Author Sara-Savannah Sparrow Releases a New Novel, Based on a True Story, Titled “Firsts and Lasts” to Rave Reviews
Published on January 31, 2023
“Second chances, taking risks, overcoming barriers, overcoming fears, learning to love again, that was my inspiration,” says Sparrow. “It’s all about overcoming the odds and persevering.”
A sweet blend of comedy, romance and life lessons, Sara-Savannah Sparrow’s award-winning debut novel, Firsts and Lasts, is a 2023 Firebird Book Award winner
New York, NY – January 1, 2023 – Author Sara-Savannah Sparrow won her first book award as a new independent author after publishing her debut novel. first and last, October 2022. The book, which won the 2023 Firebird Book Award, is a true love story based on the author’s experiences. It’s a steamy romance that delves deep into unconditional love, second acts and finally finding what you’re looking for. first and last is a gripping page turner, with each chapter ideally building on the last as readers devour every private bit of Sparrow’s story. “Second chances, taking risks, overcoming barriers, overcoming fears, learning to love again was my inspiration,” says Sparrow. “It’s about overcoming adversity and persevering.”
About the book
first and last tells the story of an older woman who meets a much younger man. Sara, a 40-year-old single mom confined to her home for nearly three years during the COVID-19 pandemic in New England, longs to emerge from her self-imposed, protective isolation for the summer. She soon meets Zach, a summer vacationing college student who works 1,500 miles from his home in New Orleans and aspires to be the first in his family to graduate from college. The plot unfolds when a glitch in a dating app leads to the unlikely encounter between Sara and Zach.
Readers immediately warm to the novel’s heartfelt heroine, Sara, who has dedicated the past decade to her work, her well-being, and most importantly, her young daughter. The single mother has no time for anything else. When a shocking court decision gives her ex joint custody, Sara doesn’t know what to do with her time.
COVID has eased up a bit and she’s longing to be back outside. She’s got a fresh slice of freedom, but she’s still the same old, not-well-loving Sara. To the right?
While attending her best friend’s wedding out of town, Sara is suddenly struck by an incomplete life and unfulfilled desires and faces her intense loneliness. Years ago, after too many failed attempts, she’d given up all hope of her own happily ever after, but maybe it was time to try again.
On impulse, she downloads a new dating app that confidently promises to spot the exact type of man she wants who, according to the algorithm, appears to be a bunch of brown, topless hunks half her age! Entertainingly, Sara realizes that she has nothing to lose by chatting with one. The last thing she expects is to make a real connection. But sweet, thoughtful, respectful 23-year-old Zach is a surprise. A night of chatting turns into two, then three. Shortly thereafter, Sara finds herself fantasizing about having a summer of her own, and maybe even meeting this very different, mysterious younger man in person. She has nothing to lose, just some fun to gain and her heart. To the right?
“A captivating story of taboo love. Sara’s inner turmoil captivates you to the end. It is a battle of hearts and society’s conventions. This spicy story will hold your attention, set your heart on fire and maybe even bring tears to your eyes. You will become very attached to the main characters and will want to defend them. The descriptive tour of the sights of Vermont and Massachusetts makes you want to visit the area yourself. An entertaining read that goes to the heart and makes you want more!”
“The perfect blend of comedy, fiery passion, romance and life lessons. A page turner and eye opener. You will love these two from the start and you will have a hard time putting the story down.”
“I couldn’t put this book down! A story about acceptance and true love; I was excited to see how Sara and Zach interacted next! A very realistic story based on a pandemic romance; You will root for these characters all the time!”
“Hot and hot reading! The author leaves you wanting more as she captures the spice of a summer romance!”
“I really enjoyed this novel! I would give it 7 out of 10 points. It is a spicy, slow fire with hearty characters. It’s about living despite your difficulties and your past and not letting your limitations (self-imposed, medical, or lack of experience) control your happiness.”
“A captivating story of taboo love. Sara’s inner turmoil captivates you to the end. It is a battle of hearts and society’s conventions. This spicy story will hold your attention, set your heart on fire and maybe even bring tears to your eyes. You will become very attached to the main characters and will want to defend them. The descriptive tour of the sights of Vermont and Massachusetts makes you want to visit the area yourself. An entertaining read that goes to the heart and leaves you wanting more!” “It’s a wonderful story that I’ve grown fond of several times.”
“Firsts and Lasts by Sara-Savannah Sparrow is a must-read romance novel. Revolving around the taboo romance of Sara and her much younger love interest Zach, this book will touch the reader’s heart with its steady romantic build-up.” – EH
read first and last by Sara-Savannah Sparrow, please visit Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BL4ZNNZ5
About the author
Sara-Savannah Sparrow is a debut author, dedicated mom, nature lover, Kripalu-trained yoga teacher, certified meditation teacher, and EDS survivor. Living in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, she braves the four seasons and writes down her heart’s desires on a hero’s journey. She is currently in the process of writing the sequel first and last. (expected in March 2023)
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