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Last Call

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  202 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Having descended from a long line of indomitable, good-humored Scots, Hayden MacBride sees no reason to take his own death lying down. In fact, he now spends his days crashing funerals for the free food and insight into the Great Beyond. Then he meets Rosamond, a nun playing hooky from the Holy Orders. Hayden is smitten the instant her heavy silver cross smacks him in the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 2003)
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This story is tailor-made for one of the schmaltzier Hallmark Hall of Fame productions. I have to confess I don't know how it ends -- but the story revolves around a main character, who is larger than life and dying of cancer -- so let's assume the story comes to its natural conclusion. I made it about 100 pages in before I decided I had had enough sugary intake and called it quits.
Oct 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone in need of a good laugh.
Shelves: to-read-again
Laugh out loud funny! One of the few books that caused my sides to ache.
Shannon Miller
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Completely charming.
Brief Summary:
This book is about a man named Hayden MacBride who is diagnosed with cancer. He has a daughter and a grandson. He is a very optimistic man, who doesn’t want to drag down his daughter. His daughter, Diana, spends all her spare time trying to figure out ways to save her father with any cure possible. On the other hand, Hayden spends his time crashing funerals and dragging his grandson along. He continues on with his life with wondering thoughts between the pros and cons of life.
Oct 21, 2012 added it
Hayden MacBride is a Scotsman who often claims he is related to Sean Connery. His recent diagnosis with terminal lung cancer has confronted him with his mortality and what he calls the Great Beyond. He drives his daughter Diana crazy when he refuses treatment. Instead, he spends a lot of time with his overprotected grandson Joey, sneaking him off to baseball games but also to funerals and wakes. In part, it is to prepare Joey for the future, but also to research death in a systematic way. In the ...more
Fletcher Green
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is about a terminally ill Hayden. He lives with a daughter Diana and grandson Joey. He is a very exuberant heavy drinking Scottish man. instead of getting all depressed with his diagnosis he goes to all kinds of funerals trying to find the best traits to a funeral. During all this he meets a Nun at the hospital who is also terminally ill. Hayden and the Nun (Rosemary) become best friends. Rosemary leaves the hospital and the convent to live with Hayden and Joey. They are merely friends ...more
Aug 22, 2009 rated it liked it
The writing style of this book bothered me until I got used to it and didn't notice as much. It's all descriptive present tense... A humorous book about a proud Scot who is dying of liver cancer- they make him out to be old but I think he's only 55... It's touching how he's trying to teach his 11 year old grandson how to be a man- pump gas, check the oil, and enjoy life, as well as watch out for his daughter-a single mother with horrible luck in boyfriends. I love how Rosie stays true, or rather ...more
Frances Scott
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious, touching, and filled with great quips. I loved the characters and hated to finish this book; I wanted to continue my glimpse into their lives forever. Both of my book clubs read it and it was very much a favorite of both groups. Some members found the story a little too much of "stretch" to be believable, but others got so into the book, they suspended that kind of thought process and enjoyed the ride. A rollicking romp that illustrates the importance of making every day ...more
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
It is hard to imagine a funny book about dying, but this is one. It centers on a man who is trying to teach his grandson the "important" things in life before he dies of pancreatic cancer. In the process, they "unconvert" a nun who is also dying. There is a two kleenex ending but much of the book is quite amusing.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I felt like this book was written by different people...there were times where the writing was so stilted that I had to force myself to push through each sentence - and other times where it felt like I was reading a romance novel. I'm not sure how it ended up in my stack of books to read - but I am not passing it on to anyone because it really wasn't that good.
Catherine Schramm
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Our book club read a Man Called Ove which I enjoyed. Another member suggested this title which was similar, but which she enjoyed more. I bought this and really enjoyed it. Despite death figuring in as a major topic, it's really about a family and how they deal with life.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-and-1-2-stars
Donna Ziegler
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was an unexpected joy! The quirky characters remind me of a southern novel and the author's descriptions had me laughing out loud.
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
I couldn't even get throught the first chapter! The writing didn't do anything for me.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Made me laugh about death!
Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2004
Good characters, but a contrived story line.
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jun 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Second book in her series...I liked it but I'm stopping here and not reading the next one. Not nearly as good as the first, beginners luck.
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Characters FLAT, writing flat, plot simple. Waste of time.
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