The Last Laugh: A romantic comedy that will make you laugh and cry

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'Oh this was such a brilliant read. I was engrossed and laughed out loud and welled up. It was great!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Jenny discovers her days are numbered at the same time she discovers her husband is having an affair… 

Frankly, she had enough on her plate already. Two tricky teenagers, her mother’s constant complaints, friends who aren’t up to the job and a career which has been spiralling downwards since she won ‘Sunseeker Tour Rep of the Season’ twenty years ago. 

And now this. Enough is enough! Jenny vows to keep both revelations a secret. She takes her life into her own hands and decides to live as she did when she was happiest… in 1996. She plans a spectacular 1990s themed party in place of a wake that she herself will attend. But will she be able to keep her secrets for long enough to have the party of a lifetime? 

The Last Laugh is both hilarious and heartbreaking, a book about how to find happiness and live your life as though every day is your last.
 

From No. 1 bestseller Tracy Bloom, this book is perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and The Kicking the Bucket List. 

What readers are saying about The Last Laugh:

'I laughed and cried... Reading it has given me a new perspective! You really don’t know the minute your world could change forever. I read it in one day!' The Introverted Mum

'A stunning book that was both funny and incredibly heartbreakingly sad. This book was just a wonderful celebration of the character's life, strength and courage. Fabulous.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Absolutely loved this book! What should be a really sad story is written so well and with such zest and optimism that it's impossible not to be smiling. A beautifully-told tale.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'Thought-provoking, warm, and extremely funny. You will love Jenny! She is all of us! A hard-working, sweats wearing, wine-loving mother (complete with “mom body”), who possesses a great sense of humour about everything… even death.' Reels and Reads

'I laughed and cried in equal measure at this book... highly recommended.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'A wonderful blend of humour and at times tears, as Jenny struggles to "live” each moment and to move as if she was “on top of the world” in 1996... Jenny has courage along with humour and as she says: “Time to start living.” Great story!' Goodreads reviewer

'This book is heartbreaking at times but hilarious in others... fantastic.' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'If Tracy Bloom’s other books are like The Last Laugh she definitely has a new fan. I felt instantly connected to the main character, Jenny, like I was part of her life... It inspired me to make the most of the life I have.' After the Rain

 

‘I never wanted this book to end…  A delightful, yet emotional book which will make you laugh and cry.’ Jenny in Neverland, 5 stars

 

‘An unforgettable and highly entertaining read.’ Pretty Little Book Reviews

 

‘Uplifting, life-affirming, and most of all funny!... had me crying tears of absolute joy… beautifully written.Bee Reads

 

‘This book certainly left me a blubbering mess by the end but I wouldn’t have had it any other way!… A poignant, moving and sensitively written story.  Well recommended.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

A moving, funny and absolutely memorable novel which will stay with you long after you finish reading.Rebecca’s Reviews

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Publisher
Bookouture
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Published on
Feb 23, 2018
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Pages
350
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ISBN
9781786812919
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Humor / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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‘Laugh-out-loud funny, emotional and festive… This is THE Christmas read of the year without a doubt. Absolutely loved it from beginning to end.’ Mum Reinvented

A dream family Christmas or a total nightmare? Katy and Ben are about to find out...

Katy’s been stuck in the office away from her family so she wants it all: snow (fake or real), the Michael Bublé Christmas album, whatever it takes. 

There’s only one thing missing as far as her husband Ben is concerned: another baby to complete their family. But Katy isn’t so sure she's ready yet…

Ben may be playing the role of Master Elf in the pre-school nativity but he is struggling to master his own family life. With romantically-challenged friends, an ex who refuses to go away and Katy's mum's 64-year-old toy boy thrown into the mix, Christmas looks like it could be going off the rails… Never mind family planning, can Katy and Ben even plan to make it to the end of Christmas Day?

From the no. 1 bestselling author of No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday, this book will make you cry with laughter, and then book your flights abroad for the festive season. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella and Milly Johnson. 

