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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Every summer four old friends flock together at Madge's seaside house to swap stories and sip wine. Throughout divorces, children, and new marriages, only the beach house and the sisterhood that comes with it, hold constant. This time, though, something is different.

Madge, a writer  who brought them all together, asks them for a risky, unthinkable favor.
She has a good reas
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published September 28th 2015 by Penner Publishing
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Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-saga

This story is about four women.

The author divided up the chapters for each woman, which I found a good way of interacting and getting to know each woman in turn. We feel their emotions, we get to see inside, not only they're lives but their soul.

Madge, Joan, Jackie and Lou met in college. Madge kept in touch with each of them even though they went their separate ways in life. They met up occasionally.

Each one had to finish their own life story.

Madge wants to finish hers by suicide and to do t
Nina Macmillan
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A very slow start, but when it grabs you it's good.
Patricia Atkinson
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
this book is the story of 4 old college friends who stayed in touch with each other and get together at least every few years.they have helped each other through getting married, divorced having children and break ups... they always went through the best and the worst of times..when madge a writer finds out she has alzhemers she calls them all together to help her finish her book.. the book is about them and their lives she just needs them to read it and write the ending...madge has decided to w ...more
Margaret Millmore
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars for this enjoyable read!

Her Last Words (previously published under the title Uprush) is a story about life, friendship and death. Four college friends get together annually to share their lives, they’ve been friends for forty years, through marriages, divorces, children, jobs and new lovers and through all the challenges and changes of life, they stand together.

When they gather this time, they’re surprised and taken off guard at what transpires. One of them has a debilitating disease
Pamela Scott
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jo-barney
Her Last Words is a lovely, sad, heart-warming novel. I absolutely loved it. The characters are well-written and painfully real. I loved the women. They were like old friends I’d bumped into for the first time in years. I liked the way the novel is narrated with occasional time shifts revealing each story Madge had included in her final novel, Think on These Things. This worked really well. When the author reveals what has happened to Madge and the true purpose for the women meeting at her seasi ...more
Linda Thompson
Once again, Jo Barney has blown me away with her unique writing style. And once again she kept me up all night reading. I was fascinated by the detailed thought process Madge took to reach her final goal, and the stories about Madge and her three closest friends made me laugh, made me cry, but always created the desire to want more. One can only hope that should we find ourselves in Madge’s position we have friends like hers and that we have the courage to do what she did. There is so much stren ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy from the author.I have to be honest that the first chapter had me a bit confused until I continued reading and was pulled into each of the characters' stories. It is a story of four friends who have remained friends for over 40 years and have been there for each other in their own way. At first, I couldn't understand what the mystery about Madge was all about but as you continue you realize that she is writing the story of her life with the aid of her friends, the way she wants ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came into Her Last Words completely open and blind. I didn’t know what to expect at all and I must say I really loved the book—it was a uniquely beautiful and emotional read. I loved each lady in their own way; they were so flawed and endearing. A great read and I highly recommend it.

Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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