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THE LAST HURRAH: An elderly couple enjoys one last celebration as they face the end of life's journey. by [McMurdo Audsley, Carmel]
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Length: 125 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Bob and Anna McAllister are a retired couple living a comfortable lifestyle in Australia. When Anna's breast cancer returns and Bob's heart condition deteriorates, they are worried about dealing with the end stage of life. Their adult children all have busy lives and they don't want to be a burden to them. They have enjoyed many cruises to the South Pacific and, after much discussion, they decide to take one last cruise - have one last hurrah - and not return. Their decision not only affects them but also has a great impact on their family. It is a love story about two people who cannot bear to be without each other and a family who are so busy rushing through life that they miss the signs that they are needed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Theatricks Publishing (22 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01G18G9JK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #355,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a story about an elderly couple who both fall terminally ill with little more than a few months to live. Their children live hectic lives and are too busy to make time for their parents, so rather than burden them with having to take care of them, they decide to go on one last cruise in the South Pacific and peacefully end their lives together.

This is, although a sad story, it has a beautiful message about children needing to make time for their parents. Live life, enjoy life, have no regrets!

Thank you Carmel McMurdo Audsley for a wonderful story
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A quick, easy read and a topic that really should be discussed more.

The writing style of telling the story rather than showing, almost like a diary written in 3rd person including daily mundane events such as eating and getting dressed, isn't my favourite to read, but still a good book to start a conversation about the right to die for the terminally ill.
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A very thought provoking read I have recommended the book to a few friends I believe many young people should read it, thank you Carmel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but enlightening. 17 January 2017
By Todd Thiede - Published on Amazon.com
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My emotions were all over the board with this book. I loved the fact that the couple wanted to enjoy their last days together but it was sad to see them end their lives. What was even more sad was how their kids treated them. I personally am going through a rough patch with my 75 year old mother right now and even though I find it hard to find the time to be with her I still find the time. It may not be as much as she needs or wants but I still make the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great story! 6 June 2016
By Cruikshank - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a fascinating story about an elderly couple who has decided it is time to move on. They go on one last cruise as a sort of goodbye to the world because they don't want to burden their families with their problems as they come closer and closer to death. It is well-written and the story is appealing, if a little slow. The details were well put together, and I actually found a lot of the descriptions of the places they saw in the south pacific to be well-formed and interesting. I've never been on a cruise, and this makes one seem like it might be more interesting than I originally assumed.

All in all, an excellent new entry by Carmel McMurdo Audsley, and I'm looking forward to reading more books by her in the future. THE LAST HURRAH: An elderly couple enjoys one last celebration as they face the end of life's journey is entertaining and thoughtful, and anyone who is interested in reading about elderly people taking life into their own hands will enjoy it!
3.0 out of 5 stars Writing style needs some work 25 January 2017
By Monette L. Bebow Reinhard - Published on Amazon.com
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It starts out with telling us about the elderly woman’s cancer treatment, and reads like a non-fiction article about a woman with breast cancer. We are not given characters with real personalities to care about. These people can be anyone, cardboard cutouts of those who are old and facing mortality. By Chapter 2 I was agonizing over a decision myself – do I really want to spend time with this book?

Much of this setup is contrived and unrealistic – she’s really more concerned about looking ugly? Finding out they do a cruise every year was disappointing. I was hoping this was their first cruise, their dream adventure.

But once you get past the fact that this is more like nonfiction than fiction writing written by an Australian (note, there are differences in English use), you can find yourself actually getting into the story about two elderly people who opt not to have treatment to extend their lives. Instead they decide to live life and end life together. And their Last Hurrah is just that, they’ll take that boat cruise they booked, and never go home again.
You might find yourself staying with this adventure, as I did, because of the relationship of love, life, children, and how many of us might feel this way, to want to control our lives to the very end.

One major objection to the story itself is that the parents never once called to have a final chat with any of their kids. I know my kids are busy, too, but if I felt I’d never hear their voices again, I wouldn’t be able to resist talking one last time. There are also some logistical errors. The stiff and matter-of-fact writing leaves the reader no room for emotional engagement. The author also makes it clear that she believes this last act of these old people was wrong. But it was written in a way that made it feel right. Saying that what they left behind was brutal suffering is not brought out here in the aftermath at all. It’s just all time to sell the house kind of stuff.

Still it’s interesting to learn that many of us go through the same kinds of things in our family relationships. My mother would call and say “Hello, this is your mother,” and I would wait impatiently for her to get on with it. I would love to hear that call again. What you’ll experience here is not great writing, but a sharing of common humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very touching Story! 12 December 2016
By Jeanne - Published on Amazon.com
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Lovely work Carmel. So different from your other wonderful books, but I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. Sad, but also a very powerful message about a couple's joyous love for one another, their love for their family, and the courageous decision they planned together and carried out on their last journey, their final celebration! Thank You and keep them coming! 👍👍👍
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a sad story, but not at all uncommon about families ... 12 December 2016
By Carol O. - Published on Amazon.com
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The Last Hurrah is a poignant journey of Bob and Anna McAlister as they realize the end of their lives is coming sooner than they wished. It touches on their loneliness as time and their children's life choices, leave them dying as they always lived, lovingly, independently and in each other's arms. It is a sad story, but not at all uncommon about families that can't or won't find the time for each other. It started a bit slow, but left me crying at the end. An emotional read that makes you want to go hug those you love.