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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  914 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Last Kiss Goodbye
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 28th 2016 by Headline Publishing Group (first published September 10th 2015)
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Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an extremely romantic read, one that you can curl up with a box of chocolates on the sofa and just get totally immersed in.

When archivist Abby Gordon stumbles upon a long lost photograph of a young man saying goodbye to his loved one before heading off into the Amazon jungle on an expedition, she is immediately drawn to it and determines to find out more about the couple in the photograph and their story. Told in dual time, the story weaves its way from 1961 and the story of Rosamund an
Dale Harcombe
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts in 1961 in England with Dominic Blake and a conversation that changes his life. The reader is then taken to London in the present day where archivist Abby Gordon finds a photograph of a couple which attracts her attention. She uses it as the focus in the display of explorers that is being staged. She is also determined to find out more about the couple in the photograph. It helps focus her attention away from her own cheating husband and their separation. The novel then takes us ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of Tasmina Perry’s novels that slips between two timelines. The first was The Proposal which I loved.

The story begins in 1961 when Rosamund Bailey first meets Dominic Blake. They have completely different personalities with differing political views but after a shaky start, they start working together and fall in love.

In the present day, Abby Gordon has marital troubles of her own and during her work as an archivist, looking for photos for an exhibition, she stumbles across a
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Last Kiss Goodbye is a lovely story that I easily lost myself into.

Abby is a great character and through her work in the museum and the discovery of an old photograph, the reader is transported backwards and forwards to the past and present day.

I very much enjoyed being taken back to the 1960's and learning more about the man in the photograph and was as intrigued as Abby at his disappearance.

Abby is a lovely character who throws herself into her work to try and take her mind off her person
Emma Crowley
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Kiss Goodbye is Tasmina Perry's second foray into historical fiction although the first I have read as sadly The Proposal is still sitting in my ever growing TBR pile waiting to be read. Compared to Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore (both authors whom I adore) overall this was a good read that held lots of promise but didn't quite reach the heights of either Rachel's or Santa's books. It didn't have me fully gripped except for the last number of chapters and the mystery element was all j ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was slightly disappointed by this book.. not by writing which is fabulous, not even really by the story which I did enjoy, but by the fact Tasmina Perry has gone from writing glamorous blockbusters, to a different style of book, which although still had a mystery element, also had a historical element to it too, and I'm just not a fan of history. I haven't read The Proposal yet, or I may have picked up on the change in sub-genre.

That being said I did really enjoy The Last Kiss Goodbye, I much
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Kiss Goodbye, like The Proposal, is a dual-time story. It is set in the early 1960s and in the modern day. The whole story centres around a photograph discovered by Abby Morgan in 2014. The photograph is featured in an exhibition and christened 'The Last Kiss Goodbye'.

Abby is dealing with her own personal heartbreak and becomes consumed by the story behind the old photograph. She is determined to find out more about it, and if possible, to track down the people in it. Abby learns that t
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read by Tasmina Perry. The first thing that entered my mind while reading this gorgeously story is that The Last Kiss would be a great romantic novel to take on holiday. The story is set in one of the romantic places Paris. It is also set in London and St Petersburg.

The pages are bursting with a gallery cast of glamorous characters.

Dashing Dominic Blake is always looking for fascinating people to do a profile on for Capital, the magazine he edited. He was alw
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I haven't read any of Tasmina Perry's novels before but the story line of this one intrigued me and I was so pleased I was given chance to read The Last Kiss Goodbye before publication.
This is a wonderfully written, well researched novel, I really liked the dual-setting structure, the locations and the collection of characters in both eras.
A truly enthralling story, it gripped me right from the beginning, I became very emotionally involved and couldn't put it down. Tasmina Perry keeps the read
Deborah O'Regan
A nice easy read. It wasn't the best Tasima Perry I have read and I have read most of hers. Not a patch on her earlier books ie Daddy's Girls etc.
This book really could've been a lot better than it was - it had the bones of a good story, if you sectioned it off into the beginning and the end.
It flicks back between present day with Abby who is an archivist and dealing with marital problems - to get a divorce or not to get a divorce that is the question - and Rosamund and Dominic our main couple in the 1960s.

It went haywire in the middle. Ironically the most lacking parts of the novel were the present-day romantic bits - for romantic fict
Shaz Goodwin
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In the prologue we get to know about Dominic and the society that he's a part of. I was curious about him from the beginning because there's a suggestion that he's different to the Dominic he portrays in this elite society. We're left on a cliff hanger - what was his conversation about!

The story flips between the two timelines and we leave each with perfect timing. There's a smooth transition into each and the settings drew me in. Tasmina Perry's writing s
Prasidh Ramson
So I've decided to read outside my comfort zone and try something different - contemporary romance! I'm not into 50 Shades, nor Paranormal romance, nor historical romance - so I picked this up based on the cover and bookstore recommendation. Here goes...

