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Author: Derek Haines
ISBN: 1475051921
Language: English
Pages: 172 pages
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 21, 2012)
Rating: 4.5
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FB2 size: 1559 kb | EPUB size: 1554 kb | DJVU size: 1477 kb
Sub: Romance

There’s nothing more we can do except keep you as comfortable as possible. ‘You’ll just drug me up to the gills you mean. ‘Well, without the medication you’d be in considerable pain n?’‘Days.

There’s nothing more we can do except keep you as comfortable as possible. A couple of weeks perhaps. ‘Not the best news I’ve had today Do. ‘I’m sure it’s not, but you’ve always asked me to be up front with you. I wish I could give you a better prognosis. ‘And to think, I first came to see you just because I had a sore back and thought I’d pulled a muscle,’ he half laughed

One Last Love : Derek Haines. This unique look at end of life set in a place where one hopefully finds caring compassion from those around. The listener gets to examine their thoughts and feelings through those of the characters. Hopefully there is time for one last love

One Last Love : Derek Haines. Hopefully there is time for one last love. Little bits of dry humor rounds out this book. I will be looking for more of Derek Haines work. The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Harry Roger Williams III voice is a gift to this story. I was given One Last Love : Derek Haines

Would you like me to find some books for you?’ ‘Hardly worth the bother really.

Cover image: Photo courtesy of Pennywise. Would you like me to find some books for you?’ ‘Hardly worth the bother really. Probably won’t live long enough to finish on. ‘As you wish,’ she said in such a matter of fact way that Bonnie decided he quite appreciated her frankness. So, you need a few things I hear. ‘Well, not really sure how I should dress for this. ‘Casual and comfortable I’d say.

One Last Love is a beautifully written book by Derek Haines. The main character, Bonnie, comes to terms with his life after he is diagnosed with a terminal illness. He is forced to examine how he has lived his life and come face-to-face with his checkered past. While I knew the book couldn't have a happily ever after in the traditional romance genre sense, I had high expectations when I started reading this. Fortunately I was well satisfied. Without giving away any spoilers, I was pleased on how engaging the hero/heroine interacted with each other and their feelings developed realistically.

I won’t give away too many details, but let me suffice it to say that Derek Haines has written something unforgettable here, with ‘One Last Love. It’s one of those stories you feel deserves a movie version.

When it comes to love, it's never too lat. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact, I hated to see it en. "Wow, some people have the ability to make you feel the story through their words. I won’t give away too many details, but let me suffice it to say that Derek Haines has written something unforgettable here, with ‘One Last Love. A deeply touching tale about finding love in the most unlikely of places-a place where death prevails more than hope-One Last Love is at once inspiring and uplifting and reassuring.

However, Derek Haines book revealed a lighter side of life in a hospice, where friendships and even love can blossom. Derek Haines is a born writer and I never know what to expect from him except to expect the unexpected

However, Derek Haines book revealed a lighter side of life in a hospice, where friendships and even love can blossom. Derek Haines is a born writer and I never know what to expect from him except to expect the unexpected. Excellent story about terminal illness, and the emotional journey of Bonnie, the main character

His days of love, warmth and tenderness well past and all that was left were his last few quiet years to grow old.

Select Format: Paperback. His days of love, warmth and tenderness well past and all that was left were his last few quiet years to grow old. Alone, yet content.

Derek Haines writes like a surgeon with a scalpel: he knows, with uncanny precision, which parts of human nature he must touch with his blade, or pen, that is. And I’m hoping Haines writes more, and soon-One Last Love shouldn’t be his One Last Novel, but rather, just one in . . And I’m hoping Haines writes more, and soon-One Last Love shouldn’t be his One Last Novel, but rather, just one in a string of what I believe are future bestsellers. Two thumbs up for this wonderful story.

Derek Haines is an author of a number of books, however, he spends most of his time blogging, making technology go wrong, and being a rather senior ESL English teacher. Born in Australia, but now living in Switzerland with his wife and his black Cocker Spaniel, he spends most of his time trying to make technology work again, after inadvertently breaking it. It's a painful process, yet such an effective self-study method to acquire new technology skills. As a writer - I can change adroitly into the first person, and say that I love what I do and where I live, and also, that I am a Douglas. Of course, throughout the story there is despair and hopelessness at every turn-you feel it each time Bonnie makes a little joke to lighten up the situation.

