- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (December 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 059546162X
- ISBN-13: 978-0595461622
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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The Last Good Man
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About the Author
Patrice Franklin has been a probation officer, a playwright, a restaurateur, an art gallery curator, a webmaster and to some, a spiritual guru. She lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC with her two children. The Last Good Man is her first novel.
Top customer reviews
Having said that though, I persisted in reading this book because I like the basic premise of two wounded people (one who knows it and one who does not) actually find themselves - despite a ton of reasons NOT to, including alcohol, abuse and different social circles.
I truly thought that the author did a great job of telling the touching story of Charles and Wanda - who, to an outsider, should not be together - but its obvious that there is a grander plan in place - one which neither controls but is obviously controlled by a greater than any human has.
This is definitely a christian fiction, which is okay because the author manages to make me feel good about the story of love and discovery without making it sound too preachy and religious. I found myself hoping that Wanda would find her way - and that, indeed, she would manage to fin The Last Good Man.
Wanda Harold is an estranged wife that's accustomed to the finer things in life due to her upbringing and the life her husband afforded her and the family. But when Wanda's husband leaves her for another woman, she's struggling to find her foothold in an independent nature while trying to stay strong for her children. Alcohol has become her closest companion; morning, noon, and evening...good days as well as bad days.
Upon their paths crossing, an attraction blossoms despite Wanda's snobbish reservations surrounding Charles' career path and title.
Patrice Franklin's illustration of love in unlikely places is charming with the introduction of her two central characters. The Last Good Man is brimming with relatable circumstances, emotions, reactions and words of God which really put a positive stamp on this read. There are numerous challenges addressed, such as: Will Charles' goodness shine brilliantly enough to capture Wanda's heart? Has heartbreak dimmed Wanda's aspect of love and life? Will she choose addiction over her children and the chance of loving The Last Good Man? These and more are sandwiched between the pages of this read!
Wanda Harold is a separated mother of 3 kids. She married her college love, Edward. Her dream come true has turned into a marriage nightmare when her husband leaves her for younger woman. Just when she thinks that her life is over and she will spend it alone, along comes Charles Budrow. Charles is a one of the good grapes on the vine; single man with a career, house, and God-fearing. this would be every woman's dreams except Wanda was not raised in a household that believed in God.
Even still, you would think that Wanda could spot a good man in front of her; a good man that wants to be exclusively with her. Just when the smoke clears and Wanda does begin to see Charles as breath of fresh air, Edward comes back trying to rekindle what they had before. Will Charles be able to show Wanda the love that God, through a Christian man can give her, or will she go back to the hurt and pain given to her by her estranged husband; only to be placated by alcohol.
Though very slow at first, Patrice Franklin makes sure she gives a great deal of background information on the lives of each of the main characters. The background was so extensive that it took away from the book in general. At first the reviewer considered this a bad thing, but later realized the rationale and reasoning behind it. The author succeeds in arousing a varying range of character emotion. Some you want to knock sense into, others you feel pity and sorrow for. Overall this is a great read that many may consider a good vs evil type tale. I would recommend this book to anyone that is a strong reader ages 16 and up.
Rating: 3 stars
Review by Patrice
Readers In Motion Bookclub
Just as Wanda finds she might be interested in Charles, Edward decides he wants to come back to her. What will Edward do to get Wanda back? One thing for sure, it won't be nice. Meanwhile, Charles goes on with his life, being a youth councilor and a good Christian man who talks to Wanda about her soul. Wanda was raised in an atheist home and she uses wine to drown her sorrows, rather than God and her oldest son is beginning to look to drugs for his relief. Will Charles be able to help her or her children?
THE LAST GOOD MAN by Patrice Franklin is a touching story of failed marriages, Christians who are trying to help and evil people who only want to do harm. It is an interesting story from beginning to end. The characters are well developed and I found myself wanting to scream at some of them as they made dreadful decisions. It is definitely a book well worth reading.
Reviewed by Alice Holman
of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
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