4.5 stars, Viki's review

Viki’s review: To say goodbye by Lindsay Detwiler

Feisty Sophia never shies away from life. Playful, romantic, connected—her marriage was the thing of fairy tales. But when tragedy strikes, Sophia is left to pick up the pieces of her life.

After leaving the army, Jackson is ready to start afresh. But when he returns home, his life spirals out of control.As Sophia and Jackson find themselves in each other, they start to see redemption is possible.

Trying to piece together a new life, they must answer the question: Should they forge a life together and say goodbye to their pasts completely, or should they loyally go their separate ways to avoid heartache?

Title: To say goodbye
Author: Lindsay Detwiler
Published: September 24th 2016 by Hot Tree Publishing
Genres: contemporary romance


My thoughts:

I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review thanks to NetGalley.

This was my first read from the author and I’m beyond floored how exceptionally good it was. I don’t cry easily but this emotional, heart wrenching but lovely story prompted a couple of tears from my eyes. To say goodbye is not an easy read, nowhere near and it took quite a lot out of me but at the same time presented such a beautiful story of grief, hope and love that it worth every moment.

I found the writing style something frenetic, clever and clean with an exceptional way to convey the deepest of emotions. I love when the writing makes it possible for me as a reader to feel everything the characters do and unfortunately it’s rare. And the plot, the whole journey of the characters to move on is represented in a really honest way, with the good, the bad and the worst equally present. At the same time avoiding it to go completely dark and depressing.

The characters both suffered a tremendous loss even if not the same kind but they connect and create a bond that slowly but surely forms into something else. They both grieve and suffer but somehow they found it in themselves to help each other and get out of the bottomless pit they fallen into. It is really touching how their relationship goes and even if there are not many actual sexual things in it the intimacy is still very present just in a more innocent way.

The characters are realistic and easy to relate to and the story is amazing however at times I felt Sophie wallowing a bit over the top and also struggled with the heaviness of the plot at the beginning. But after I fully got into it I enjoyed every minute. Although I think reading this book requires a certain mind set, mood and it is not exactly for everybody. If you are looking for an easy, quick and sweet story then it’s not for you.  For me it provided a long overdue soul cleansing.

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