What readers are saying about No-one Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day:

'I absolutely loved it, I laughed my head off at so many parts it is soooo hilarious!' Jessica's Book Biz

'Laugh-out-loud moments throughout... worth the read just for the giggles.' Carrie's Book Reviews 

‘Hilarious, I constantly laughed out loud… Great fun and highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer

'If you are looking for a light-hearted Christmas read with some laughs and a lot of fun, then this is definitely a book well worth reading!!' Stardust Book Reviews

'A great book full of lots of hilarious moments and tons of good old Christmas cringy events.' Goodreads reviewer

‘An enjoyable and fun read. It brings to life the stresses of family and life at the festive time of the year. The perfect read in the run up to Christmas.’ By the Letter Book Reviews

'A fun, crazy holiday read.' Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

'I loved it!' Goodreads reviewer

'There are so many laugh-out-loud moments right the way throughout the book that keep you hooked and make the book so easy to read.' Jessica's Book Biz

‘I've had a goofy grin on my face for the whole of this book. I challenge you to not find something to smile or laugh about in almost every single chapter, it is just that funny and feel-good…  I just can't explain how much I loved this book - so instead I’ll just suggest you read it for yourself!" Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

‘Had me laughing out loud and gave me proper tears of laughter, definitely a book I’m recommending – 5 stars from me!!’ Donna’s Book Blog, 5 stars

 

‘This really was a hysterical read, I doubt anyone could read it and NOT find it funny!’ Novel Gossip

 

‘Full of laugh every minute pure joy, a perfect read for getting into the spirit of festive family fun.’ Books from Dusk till Dawn, 5 stars

 

‘I raced through this story, not wanting it to end…a hilarious and fast-paced read and I found myself laughing my head off so often!’ On My Bookshelf, 5 stars

 

‘This book was soooooo funny!... I was literally laughing out loud so much while reading.’ Steph and Chris’ Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Tracy Bloom writes with so much spirit and she knows how to make you laugh… No-one Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day is a fun, light-hearted read that's perfect for the holidays.’ Carlene Inspired


‘Had me in stitches… I felt so Christmassy after reading this book… now being added to my list of favourite authors!’ Goodreads reviewer

'An absolutely brilliant family saga. A perfect read for these colder nights curled up with a nice cup of tea!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

December, 1940: All that Audrey Barton wants is her family together for Christmas. But the war changes everything… 

The Barton family bakery in Bournemouth has been at the heart of the town for generations: Audrey and Charlie Barton have never been rich, but their bread and cakes – and their love and advice – have enriched the lives of others in the town for many years.

When war breaks out, it doesn’t take long for trouble to arrive on the bakery doorstep. Audrey’s brother William has joined up to fight, and William’s fiancé Elsie fears she may lose him before their life together has even begun. Audrey’s stepsister Lily comes to stay, but Lily is clearly hiding a dark secret. 

And a silent and strange little girl is evacuated to the town – will Audrey get to the heart of what is ailing her? 

Audrey battles to keep hope and love alive in tumultuous times. But when disaster strikes at Christmas, will her efforts be in vain? 

This is the first book in a heartwarming and romantic new saga series, perfect for fans of The Gingerbread Girl, Nadine Dorries and Ellie Dean.

What readers are saying about Heartaches and Christmas Cakes:


‘Wonderful ... A book I literally could not put down … I loved every minute of it and I didn’t want it to end … A heartfelt and truly wonderful read. A story that you will easily lose yourself in’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘A truly fantastic, emotional and heartwarming story… If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. It deserves the entire constellation that's for sure!... by far my favourite saga novel of 2017.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars

‘Genuinely heartwarming… I loved everything… I cannot recommend this book to you enough - I thought it was superb!!’ Donnas Book Blog, 5 stars

'I absolutely loved it... a wonderful story of love, romance, family, friendship, secrets, charity and a tasty bakery.' Little Miss No Sleep

'An absolutely brilliant family saga and one which I can highly recommend. A perfect read for these colder nights curled up with a nice cup of tea!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'If you are looking for the perfect Christmas read then look no further than this wonderfully festive read. The characters are wonderful, the descriptions make you feel that you are part of the action and you are left with a feel-good feeling... This is the first book in the series and if this book is anything to go by then this will be a very charming series indeed. Filled with warmth, love, hope and romance.' Goodreads reviewer

'I loved this World War II story.' Cayo Costa

'You will get sucked into the characters' lives, their heartaches and celebrations, and their joy, and will find out on the last page that it is the first of a new series. And then, you'll head over to the author's page and sign up to be notified when the second one comes out.' Goodreads reviewer

‘I absolutely loved every minute of it!… a truly heart-warming and uplifting story and I honestly can't wait to read more.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This is a beautifully written story of how the war affected those left at home… I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

In one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchhiker series.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The moment before annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.

