The Last of the Stanfields

The Last of the Stanfields A mystery a love story and a search through a shadowy past Two strangers unite in this novel of family secrets by international bestselling author Marc Levy the most read contemporary French au

  • Title: The Last of the Stanfields
  • Author: Marc Levy
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  • A mystery, a love story, and a search through a shadowy past Two strangers unite in this novel of family secrets by international bestselling author Marc Levy, the most read contemporary French author in the world

    When London journalist Eleanor Rigby Donovan receives an anonymous letter alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother, her life is turned upside dow

    A mystery, a love story, and a search through a shadowy past Two strangers unite in this novel of family secrets by international bestselling author Marc Levy, the most read contemporary French author in the world

    When London journalist Eleanor Rigby Donovan receives an anonymous letter alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother, her life is turned upside down It points her to a bar on the Balti Harbor, where she finds a stranger who has received the same mysterious letter about his own mother Together, Eleanor Rigby and this young man, George Harrison Collins, embark on a quest through the shadowy past of the Stanfields, a moneyed Maryland family full of unimaginable secrets These secrets will transport them back decades, across continents, and to a mysterious crime long buried until now.

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    Lists with This Book Best Romance 2019 118 books 120 voters 2019 Book Release 338 books 235 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 01, 2018 Katie B rated it really liked it Shelves 1940s, 1980s, family, fiction, england, kindle, maryland, read in 2018 This book had a good mix of mystery and family drama The story involves family secrets that have been held for decades and span multiple countries I really enjoyed Eleanor Rigby slowly uncovering the truth about her mother and her past Definitely satisfied with my Kindle First free selection this month.Journalist Eleanor Rigby Donovan receives a letter in the mail hinting that her mother committed a crime Given that her mother is dead, she can t ask her if there is any truth to the le This book had a good mix of mystery and family drama The story involves family secrets that have been held for decades and span multiple countries I really enjoyed Eleanor Rigby slowly uncovering the truth about her mother and her past Definitely satisfied with my Kindle First free selection this month.Journalist Eleanor Rigby Donovan receives a letter in the mail hinting that her mother committed a crime Given that her mother is dead, she can t ask her if there is any truth to the letter and her father isn t really much help either Eleanor eventually finds herself in Balti in search of the truth and soon meets George Harrison Collins, a man who received a similar letter in the mail hinting his mother also committed a crime This is a story of how sometimes the people you know aren t quite who you thought they were.I liked the family dynamics in this one particularly with Eleanor Rigby and her father and siblings Finding out about her mother and her life before she had children was definitely something that held my interest as well My only small complaint about the book was I felt too many characters were used to tell the story and some of them weren t really necessary in my opinion It s not that the story was hard to follow, it s I m just not a fan of seeing the story unfold through just about every single character that is introduced Overall though this was an interesting story and I would love to check out other books by the author flag 51 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jan 22, 2019 Melki rated it liked it Shelves family based fiction, mystery All we can ever see of our parents is what they wish to show us Mysterious letters to characters on two continents send a young couple on a quest to discover not only the writer of the letters, but a long buried secret that both their mothers shared.I assume that was the author s intention, but it didn t work for me I didn t find the big mystery believable, OR interesting, and the cutesy names of the players Eleanor Rigby and George Harrison only served to aggravate me further I di All we can ever see of our parents is what they wish to show us Mysterious letters to characters on two continents send a young couple on a quest to discover not only the writer of the letters, but a long buried secret that both their mothers shared.I assume that was the author s intention, but it didn t work for me I didn t find the big mystery believable, OR interesting, and the cutesy names of the players Eleanor Rigby and George Harrison only served to aggravate me further I did enjoy meeting Eleanor s family, particularly her perpetually bewildered dad, and would have been happier if the writer had dropped the whole suspense thing, and just written about these characters Levy s writing is serviceable, and this is not a terrible book I don t feel that I wasted my time, but I would never read it again My love for