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 are now ebbing away slowly with the passing of the years. His days of love, warmth and tenderness well past and all that is left is 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.
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.