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The Final Note

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  470 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
In this brand-new novel from bestselling author Kevin Milne, readers will be inspired yet again by the themes of love, loss, and renewal. Ethan met and fell in love with Anna while studying music abroad in college. He married her, and fully expected to grow old with her. After all, they were young, life was good, and faith in each other came easily, as evidenced by the Lov ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 11th 2011 by Center Street (first published April 20th 2011)
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Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Final Note: A Novel by Kevin Alan Milne

I picked up this book thinking that it was a super sweet romantic love story.Never did I think, I'd be blown away by the trials and tribulations, that this couple had to endure or go through. If anything, this love story, teaches you that true love can truly defy anything and everything. That with real love and the right person in your life, you can make it through everything that life throws at you, good or bad. And boy did this couple go through their
Tatiana N
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Простая, но душевная книга! Милн смог меня покорить. Дочитывала в маршрутке. Еду, рыдаю. Переворачиваю последнюю страницу и начинаю матюгать автора! xDDD
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ringkasan kisahnya seperti di sinopsis.
Aku selesai baca buku ini in one sitting. Mulai jam 10 malam sampai jam 01.30 dinihari. I can't stop.
Prisca nanya "Di skip-skip nggak?"
Sebenarnya jam 12 udah mau selesai, tapi ga bisa tidur karena penasaran jadi diraih lagi deh tuh buku.
Kenapa aku kasih 4 bintang? Karena buku ini gue banget hehehe... *Banjir air mata deh.
Maksudnya aku bisa relate :)
I know how it feels
Mimpi-mimpi romantis kala realitas pernikahan dan hidup belum menghantam.
Trinity Rose
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Final Note by Kevin A. Milne is a wonderful, inspiring novel of love, forgiveness and loss. This is one of my most favorite books of 2011. The Prelude and Postlude are the most beautifully written ones I have ever read in any book. You will cry or rejoice with the characters in this charming book.
The Final Note is divided into 5 different parts. First verse, second verse, etc… Which I thought was really neat.
Ethan is a music major and Anna is an art major. Ethan wanted to write and sell hi
Hana Bilqisthi
Aku tidak mempercayai penglihatanku ketika menemukan buku ini termasuk dalam pesta diskon akhir tahun Mizan dan tersedia di Aku suka dua karya Kevin Alan Milne sebelumnya, The Nine Lesson dan Sweet misfortune. Aku baru tahu ada karya lainnya yang telah diterjemahkan yaitu The Final Note. Aku tidak berpikir ulang untuk memesan dan membelinya.

Aku membaca hingga bab 11 di dalam kereta dari Jakarta Kota menuju Karawang. Sisanya kuselesaikan saat sudah tiba di Karawang.

Final Note men
Nina Draganova
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Добрият стар Кевин .
Наивен по детски.
С простички човешки истории за любовта, за загубите и прошката.
Не успя да ми въздейства силно, но винаги чета с удоволствие неговите книги.
Приятен и земен.

"...единственият начин за изцеление е прошката."
"Гневът не лекува сърцето,то загива от него."
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: serbian-edition
♪ ♥ ♫ 5 Wonderful Stars!! ♪ ♥ ♫

~This was a wonderful and a heartbreaking story of life. ~
It wasn't a sweet romantic love story of two people, It was a very realistic with a real characters, a real emotions and a real life issues.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Ethan and Anna were young students who fell in love and got married. They had a perfect life full of love, affection, trust. Ethan wanted to write a songs and he promised to write a song for Anna. She was the love of his life. He loved her smile, her eyes, how
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
What a wonderful, wonderful book. It is filled with life's lessons, advice, and love. The title seems to have dual and love. The book begins and end with both music and love and is sprinkled throughout with “love letters” from Anna and Ethan’s music.

Ethan and Anna met by chance in Vienna while she was on vacation and he was finishing his masters in music. It was a whirlwind romance, and when they returned to the states, they couldn't wait to get married. Their marriage was made
Sulis Peri Hutan
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pinjem
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Sebelumnya saya tidak kepikiran untuk membaca buku ini, baca beberapa review dari teman-teman mereka berpendapat kalau buku ini recomended banget terlebih buat yang suka cerita sedih. Karna alasan itulah saya enggan membacanya, saya lagi kepengen baca cerita yang happy. Kemudian saya melihat mbak Prisca Primasari merekomendasikan buku ini di Goodreads kepada saya, dia bilang bukunya sedih. Bikin saya penasaran. Kalau sudah begitu maka saya harus
Amel Armeliana
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Ethan Bright selalu mengimpikan menjadi seorang penulis lagu yang sukses. Impian inilah yang membawanya ke Wina, Austria. Ditemani gitar tua bernama Karl yang diwariskan kakeknya, seorang veteran perang dunia ke II, Ethan melanjutkan sekolah di The University of Music and Performing Arts di Wina. Dalam semester pertama kuliahnya ketika persediaan uang sudah menipis, dengan mempergunakan Karl, Ethan mengamen di jalan-jalan di Austria dengan lagu andalan Bohemian Rhapsody.

