Last Call at Coconuts

Coconuts Series Book 6

Fiction - Womens
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/06/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Last Call at Coconuts is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction and contemporary romance subgenres and is the sixth book in the Coconuts series penned by author Beth Carter. It is intended for the adult reading audience and contains some strong language and mild, closed-door sexual content. In this final novel, which can also be read as a standalone thanks to its expert craftsmanship, we follow the lives of our four central protagonists when the fate of their favorite bar, Coconuts, hangs in the balance. Threatening to morph into a corporate clone sports bar, it’s up to our intrepid women to face off against its sexy new owner and see if there’s a heart behind his cool façade.

Having read several works from the Coconuts series before, I always enjoy slipping back into author Beth Carter’s easy, confident writing style and enjoying such natural dialogue and believable friendships. This sixth and final installment to the series was no exception, and I felt excited by the prospect of one last drama for the foursome of friends to face, but also deeply satisfied with the place that the novel finds them all at in their lives. It was very enjoyable to see that the central peril in this grand finale came from a place of shared nostalgia and love for Coconuts itself, which is a parallel with how readers will surely feel in having to let the series go! Overall, Last Call at Coconuts is a must-read for fans of the existing series, and I’d highly recommend Beth Carter to women’s fiction fans everywhere.

Jennifer Ibiam

Last Call at Coconuts by Beth Carter is a story of four bosom friends thrown different curveballs by life. Alex was a bank marketer with a draining relationship and a terrible intern. Then she became unemployed when a robbery and kidnap messed with her mental health. Cheri was a celebrity chef from a dysfunctional family. However, after she and her mother fell on hard times, they faced the reality of the countryside. Suzy struggled with twin babies, a shaky wedding planning business, and a husband with baggage. Life was fairer to Hope, but she got the surprise of her life at her stepdaughter's graduation. The only place the four friends had a respite from their chaotic lives was at Coconuts, a beach-themed and laid-back bar. But a developer wanted to demolish it for other businesses. Can the four friends save this one precious thing? The drama unfolds.

Last Call at Coconuts by Beth Carter was a hilarious, educative and captivating novel with lots of drama. I loved the plot, the lighthearted storyline, and the excellent development. The cast members were also dynamic, and each of the four friends was unique. Beth explored themes like dedication, loyalty, doggedness, family bonds, and great friendship. There were many teachable moments for me in this novel. Life could flip the other way in a second, and we could go from having so much to having so little. So even in plenty, we must pause and appreciate the simple things that make the universe tick. Victoria took it well, and I fell in love with her. Suzy taught me forgiveness and patience. Hope had a big heart, and it was beautiful to see. I liked Alex the least because she emotionally took from her friends while giving little. Yet she also taught me resilience and dedication. This book is the sixth installment and grand finale of the Coconuts series by the talented Beth Carter. Please, keep writing.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

The approach to mid-life can be tough, but any woman can get by with a little help from her friends. Just ask Alex, whose life is turned upside down by an attempted robbery at the bank where she works as a vice-president of marketing. Or Cheri, whose mother crashes on her doorstep one evening, announcing that her father has not only had an affair but has lost the family fortune. How about Suzy, nursing twins, who is alarmed by social media posts implying that the lifestyle of her husband's ex-wife and teenage daughter is leading them down a road to nowhere and decides to drive across the county to rescue them? Then there is Hope, who finally found love and a stepdaughter, just to have a stunning revelation at graduation. Life is anything but predictable for these four friends, but they still have each another and Coconuts, their favorite tropical-themed bar. But will they? Changes are creeping in at the bar, transitioning it into a sports-themed hangout, with rumors that the new owner plans to sell the place to a developer. How will these friends cope with the changes in their 40s? Find out in Last Call at Coconuts: Coconuts Series Book 6, by Beth Carter.

I was looking for something different from my usual mystery/suspense and sci-fi books and found it in Last Call at Coconuts, a delightful tale of friendship, transitions, and the grace to allow life to flow. It's a wonderful story from Beth Carter with great characters, and it moves at just the right pace to keep readers interested. I love how they each have their unique tales but are still committed to their friends and share their lives, despite their dramas. This is an excellent book that will keep you turning pages long past your bedtime. If you're looking for a marvelous story with heart and meaning, this is it!

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Last Call at Coconuts by Beth Carter is the sixth book in the Coconuts Series. Alex knew that working at a bank might be dangerous and when she hears the words, "Officer Down," she knows she's been proved right. Was it her police officer boyfriend? Is he injured or dead? Mother and daughter, a pair of socialites, have decided to try their hand at country living, having had to give up their designer life. Can they survive, or will they run back to New York? Suzy has her hands full with twins and a struggling business, and now her husband has gone to Hollywood in search of his missing teenage daughter. Suzy is about to find out that things can get much tougher. Hope loves her new married life and her stepdaughter. Has she finally put the past behind her or will something happen at the Hilltop High Graduation to drag her right back? Four women, friends forever, are about to face their biggest challenge when their favorite bar faces being sold off and turned into a sports pub. Is this the end for Coconuts?

Last Call at Coconuts by Beth Carter is the final book in the series and can be read as a standalone, although it's best to read the entire series to get a proper feel for the characters. This is a fitting end to what has been a cracking series, six easy-to-read stories that take you through the lives of four women, growing together with them and living their lives. This one is a real rollercoaster ride of drama and suspense, fun and laughter, romance and tears. You will find the characters easy to relate to as they are written as real women with real problems and flaws, and you will experience every emotion as they do. Although each book in the series can be read as a standalone, it's worth noting that the final book ties them all together neatly with an unexpected ending. With plenty of action all the way through, this will keep you hooked right to the very end. It has been a fantastic series, and this book is the best of them all.

Edith Wairimu

A lovely novel full of laughter and love, Last Call at Coconuts (Coconuts Series Book 6) by Beth Carter, follows the intriguing lives of four women. After a horrific bank robbery at the bank she works at, Alex decides to quit her job. This is the first of other significant changes she makes in her life within a month. With an adoring boyfriend and a thriving business, Cheri's life feels settled. But her peace is short-lived. Cheri tries to support her mother after she suddenly arrives at Cheri’s house following a hasty, devastating separation from Cheri’s father. Hope is a content newly-wed settling down into her new role as a wife and a mother to her step-daughter. Suzy is a mother of twins. She juggles motherhood with running her business and supporting her husband as he co-parents with his ex-partner.

The four women share a wonderful friendship and I was fully engaged while reading about each of their meetings at Coconuts, their hangout spot. Carter also does a great job of developing their individual lives while still bringing them together where they all share in whatever is happening in each of their lives. The book is filled with many humorous moments and fantastic surprises. I loved the couples in the book and how the novel brought together different partners. Last Call at Coconuts by Beth Carter is an outstanding end to an exciting and superb series. Fans of women’s novels and those who have enjoyed reading other books in the Coconuts Series will not be disappointed with Carter’s latest novel.