When it comes to love, it's never too late ... "I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact, I hated to see it end." "Wow, some people have the ability to make you feel the story through their words." "A beautifully written love story with a message of tolerance. "..anticipated a sad story of death....but just the opposite..." Life has the habit of delivering its twists at the most unexpected times. For Bonnie his life had been lived, and the bitter sweet memories of his wife, along with the never ending sorrow of losing his son so young remain with him, but they were now ebbing away slowly with the passing of the years. His days of love, warmth and tenderness well past and all that was left were his last few quiet years to grow old. Alone, yet content. What he had done, he had done and what had happened, had. All that remained was to live out the rest of his life in a new place, far away from his checkered past. His days passing with the regularity that an old man desires and deserves. Until the dark day arrives that signals an impending end to his new found life, and with it, all sense of hope. In facing mortality, Bonnie resorts to using his crusty exterior and bravado to hide the frailty and fear he feels within himself - until he is presented with stark realities beyond his understanding and is forced to come face to face with his own prejudices and beliefs. In meeting Danny and Angeline, Bonnie begins to reshape his thoughts about his acceptance of those he had habitually admonished, and of the bigoted life he has lived. While Charlie and his daughter Beatrice realign his set concepts of how he had habitually rushed to judge people too quickly. However, it is only when Bonnie meets Madeleine that the most unexpected eventuality turns his hard held beliefs, and his very set views about life, people, and love, on their head. Read One Last Love, only if you are looking for a different, yet very touching romance story. Review by Book Publishing Resource. I won't give away too many details, but let me suffice it to say that Derek Haines has written something unforgettable here, with 'One Last Love.' It's one of those stories you feel deserves a movie version. A deeply touching tale about finding love in the most unlikely of places--a place where death prevails more than hope--One Last Love is at once inspiring and uplifting and reassuring. Of course, throughout the story there is despair and hopelessness at every turn--you feel it each time Bonnie makes a little joke to lighten up the situation. But somehow you feel it's plausible, that even near the end of life a new beginning could unfold. And it is this message that gives power and vitality to this book. There's also something poignantly courageous about how Bonnie tries to hide his suffering behind his humor: Bonnie's bravado starkly juxtaposes the situation he's in, which all the more increases the emotional impact of the tragedy. Here's a man who knows he's dying, yet he tries so hard to protect those around him with what little humor he could scrape from the bottom of his soul. Derek Haines writes like a surgeon with a scalpel: he knows, with uncanny precision, which parts of human nature he must touch with his blade, or pen, that is. And I'm hoping Haines writes more, and soon--One Last Love shouldn't be his One Last Novel, but rather, just one in a string of what I believe are future bestsellers. Two thumbs up for this wonderful story.
Comments (7)
The Rollers of Vildar
This gives us a great look at what goes through someone's mind in the last days of his life. Too bad it took going into hospice for the main character to realize that people have more to offer than what we see on the outside. Bonnie is a man in his 70's facing his immortality. It's now down to a week or two and he is sent to a hospice center for the last of his days. All his life he had been prejudiced against blacks, against gays, against teens with tatoo's and piercings, and yet these were the first people to befriend him in hospice. To sit by his bed when he was too ill to fend for himself. It surprised him, and he was forced into taking an honest look at himself and realized how he had treated "these kind of people" when he was younger.

We all now people like him, my own father is like that, and he is 91 so he is never going to change, but I sure wish he was still able to read. I think it would be an eye-opener. Yes, I read him some lines, and did tell him about it. Unfortunately, dementia is getting in the way of anything we tell him, sadly, he won't remember it tomorrow.

One of the things I loved most was that this main character (think Walter Matthau) has such a good sense of humor, even in facing death. He makes you chuckle with his comments and realism, and that was the gift he gave to his new friends in hospice with him. I think that alone bought him some redemption for past injustices, that he brought laughter into the lives of others suffering through their last days. Even one of the nurses commented in the first day or two of his stay there that she hadn't heard laughter in the lunchroom, well, ever.

Definitely recommend this little gem.
Kazracage
Derek Haines very capably puts the reader in front of one of life's imponderables, death - coming swiftly face-to-face with the reality of the unavoidable and immense finality of our lives and discovering a last love at the same time whose beneficial effects would ease the inexorability of the final days.

Delicate, touching yet matter-of-fact as to what was happening and what would happen. Heart-wrenching, although I cried inside - this book made me reconsider my own life, how would I react in similar circumstances (can never be ruled out), how would I face it, how would I look back on days past, what regrets would I have? Made me reflect a lot, which is no bad thing.

It also made me feel hope for people in these circumstances, the knowledge that it was still possible to find some happiness, which in itself can bring relief, albeit temporary.

This book left me with a feeling of, difficult to describe, emptiness in knowing that for the hospice inmates, there was no foreseeable future, and understanding their need to live each minute of each day to the full while they could.

A tough but very worthwhile read, and one that I highly recommend - some Kleenex necessary.

I might come back to this review later, as my thoughts are still fairly jumbled.
Swiang
One Last Love is a beautifully written book by Derek Haines. The main character, Bonnie, comes to terms with his life after he is diagnosed with a terminal illness. He is forced to examine how he has lived his life and come face-to-face with his checkered past.

The story is well thought out. It has depth, credibility, and insight into facing ones mortality. It really tugged on my heart strings. I won't talk about the story line, because I don't want to give too much away, so you will just have to read it for yourself. It is a powerful story, as it lingered in my mind even after I finished reading it. The author wrote in such a way that, for me, evoked strong, deep emotions, which triggered inner reflection, and in my case, healing a part of my past. This is a great book to include in your Kindle collection, and you can't go wrong with the price. I highly recommend.
Blackbeard
While I knew the book couldn't have a happily ever after in the traditional romance genre sense, I had high expectations when I started reading this. Fortunately I was well satisfied. Without giving away any spoilers, I was pleased on how engaging the hero/heroine interacted with each other and their feelings developed realistically. A level of believability stayed constant throughout the story and it never veered off into the absurd that some romance books do. A solid amount of dialogue mixed in with appropriate setting and I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Well worth reading

Notice: I was offered a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Yozshunris
Last love, never too late, brought beyond any previous level. It was a short book, but just right for the story. Some might say the ending was abrupt, but it was just right - enough is there to leave the reader to finish it the way you want it, knowing there won't be a sequel and no need for a sequel.
Dagdarad
One Last Love, by author Derek Haines, is a beautiful, bitter-sweet love story that also touches on the reminder of death and dying. This well-written tale manages to run the gamut of emotions, from humorous to despair to grim resignation. Haines manages to draw back the curtain and reveal what runs through the human mind when faced with the inevitable end of life. While death is a journey one must truly face alone, the author gives his characters a brief respite, and shows that indeed, the "love of a lifetime" can be one that is measured in days rather than years. I look forward to reading more from this talented writer. Well done.