In the summer of 1990, Cathy's brother, Matty, was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out, two weeks before receiving his GCSE results. Sitting by his unconscious body in hospital, holding his hand and watching his heartbeat on the monitors, Cathy and her parents willed him to survive.
They did not know then that there are many fates worse than death.
©2014 Cathy Rentzenbrink (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
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"I never knew a story of grief could have so much joy in it." (Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Wicked on 01-01-17


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The fact that this is a true story, as told by his sister, means that there is a level of honesty and detail that you would not normally get. It's not just an account of what happened to Matty, it's about the devastating impact his accident had on his family.

Was The Last Act of Love worth the listening time?

I think so. It's a hard listen, not a book I am likely to listen to again, I was glad when it came to an end.

Any additional comments?

I can't say that I enjoyed this book, I don't think it's that kind of story. It's heartfelt and sincere yet harrowing and painful. It's well written and describes their journey in detail

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 13-10-16

Wonderful, beautiful story full of compassion

What did you like most about The Last Act of Love?

Beautifully account of the love Cathy has for her brother and the wonderful relationships she and her entire family share.

What did you like best about this story?

Recounting the stories of the childhood with her brother and his wonderful personality

Have you listened to any of Jenny Funnell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet but she read beautifully.

Any additional comments?

Loved this book and as a volunteer in a hospice this book gave me great insights into the grieving process. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I was deeply moved by this book and Cathy did a wonderful job in writing it.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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