Suatu hari di trem, Ethan
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
I loved this book! It was full of truisms and had a story that was realistic enough to break my heart. Bottom line - two good, young people fall in love in Austria. They play a little game where they meet up a couple times, Anna falls in love with Ethan, the musician, dreamer and idealist. Ethan falls in love with Anna, the artist, idealist, dreamer. They return to the states and he finds her in Moscow. That's Idaho. They hang out together with her dad, deeper lover develops and they marry.

Colleen Fauchelle
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-book-shelf
Ethan goes to Austria to study music, to raise extra funds he plays his Grandfather's guitar (Karl)
on the streets. There he meets Anna who is one her O.E. They soon fall for each other. Back in the States they kindle their love and get married. Ethan promises that he will write Anna a song in the first year of their marriage and Anna who loves Art will paint Ethan a picture. Everytime Ethan gets out 'Karl' the Guitar to play for Anna, Anna leaves a love note for Ethan.

Ethan and Anna both have dr
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was a new one for me and the author was someone I had never heard of. I did go to his website and I found that he is the author of several other books. Needless to say, after reading this one, I put them on my wish list:)

I was put through every type of emotion while I was reading this book. Kevin is an excellent writer!! My favorite character was probably Annaliese. She seemed so bent on helping Ethan and getting through life, even with all it's twists and turns. I loved how this book
Matt Hutka
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
"it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?"

This book was really about life. About how we as people are so easily distracted and can forget what is so important to us. Our dreams, our passion, our whole life, can be sacrificed and passed on so easily. Money, hardships, and work can steal our lives away from us and it is so easy for us to give up. It is up to us to decide on what life we want to live.

This book is about
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was prepared to write a scathing review of this book when I was about halfway through, but when it went on to affirm my belief that music is a powerful, miraculous force unlike any other, I relented. Though much of the story was painful, some of it a bit cliched, it moved me and reminded me of things I had filed in the dark recesses of my mind, pushed out of the way by the stresses of life. Now I have dusted some of those truisms off and put them back into play, at least until I need to be rem ...more
Ruly Marifanti
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Romantis :')

Tentang perjalanan kisah cinta Ethan dan Anna yang penuh ujian.
Mengajarkan bahwa memaafkan itu menyembuhkan. Dan harta, bukanlah segalanya.

Aku suka sekali bagian saat Grandpa Bright menceritakan kisah tentang Karl. Terharu dengan pengorbanan Karl :)

Sempat kesal juga di bagian pertengahan saat Ethan lebih mementingkan pekerjaannya dan melupakan janji-janjinya.
Aku sangat suka karakter Annaliese yang penyabar, penyayang dan romantis.

Dan sangat suka lagu yang di ciptakan Ethan untuk Anna
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was going to be like lots of others I have read with the husband getting busy at work and then neglecting his family and then figuring things out, but it had some added dimensions that made it a very good story. Music was a good part of the story and I believe that music can change how I feel about work or people or spirituality or love...anything really. It has great power. And I love the play on words in the title.
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Really liked this book right up to the ending. Wish the ending had been different but made me think about needing to be forgiving all the time. We never know when we might not have the chance to say good bye or forgive someone. We need to live our lives in the here and now not looking into the future or the mentality that I have time to make things right tomorrow. Tell the important people in your life that you love them and if you need to forgive or be forgiven get it done.
Kim Dempsey
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The story flowed perfectly and kept me interested enough to not want to put it down. However, I will honestly say, there could have been one more chapter telling how Anna came out of the coma and got to the point she did in the last chapter. The book had that ending that surprised me, which I loved. You assume you know what's going to happen with most books, but this took me in a totally different direction.
Great book, would love to see what else the author has.
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
I just finished this book in a day. It has been a very long time since I devoured a book like that. The Final Note had me gripped from the beginning and the story flowed beautifully. It made me smile, made me laugh and it was a wonderful read. I usually rate books 5 that I would read again. This book was marvelous but I never want to read it again because it hits very close to home and although it is something I'm glad I read, I don't want to put myself through it again.
+ Dragonfly+
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thanks first reads for me winning this book. A man and his wife through the years the ups and downs of life they thought they would have and notes along the way. Loved this book! Keven Milne wrote such a good story and this one is right up there with the last book I read by him, and loved that one too.
Million outstanding,fantastical,brilliant 10 stars!

