Book Review: Last Child by Terry Tyler

Title: Last Child                                aa-last-child

Author: Terry Tyler


Published: Published February 20th 2015

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Drama

Pages: 363

Source: I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 5/5 stars


LAST CHILD is the sequel to Kings and Queens, Terry Tyler’s modern take on the story of Henry VIII and his six wives.

Harry Lanchester is gone, his legacy passed on to his children:

Thirteen year old JASPER, who views the directors of Lanchester Estates as Harry Potter characters, and finds out that teenage love affairs are no fairytale.

ISABELLA, the eldest daughter; lonely and looking for love, she returns from a holiday in Spain with more than just a suntan.

Impulsive, independent ERIN, the girl of Transport manager Rob Dudley’s dreams, whose priority is not a husband and family, but the continuation of her father’s work.

You will also meet the ambitious Jim Dudley, ex-nanny Hannah Cleveley, Rob’s long suffering wife Amy, and Raine Grey, whose nine days as PR manager for Lanchester Estates have a devastating effect on her life.

LAST CHILD takes the drama, passion and intrigue of Kings and Queens into the present day, with echoes from the past ~ and a glimpse or two into the future…

My Thoughts:

I have been hanging out to read Last Child for what feels like forever and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! Last Child is the sequel to Terry Tyler’s modern twist on Henry VIII, Kings and Queens, which I also loved when I reviewed it earlier this year. Last Child takes up where Kings and Queens ended with the death of Tyler’s modern day Henry, Harry Lanchester and tells the stories of his children, Isabella (Mary,) Erin (Elizabeth) and Jasper (Edward.) Any Tudor buffs will know that the lives of Henry VIII’s children were very complicated but the author has put together a helpful brief history of the time period which really helps to put the characters from the novel straight with their historical counterparts.

Last Child is written in similar manner to Kings and Queens with sections written by the main characters and several chapters written from Hannah Cleveley’s perspective to pull it all together. I really enjoy this style of writing, but what I particularly love about Terry Tyler’s writing is her ability to give each character their own unique voice and personality. I thought she did a particularly brilliant job at writing in the voice of a believable teenage boy!

I was really drawn in by the plot of Last Child. I loved the romance, drama, humour, characters, plot and brilliant writing and found myself wishing for more at the end. It could easily be read as a stand alone novel but I think it is best suited to be read after Kings and Queens. Thank you Terry for such an enjoyable read!

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