Abby is a young 30-something archivist at a prestigious UK museum, currently going through a divorce with her husband, Nick, of many years, due to the discovery of his recent infidelity. She stages an exhibition of bygone era adventurers and unco
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What a story! From one photo I was transported not just via locations but through many different emotions as I followed Dominic’s and Rosamund’s story with anticipation. Going back to the 1960s with a story of love and subterfuge was an exciting literary journey and the contrast of the troubled times with the Cold war in the background was a fascinating insight into the period.

I loved Dominic’s and Rosamund’s story, the challenges t
Deb Hopton
This book is split cleverly between two different time periods. The way the author links them together is plausible and intriguing. A tale of old fashioned and modern romance, spies and journalism. Although not the most exciting book ever, it was still a worthwhile read, just the thing when you aren't feeling too well!
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a romantic read. A genre I am completely out my depth with.

I'll spare you the blurb as you can read it at leisure.

The story which begins in 1961 and is based around Rosamund and Dominic. Who appear to be from opposite worlds, she is from a working class background whilst Dominic is very much a player in a higher society.

The novel then slips between timelines and brings us to modern day London where an archivist Abby Gordon finds a photograph of the couple, reluctant to let the pho
Stephanie Dwisa
I feel curious as soon as I read the synopsis. Story about long lost love is somehow painful and I never get to like it. But I give this book a try. The story is not only about romance, but also about detective, spy story. I like Rosamund. She is strong, independent, knows what her want. I love Dominic, I almost cant get his flaw. He knows what to do, he knows when to do. And finally find his home in Rosamund. They are so perfect to be together. The other story, which is in present, is about Abb ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young archivist named Abby discovers a photo in the museums archives, were she works, which intrigues her. Its of an explorer and a women in which they both look so happy. He went missing in 1961 when he embarked on a trek through the Amazon. Abby tries to find out what happened to these two forgotten people, especially him. This takes her on a trail of intrigue and self discovery.
I have given this book four stars because although I liked the characters and was compelled to find out what happe
Jalisse Micallef
A very beautiful book with a heartwarming plot that also holds space for some final significant surprises. Despite of the weeks it personally took me to read it (only because of the lack of free time I've been having more than ever lately), there was literally no part or chapter in this book which felt too slow or dragged. Whilst reading the story and getting to know the curious depth of the characters present, you could feel how well thought out the whole work was, and such a feeling, which is ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Kiss Goodbye filled me with a nostalgia evoked by the first Tasmina Perry novel I ever read: The Proposal. I was very excited by the premise of the story and it lived up to my expectations. I devoured it within twenty-four hours because it was an emotional, but quick, read. I particularly admired the research that had gone into the novel regarding the Cold War and the Amazon rainforest. I would recommend this for someone who has never read one of Perry's novels as well as for a longtime ...more
Gail Marchant
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was different in 1961 & present day
The tale of wealth the Cold War & British intelligence
Abby in the museum vaults finds a photograph of a man & woman saying goodbye- they look so in love
So Abby wants to find out about the people in the photo
The book tells of the lives of the people & their friends in 1961 & where they are now
A great story I was captured until the end with a tear in my eyes
Ola Oreiba
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing Tasmina writes that I haven't enjoyed so far since Daddy's Girls. What I loved in particular about this book was the varied character backgrounds and ages. I enjoyed how she jumped back and forth between the 60s and present day events and I loved how most of the characters were way more low-key than those in her previous books which I found refreshing and different for her.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I really love this narrative style, with a present day story running alongside one set in the past with links between the two. This story completely drew me in and made me want to keep reading to find out more. I'd be interested in reading more from this author.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this one to be easily absorbed, well put together, and an enjoyable read. Did not expect the sudden turn around right at the end. Worth it.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story of love and dedication...
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great summer holiday read..
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!. Tasmina Perry never fails to entertain. Haven’t read a book by her yet , that I haven’t loved!
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased
Really beautiful read. There were a few parts that I wasn’t so keen on bit overall the story was great. I loved the time hop between eras and how they were both brought together so beautifully
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I’ve ever finished a hard backed book in under 24 hours before ! I just could not put this book down its utterly brilliant ! 10/10 !
Alison Clark
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a brilliant read from start to end - Loved it so much I read it in 3 days. A brilliant twist in the middle. This is the first book I've read of Tasmina Perry but it won't be the last.
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"Tasmina Perry left a career in law for the more glamorous world of women’s magazine journalism.

She has written on celebrity and style for many national magazines including Marie−Claire‚ Glamour and Heat and was most recently Deputy Editor of InStyle magazine. She has also found time to launch her own travel and fashion magazine Jaunt. All of her four novels have been Sunday Times best-sellers and

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