 72% 85% dragged a bit The ending wasn t as powerful or climactic as I thought it would be, but perhaps it s symbolic of Bernie s problem.

  16. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of Last Will Word of advice get your copy now And when do, set aside a big chunk of time to read it It s so compelling, I think I read it in two sittings It s not only a beautifully written, complicated, and layered tale of pain and healing, but a touching story of two amazing characters getting to know each other and themselves Greenwood is absolutely masterful at bringing Bernie and Meda to life on the page, and made me fall in love with both [...]

  17. I read this immediately after finishing All the Ugly and Wonderful Things also written by Bryan Greenwood I gave that book 5 stars and added it to my favorites shelf If I had read this book first I would not have rushed to read the other I felt like it was hard to get a grasp on either Meda, which made me less fond of Bernie Meda was upset or offended by every single thing Bernie said, did, or implied throughout the entire book Which made Bernie seem a little pathetic for aggressively pursuing h [...]

  18. This book was written by a grad school classmate of mine, and I suppose I was predisposed toward liking it for that reason, but I truly adored it The main characters are damaged people trying to find a path leading to a loving relationship The sources of their problems are revealed gradually and in devastatingly offhand ways You cringe for them and admire them and wish for their success The minor characters illuminate the main characters beautifully The book reminds me of Ann Patchett s early no [...]

  19. A riveting, compassionate, twisty, humane book Librarian Bernie Raleigh, kidnapped for ransom as a child, inherits his grandfather s immense fortune and must come to terms with the wealth and the wounds that they caused him He encounters Meda Amos, one time beauty queen, current housekeeper and single mother, who has psychic and physical scars of her own, but might be his best chance of navigating the new role Bernie never sought but finds himself living.

  20. Man, I love the way this woman writes romance It is romance, but there is still plot and weirdly enough the women in her stories are actual people Throw on top of it her condemnation for stereotypical gender roles and cliche romantic tropes and I am done for LOVE this author Off to read another of her books.

  21. It s different then what I usually pick up, I ll tell you.But it s a good read, I m sure of.It s honest and direct as the characters think their thoughts and put their feelings out in the open I enjoyed reading the authors words as they went along, not sure what would happen next.

  22. I am so sad to be giving Last Will only two stars And the second star is purely for the beautiful writing.I picked up Last Will because I read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things and I absolutely loved everything about it So it seemed a natural for me to pick up another of Bryn Greenwood s other books But even without comparing the two books I didn t like Last Will Last Will was a well written boring story This might be the 5th or so changing POV book I ve read in a row now, so I m going on a chan [...]

  23. interesting because lately I ve read several books with plural narrators, and this book that I picked off the library shelves turns out to have plural narrators, in an alternating chapter format, each told in first person singular one of the tentative conclusions I had come to with the previous books I had read is that the first person plural is an inherently unreliable narrator Even in this serial single narrator, it holds up these narrators still feel unreliable part of it is that when we jump [...]

  24. Last Will was an easy read, and the storyline had promise, but I had a hard time feeling connected to the main character I triedI wanted to root for himbut I just felt too far removed.

  25. Avevo letto splendidi commenti su questo libro su Fantasy Book Critic, e lo scorso anno lo avevo poi preso sul Kindle nell ambito dell operazione Saccheggio iano.Un libro lontano dal fantastico che solitamente leggo, lontano da saghe, da draghi, da mondi medioevali o futuristici.Un libro che una storia d a complicata.Ed complicata perch complicati sono i protagonisti.Bernie un bibliotecario che vive la sua vita pacifica e tranquilla, almeno fino a quando non muore suo nonno E scopriamo cos che s [...]

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