Eleanor s family is the only reason I gave this three stars instead of two flag 27 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Lynda Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves favourites I will most definitely be reading by this author This is probably one the best books I ve read this year, I just loved it It was my Kindle First free one for DecemberI wasn t really blown away by any of the titles offered, to be honest, and just picked this as the best of a mediocre bunchboy, was I wrong For me it has everything murder and intrigue and really heartfelt moments that had me sobbing s pretty nigh on perfect Even better since my hopes really weren t tha I will most definitely be reading by this author This is probably one the best books I ve read this year, I just loved it It was my Kindle First free one for DecemberI wasn t really blown away by any of the titles offered, to be honest, and just picked this as the best of a mediocre bunchboy, was I wrong For me it has everything murder and intrigue and really heartfelt moments that had me sobbing s pretty nigh on perfect Even better since my hopes really weren t that high.Much of it is set in the 1980s although I felt like it was the 1920s we were living through it just had that flavour to me I lived through the 1980s and yet that terrific decade really didn t feature heavily at allI ve read a book about a true life family, the Garmans The Rare and the Beautiful and it brought them to mind for me a great deal as I read it I loved his characters, well, I loved everything about itat s it All the way through I made little notes about what I thought was happening but as usual I was wonderfully wrong My favourite moment in the whole story was in Madrid was superbly described, even though I sat here bawling The story kicks off in London and I was initially irritated that the spellings are American ones but then it moved across the water and I learned at the end that the translator is American so I let that go I thought weapons cache needed an apostrophe and I think the time differences got messed up as we re ahead of the USA, editor in chief needed hyphenating and one time soldier was written as solider but that was my lot for errorsI do hope my little review encourages people to maybe give this a go as it really is terrific, trust me flag 13 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 02, 2018 Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves prime first reads, domestic drama, fiction, historic fiction, mystery crime, war This was my choice for this month s Prime first reads freebie It was a month heavily skewed towards crime mystery thriller titles and I just wasn t in the mood Having read another or Marc Levy s books the one in which a bereaved daughter gets to spend a week with a lifelike automaton of her dead father I knew he d have something interesting to say.That said, I was firmly in the 3 stars camp right up to the final pages when the reveal bought this an extra star and a glow of This was my choice for this month s Prime first reads freebie It was a month heavily skewed towards crime mystery thriller titles and I just wasn t in the mood Having read another or Marc Levy s books the one in which a bereaved daughter gets to spend a week with a lifelike automaton of her dead father I knew he d have something interesting to say.That said, I was firmly in the 3 stars camp right up to the final pages when the reveal bought this an extra star and a glow of Damn it, I didn t see THAT coming and a big daft smile on my face.Eleanor Rigby Donovan and George Harrison Collins honestly, I didn t like their hyphens both receive mysterious letters telling them about their mothers and a terrible past crime Both are told not to tell others and of course ignore that instruction Both are then summoned to Balti to solve past mysteries about those mothers.The book starts rather slowly I don t think we even hear from George Harrison until the book is about a quarter done Instead we bop around the world and through the past 70 years meeting Eleanor Rigby in contemporary London, Sally Anne in the USA in the 1980s, and Robert in war torn France back in 1944 Of course we make assumptions and start to piece together how the three are connected and then how George Harrison also fits into the picture The first half was firmly in the realm of me tapping my fingers on the Kindle and thinking Come on Levy, pick up the pace man.It s worth it though There s the typical Levy not quite real but not quite fantasy feel about the book The reader has to be willing to suspend a bit of disbelief to get through this The unpeeling of the onion layers of the story seems to be pretty logical right up to that amazing final reveal that makes you question everything you thought you knew.Levy s sentence structure is very straight forward, simplistic, direct Not at all what I d normally associate with the elegance of a lot of French writers I don t know if that s him or his translator and I also don t really know how I feel about it But I got to the end and thought Aha and that s good enough for me Levy makes you care about people who are superficially rather hard to love And that s got to be worth something flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Dusty