Life, the Universe and Everything
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription thrusts him back to reality. So to speak.

Mostly Harmless
Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?

Includes the bonus story “Young Zaphod Plays It Safe”

“With droll wit, a keen eye for detail and heavy doses of insight . . . Adams makes us laugh until we cry.”—San Diego Union-Tribune

“Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain.”—The Atlantic

‘Laugh-out-loud funny, emotional and festive… This is THE Christmas read of the year without a doubt. Absolutely loved it from beginning to end.’ Mum Reinvented

A dream family Christmas or a total nightmare? Katy and Ben are about to find out...

Katy’s been stuck in the office away from her family so she wants it all: snow (fake or real), the Michael Bublé Christmas album, whatever it takes. 

There’s only one thing missing as far as her husband Ben is concerned: another baby to complete their family. But Katy isn’t so sure she's ready yet…

Ben may be playing the role of Master Elf in the pre-school nativity but he is struggling to master his own family life. With romantically-challenged friends, an ex who refuses to go away and Katy's mum's 64-year-old toy boy thrown into the mix, Christmas looks like it could be going off the rails… Never mind family planning, can Katy and Ben even plan to make it to the end of Christmas Day?

From the no. 1 bestselling author of No-one Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday, this book will make you cry with laughter, and then book your flights abroad for the festive season. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella and Milly Johnson. 

What readers are saying about No-one Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day:

'I absolutely loved it, I laughed my head off at so many parts it is soooo hilarious!' Jessica's Book Biz

'Laugh-out-loud moments throughout... worth the read just for the giggles.' Carrie's Book Reviews 

‘Hilarious, I constantly laughed out loud… Great fun and highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer

'If you are looking for a light-hearted Christmas read with some laughs and a lot of fun, then this is definitely a book well worth reading!!' Stardust Book Reviews

'A great book full of lots of hilarious moments and tons of good old Christmas cringy events.' Goodreads reviewer

‘An enjoyable and fun read. It brings to life the stresses of family and life at the festive time of the year. The perfect read in the run up to Christmas.’ By the Letter Book Reviews

'A fun, crazy holiday read.' Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

'I loved it!' Goodreads reviewer

'There are so many laugh-out-loud moments right the way throughout the book that keep you hooked and make the book so easy to read.' Jessica's Book Biz

‘I've had a goofy grin on my face for the whole of this book. I challenge you to not find something to smile or laugh about in almost every single chapter, it is just that funny and feel-good…  I just can't explain how much I loved this book - so instead I’ll just suggest you read it for yourself!" Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

‘Had me laughing out loud and gave me proper tears of laughter, definitely a book I’m recommending – 5 stars from me!!’ Donna’s Book Blog, 5 stars

 

‘This really was a hysterical read, I doubt anyone could read it and NOT find it funny!’ Novel Gossip

 

‘Full of laugh every minute pure joy, a perfect read for getting into the spirit of festive family fun.’ Books from Dusk till Dawn, 5 stars

 

‘I raced through this story, not wanting it to end…a hilarious and fast-paced read and I found myself laughing my head off so often!’ On My Bookshelf, 5 stars

 

‘This book was soooooo funny!... I was literally laughing out loud so much while reading.’ Steph and Chris’ Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Tracy Bloom writes with so much spirit and she knows how to make you laugh… No-one Ever Has Sex on Christmas Day is a fun, light-hearted read that's perfect for the holidays.’ Carlene Inspired


‘Had me in stitches… I felt so Christmassy after reading this book… now being added to my list of favourite authors!’ Goodreads reviewer

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