Friday, January 4, 2013

Review: The Final Piece by Maggi Myers

Title: The Final Piece
Author: Maggi Myers
Rating: 4~Stars

Elizabeth Bradshaw has spent her life picking up the the pieces of her delicate past and hiding them. Her secrecy has worked until the day Beth receives word that her only confidant, Tommy, has been killed. Devastated, she leaves her new life behind to embark on a pilgrimage home for Tommy’s funeral.

When faced, yet again, with more pieces to pick up and pack away, Beth begins to question the choice to keep everyone in life at arm’s length.

As Beth reconnects with Ryan, Tommy’s nephew, she begins a journey that will unearth her secrecy and teach her grace, love and forgiveness.

My Review:

This book left me with a whole lot of emotions that I'm having a hard time putting into words. A hard time processing. Writing a helpful review at this point seems as possible as Christian Grey speaking at a true love waits seminar. I'm--I'm just...I feel violated by my own emotions. The Final Piece is a book that miraculously found love, passion, and strength in spite of trauma, loss, and sexual abuse. It's a story about growth and forgiveness. This book tackled the impact of molestation and pain, but it was done with taste. It was done with heart. It was done beautifully.

This book didn't just explore the romantic relationship. It explored the relationship between family. It showed the intensity of friendship. But most importantly it revealed the growth of Beth's relationship with herself. Doing this made me develop a relationship with the story.

Beth's relationship with Tommy was achingly beautiful, but I have to admit the relationship between Ryan and Beth was my favorite. Ryan's love for Beth returned to her an innocence that was lost. An innocence that was stolen. It was heartbreaking.

Despite my love for this unique and emotional story, I do have some wishes for The Final Piece. I really, really wish more time would have been spent developing the start of Ryan and Beth's relationship. They fall in love as teenagers, but I feel like I was short changed on that experience. Ryan sees Beth in a bikini and given how it's written...BOOM! He's in love (or his dick is). That seems to be the turning point of their relationship and then things progress quickly, too quickly. They do have a beautiful moment in the cherry tree, but I wanted to experience them falling in love instead of getting told about it later in the book. Beth and Ryan falling in love as teenagers is the foundation of their relationship and if that would have been a little bit stronger I would have molested this book with stars!!

Other issues such as with dialogue and pacing were easily overlooked because of the strength of the story. The emotion of the story. The intensity, and the passion. This book will break your heart and put it back together. It will make you feel emotion and passion that's almost paralyzing. Is it perfectly written? No, but the journey...the journey was perfect!



  1. Great review! "This book will break your heart and put it back together." I totally agree. I loved this book. And now that you mention about wishing more time had been spent seeing their relationship develop, yeah I wish that, too...that would have been awesome!

  2. I love this review! Makes me want to read it. right. now.