Drosche rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, british setting, canadian setting, family drama, multiple povs, time jumps, light mystery, historical This was a fun read and a great way to start 2019 A light mystery with many aspects the reader is able to figure out by the end but just enough twists and questions to keep you entertained It s also a super fast read despite the fact that there is not a ton of action Love, family drama, mystery,secrets WWII, this book has a lot going on but remarkably Levy is able to throw it all at you without much confusion I did feel that the last 25% of the book seemed to stretch on a bit, the overall b This was a fun read and a great way to start 2019 A light mystery with many aspects the reader is able to figure out by the end but just enough twists and questions to keep you entertained It s also a super fast read despite the fact that there is not a ton of action Love, family drama, mystery,secrets WWII, this book has a lot going on but remarkably Levy is able to throw it all at you without much confusion I did feel that the last 25% of the book seemed to stretch on a bit, the overall book being a bit too long, maybe 30 50 pages But by then I was fully invested in the plot that it didn t matter too much The characters are likable, the reading is fun, and the light suspense just right to keep you intrigued Very enjoyable flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Melissa Storm added it Good writing and great characterization, butI gave up when the 8th narrator and 3rd timeline was introduced It made the plot incredibly hard to follow, especially since the scenes did not stay in only the viewpoint character s head flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Dawn Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves already own, computer kindle app, free book, contemporary, mysteries that are not cozy, netgalley, books read in 2019, kindle read This was a marvelous book I had no expectations going in I barely even knew what it was about, just had glanced at the blurb on NetGalley and decided that I really wanted to read it I got SO lucky with this one not all blind faith reads turn out like this one did This is the story of Eleanor Rigby a girl with serious wanderlust, who lives her life as a journalist that travels the world She loves her family, but after the loss of her mother, she just cannot seem to stay at home or near h This was a marvelous book I had no expectations going in I barely even knew what it was about, just had glanced at the blurb on NetGalley and decided that I really wanted to read it I got SO lucky with this one not all blind faith reads turn out like this one did This is the story of Eleanor Rigby a girl with serious wanderlust, who lives her life as a journalist that travels the world She loves her family, but after the loss of her mother, she just cannot seem to stay at home or near home much any, much to the dismay of her twin, Michel, younger sister Maggie Mae and their beloved Dad She was fairly content with her life until the day she received a letter that changes everything she ever knew and believed about herself and her mother and takes her from London to Balti, Maryland, where she meets a man named George Harrison who also received a letter about the search for his father and the game is on and the search for the truth begins and they continue on, no matter the cost And the cost could be very steep Filled with twist and turns and LOTS of sadness, this was an amazing story told from several points of view which is needed to get the whole story from a safe house in the wilderness of France during WW2, to NYC, to Balti, England and Canada And it is a story that is amazing, crazy and sad Lies and secrecy will never get you anywhere but mired in sadness and bitterness and this book showcases that fact very well These are fantastic and believable characters that you have empathy and liking for right from the beginning And the end is really quite perfect I am so glad I took a chance on this book it was such a great read for me Thank you to NetGalley and Crossings for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 24, 2018 Misty rated it liked it Shelves 2018 The Last of the Stanfields just wasn t, for me, an enjoyable read In fact, I usually inhale a book like I m gasping for breath quickly and with great fervor , but this took me two full days of starting and stopping I even contemplating shelving it before I d hit the 50% mark In the end, I slogged through and was left tired and honestly glad to have finished.The premise is that of two strangers, Eleanor Rigby Donovan and George Harrison Collins, receiving nearly identical letters, the content The Last of the Stanfields just wasn t, for me, an enjoyable read In fact, I usually inhale a book like I m gasping for breath quickly and with great fervor , but this took me two full days of starting and stopping I even contemplating shelving it before I d hit the 50% mark In the end, I slogged through and was left tired and honestly glad to have finished.The premise is that of two strangers, Eleanor Rigby Donovan and George Harrison Collins, receiving nearly identical letters, the contents of which call into question everything they think they know about