What happens when a successful, determined middle-aged man falls in love with a woman who has been happily married for twenty-seven years? If he’s Avery Laird, he hires her to work for him.

Buddy Middleton is positive that the job his wife, Ginger, is offered is too good to be true, that Avery Laird has an ulterior motive, but he can’t prove it. When Buddy voices his doubts and urges her not to take it, he makes Ginger feel as though she isn’t worth the offer. Determined to prove him wrong, Ginger goes to work for Laird and saves him over half a million dollars in the first real estate deal she handles for his company.

Flush with success, Ginger believes that the problems she and Buddy had are over. But then they have an unexpected guest from the past, a fellow named Hoot with whom Buddy played professional baseball when they were newly married. Hoot tells Ginger the true reason Buddy quit baseball, a subject they had always avoided. When Ginger confronts Buddy with what she has learned, trouble really begins… and Avery is there waiting.


Latest Review

Reviewed By Tracy A. Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

We all know them. Those established couples, the ones who’ve been together through thick and thin, who have been married for years, and no one could imagine them not together, the couples that other people aspire to be. Such is the case with the marriage of Buddy and Ginger Middleton, the main characters in The Last Season, The Story of a Marriage by Marian D. Schwartz. High school sweethearts who’ve been married for twenty-seven years, their marriage is a stable one, a good one. But when Ginger is offered a job by the wealthy and debonair Avery Laird, and Buddy has reservations about Laird’s true intentions and tries to convince her that she won’t be adequate for the task, things begin to crumble in the Middleton marriage. Will Buddy and Ginger be able to make it back to their former selves, into the relationship they once found so comfortable and supportive? Do they really want to?

The Last Season, The Story of a Marriage is a wonderful inside look at a faltering marriage, one in which the couple involved began to take each other and their love for granted. Author Marian D. Schwartz is skilled at developing characters that the reader truly cares about, and I found that to be very much the case with Buddy and Ginger. This book would appeal to any reader who loves great fiction, romance, and stories about relationships, flawed though they may be. The only suggestion I would have for a reader would be to make sure you have enough time set aside to read it from start to finish, because once you pick it up, you won’t want to put it down until the very end.

What Readers Are Saying

“I liked the characters, felt like I really knew them and pulled for their marriage to succeed.”
Pamela Douda
“If you have been married a long time, still are, or aren’t, you will see pages from your life here.”
J. McDaniel
“It leaves you wondering. Makes you think. I like that in a book. I also enjoyed the characters.”
Amy Sherman
“This book engaged me from the first page. I cared about Ginger and Buddy and wanted to hear more.”
E. Feliciano
“I give a 5 star rating to stories that I can’t wait to get back to and hate to finish! This is one of them.”
“I enjoyed this book because it took different and unexpected turns.”
F. Kruger
“Loved it. Kept you guessing to the end and still didn’t give you the answer. You had to make your own choice.”
Shirley Keller
“I enjoyed reading this book because I believed everything Was possible and real. I felt every hurt as though it was mine…This book is a must read for anyone about to embark in marriage.”
Beverly Gurley
“This book is powerful in its review of a marriage and about the issues that can cause problems in a long standing relationship.”
Becky Couch
“What a wonderful love story, a story of real life problems, heart ache, love and betrayal.”
Linda Moreland
“I loved this book!”