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Last Dance at Jitterbug Lounge

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  361 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Jack and Claire Crabtree were once happily married, but separate interests have left each one dancing to their own tune. She refuses to move into the brand-new house he built for the family. He spends too much time at work with a colleague whom she considers a threat to any man's fidelity. When Jack is summoned back to Oklahoma to see his ailing grandpa Bud, Claire only ma ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 555 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Wheeler Publishing (first published March 1st 2008)
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Clare Cannon
Oct 25, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adults

This story switches between contemporary and historical fiction. The contemporary narrative follows the realistic but worthwhile journey of Jack and Claire, a couple in their thirties who are struggling to hold their marriage together, having drifted apart in work and life. The historical fiction follows the development of the unusual romance of Jack's grandparents, Bud and Geri, around the time of World War II.

It's not so common to find a story that shows love's ups and downs and pulling throu
Sue Daniels
Feb 20, 2009 Sue Daniels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best comfort reads that I have read in a while- I enjoyed the book. A realistic look at two marriages. What I found interesting was how the female author was good at capturing and depicting the two leading male characters. Why women fell in love with them and how the men basic goodness was described. In both marriages there was instant notice by the men of their future wives, and both marriage there was a strong physical attraction and enjoyable sex. The story of the two marriages is ...more
Nov 11, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very appropriate that I finished reading this book over Veteran's Day weekend. Bud is a World War II veteran who suffers a stroke while taking flowers to visit his wife, Geri, at the cemetery for her birthday. His grandson, Jack, is called from his home in San Antonio and told that his grandfather is hospitalized. Jack's mother takes their three children so his wife, Claire, can make the trip with him. Every other chapter is written in real time and shows the relationship of Jack and Clai ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I would have enjoyed this book more at a different stage of my life. A book of family regrets with a relatively happy ending. Make sure you tell those you love that you love them before it is too late.
Jan 22, 2009 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Clare by: Newcomer's Club book group
Newcomer's Club book group - Feb. 2009

I would not have picked up this book if book club hadn't been reading it, but it was worthwhile. Some of the characters were a little cliche, but it was still an enjoyable read.
The message is one that all married couples need to hear at some point...marriage is work. Even when it seems you're each headed in different directions, or when it seems that your spouse isn't the same person you married, it's better to find or create happiness together than to wallo
Feb 10, 2009 Kim-Lost-In-A-Book rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
What a beauitful story and it's a bonus that it's beautifully written. I love the connections that are made to the family members. The things that had been unknown become known and help the younger generation of this family not only learn about their family, but also helps them learn about themselves and enables them to reclaim the spark that ignited their love and also find the sparks within themselves as individuals. The bonds of family are strong and they last forever. Sometimes we need remin ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Elhara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once in a while I happen upon a book that finds me wishing the world would stand still and the flow of words could continue on and on.
Neither blockbuster or best seller I cannot recall how this title found its way to my" to read" shelf. Like many Goodreaders it's often a case of getting lost following posted comments and links. There's no intrinsic plot twists, alien life forms or any mystery to solve. This is a story that a reader can relax and just enjoy, a summer beach read without the beach
Feb 16, 2010 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It has a great story line, and I really liked the connection with the character's. I thought there could have been more details here and there in the book. The end left me wanting to know what happened with the remaining characters however. I really felt like it left you hanging and wondering. All in all though it was a fun likeable read. I am not quite sure what my draw to books that go back and forth between the past and present are, but it seems to be a pattern for ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried for this story. It was not a happy go lucky story. The characters were rich and had me wishing that things had been different and that it could all be nicely wrapped up with a pretty bow. That was not the case. I loved how you got to learn so much about the past and how it was perceived by the different characters. Changes that would come to pass and misunderstandings. In a way I just wished that Bud's grandson gets to read the stories about Bud's life and so understand why some of the t ...more
Jul 02, 2013 Fedora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a bit of a Pamela Morsi kick lately, so I was excited to pick up one I hadn't yet read, Last Dance at Jitterbug Lounge. And the back cover blurb definitely sounded promising--I've always loved second-chance stories. And I also love life-time love stories--the ones about couples growing old together. Finally, I love stories about families and communities, and ties that bind not out of cruelty or to demand anything but out of love.

Ms. Morsi delivers all those in this beautifully writt
Jul 14, 2008 Jennie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Retrospectively, not a good choice after reading a book on Southern manners, etc. A good concept, but poorly executed. I did not care for any of the characters. The story drags on. Okay, I do like Bud and Geri, the old couple and we get to see flashbacks to their courtship and married life. But inbetween time, we get to see their grandson Jack and his wife Claire make a mess of their married life. Jack is especially obnoxious. Makes fun of his tight-knit hillbilly family but can't manage to have ...more
Tanya T
I really enjoy Pamela Morsi's books! This book takes you back and forth from the WWII era to present time. A good story about generation gaps and the importance of family. Follows a 30ish couple as they make the trip back "home" to visit the husbands ederly grandfather, between extended family members and tokens left behind by the aging Grandparents the couple is able to realize what is important in life and how to mend there failing marriage.
Becky Moore
Apr 15, 2016 Becky Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tear jerker

I loved this sweet time-hopping story about love, war, forgiveness and peace. I loved Bud's story a bit more than Jack and Claire's but I did enjoy the tying up of loose ends. The characters were real and Bud just had my heart after his initial flaws as a teenager. His war stories had me in tears but had me laughing through them moments later with Geri's family shenanigans. I would read this again and enjoy it just as much. Very clean and easy read.
Jun 03, 2008 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I quickly became so caught up in this book that I couldn't put it down. It is a very emotional book that skips back and forth between the memories of an elderly man, Bud, and the current life of his grandson, Jack, whom he has not been close to in years. Bud, who is widowed, has had a stroke and is in a partial coma. He is mostly unaware of what is going on around him, but during this time the events of his life are replaying in his mind. Grandson,Jack, and his wife, Claire, have grown apart in ...more
Alexis Villery
Mar 31, 2011 Alexis Villery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack and Claire Crabtree were once happily married, but separate interests have each left them with the feeling that the other is no longer the one. Claire refuses to move into the brand new house Jack built for the family and she believes he spends too much time with a colleague. Then Jack is called back home to Oklahoma to see Bud, his sick grandfather. Claire follows.