their mothers The anonymous writer of these letters orchestrates a blind meeting for the two in Balti, as Eleanor Rigby travels from England and George Harrison from Canada Together they embark upon a mission to uncover the truth behind a specific accusation leveled in the strange letters that both of their mothers were involved in a significant crime.The book is structured primarily as a first person narrative from Eleanor Rigby s POV With that said, alternating chapters are told in third person The reader travels from Balti, Maryland in the 1980s to war torn France in the 40s, then to England, Canada and the US in 2016 It s a dizzying journey that made me want to grab the author by the shoulders and scream FOR GOD S SAKE STOP It was just overwhelming, disjointed and frenetic.Add to the structural chaos the fact that there were just too many extraneous and unnecessary plot threads, characters and details The reader learns about Eleanor Rigby s family through painful specifics that lent nothing to the story Her father loves his car, her brother is on the spectrum and works in a library, her sister has a boyfriend who owns a pub, and on, and on, and on The author s attention to the trivial carries through each chapter It s as if he is trying too hard to infuse an air of authenticity to the work, when instead the overwhelming minutiae serves only to suffocate the story Mark Twain once said, When you catch an adjective, kill it No, I don t mean utterly, but kill most of them then the rest will be valuable They weaken when they are close together They give strength when they are far apart I believe the same holds true for intricacies offered in isolation Twain would have hated this piece.In the end, I wasn t sure exactly who the target audience was here History buffs are plied with chapters that skip through France on the heels of an American who joins forces with the French Resistance circa 1944 Romance readers are served a secondary love story Those who enjoy the mystery genre are presented with a puzzle that is challenging For me, this scatter shot approach was simply disconcerting Sometimes there is wisdom in choosing depth over breadth.If you love history and don t mind tangential forays and painfully detailed accounts of events, you may enjoy this Three stars for the primary plot and the addition of an interesting twist Just not my cup of tea flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 06, 2019 Georgia Retetakou rated it really liked it review of another edition Eleanor Rigby Donovan , Eleanor Rigby Donovan Eleanor Rigby , George Harrison Collins , Eleanor Rigby , Eleanor Rigby Marc Levy Michelle, 1944 1980 flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Paul Swithers rated it it was ok review of another edition I found the whole mysterious letters that push you to investigate your family s mysterious past a bit too worn of a trope to be satisfying The passion and tumult that were hinted at never really surfaced in a convincing way and I never felt like I connected with the characters true voices The author s use of one character or another for a detailed explanation of the next plot twist felt appropriate to a Nancy Drew mystery, than an adult literary work That said the mystery was interest I found the whole mysterious letters that push you to investigate your family s mysterious past a bit too worn of a trope to be satisfying The passion and tumult that were hinted at never really surfaced in a convincing way and I never felt like I connected with the characters true voices The author s use of one character or another for a detailed explanation of the next plot twist felt appropriate to a Nancy Drew mystery, than an adult literary work That said the mystery was interesting enough to keep me reading Perhaps, the characters and the writing overall are compelling in the author s native language French , or, perhaps, this is meant to be a good enough outline for a Hollywood movie that, given enough star power, rakes in the big bucks with a safe formula I have no problem with that I d just rather read something with a bit depth flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2017 Nathalie Ziegler rated it liked it review of another edition Si je n avais pas re u ce livre en cadeau je ne l aurai probablement pas lu Marc Levy ce n est toujours pas une criture remarquable mais l histoire tient en haleine de bout en bout flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Jypsy rated it liked it review of another edition I wasn t sure what to expect from this book The Last of the Stanfields turned out to be kind of weird The story line was choppy and strange The characters were hard to identify with The entire thing is so all over the place It s entertaining and engaging in a ridiculous way Overall, it s actually not bad, just different Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Lesley Potts rated it really liked it Those Prime free Kindle books that appear on the first of every month can be hit or miss I usually download one anyway, because you never know when you might need a book to read at short notice The Last of the Stanfields was this month s pick To be honest, I accidentally opened it while fat fingering around my Kindle screen I m glad I did The strands of the