hooks a reader into reading more, the last line determines how they will feel when they’ve finished. The protagonist has healed their wound, they’ve run their race and grown as a result. Mostly, we remember first lines and rarely, do we remember last lines. But we do remember how we feel when we finish. And sometimes, if the story is so compelling and we are overwhelmed by the emotions the story raised in us, we just might read that book again instantly.
Here's a famous one: “Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” From Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
‘It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.’ A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Temporarily Insane by Vicki Batman: He took a deep breath and said something I never-never, ever-ever thought I would hear, “Come on, sweetheart. Let’s get lucky.” Amazon
Demon Cursed by Karilyn Bentley: Nothing will ever be the same, but tomorrow dawns another day. Amazon
"The Case of the Tainted Blood" in Curious Incidents by Liese Sherwood-Fabre: "There are flasks of tainted blood for us to ferret out. The game's afoot." Mocha Memoirs Press
IN THE TOWER OF THE WIZARD KING by Michelle Miles: “Sean, what just happened?” Her breath plumed white. “Liam must have used the Time Sphere. He altered time.” Amazon
One Night with the Professor by Linda Steinberg: Leave it to a college professor to verbalize a paragraph of poetry when only three words were necessary. Leaning into his breath, Nora joined her soul with his. “I love you too.” Amazon
Hannah by Chris Keniston: "And one of these days I'll find the right woman, just don't get your hopes up it will be at the reception." "I don't care where you find her so long as she's not behind bars." At least that was one promise he should easily be able to keep. Website
Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin: He kisses me and I forget all the other games in the world. I forget Napoleon, and Ghost, and Daneska. I even forget to worry about the future. When we’re together like this, I believe anything is possible. Believing is a lot like trusting. And it is enough. Amazon
Question for readers: what book had you instantly opening it again and rereading?