Two women. Two love affairs. One unforgettable story. Kings Cross station, 1943. Rose arrives in London hoping to swap the drudgery of wartime for romance, glamour and jiving with GIs at Rainbow Corner, the famous dance hall in Piccadilly Circus. As the bombs fall, Rose loses her heart to a pilot but will lose so much more before the war has done its worst. Las Vegas, present day. A beautiful woman in a wedding dress walks into a seedy bar and asks the first man she sees to marry her. When Leo slips the ring onto Jane's finger, he has no idea that his new wife will stop at nothing to get what she wants. So when Jane meets Rose, now a formidable older lady, there's no love lost between them. But with time running out, can Rose and Jane come together to make peace with the tragic secrets that have always haunted their lives? After the Last Dance is an extraordinary story of two women, separated by time but connected by fate, that will make you believe in the redemptive power of unexpected love.
Shortlisted for Romantic Novelists' Association Awards: Epic Romantic Novel 2016.
A deeply satisfying read on every level. It's spirited, unpredictable, evocative and engrossing. Impossible to put down. I loved it! Santa Montefiore What a fascinating book. Such a gripping and unusual story of love and war - everyone needs a Rainbow Corner! Rachel Hore, author of A Week in Paris An absorbing, unconventional love story Woman Home Highly absorbing and atmospheric Stylist Full of glamour, danger and more than a few swoon-some moments Fabulous A lavishly detailed sweeping romance, which expertly captures a country at war Sunday Mirror I absolutely devoured After the Last Dance ... Sarra has pulled off the almost impossible task of having two equally powerful strands with characters you're rooting for all the way ... It works best of all as a love story. Two love stories really. And in that, it's just brilliant. For me, it had echoes of Me Before You Tamar Cohen, author of The Mistress's Revenge After the Last Dance has fascinating settings, a compelling storyline with a skilful interplay of light and shadow, and vividly-realised characters that you immediately take to your heart. Sarra Manning's beautifully assured writing pulls you in from the very first page. Margaret Leroy, author of The English Girl A wonderfully absorbing story that you utterly lose yourself in. I read it in two nights and only wish it had been longer Pippa Wright, author of The Foster Husband Evocative, poignant, beautiful. Long live Rainbow Corner Maggie Harcourt, author of The Last Summer of Us Glorious, vivid and deeply seductive, with an ending that will make you weep for what once was Lucy Robinson, author of The Greatest Love Story of All Time After The Last Dance is an absolute beauty of a book. Stylish, atmospheric and utterly compelling, I couldn't put it down Alexandra Brown, author of The Great Christmas Knit Off I was totally swept up in the world of Rainbow Corner - I didn't want to leave it - and equally was completely absorbed by Leo and Jane's story. Such a fantastic book, I feel very lucky to have read it Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky I finished After the Last Dance with a massive smile on my face (post tears, that is). It's thrilling. I just loved Rose - old and young - and Jane was the perfect spiky lead that you know you shouldn't like but do anyway. Julie Mayhew, author of The Big Lie
Sarra Manning is an author and journalist. She is currently literary editor for Red magazine and has written for the Guardian, ELLE, Grazia and You magazine. She is the author of several bestselling young adult novels, including Guitar Girl, the Diary of a Crush trilogy and Adorkable. After the Last Dance is her fifth adult novel. Sarra lives in North London with her Staffordshire bull terrier, Miss Betsy, and prides herself on her unique ability to accessorise. For all the latest news on Sarra, follow her on Twitter @sarramanning.