Stanfield family history gradually come together through four interwoven storylines set in four countries And there s an Art el Those Prime free Kindle books that appear on the first of every month can be hit or miss I usually download one anyway, because you never know when you might need a book to read at short notice The Last of the Stanfields was this month s pick To be honest, I accidentally opened it while fat fingering around my Kindle screen I m glad I did The strands of the Stanfield family history gradually come together through four interwoven storylines set in four countries And there s an Art element too, which was an unexpected bonus The biggest mystery for me was why the author, who is French but lives in New York, needed a translator flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 14, 2018 Elly rated it liked it review of another edition I found it slow to start it was difficult to get into with so many different characters and timelines and back and forthing Blah It got better when you got a handle on what was going on Story was vaguely interesting, but the writing style basically dragged you through to the end, not in a twisty hold your hand as you run through a warren of alleyways, but in the chained to a wrecking ball that s going through brick walls kind of way It was painful, not suspenseful.I was also really confuse I found it slow to start it was difficult to get into with so many different characters and timelines and back and forthing Blah It got better when you got a handle on what was going on Story was vaguely interesting, but the writing style basically dragged you through to the end, not in a twisty hold your hand as you run through a warren of alleyways, but in the chained to a wrecking ball that s going through brick walls kind of way It was painful, not suspenseful.I was also really confused with some of the reveals the perspective flipped frequently, but some of the first person views shared emotions thoughts of other characters in scenes the narrator wasn t even in And it wasn t like the second character was telling the narrator either It felt like we were being told, not shown, not along for the ride As if we were being set up for the next reveal but the author couldn t figure out how share the information within the context of the story Also, it s full of awkwardness, the GH and ER attraction being the worst of it That coupling was weird and too forced at the beginning, like she s attracted but he s boorish and she can t stand how he xyz, shut up Also, family is family The technical not related thing was crossing a line for me.The poison pen reveal was ridiculous, and the whole letter farce runs completely against the persona we re presented with I felt the only really interesting storyline was the passion with which M and SA perused the independent That bit I loved The weird love triangles at that time was a bit much.Three stars Probably won t read again flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 21, 2018 Amanda Powers rated it did not like it Weak Plot, Flat CharactersI m not sure if it s the translation, but this really was a waste of time for me to read The main characters are absolutely terribly written They are complete strangers, and yet both want to jump each other And it s bizzarely written One moment, there s chemistry The next moment, one is snapping at the other The dad is put in as some sort of plot device, but really it s just pages of backfill The book itself is over 300 pages not because the story is that complex Weak Plot, Flat CharactersI m not sure if it s the translation, but this really was a waste of time for me to read The main characters are absolutely terribly written They are complete strangers, and yet both want to jump each other And it s bizzarely written One moment, there s chemistry The next moment, one is snapping at the other The dad is put in as some sort of plot device, but really it s just pages of backfill The book itself is over 300 pages not because the story is that complex, but because there s weird back and forth in time plots, not to mention multiple POVs in one chapter At one point, you have both 1st and 3rd in the span of a few paragraphs I m glad this was free, because I d ask for my money back had I paid anything for it flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Stephanie rated it it was amazing review of another edition A great read and a surprising, unforeseen ending flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Emily Burke rated it did not like it review of another edition Total shit Promising start even though the names and other details pretty sure Michel s dialogue is based on Data s speech patterns from Star Trek are corny But, oy Took forever to finish because it was just soooooooo hacky juvenile When will I ever learn reviews suck And, yes, I m writing one I recognize the irony But I am not lying to you like all the idiots who think a free book is good simply because it s free flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 22, 2018 Anca Rucareanu rated it it was amazing review of another edition O enigm care ne poart n vara lui 1944, c nd Fran a era sub ocupa ie, prin Balti i libertatea anilor 1980, apoi n Londra i Montrealul zilelor noastre Nu avem o singur poveste, avem