Author: John Goode
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 60 Pages
At a Glance: Last Dance With Mary Jane is nothing short of a love letter, trimmed in despair and steeped in pain, but an outpouring of love nonetheless.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: 2nd Edition
Peter was devastated when he lost his love, Shayne, in a car crash. Though he knows nothing will bring Shayne back, Peter takes solace in listening to Shayne’s voice mail, just to hear his voice one last time. He’s not prepared when one night, Shayne answers the phone.
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
First Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2012.
Review: We really rarely get second chances. It would be nice to think that we could, especially when that second chance could come after something so final as death. But, what if it somehow did work out, and life ended up giving us another chance to right something we got so very wrong? Wouldn’t that be worth all the suffering we had to endure, grappling without loss?
Peter has lost his husband. No, he and Shayne were never married but still, after so many years together and all they had been through, surely they could be considered married. But now Shayne is gone, and Peter must live with an emptiness so wide and deep it threatens to drown him every single day. In order to cling to some small piece of Shayne, Peter goes through the torture of calling his cell every day just to hear his dead husband’s voice. Imagine Peter’s shock when Shayne answers the phone.
I would love to tell you that this story has a wildly wonderful happy ever after. But I must refer you to the title and those very stark words “Last Dance”. They are key to this amazing piece of work by author John Goode. This is nothing short of a love letter, trimmed in despair and steeped in pain, but an outpouring of love nonetheless. Narrated by the survivor, Last Dance With Mary Jane is suffused with just a bit of mysticism and layered in a thin coating of the supernatural. What if we were given one more chance to make it right with the person we loved so fiercely? That is the thrust of this remarkably raw and tender story. When you peel away all the reasons for living without the one you love, you are left with nothing to live for unless it is to rectify something you should have done while you still had the chance. Peter is given that opportunity—the one none of us would normally ever have, and when he snatches it up, the story John Goode put to paper becomes an exquisite moment of storytelling you will not want to miss.
Last Dance With Mary Jane is one man’s second chance—his do over, if you will—and it is beautifully written, compelling and tender beyond compare.
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