One Last Time by Helga Flatland – Book Review


Anne’s life is rushing to an unexpected and untimely end. But her diagnosis of terminal cancer isn’t just a shock for her – and for her daughter Sigrid and granddaughter Mia – it shines a spotlight onto their fractured and uncomfortable relationships.

A spur-of-the moment trip to France acts as a catalyst for the

three generations of women to reveal harboured secrets, long-held frustrations and suppressed desires – and to learn humbling and heartwarming lessons about how life should be lived when death is so close.

With all of Helga Flatland’s trademark insight, sharp yet warm wit and deep empathy, One Last Time examines the great dramas that can be found in ordinary lives, asks the questions that matter to us all – and ultimately celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. An enchantingly beautiful novel that urges us to treasure what we have and rethink how we live our lives, from one of Norway’s most distinguished literary novelists.


One Last Time is the story of the members of a broken family and how they grow closer when one of them gets a terminal cancer diagnosis .

Anne has cancer and she is trying to come to terms with what this means. Her relationship with her daughter, Sigrid is fraught to say the least.

Sigrid’s own relationships with her daughter, Mia, and her partner all have their own issues too.

This ordinary family has ordinary problems, which could have been resolved by just honest talking, but as in any family there are always things left unsaid. 

Helga Flatland has brought this family to life with her fantastic writing, the emotions just jump off the page. The way Anna’s thoughts about her cancer prognosis are so real (having stage four cancer, I’ve had some of these thoughts myself), the fear and worrying about everyone else is always there. This is incredible writing that’s so full of empathy , it’s beautiful, incredibly sad yet uplifting, there will be tears and laughter to the end. I loved it.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of One Last Time.

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Helga Flatland is already one of Norway’s most awarded and widely read authors. Born in Telemark, Norway, in 1984, she made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Stay If You Can, Leave If You Must, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas’ First Book Prize. She has written four novels and a children’s book and has won several other literary awards.

Her fifth novel, A Modern Family (her first English translation), was published to wide acclaim in Norway in August 2017, and was a number-one bestseller. The rights have subsequently been sold across Europe and the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies. One Last Time was published in Norway in 2020, where it topped the bestseller lists, and was shortlisted for the Norwegian Booksellers Awar


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