fire narative care se vor uni la sf r it ntr un ghem de secrete, acceptare i iertare Mi a pl cut foarte mult cum este structurat romanul pentru c mi doream mereu s mai aflu r spunsul unei ntreb ri i eram extrem de curioas s aflu cum se termin totul R m n la fel de ndr gostit de stilul lui Levy O enigm care ne poart n vara lui 1944, c nd Fran a era sub ocupa ie, prin Balti i libertatea anilor 1980, apoi n Londra i Montrealul zilelor noastre Nu avem o singur poveste, avem fire narative care se vor uni la sf r it ntr un ghem de secrete, acceptare i iertare Mi a pl cut foarte mult cum este structurat romanul pentru c mi doream mereu s mai aflu r spunsul unei ntreb ri i eram extrem de curioas s aflu cum se termin totul R m n la fel de ndr gostit de stilul lui Levy M a surprins de fiecare dat i l apreciez c a r mas fidel frazelor lui nc rcate de tandre e, de moral i de emo ie Subiectul este unul extrem de realist asta o spun pentru cei care cred c el scrie numai despre moarte i re ncarnare flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 01, 2017 Shopgirl rated it really liked it review of another edition Pass es les 100 premi res pages, c est le page turner par excellence flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 17, 2018 Laurie rated it really liked it review of another edition M me si l intrigue est parfois pr visible, cela reste une lecture tr s agr able o l on s attache aux personnages et o l on cherche autant qu eux en savoir plus Une bonne lecture pour l t flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Joyce rated it really liked it review of another edition Reading this was like working on a mosaic puzzle I think it s a stretch to call it a love story The book starts exactly as the blurb describes and it sucks you in The writing s voice seems to speak to you rather than just be words on the paper But each chapter changes perspective switching between telling other characters stories Each chapter draws you in but you do need to refocus, reset and reinvest at each change Quickly you realize that somehow the author is dropping clues and hin Reading this was like working on a mosaic puzzle I think it s a stretch to call it a love story The book starts exactly as the blurb describes and it sucks you in The writing s voice seems to speak to you rather than just be words on the paper But each chapter changes perspective switching between telling other characters stories Each chapter draws you in but you do need to refocus, reset and reinvest at each change Quickly you realize that somehow the author is dropping clues and hints and that everyone is interconnected therein lies the mystery The author s writing is quite impressive I can t imagine how he outlined this story The plot is seemingly complex yet the he breaks it down and tells it effortlessly While the story enfolded, the secrets and the pasts of the characters were revealed I found myself contemplating my own legacy Everyone has a story they can decide to tell or not Once we are gone, our own stories can extinguish unless we reveal them beforehand What do we want to reveal to our children What should we reveal And sometimes, the story is in the how and the whys than the story itself With that said Everything wraps up rather neatly at the end, for the most part However, when the final who question I had was answered, the how wasn t answered as specifically as I would have liked I give four stars to this because despite the chapter transitions, the writing was so great He just has a way with words that seems like you are listening to a long story with a friend over coffee or something rather than simply reading words The story itself is deserving of four stars as well It draws you in and it feels like an experience flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Julie Bailey rated it liked it review of another edition I enjoyed this The multiple timelines are pretty solid, and each one kept me invested The eventual tie ins are super nice, and I like most of the characters Overall, it s a pretty entertaining read What I did not like was the ending It wasn t the stuff that happened the ending is tied in a perfect little bow and I m actually pretty okay with it It is how the information is presented to the audience Basically, the ending is a giant info dump retold by characters who are somehow very go I enjoyed this The multiple timelines are pretty solid, and each one kept me invested The eventual tie ins are super nice, and I like most of the characters Overall, it s a pretty entertaining read What I did not like was the ending It wasn t the stuff that happened the ending is tied in a perfect little bow and I m actually pretty okay with it It is how the information is presented to the audience Basically, the ending is a giant info dump retold by characters who are somehow very good at recounting old conversations verbatim even a character with Alzheimer s and who also speak just as eloquently as a professional writer would How odd It s a fun ride, but it is hard to look past all the seemingly perfect situations and insanely excellent memories of every single character flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Laurie Buchanan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Marc Levy is an excellent