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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2 reviews
Gaele Hi
March 9, 2018
The second book I’ve read from this author, and again I’m finding that it is far different to what I expected: in all the good ways. Jenny and Mark have been together since 1996: he was on holiday with his mates and she was working as an events organizer for a packaged holiday company in Corfu. Full of laughter and life, willing to live each moment and not worry overmuch about the next phase of her life, Jenny is far different from anything Mark has ever encountered. But the chemistry between them was unmissable, and when an illicit birthday party results in Jenny being terminated: Mark makes his move. Twenty years, two teenaged kids, and Jenny still working in events – now for a care home for the elderly, she’s wondering just when the spark and fun left their marriage, and how the organized and goal-oriented man she fell in love with turned out to be such a stick in the mud. Her birthday dinner at a local Mexican restaurant is an unmitigated disaster, Mark has to go back to the office to work on an upcoming takeover, and the kids barely look up from their mobiles. Nothing is quite as she’d expected, and she’s hoping that somehow she’ll find the key. But when the test results come in and she discovers she has cancer, then catches her husband bending a co-worker over a desk in his office, she’s devastated, confused, feeling alone and not sure about her next move. Enter Maureen, a resident at the care home who’s calmness and cheerfulness never disappoint. Maureen will help her decide what next, she’ll listen and advise, be that voice of reason and comfort that she won’t get at home, from her mother, her absent brother, or from her father in his own struggle with dementia. Maureen is a hoot: plain speaking, caring but not coddling, and asking Jenny to think about what she REALLY wants, pushing her to live in the moment and learn to step back from controlling everything to focus on controlling only what she can. Jenny decides that 1996 was the point at which her life changed – and that perhaps the girl she was would and could have been different had she kept contact with those friends, been more willing to be foolish and have fun, not taking her life with Mark so seriously – since he did enough of the ‘being focused and serious’ for a whole host of people. Finding a way to encourage yet not smother her anxious son, standing up to an awful friend of her daughter because the kid could (and should) do and be better, even pushing her absent brother into interactions, reconnecting with old friends, taking moments to be silly and laugh and even going for her Ginger Spice hair – Jenny’s days are filled with moments of memory, fun, life and chances. It’s only the nights where pain, fear and worries take over. But one last giant fancy dress party, themed 1996 to all but her brother who was told muppets and arrived in a Kermit suit – the growth, friends and fun she hoped for appeared on the back lawn at the care home. A perfect send off – just before she planned to break the news the next day to family and friends. Bloom managed to take all of the angst, the regrets and worries, and even the minor annoyances that cropped up in Jenny’s life as she reframed her attitude toward living for the now, as she did her best to become “just Jenny” not “poor Jenny with cancer, she’s being so brave’ . Surprised with Jenny’s resilience and her determination to rediscover her 1996 self, and in doing so rediscovering friends, support and the family she thought was lost to her – the story comes with plenty of moments to enjoy. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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