Howdy booklovers! Welcome to my stop on the tour for The Last Great American Tragedy by Mary Spencer. Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for having me and for my gifted copy.
As dictated in Plato’s Symposium, Zeus separated humans out of fear, damning them to a life of searching, leaving them with a glimmer of hope, a memory, a longing for their original other half.
Cordelia, an esteemed author, meets her other half under the most unusual circumstances. Grieving her mother’s death, she moves to the sleepy little city of Asheville to end her life. After a near successful drowning attempt, Doctor Locke saves her, thus starting a love affair that rivals the gods.
Both broken and troubled, the two hearts dance around each other in a shifting battle of willpower. But as Cordelia starts exhibiting the telltale signs of a body fading away, will the good doctor be able to keep her soul attached to this mortal coil, or will she force him to walk his life alone, never to be complete?
I’d like to start my review with a little advice; the first chapter is very emotionally heavy and is told from the perspective of a woman attempting suicide so if you’re in a fragile headspace I’d advise that maybe you wait a little bit before reading.
This book is beautifully written, quite intense and deeply philosophical. It is quite heavy on the soul to start. A story that will reach your very existence and bleed hope and love into your weary soul.
Very heavily philosophical with heavy emphasis on Greek myths made this story both whats it is and also, sometimes a struggle. There were times I just wanted to live in the encounters of Henley and Cordelia, not have a quote shoved in the middle but either way an endearing story.
This book broke me. Reshaped me. Gave me hope, dashed it away, crushed my heart and stitched it back together. I’m not sure it was intended but i could find many, many Taylor Swift songs lying within the pages of this deeply glorious novel. My heart is shattered but hope remains. Hope for a love so strong it defies all odds. A love worthy of a beautiful tragedy.
I’m a wreck now. Be warned; have something light and fluffy to read afterwards. You’ll need it.