storyteller His most recent book, THE LAST OF THE STANFIELDS, is no exception I love the way he braided three distinctly different strands of time together to create one captivating story And it has a twist at the end Trust me, you won t see it coming flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Jackie rated it liked it review of another edition It was a a great book to read while recovering from a bad cold flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Kim rated it really liked it A little predictable but fun.This book really picks up when Eleanor meets George Harrison The 1940s part is really slow, but pretty fun after that A great choice for free monthly kindle flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Lori Cote Scott rated it it was amazing review of another edition Very very enjoyable read Glad I gave this author a try, would like to read of his work flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 08, 2018 Rita De sousa rated it really liked it review of another edition Leitura light, mas empolgante Apesar da narrativa com constantes flashbacks s bem no fim se percebe todos os acontecimentos o que chamo uma boa leitura de piscina flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Giulia rated it liked it review of another edition 2.5 rounded up Not sure what happened I started out loving this I liked the premise of the letters from poison pen but then I think there just got to be too many characters with past story lines and the awkwardness between Eleanor Rigby and George Harrison got to be to much for me flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Britta rated it liked it The story here was good, but the telling left a bit to be desired The dialogue, especially in the beginning, felt quite awkward at times I don t know if I got used to it, or it actually improved But even late in the book there were some bits that jolted me right out of the story The narration varied 1st person present, 3rd person past And it resulted in a sense that we were being told things feelings, events that the narrator had no right to know Which also pulled me out of the story T The story here was good, but the telling left a bit to be desired The dialogue, especially in the beginning, felt quite awkward at times I don t know if I got used to it, or it actually improved But even late in the book there were some bits that jolted me right out of the story The narration varied 1st person present, 3rd person past And it resulted in a sense that we were being told things feelings, events that the narrator had no right to know Which also pulled me out of the story The chapters also alternated in time frame 1944, 1980, 2016 and while the background was needed, the organization of seemed a bit random Finally, it was a bit convoluted so many events and characters to keeps straight and there were times that something from many chapters ago would be referenced without any reminders Again, good story But the writing felt forced Oh, when the historian quoted a lengthy letter from years ago, then made sure to tell the listener that, as a historian, he was used to memorizing such things Oy Just awkward flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Dec 01, 2018 Goth Gone Grey rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, fiction, kindle first Multi generational family secretsLead characters with unlikely, quirky names of Eleanor Rigby and later George Harrison give this book a peculiar, yet charming, sense of oddness from the start The book unfurls slowly, building characters until you re comfortable enough with them to care before plunging deeper into their family background The author is treating this as a nuanced chess match, not checkers With the plot spread across countries, generations, and years, this is an engaging book Multi generational family secretsLead characters with unlikely, quirky names of Eleanor Rigby and later George Harrison give this book a peculiar, yet charming, sense of oddness from the start The book unfurls slowly, building characters until you re comfortable enough with them to care before plunging deeper into their family background The author is treating this as a nuanced chess match, not checkers With the plot spread across countries, generations, and years, this is an engaging book that kept me up later than I should have been to see what would happen next, and who was pulling the strings The core of the book is strong, resourceful women in 2016, 1980, and wartime years starting in 1944, with secondary characters well described with their own quirks The writing is compelling, well edited and translated I would look for from this author An example from Eleanor Rigby At the beginning, I set off to see the world, scouring the globe in search of hope, something I was sorely lacking at the age of twenty I wanted to break away from a life that was mapped out in advance I was desperate to avoid being boxed in to the type of life my mother had led, the same sort of path that Maggie seemed to have no qualms about pursuing I had to leave my family to learn to love them again Because in spite of all the love around me, I found suburban life to be suffocating and unbearable flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    About “Marc Levy

