I am thrilled to have Samantha Hastings, debut author of The Last Word, now available in stores! Her book is about a young women who goes on an adventure to find truth after her favorite author has died. Full summary below! It sounds AMAZING! Samantha has stopped by my blog today to test your knowledge on FAMOUS LAST WORDS! Answer and see how many you know! Let us know in the comments how many you get right!
Guess These Famous Last Words
The last words of a book are what the reader takes away from the story. Whether they are words of wisdom or regret, hope or despair. The last words are often what we remember most about a novel.
In THE LAST WORD, Miss Lucinda Leavitt’s favorite author, Mrs. Smith, dies before finishing her serialized novel. Desperate to know the fate of her beloved heroine, Lucinda decides to track down the author’s family and her final papers to see how she would have finished the book. Lucinda recruits her father’s much younger business partner, David Randall, to assist her. Their search for the elusive Mrs. Smith and the rightful ending to her novel, leads Lucinda and David around the country, but the truths they discover about themselves—and each other—are anything but fictional.
How many books can you recognize by just their last words?
- “Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”
- “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.”
- “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
- “Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this.”
- “But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.”
- “A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR. I am haunted by humans.”
- “I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth.”
- “’God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world,’ whispered Anne softly.”
- “But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
- “With the Gardiners, they were always on the most intimate terms. Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them, and they were both sensible of the warmest gratitude towards persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them.”
[The answers are below]
I hope you enjoy The Last Word and that you are as eager to read the true ending of their story as Lucinda is to find the ending of, She Knew She Was Right by the elusive Mrs. Smith.
Please share “the last words” from your favorite novel in the comments.
- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
- Emma by Jane Austen.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte.
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
- Middlemarch by George Eliot.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
About the Book
1861. Miss Lucinda Leavitt is shocked when she learns the author of her favorite serialized novel has died before completing the story. Determined to learn how it ends, Lucinda reluctantly enlists the help of her father’s young business partner, Mr. David Randall, to track down the reclusive author’s former whereabouts.
David is a successful young
Their search for the elusive Mrs. Smith and the rightful ending to her novel leads Lucinda and David around the country, but the truths they discover about themselves—and each other—are anything but fictional.
Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. The Last Word is her debut novel.