This is one of the best,most fantastic,wonderful,emotional,brilliant story ever written!
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Some good lessons in here, but just too many contrived or just in time moments.
Apa yang paling dibutuhkan dalam sebuah pernikahan?

Pertanyaan itulah yang bermain di benak saya setelah membaca "Pesan-pesan Cinta". Pertanyaan yang tidak saya ketahui jawabannya, karena saya belum merasakannya. Namun, bukan berarti saya tidak memiliki pendapat sendiri, mengenai apa yang paling dibutuhkan dalam sebuah pernikahan.... Berdasarkan apa yang saya lihat, perhatikan, dan alami, menurut saya, yang paling dibutuhkan dalam pernikahan adalah: komitmen.

Komitmen dalam menepati janji di hadap
Dion Yulianto
Sebenarnya, saya jarang membaca novel tipe roman seperti ini. kalau saja tidak menang kuis dan mendapat buntelan novel ini, saya hampir bisa dipastikan akan melewatkan kisah yang luar biasa dengan bumbu-bumbu musikal ini. Ethan Bright menemukan kekasih sekaligus sahabat sejatinya di kota tua Wina. Wanita itu adalah Annaliese, sang pujaan yang ternyata juga berasal dari Amerika Serikat. Berdua, keduanya saling jatuh cinta dan mengikrarkan diri di altar pelaminan, saling berjanji untuk selalu men ...more
Anastasia Cynthia
Kami serba kekurangan, tapi tidak masalah sebab kami saling memiliki satu sama lain dan merasa bahagia.” —The Final Note ‘Pesan-Pesan Cinta’, hlm. 12

Lebih banyak janji, lebih banyak lagi kebohongan yang coba Ethan Bright buat. Ia enggan melihat Karl, gitar pemberian Gradpa Bright, teronggok di sudut ruangan. Benda uzur yang tak ayal mengingatkannya pada janji-janji itu—janji kepada Octavius, janji kepada Grandpa Bright, janji kepada Tuhan, dan janji kepada Annaliese Sang Istri—di selembar kantu
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
’Uang tidak bisa membeli segalanya’

Novel ketiga yg saya baca ini mengetengahkan tentang cinta, pemaafan dan kesempatan kedua.

Berkisah tentang Ethan Bright, mahasiswa pasca sarjana yang mengambil bidang musik di Wina, Austria dan bercita-cita menjadi penulis lagu, yang demi menghidupi dirinya di kota musik klasik itu dia mengamen berbekal Karl, gitar tua, hadiah dari kakeknya. Tak dinyana, pada sebuah trem di kota Wina, dawai-dawai cinta dihatinya berdentang dengan nyaring kala tatap matanya terp
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow. I picked up this book thinking that it was a super sweet romantic love story about a couple who find each other after obstacles. Never did I think, I'd be blown away by the trials and tribulations, that this couple had to endure or go through. If anything, this love story, teaches you that true love can truly defy anything and everything. That with real love and the right person in your life, you can make it through everything that life throws at you, good or bad. And boy did this couple go ...more
Oky Septya
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-comedy
Gaya bertuturnya masih sama. Dalem, sederhana, tapi nggak berkesan menggurui. Saya suka. And it has more romance than Sweet Misfortune. Pertemuan Ethan dan Anna yang romantis di Wina, Romantisnya nggak ketulungan, begitu lulus langsung ngejar Anna ke rumahnya dan nggak lama kemudian mereka menikah muda.

Ethan bahkan bikin daftar janji-janji pernikahan yang sumpah kalo kamu cewek pasti kamu bakal ngiri banget. Si Ethan ini mirip-mirip Adam dalam Where She Went-nya Gayle Forman. Seorang musisi, ro
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Kevin Milne was born in 1973 and grew up in Sherwood, Oregon, a quiet country town south of Portland. He earned a diploma from Sherwood High school in 1991, in a graduating class of fewer than one hundred students.

In college, after studying such varied fields as film, journalism, communications, pre-dentistry, pre-law, and German, Milne eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology
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