    • Marc Levy

      Marc Levy was born in France When he turned eighteen, he joined the Red Cross, where he spent the next six years In 1983, he created a computer graphics company based in France and the United States Six years later, he co founded an interior design and planning company with two friends the company soon became one of the leading architecture firms in France.At thirty seven, Marc Levy wrote a st Marc Levy was born in France When he turned eighteen, he joined the Red Cross, where he spent the next six years In 1983, he created a computer graphics company based in France and the United States Six years later, he co founded an interior design and planning company with two friends the company soon became one of the leading architecture firms in France.At thirty seven, Marc Levy wrote a story for the man that his son would grow up to be In early 1999, his sister, a screenwriter now a film director , encouraged him to send the manuscript to a French publisher, who immediately decided to publish If Only It Were True Before it was published, Steven Spielberg Dreamworks acquired film rights to the novel The movie, Just like Heaven, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, was a 1 box office hit in America in 2005.After If Only It Were True, Marc Levy began writing full time Since then, he has written 18 novels His work has been translated into 49 languages and has sold over 40 million copies worldwide In addition, Marc Levy has directed a short movie, written short stories and song lyrics for various artists, including Johnny Hallyday.Le Figaro newspaper recently commissioned a nationwide poll asking the French to rank their favorite author Marc Levy and Victor Hugo were 1.Marc Levy currently lives in New York City Readers can learn about him and follow his work on marclevyfo



    156 thoughts on “The Last of the Stanfields

    • This book had a good mix of mystery and family drama The story involves family secrets that have been held for decades and span multiple countries I really enjoyed Eleanor Rigby slowly uncovering the truth about her mother and her past Definitely satisfied with my Kindle First free selection this month.Journalist Eleanor Rigby Donovan receives a letter in the mail hinting that her mother committed a crime Given that her mother is dead, she can t ask her if there is any truth to the le This book [...]


    • All we can ever see of our parents is what they wish to show us Mysterious letters to characters on two continents send a young couple on a quest to discover not only the writer of the letters, but a long buried secret that both their mothers shared.I assume that was the author s intention, but it didn t work for me I didn t find the big mystery believable, OR interesting, and the cutesy names of the players Eleanor Rigby and George Harrison only served to aggravate me further I di All w [...]


    • I will most definitely be reading by this author This is probably one the best books I ve read this year, I just loved it It was my Kindle First free one for DecemberI wasn t really blown away by any of the titles offered, to be honest, and just picked this as the best of a mediocre bunchboy, was I wrong For me it has everything murder and intrigue and really heartfelt moments that had me sobbing. s pretty nigh on perfect Even better since my hopes really weren t tha I will most definitely be r [...]


    • This was my choice for this month s Prime first reads freebie It was a month heavily skewed towards crime mystery thriller titles and I just wasn t in the mood Having read another or Marc Levy s books the one in which a bereaved daughter gets to spend a week with a lifelike automaton of her dead father I knew he d have something interesting to say.That said, I was firmly in the 3 stars camp right up to the final pages when the reveal bought this an extra star and a glow of This was my choice fo [...]


    • This was a fun read and a great way to start 2019 A light mystery with many aspects the reader is able to figure out by the end but just enough twists and questions to keep you entertained It s also a super fast read despite the fact that there is not a ton of action Love, family drama, mystery,secrets WWII, this book has a lot going on but remarkably Levy is able to throw it all at you without much confusion I did feel that the last 25% of the book seemed to stretch on a bit, the overall b This [...]


    • Good writing and great characterization, butI gave up when the 8th narrator and 3rd timeline was introduced It made the plot incredibly hard to follow, especially since the scenes did not stay in only the viewpoint character s head.


    • This was a marvelous book I had no expectations going in I barely even knew what it was about, just had glanced at the blurb on NetGalley and decided that I really wanted to read it I got SO lucky with this one not all blind faith reads turn out like this one did This is the story of Eleanor Rigby a girl with serious wanderlust, who lives her life as a journalist that travels the world She loves her family, but after the loss of her mother, she just cannot seem to stay at home or near h This was [...]


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