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Natalie B Contributor

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but I broke that rule with The Last Encore by Elodie Colliard. I came across this novel when I was scrolling through Netgalley, and the cover and synopsis caught my attention. I loved that the main female character battled with anxiety issues.

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Avery Clark is trying to make it as a photographer but finds herself struggling to grow her business. She is given an opportunity to enter a contest that could change her life. The only thing she has to do is photograph a winter wonderland wedding. Avery has no idea how she will accomplish that goal until the perfect opportunity presents itself.

She finds herself running into her ex-best friend, Joshua, at an event. He left suddenly years ago, breaking the only promise he ever made to Avery. But Josh has the ideal solution: Avery should photograph his sister’s wedding. Avery is hesitant because of her conflicting feelings about Josh and her fear of him leaving again. Josh is determined to show Avery that this time things are different. As they continue to work together, their relationship grows into something more.



The Last Encore was Elodie Colliard’s debut novel and I really enjoyed how she created authentic characters, as well as natural dialogue. Towards the end of the book, she teased that she has another story in the works following Avery’s brother, Miles.I really look forward to reading more from this author.

Contributor Natalie with The Last Encore
Contributor Natalie with The Last Encore!

Avery was genuine and easily relatable. She struggles with anxiety, and as someone who also struggles with anxiety, the author did a fantastic job capturing her disorder. Avery was a play-it-safe, take no chances type of person. She hid behind her fears at first and continued to do so until her ex-best friend came back to town. As someone who had her fair share of trauma, she didn’t trust easily.

But with Josh back in her life, she was able to trust not only other people, but herself as well. Her journey to finding herself was such a pleasure to watch, and I really felt connected to her. 

I would have loved to have some of the chapters from Josh’s perspective, but the dialogue provided me with a general enough idea of how he felt. He was someone who believed he needed to run from his own feelings of not being good enough. I appreciated how the book touched on the issues of being biracial and not feeling like you identify with either side of your ethnicity. The way Josh was attentive and in tune with Avery made me swoon. After being in love with her for years, when he finally got his chance to be with her, he went all in. Dealing with someone who has anxiety isn’t always easy, but Josh handled it like a pro.

I appreciated how they allowed each other to be themselves without feeling the need to change the other. Even when crossing the line from friends to lovers, their foundation never faltered. I am a sucker for a good friends-to-lovers romance, and this one was done beautifully. The transition from friends to lovers was smooth and flowed well. 

As much as I loved this book, the only thing that fell flat was the epilogue, which is why I gave the rating four-and-a-half stars instead of five. The dialogue briefly mentioned a marriage proposal, but it stopped there. If the author was planning to bring it into the plot, she should have followed through. Despite that, the rest of the epilogue felt like a decent wrap-up to their happy ending. 

There was also a tad too much description of a sexual assault. As much as I feel it is important to bring awareness to such traumas, it didn’t need to have the description it did. This was a personal choice for me, and I appreciated that the author provided a trigger warning before the book started.  

I want to thank Netgalley for allowing me to review The Last Encore by Elodie Colliard before it’s released. 

The Last Encore by Elodie Colliard

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Avery is struggling to make a name for herself as a photographer. When she runs into Josh, her ex-best friend, the reunion ends up being the perfect solution to her problems. The more they are around each other, the more they question if what they felt all those years ago was friendship or love.

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