In this story we are split between two separate stories and relationships. Bud and Geri Crabtree (Jack's grandparents) and Jac
Dec 02, 2009 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in a matter of days. It was a real easy read. I enjoyed the way it was written, every other chapter from either the Grandfather's point of view or the grandson's point of view. The story is one I feel I've read before. So many novels revolve around the secrets a family keeps to protect their place in society, or their pride, or any other rationalized reason they conjure up. As for the characters, I felt they were relatable in many ways. Their distraction with the 'important' thi ...more
May 25, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Sentimental story about "told" by thoughts from a dying man. His grandson and his wife and huge family flood the hospital as he lingers on the fringes of death and the grandson comes to terms with his love and relationship with the ld man.
Amber Kinner-Alahakoon
Great book

Easy read. Hard to put the book down. Story went between history and present. A man learned so much about himself as he spent time with a family he barely knew when he went back to be with his dying grandpa.
I was really surprised how much I liked this book, but I thought it was really great. It is the story of Jack and Claire, a huband and wife who were deeply in love, but have found themselves drifting apart recently. On a trip back to Oklahoma, where they have been called back to help take care of Jack's dying grandfather, they rediscover what's important to each of them and find a way to reconcile. Running parallel to their story is the story of Jack's grandfather, Bud, and his wife Geri told th ...more
Nov 27, 2014 suzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Not really for the romance part but the characters’ stories. Bud’s to be specific. It was great how the author manages to weave into the present time the story of Bud without making it dissonant. And it’s perfect how flawed every one is.

Very good read especially for married couples, I think, or those contemplating on getting hitched. It’s a wonderful story how love may feel like all giddiness at the start but marriage requires a lot of hard work and compromise on both sides.
Aug 03, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy Nicholas Sparks and a sweet, clean love story.
As I was walking through the library, the cover completely drew me in. I admit I'm a total sucker for a great cover on a book. And thankfully, it was better than I had even hoped considering how I accidentally stumbled across it. I enjoyed everything about this novel! It was so sweet and yet so real. The story parallels two couples in two different time periods as they struggle through their marriages and lives together. It was beautifully written and very honest. I really liken this author to h ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Honestly, I was not sure how much I would like this book. It was a break from my usual reads that tend to have younger characters and usually a lot of fantasy elements... but I was immediately drawn into the story and into the lives of two couples. One couple is in the place in life that I am in right now. Married with children, SAHM... and the other couple was the husband's grandparents. As the story unfolds, we see how life gets in the way sometimes. How we take what should be most important f ...more
Oct 05, 2008 Tammi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life is too short for nonsense in a relationship. Husbands and wives aren't perfect, and if you can't get past them not being what you'd hoped you will never let yourself know who they really are, and that would be the real loss. That sums up the book pretty well, we all live with losses in our lives some small some great but what I have learned is if you are with someone who loves you for who you are and you know that they will be there for you when you don't know where to go or what to do, rem ...more
Oct 27, 2008 Susy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 'lite read' that I borrowed from a friend, but a good story told in two voices. One is the aging grandfather who has suffered a stroke & is hospitalized and the other is the narrator telling the stories of the relatives brought together to ensure he's not alone in his last days. Mostly it gave me hope that if I'm in the position of being apparently unresponsive, perhaps I'll hear the messages from family members! Now it's time to read something with "meat". No more trade fiction for ...more
I don't remember the last time I ugly cried when reading a book. So emotional.
Aug 17, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults, either gender
This is a wonderful book that explores the dynamics of relationships - husband and wife, parents and children, people and their work. It is enriched by the tale of a man who has struggled all his life with traumatic memories from WWII and the grief and guilt he carries over the death of his son. I enjoyed it tremendously and would recommend it to anyone, as I believe it would appeal to a man as well as a woman.
Nice little love story spanning three generations. Story is told through unspoken flashbacks of the grandfather in his hospital sickbed and through the grandson and his wife as they learn about themselves and the family history.

Nothing earth shattering, but book does touch on topics such as post-traumatic stress, death of an adult child, changes in marital expectations and dreams and family dynamaic.
Nov 05, 2014 Hillary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, easy read with some romance and a little bit of history mixed in. My kind of book.
Catchy title, have a feeling there might be some tears in this one.

FINALLY finished! The tragedies of starting a book the week before school starts!

Anyway, sweet book with the theme of not taking the little things for granted. Even if you live a long, full life, it is too short to sweat the small stuff and not appreciate those around you.
Oct 20, 2012 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book for $1 on the clearence shelf at the bookstore! I love it when I find a good book for a bargain! What a wonderful and memorable book! It is well writen and I enjoyed how it switches back and forth between the grandfather's point of view and that of the grandson who is visiting him in the hospital. Great family story!
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Pamela Morsi is a USA Today, Waldenbooks, and Barnes & Noble bestselling author of romance. She broke into publishing in 1991 with Heaven Sent and has been gracing readers with at least a book a year ever since. Two of her novels, Courting Miss Hattie (1992) and Something Shady (1996), won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award, the highest honor in romance publishing, and others have bee ...more
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